Springtime is finally upon us, and you know what that means? It’s finally time to ditch the thermals and get back out into the world. Need some inspo to kickstart the month? Here’s our guide to the very best things to do in Manchester this month.
Crepe City is back this month with more rare and unique sneakers for fans to get their hands on. Over 150 traders will be in attendance, alongside Manchester-based DJs who’ll be bringing the good vibes, competitions, panel discussions, live performances, street food and even a bar. The event will take place at Bowler’s Exhibition Centre next week. Tickets are on sale here.
The best-selling Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibition has arrived in Manchester, and it’s the perfect opportunity to see the masterpiece up close and personal – without getting a plane to Italy. A number of huge frescoes stretching from floor-to-ceiling amplify each and every detail throughout, putting the spotlight on some of the lesser-known paintings within the chapel, too. Get tickets here.
The Chocolate Factory is finally opening in Manchester this month, and those who love a good selfie are going to absolutely love it. Step into a sugar-laden wonderland boasting set after set of amazing backdrops, props and more, while enjoying tasty sweets and chocolate. The perfect day out for sugar lovers! Get tickets here.
4. Check out one of Manchester’s many new restaurants
Manchester has been blessed with a number of new openings over the past few weeks, from tasty brunch spots to mouthwatering dessert destinations. Read the latest here.
Need to wind down after a long week? Take in the sounds of Coldplay classics at Fever’s newest candlelight concert, taking place at the iconic Manchester Cathedral which will be bathed in stunning candlelight. A talented pianist and violinist will team up for the occasion, performing the tracks as you’ve never heard before. Get tickets here.
The R&B Brunch is back in town, with five hours of fun in store for guests to enjoy. Indulge in an hour of free-flowing rum punch, before hitting the dancefloor and getting down to some of the biggest R&B beats of all time. There’ll be street food available to purchase additionally, too, so you won’t need to worry about fuelling up in between dancing. Get tickets here.
7. Take on The Cube
The Cube Live has officially opened in Manchester, and for the first time ever, fans of the show can actually take part in the game IRL. Take on the games from the show with mates, before enjoying some world-class burgers by The Butcher. Find out more.
A unique party under a plane is coming to Manchester – with Dan Shake and Crazy P set to bring the vibes live under the wings of one of the world’s last remaining Concorde planes. The exclusive event will bring one of Manchester Airport’s hangers to life like never before, and will even be a first of its kind for the UK. Tickets are on sale now.
This year, it’s all about Britney. Celebrate the beloved mega-star at this epic new bottomless brunch, where one of the UK’s best Britney impersonators will be taking to the stage to perform some of Britney’s biggest and best hits. Guests can enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless drinks – including fizz and mimosas – with four whole hours of dancing and entertainment in store. Get tickets here.
10. Visit the Cavapoo Cafe
The popular Pug Cafe is returning to Manchester, but this time, they’re hosting a Cavapoo edition. The perfect opportunity for pups to socialise with others, the one-off event will take place at Revolution Parsonage Gardens, and will be complete with puppucinos, scrummy dog treats and plenty of cocktails for the humans, too. Find out more here.
The beloved Buff Bingo event is returning for March, with local queens Anna Phylactic and HRH Lill hosting. Guests will be able to enjoy a fun game of bingo alongside 1.5 hours of bottomless booze, as well as tuck into a tasty pizza dish of your choice. The event will serve up four whole hours of entertainment, with games, dancing and even the Boy Toy butlers on hand to get the party started. Get tickets here.
12. Enjoy a scenic afternoon tea at Heaton Park
Heaton Park is levelling up spring in style with the addition of their brand new outdoor dining domes. Placed by the scenic lake, guests can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea by the water while the more adventurous among us take to the lake for a bit of pedal boating. Find out more.
Beyonce fans, it’s time to get into formation. Returning to On Bar this month, Cara Melle will be taking to the stage to perform some of Beyonce’s biggest hits, with a collective of London and Manchester’s best drag artists to assist in bringing the party vibes. Expect plenty of pizza, free-flowing drinks and four whole hours of drag fun. Get tickets here.
14. Celebrate Paddy’s Day at one of Manchester’s Irish bars
Paddy’s Day is upon us, and for the first time in two years – we can actually celebrate! O’Shea’s will be hosting an epic celebration at their pop-up beer garden, while the O’Shea’s pub, Mulligan’s and Kielys will be providing the perfect, traditional Irish backdrop for the big day.
The Boy Toy butlers are back for an epic show featuring butlers in the buff, male dancers, performers and, of course, bottomless booze. Drag queen Honey The Foxx will be hosting, and there’ll be some delicious brunch dishes to enjoy before taking part in tons of games and plenty of dancing. Get tickets here.
16. Immerse yourself in Asian cuisine at Hello Oriental
Hello Oriental is finally here – and it doesn’t disappoint. The three-floor underground venue boasts a Chinese supermarket, a food hall and more, with plenty of tasty Vietnamese and Chinese grub to try out. DJs will regularly be bringing the good vibes, too, making it a great all-day destination for Asian food lovers. Find out more.
Fancy taking your mam out for Mother’s Day? Get together for the fun Benidorm Bingo event coming to Manchester at the end of this month, where guests will enjoy a hilarious game of bingo with drag queen Linda Gold, before enjoying live cabaret, fantastic comedy and so much more. Bottomless drinks and popcorn will accompany the game, and tickets are on sale now.
After a two-year delay, Planet Earth II: Live In Concert is finally coming to Manchester – and there are still a few tickets left. Showcasing the documentary-like never before, viewers will get to enjoy David Attenborough’s beloved documentary alongside a live orchestra, which will be bringing a stunning atmosphere to the beautiful nature shots shown on the big screen. Get tickets here before they’re gone.
19. Catch Beauty and the Beast live on stage
The beloved Beauty and the Beast story will be told in a whole new way this March, as the West End production of the stage show arrives at the Palace Theatre. The heartwarming show, of course, boasts all the classic songs, alongside fantastic costume design, a state-of-the-art set and most importantly, of all, the tale as old as time. Find out more.
Whether you’ve got mates visiting Manchester or you simply fancy a chance, Alcotraz is the perfect, boozy experience for those seeking something a little more unique. Don the orange jumpsuit and check in to Cell Block Three-Four, where you’ll get the chance to enjoy contraband cocktails in your own private cell. Book a cell here.
The Blues Kitchen is the perfect spot to catch a bit of live music, with tons of shows every week featuring the very best jazz, soul and blues artists. Get stuck into some proper good BBQ grub while you take in the music, or hit the dance floor with a cocktail. Get tickets to a show here.
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