15 Marvellous Things To Do In Manchester In March

Don’t miss out on these great things to do in Manchester in March.

The signs of spring are finally in the air, so embrace the season by venturing out and trying something new in Manchester this month.

1. See The Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition At Manchester Art Gallery (Until May 6)

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Manchester Art Gallery will take part in Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide exhibition to commemorate Da Vinci’s death. From February 1 – May 6 Manchester Art Gallery will exhibit 12 drawings from The Royal Collection, alongside 11 other exhibitions running simultaneously across the UK.

The selection of works, which can only be displayed for a limited time as the paper is easily damaged by light, will focus on the body and will clearly demonstrate Da Vinci’s use of drawing to gain an unrivalled understanding of human anatomy. Click here for more information.

2. Check Out The Adults-Only Event At Manchester Science And Industry Museum (March 6)

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Inflatable sculptures, gynaecological comedy and the healing power of laughter are just some of the activities on offer at the Science and Industry Museum’s Culture Cure Late event, on March 6. Laughter consultant Robin Graham will explain the science behind laughter, and why it’s good for you before participants will have their funny bones tickled in a series of ‘playful’ exercises and games.

3. Sing Along With Mamma Mia While You Enjoy Bottomless Drinks And Popcorn (from March 23)

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Due to phenomenal demand, extra dates have been added for the best sing-along experience this side of Greece. On March 23 and 30 and April 13 Abba fans will be able to watch Mamma Mia in an immersive environment, with free drink flowing throughout the whole film and bottomless popcorn available in five tasty flavours. Click here to get your tickets.

4. Shop At Manchester’s New Vintage And Independent Fashion Market (from March 1)

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Food, drink and retail destination Hatch has launched a new fashion market for Manchester. The ‘Off The Hook’ Market takes place at Hatch in Manchester’s Oxford Road and brings independent and vintage designers and makers from a combination of Depop and ASOS Market Place together for the first time.

The ‘Off the Hook’ Market will be open from 12-8pm and will be a fantastic opportunity to browse individual and unique pieces from a host of independent designers, labels and sellers you won’t find anywhere else.

5. Visit The Revamped Albert’s In Didsbury (March 15)

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The restaurant, which has been closed since the beginning of January for the transformation, will re-open on March 15, just in time for Mother’s Day. Described as a ‘warm, welcoming new neighbourhood bar experience’ the venue will host pre-bookable party tables, making it an exciting addition to the Didsbury social scene.  It will also be home to the full Didsbury Gin range which will be on show in a botanical-themed back bar serving bespoke Gin and Tonics, all created with the collection.

6. Discover The Secret Jazz Club Night In One Of Manchester’s Hidden Gems (from March 13)

As our name suggests, we’re a fan of anything ‘secret’. So when we heard about a secret jazz club popping-up in one of our favourite riverside venues we were beyond excited.

The club night will take over the attic of one of Manchester’s most beautiful riverside venues, Lock 91, on March 13 and 27. Guests will be able to spend the evening basking in the talent of some of the UK’s best up-and-coming jazz bands while enjoying the views of Manchester Locks. Click here to get tickets.

7. Party Like Freddie At An Outrageous Freddie Mercury-Inspired Club Night (March 15)

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On March 15, Gorilla in Oxford Road will host the ultimate audio-visual club night in tribute to the queen himself, Mr. Freddie Mercury!

Inspired by the debauched parties Freddie used to throw back in the day, (minus the naked waiters and blokes biting the heads off live chickens), there’ll be a glitter and moustache station, acrobats, fire eaters, sing-alongs and of course, Champagne on tap. Click here to book tickets.

8. Bag Tickets To See Les Mis At The Lowry (from March 1)

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Musical fans rejoice! Les Misérables will return to Greater Manchester next year with shows at The Lowry. The acclaimed show sold out The Palace theatre this year in days, but theatre fans who were lamenting the missed opportunity have been given a second chance! The musical, which is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, will play a run of shows at The Lowry theatre at Salford Quays in May 2020. For more information click here.

9. Visit The Northern Quarter’s New Retro Arcade Bar

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In 2017 Nintendo released the mini SNES, and gave us the chance to plug our childhood directly into our flat screen teles. Now, the owners of NQ64 have taken things a step further. The bar, based in Short Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, is home to an underground drinking den where guests can play the retro arcade games and classic consoles from their youth while enjoying the beverages of their adulthood.

10. Try This Manchester-Themed Afternoon Tea

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Introduced to England in 1840 by the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Afternoon Tea has become a quintessentially British institution. Taking inspiration from the classic Afternoon Tea, in-house pastry chefs at Hotel Indigo have created their own Manchester variation.

For the sweet treats, Manchester’s iconic Vimto drink has been the inspiration for the show-stopping Vimto Macrons, These are accompanied by mini legendary Manchester Tarts, delicate Lemon Choux Bun, and rich Chocolate Orange Opera cake. And of course, an Afternoon Tea staple, fluffy home-baked scones topped with Chantilly cream and served with an assortment of jams. For more information click here.

11. Take On The Ultimate Manchester Bucket List

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What will you do in the city this year? Get some inspirational ideas for things to do in Manchester with our magical bucket list. Click here for more information.

12. Enjoy Classical Music By Candlelight (from March 30)

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City life can get pretty overwhelming which is why we have to seize any opportunity for a precious hour or two of zen whenever we can. And as luck would have it, two of the most beautiful churches in Manchester are offering gorgeous, candlelit concerts to soothe the soul of any stressed-out city dweller. Click here for more information.

13. See The Lego Cats At Chester Zoo (until April 30)

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From February 13 – April 30 visitors will be able to discover the world’s biggest felines, including full-sized lions, cheetahs, tigers, jaguars, on a journey through the zoo’s exhibition garden. Meticulously constructed by expert master-builders using 661,042 bricks – the family-friendly
exhibition will allow visitors to get closer than ever before to some of the planet’s greatest
hunters. And an additional trail through the zoo will also reveal a host of miniature LEGO brick species,
from orangutans and monkeys to zebras, red pandas, bears and penguins.

14. Learn To Paint While You Drink (March 16 and 27)

Since 2013, the mission of PopUp Painting has been to bring art out of the classroom and gallery and into the places people meet on a day-to-day basis. PopUp Painting is inviting budding artists to unleash their creativity – drink in one hand, paintbrush in the other! No experience is needed. Attendees will be guided step by step by a practising artist, while they sip, paint and create their way to becoming an artist for the night! To book your place click here.

15. Get Your Tickets For Europe’s Biggest Yoga Show (From March 1)

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I don’t know how, but we’re now in March, which means your New Year’s resolutions will have probably fallen by the wayside. But there’s still time to claw it back, and if one of your goals for the year was to get healthier, be it in body, mind or both, then a yoga class is the perfect place to start.

The OM Yoga Show will return to Manchester’s Event City on May 11 and 12 and promises to be the most relaxing weekend of the year. Leading teachers from all around the world will be available to provide advice and guidance, in open classes taking place throughout the show all weekend. Click here to book tickets.


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