Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


Creative Tourist

Easter – a time of chocolate highs, the promise of the outdoors,  daffodils… and stir-crazy children. Satisfy your lust for green with our guides to the best parks and gardens in Manchester and walks across the region. Look no further for your quest for top things to do with our guide right here.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Points of View by Tony Cragg. Photo: Charles Duprat.

    Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 4 March–3 September 2017, free entry - Visit now

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a dream day trip – pack a picnic and go exploring the art and landscape at this stunning gallery beneath the sky. Roam free and take in some of the special landmark exhibitions celebrating its 40th birthday year including  Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects and the fascinating photographic exhibition of sculptors in their studios by  Anne Purkiss.

  • 2. Sooni Taraporevala: Home in the City, Bombay 1976 – Mumbai 2016 at the Whitworth

    Sooni Taraporevala Koli Grace Bombay 1976.

    Sooni Taraporevala: Home in the City, Bombay 1976 – Mumbai 2016 at The Whitworth, Manchester, 4 March 2017–1 January 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Manchester’s stellar gallery in a park is showing a triumverate of unmissable exhitions this Easter including Sooni Taraporevala’s snapshot of the social history of Mumbai, Deanna Petherbridge’s detailed, monochrome drawings and the last change to see an exhibition which places Andy Warhol‘s work in an entirely new context. Relax in the beautiful cafe which brings the verdant surroundings within.

  • 3. Twelfth Night at The Royal Exchange

    © Royal Exchange

    Twelfth Night at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 13 April–20 May 2017, from £16.50 - Book now

    Starring one of our favourite performers and the Royal Exchange’s first transgender actor Kate O’Donnell, strip back the silliness and you’ll find this Shakespeare comedy deals with some pretty deep subjects: identity, belonging and longing for love.

  • 4. The Story Giant at Liverpool Everyman

    The exterior of Liverpool Everyman
    Everyman & Playhouse

    The Story Giant at Liverpool Everyman Theatre, City Centre, 13–29 April 2017, from £10.00 - Book now

    A spellbinding new adaptation of the tale of four children from across the globe who meet at dreamtime by Mersey poet Brian Patten as part of the Everyman Company’s exciting new season and Liverpool’s Summer of Love.

  • 5. Thomas Legh and Regency Lyme at Lyme Park

    National Trust

    Thomas Legh and Regency Lyme at Lyme Park, 7 March–5 November 2017, from £3.70 - Visit now

    What would you do if you inherited Lyme at the age of 5? Channel your inner regency Indiana Jones exploring the tales of Thomas Legh who travelled the world and wrestled crocodiles.

  • 6. Tate Liverpool

    Tate Liverpool from across the docks
    Image courtesy of Tate Liverpool.

    Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4BB - Visit now

    A day at Tate Liverpool this April will be brimming with visual delights as part of its stellar spring season. Witness the entire production of a musical in O.K. The Musical ,don’t miss the retrospective of one of America’s great abstract artists Ellsworth Kelly and the updated Constellations display featuring Rothko, Sterne and Warhol. Save time for the shop!


  • 7. Dunham Massey

    National Trust

    Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4SJ - Visit now

    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.

  • 8. Heaton Park

    Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2SW - Visit now

    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.

  • 9. Lunya Manchester

    Lunya Catalonian Delicatessen in Manchester.
    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester

    Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BB - Visit now

    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?