The Easter Bank Holiday is almost here, and it wouldn’t be surprising if you wanted to make the most of the long weekend. Luckily, as always, there is plenty going on in Greater Manchester. Whether you’re looking for some family fun or something different to try with friends this bank holiday, you’ll have plenty of choice in Greater Manchester. From shows to Easter Egg hunts, there really is something for everyone.

Dine At The Edwardian Hotel

Whether you’re in the mood for an Easter Roast or something sweet, The Edwardian hotel will make sure your Easter Weekend is one to remember. Give your tastebuds a treat and celebrate the long weekend in style. The Edwardian’s unique Easter afternoon tea experience will be served in their luxurious library. It features a handcrafted chocolate praline nest with dulce de leche and white chocolate mini eggs for an Easter treat and is available from Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April. If you’re looking for more of an Easter feast, the award-winning Peter Street Kitchen will be open for All Day Dining on Easter Sunday, 17 April from 1pm - 7pm. Explore contemporary Japanese cuisine matched with the heat and zing of modern Mexican dishes and give yourself an exotic Easter celebration. 

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at RHS Bridgewater

It wouldn’t be Easter without an Easter Egg hunt, and RHS Garden Bridgewater are super-sizing theirs. Search for some larger-than-life hand painted eggs at their Giant Egg Hunt from Saturday 2 to Sunday 24 April.  However, on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, there will be an Easter Egg Walkabout, with The Bread and Butter Theatre Company. Find them and their musical wheelbarrow for an afternoon of laughter. The whole family can join in, and every child who finds hidden eggs will be given a free, vegan-friendly, chocolate to take home. There are puzzles to solve along the way and it’s a great excuse to get back to nature this Easter weekend. You can take in the splendour of the gardens and visit all of the attractions while you’re there.

Afternoon Tea at The Midland Hotel

If you can’t treat yourself on a bank holiday weekend, then when can you? If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat this Easter, the iconic Midland Hotel’s afternoon tea offering could be the perfect way to spend a day. Afternoon Tea at The Midland has been a popular Manchester staple since the hotel opened its doors in the 1900s. The opulent tea rooms make the perfect setting to enjoy this beautifully British activity, and the cakes are second to none! Soak up the history of the hotel as you tuck into a selection of sandwiches, quiche, freshly baked scones, homemade cakes and premium loose leaf tea from just £30pp.

Bring It On: The Musical

A long weekend is a perfect excuse to see a show, and The Palace Theatre Opera House in Manchester are hosting a musical to cheer about. Grab your pompoms and get warmed up, Bring It On: The Musical is coming to town from Tuesday 12 April to Saturday 16 April . The smash-hit Broadway Musical is flying onto the stage following the story of newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell who is forced to move to the neighbouring high school. Expect friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness combined with incredible choreography and sing-along tunes. You’ll be high-kicking and back-flipping all weekend.

Easter Roast at The Refuge by Volta

Easter Sunday was meant for a roast dinner. This year, treat yourself to one of the finest in town and save the cooking for another day. The Refuge by Volta, located in the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has always been a popular destination for a Sunday roast with a roast platter for two as well as individual roasts, including a vegan option, and various mouth-watering sides and starters, this is a succulent and delicious way to spend your Easter Sunday.

Visit The Manchester Jewish Museum

The Manchester Jewish Museum opened its doors following a huge £6 million renovation last summer. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, the bank holiday weekend could be a perfect time. The museum has doubled in size and the synagogue has been repaired with original features restored, making it a beautifully stunning day out. With over 31,000 items in the museum’s collection, you can discover the story of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester. It’s an educational, inspiring and cultural way to spend your bank holiday weekend.

Migration: A Human Story

The People’s History Museum has been working with a Community Programme Team made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration since summer 2019. The result can now be seen in this family-friendly exhibition, Migration: a human story. This exhibition is running until Sunday 24 April and allows you to learn their stories and challenge what you know about migration. The exhibition uncovers different reasons why people come to the UK and the contribution these migrants make to our society. Journey through animations, interviews and more as you learn more about the people that make Britain. It’s an eye-opening way to spend your bank holiday.

Jurassic Live Show

Dinosaur lovers unite, now is your chance to meet these incredible animals, something you never thought you’d get the chance to do. Make your bank holiday totally roar-some with Jurassic Live as it comes to the Forum in Wythenshawe on the Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April. Come face to face with some of your favourite species including; a Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Velociraptor, Triceratops, and the largest T-Rex in Europe. These ancient beasts are sure to take your breath away. Jurassic Live has been dubbed the Best Jurassic Show on Earth and is the hottest ticket in town this easter, so don’t miss out.

Magical Easter Adventures Tatton Park

Looking for some more family fun this Easter Weekend? Tatton Park may have the answer, with treasure hunts across their Gardens, Mansion, Farm and Parkland. The Magical Easter Adventures run from Friday 15t April to Monday 18. You never know what you could find in the grounds of Tatton Park. Mythical creatures and magical beings await as you search for Mermaid’s treasure, try to defeat the dragons and discover the secrets of Tatton Park. There will be chocolate rewards for anyone that successfully finds the hidden treasure. Enjoy a truly magical escape this easter, that the family can get involved in, and make some memories to last a lifetime.

The Quays Duck Race

This quackers Salford tradition is back. After two years of being unable to race, The 7th annual Quays Duck Race returns this Easter Bank Holiday. Head down to the quays on Good Friday (15 April) to raise money for MedEquip4Kids and a whole host of family fun. Judge the best-dressed duck and you can even purchase a duckling to take part in a spectacular race. It’s all for a great cause and will promises to be a feather-ruffling day out.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

On Saturday 17 April, escape to wonderland. The Alma Lodge Hotel in Stockport will be hosting the Mad Hatter’s Wonderfully Bonkers Tea Party. This themed afternoon tea will transport you to another world with easter crafts and trails for children, so the whole family will be entertained. Pour a cup of tea and feel the pages of this beloved book come to life around you. It’s the sweetest way to spend your bank holiday weekend.

Visit The Makers Market

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or a tasty treat, The Makers Market is popping up all over Greater Manchester this Easter Bank Holiday. Eat, drink, shop and socialise as you browse the best independent offerings that Manchester’s makers have to offer. The Makers Markets brings together artisan bakers, crafters, and creators so you can support local people while discovering something delicious, beautiful or totally unique. Whether you’re meeting with friends or looking for a way to lose yourself for a few hours, it’s always worth a visit as you never know what you’ll find. The markets will run at MediaCityUK from Friday 15 to Monday 18 April and in Chorlton on Saturday 16 and Sale on Sunday 17 April.

From cultural offerings to family fun, there is so much going on in Greater Manchester this bank holiday weekend. With so many options, it’s going to be easy to make this long weekend one to remember.

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