Celebrate the Easter bank holiday with sweet treats and Champagne at The Edwardian Hotel. Between 28 March and 7 April, The Library Champagne Bar has a special Easter Afternoon Tea menu that includes artisan finger sandwiches, delicious scones and patisseries, alongside decadent desserts such as a Morello cherry and Jivara chocolate mousse and, in the spirit of the holiday, a Guanaja chocolate Easter egg with cheesecake filling. You can even elevate the experience with a glass of Moët & Chandon. Bookings start from £34 per guest.

2. National Trust’s Blossom spotting trail returns

Returning as part of the National Trust’s annual celebration of blossom, Castlefield Viaduct have brought back the Bloomtown Blossom trail, even bigger and better than last year. This free, city-wide trail is discoverable with the digital Bloomtown Map or in recycled paper copies at Castlefield Viaduct as well as parks and the Central library, so you and the family can find the blossom hotspots on your doorstep, including at RHS Garden Bridgewater, Mayfield Park, Waterside Arts and more.

3. Join a Jurassic Easter Adventure at Cockfields Farm

Between 29 March and 1 April, dinosaurs will roam free in Oldham. Bring the family to Cockfields Farm to Meet the Dinosaurs and take part in an exciting egg hunt to receive a chocolate prize. Bruno the T-Rex will be around for a dinosaur show, and there will be plenty of photo opportunities as you find the dinosaurs walking around the farm. Included in the experience are some fabulous farm activities with the adorable bunnies in the Cuddle Corner and the Creepy Crawlies in the Reptile Room. Tickets for the experience start from £21.95. 

Spring is finally here, and Cheadle is celebrating by throwing an incredible festival filled with music and arts. On between 27 and 30 March, Cheadle Spring Festival will have fun candle making and painting workshops, open mic nights and live music happening at various venues across the village. On Saturday, take part in a Wonka-themed chocolate hunt and enjoy a screening of Wonka! Tickets for each event can be found here

Aviva Studios, home of Factory International, brings to Manchester a new retelling of a classic tale of friendship and belonging. Between 27 and 31 March, make your way to the new landmark cultural destination and enjoy the stage production of Jungle Book by Director Robert Wilson with original live music from CocoRosie. All are welcome to the stunning show as it is performed for the first time ever in English. Standard tickets from £30, with Affordable Aviva tickets available from £10. 

Book Now: the first-ever South Manchester Food Festival

A brand-new festival for foodies is coming to Wythenshawe Park this May. From the team behind the successful Heaton Park festival, South Manchester Food Festival will run on 18 and 19 May bringing artisan markets, local food traders selling local and international delicacies, and independent bars including an ale house. Catch live Chef demos, local break-through musical acts and some incredible live entertainment as you make your way through the festival, with plenty of activities for the whole family. Tickets start from £5.95 and are available to book now.

New Opening: CuppaPug on Chapel Street 

The cutest café has now opened on Chapel Street. Bringing to Manchester a concept that has proven successful with dog lovers in London, CuppaPug is a pink, pug haven designed for families, couples and individuals alike. Alongside the adorable tail wagging and pug cuddles, they also offer pug-themed snacks and drinks. The café has partnered with the non-profit, welfare & rescue Manchester Pug Thing, and £1 from each booking is donated towards the rescue and rehoming of pugs. Bookings start from £15 per person.