Spring bank holiday, or late May bank holiday as you may know it, offers the perfect time to do something a little different.
To help you take full advantage of your three-day weekend, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips – from a packed programme of incredible arts and music on Liverpool’s waterfront and immersive exhibitions at Tate Liverpool to a weekend-long family festival at Arley Hall and Gardens in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.
Closer to home, we’ve gathered a list of free family days out in Manchester – crafty coders should check out MakeFest 2018 at MOSI – and a list of our favourite city parks, secret gardens and patches of outdoor space.
Performance lovers should check out the world premiere of Nigel Slaters Toast at The Lowry’s Week 53 Festival, a new work by the RNCM Young Company and Maxine Peake in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Royal Exchange. Why not make a night of it with a pre-theatre supper in the city?
Read on for full details of all of these and more.
Here are our picks
So you’ve done the Tate, but Liverpool isn’t short of great galleries – here’s our guide to discovering art in the city this bank holiday.
Set sail for Liverpool landbubbers! Don’t miss the evocative sight of the Mersey full of ships and an incredible outdoor arts and music programme celebrating the ancient shared history between Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux.
It’s a great time to be alive and drinking beer, here’s a few of our favorite purveyors of a quality pint. Hop to it.
Family pick: Test out your survival skills as a runaway apprentice and adventure round the incredible outdoor spaces at Quarry Bank this half term
A giant, fluorescent pink and orange striped inflatable, a shoal of Ice Age fish, and a VR encounter with the depths of the earth; six contemporary artists explore the less commonly-observed wonders of the Lake District.
Featuring a UK-exclusive headline set by Grammy winner Father John Misty, this day-long event in the courtyard of Halifax’s Grade I-listed Piece Hall boasts strength in depth thanks to the involvement of Edwyn Collins, Hookworms and The Orielles.
RNCM Young Company combines with The Circus House to present Letters – a new work featuring music, dance and acrobatics, which examines the shared experiences of Mancunians and Parisians over the past century.
If you’re looking to keep the whole family busy, the world’s at your fingertips with free history, art, science and creative capers for all ages in Manchester.
Getting out and about is what long weekends are for, unless it’s raining, if it’s raining feel free to watch that James Bond movie on ITV3 (warning, time has not been kind to them). Anyway, turn off the telly and get out and about with our pick of the best parks and gardens in and around Manchester.