Easter Bank Holiday Weekend Manchester and across the north
To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation with The Weaving Factory, 2004–2013, the artist’s voice performance sound, 5.1 channel, 9:14, loop. Photo Jaeho Chong.

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

With Christmas now but a distant memory and spring just about sprung, hopefully everyone has made space for more chocolate consumption. Check out our top (non-egg related) recommendations for things to do this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend in Manchester and across the north.

If you are looking for things to do with the kids on their Easter break, you’ll find our things to do at half term suggestions here.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Beer Gardens in Manchester

    We’ve been teased with a little bit of sun over the last few weeks, fingers crossed it breaks out into a full blown heatwave over Easter.

  • 2. The Whitworth

    The Whitworth, Photo: Alan Williams

    The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER - Visit now

    Sample the seasonal menu or simply a steaming hot cross bun at the Whitworth’s ‘café in the trees’. Magnificent in all weather, the space overlooks the gallery’s striking Art Garden – an ‘urban sanctuary’ developed by renowned landscape designer Sarah Price around a series of textures, colours and scents that gradually reveal themselves throughout the seasons.

  • 3. Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation with The Weaving Factory, 2004–2013, the artist’s voice performance sound, 5.1 channel, 9:14, loop. Photo Jaeho Chong.

    Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 30 March–29 September 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Bathe in a pool of iridescent light at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 18th-century chapel, which South Korean artist Kimsooja is preparing to convert into an immersive artwork underpinned by eastern notions of the Void.

  • 4. Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley

    Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley
    Kannan Arunasalam, Union leader, Bala Tampoe addressing a strike, 2010. Courtesy the artist

    Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley, 16 February–2 June 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Head to The Tetley in Leeds where British-Sri Lankan documentary filmmaker and human rights lawyer Kannan Arunasalam’s first solo exhibition explores the ethnic Tamil people’s ongoing struggle for civil justice following the quarter-of-a-century long Sri Lankan civil war.

  • 5. Pizza restaurants in Manchester

    The pizza scene in Manchester boasts some of the UK’s best – here are our top picks for long weekend indulgence.

  • 6. Dunham Massey

    National Trust

    Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4SJ - Visit now

    With over 300 acres of freely roaming fallow deer, ancient trees to climb, and wild trails to tread, Dunham Massey is our number one go-to for a quick city escape. And Easter – when the country estate bursts into bloom with white carpets of snowdrops and yellow coverings of daffodils – is the perfect time to visit.

  • 7. The Gaddum Restaurant

    The Gaddum Restaurant, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, LA23 1LJ - Visit now

    Combine an escape into the countryside with a memorable dining experience at the Lake District’s latest high-end restaurant. Overlooking Lake Windermere, The Gaddum offers a deliciously seasonal, locally sourced menu within 30 acres of stunning grounds.

  • 8. Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in Cumbria
    Osprey at Windermere Jetty, credit: Jan Chlebik

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, Rayrigg Road, Windermere,, Cumbria, LA231BN - Visit now

    A brand-new museum dedicated to the simple, timeless pleasure of boating opens on the banks of one of England’s largest and most picturesque lakes.

  • 9. Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

    Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria
    Martin Bloch, Scorched Trees, 1943 © Martin Bloch Trust.

    Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall, Cumbria, 15 February–29 June 2019, from £7 - Visit now

    If you are heading to Cumbrian, we recommend a stop at Abbot Hall Art Gallery where Refuge: The Art of Belonging serves as a vital reminder of the significance behind the common proverb: ‘Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it’.

  • 10. Formby Beach

    By Berit from Redhill/Surrey, UK (Formby beach) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Formby Beach, Victoria Rd, Formby, Liverpool, L37 1LJ - Visit now

    April might still be a little early for a bracing dip, but it’s the perfect time to visit Formby Beach – spring being when the local native red squirrel population is most active. The beautiful National Trust reserve is bordered by a glorious stretch of coastal pinewoods. Combine with a trip to nearby Crosby Beach either, where contemporary sculptor Antony Gormley’s striking iron men gaze into the horizon.

  • 11. Craft Beer in Manchester

    Photo of fresh green hops
    Image courtesy of Beermoth.

    Manchester’s craft beer scene is vibrant and varied and a four day weekend means that there’s room for twice as many hangovers as usual…