Dunham Massey
Dunham Massey.


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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HackManchester : Junior edition
Families 24 October 2016–25 October 2016,

HackManchester : Junior edition

Hubbub: A Musical Adventure
Families 25 October 2016, from £6.50

Hubbub: A Musical Adventure

Upswing : Bedtime Stories
Theatre 25 October 2016–26 October 2016, from £7.00

Upswing: Bedtime Stories

Theatre 5 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £9.50

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Image courtesy of HOME
Theatre 25 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £10.00

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Science Showdown
Families 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Science Showdown

Manchester Megapixel
Families 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Megapixel

Science Showdown
Families 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Science Festival free family events

Royal Society Science Exhibition
Exhibitions 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Royal Society Science Exhibition

HAND 01.1_1
Exhibitions 8 September 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

HAND CRAFT at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

The Chronarium.
Exhibitions 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

The Chronarium Sleep Lab at Manchester Arndale

Theatre 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, from £2.00

Women in Comedy Festival

Members of Public Service Broadcasting in space
Exhibitions 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Science Festival 2016