Easter

Dunham Massey
Dunham Massey.

Easter

Creative Tourist

Easter – a time of sugar highs, daffodils… and stir-crazy children. Satisfy the former with our guide to the best food shops, the second with a trip to one of our favourite city parks, and the latter with some of our top things to do over Easter, which you can find right here.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Dunham Massey

    Dunham Massey
    National Trust

    For a slice of the country that’s close to home. The National Trust’s most popular property, Dunham Massey, is just a few miles outside Altrincham, set in beautiful parkland, and close to favourite pub The Swan with Two Nicks.

  • 2. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Huge Wooden sculpture by KAWS.

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a day trip in itself – pack kids (if you’ve got them, don’t go stealing someone else’s), a picnic, a camera and go exploring the art and landscape at this stunning gallery beneath the sky.

  • 3. Lunya Manchester

    Lunya Deansgate Manchester MM
    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester

    Stock up on some indulgent Easter treats at this deli-extraordinare on Deansgate – or treat yourself to a meal of exemplary tapas in the upstairs restaurant. Who said all the cooking had to happen at home?

  • 4. Heaton Park

    Image courtesy GMCC

    Heaton Park’s Temple – a small circular structure with a breast-esque dome and Tuscan columns, designed in 1800 – was built on the highest point in Manchester. Scale the hill it sits on and you can see (and be seen) for quite a distance. It gives a unique view of the green fells that surround the city, as well as being an iconic spot: Heaton’s Temple was featured in none other than the 1981 TV series, Brideshead Revisited.

  • 5. The Whitworth

    The Whitworth. Photo: Alan Williams.
    The Whitworth, Photo: Alan Williams

    Another gallery in a park – here though, the art is a little more contained indoors. Nonetheless, the Whitworth’s cafe juts out beautifully in to the trees of the neighbouring park, and the art inside will have you inspired long after you leave.

Things to do right now

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COAL
Dance 07–08 December 2016 , from £10.00

Gary Clarke Company: COAL at Contact Theatre

Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations
Cinema 25 November–09 December 2016 , from £5.00

Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations

Feed Me - Image courtesy of Rachel Maclean
Cinema 03–13 December 2016 , from £7.00

Film Season: I’m Too Happy

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Theatre 17 November–15 December 2016 , from £7.00

Scouse: a Comedy of Terrors

Michael Rosen - Image courtesy of Z-Arts
Families 17 September–17 December 2016 , from £7.00

Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things at Z-arts

Benji Reid: A Thousand Words
Exhibitions 22 September–17 December 2016 , FREE

Benji Reid: A Thousand Words

La Vie Parisienne
Music 07–17 December 2016 , from £21.00

La Vie Parisienne

Photo of the festive display outside the Corn Exchange
Food and Drink 10 November–20 December 2016 , FREE

Manchester Christmas Markets

timisherwood
Exhibitions 24 November–21 December 2016 , FREE

Tim Isherwood: Please Use The Intercom

Find Rudolph
Families 26 November 2016–02 January 2017 , FREE

Find Rudolph

Tim Etchells, Lets Pretend (Large) (2014), installation view, Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Phill Heywood, courtesy Grundy Art Gallery.
Exhibitions 01 September 2016–07 January 2017 , FREE

NEON: The Charged Line at the Grundy Art Gallery