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
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.
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.
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!
Dunham Massey, 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.
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.
Lunya 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?