Bank Holiday Weekend at The Refuge

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Bank Holiday Weekend at The Refuge
The Refuge

Bank Holiday Weekend at The Refuge at The Refuge, City Centre 18 — 20 April 2019 Entrance is free — Visit now

The Refuge has announced its latest programme of events, for the Easter and spring bank holiday weekends.

Manchester hangout The Refuge will host wellness activities; DJ sets; a collaboration with one of the UK’s leading festivals, Bluedot, Manchester’s iconic symphony orchestra The Hallé and The Whitworth Art Gallery; plus the return of its annual takeover with Ibiza’s legendary Pikes hotel.

Raw Baking

A highlight is the Friday’s raw baking event with Raw Bake Station, in The Den from 2 pm to 3.30 pm, where you can learn how to create incredible vegan desserts from scratch, without the need for an oven or hob. We were treated to a sneak preview of this event, and the results were fantastic: delicious peanut cups that required little to no experience in the kitchen, handily.

This programme of events has everything from family-friendly fun and wellness retreats, to food events

The Refuge is curated by DJs-turned-restaurateurs, Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford – the team behind the award-winning Volta restaurant. This programme of events has everything from family-friendly fun and wellness retreats, to food events, all catered towards and those looking to celebrate the bank holiday weekend in style.

Bank Holiday Weekend at The Refuge at The Refuge, City Centre 18 — 20 April 2019 Entrance is free Visit now

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