OPAVIVARA! Utupya at Tate Liverpool
Photo by: OPAVIVARÁ!, courtesy of Tate Liverpool

Spring bank holiday in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

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