Our top tips for making the most of the week ahead, with brilliant things to do across the whole of Greater Manchester… For even more ideas, visit our What’s On page. 


1. Explore the wonders of science 

Manchester Pint of Science festival returns this year, and it's kicking off with a free launch event at the Henry Royce Institute. On Monday 17 April, there'll be experts on everything from artificial intelligence to snot, giving speedy flash talks about their research, to give you a flavour of what's to come. The main Pint of Science festival runs from 20-24 May and this launch event hopes to give you the 'sip of science' you need to warm up your tastebuds. 

2. Go on a floral treasure hunt around the city 

NOMA has partnered with the National Trust to celebrate blossom and all the beauty of nature this April. Come down and see the pop-up Blossom display of apple and cherry trees in Sadler’s Yard and check out an array of free events – some of which do need to be booked – at NOMA and across the city. You can download the digital Bloomtown map or pick up a paper copy from Sadler’s Cat, New Century or Pulp Speciality Coffee to enjoy the walking trail anytime this month. 

3. Join one of Manchester’s most iconic venues as they celebrate 150 years 

Get ready to celebrate a special milestone as the Manchester Craft and Design Centre's Victorian market building turns 150 years old this year! Join in their celebration on Saturday 22 April, where you can participate in a free Clay & Play workshop, an Insect Trail inspired by new exhibition, Entomagical, and complimentary drinks from BQ Bitesize. The celebration will continue on Sunday 23 April with two performances of Sea Change by the Kantos Chamber Choir at 2:30pm and 5pm. 

4. Manchester’s favourite street food festival travels to Wythenshawe 

GRUB’s travelling street food festival returns to Wythenshawe this week. On Saturday 22 April, this award-winning festival is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves delicious and unique street food. Featuring a diverse range of food vendors offering everything from vegan burgers to Korean fried chicken, this festival is a foodie's dream come true. 

5. Delve into the history of the British worker at the John Rylands Library 

The Workers' Playtime Exhibition at John Rylands Library showcases a fascinating glimpse into the lives of British workers during the mid-20th century. Featuring a range of artifacts, including photographs, posters, and personal accounts, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the leisure pursuits of those who worked long hours in factories and mills. 

Book Now:  Festival OF Libraries 2023 

Manchester’s Festival of Libraries returns this year. Between 7-11 June, the annual celebration highlights libraries and their importance to the community. The festival features a wide range of events, including author talks, workshops, exhibitions, and performances, all taking place across various libraries throughout Greater Manchester. It's a fantastic opportunity for visitors to discover new books and engage with local authors, as well as to learn more about the history and significance of Manchester's libraries. 


Manchester Pint of Science 2023 Launch Event
Pint of science festival talk

Manchester Pint of Science festival is BACK for 2023, and it's kicking off with a FREE launch event at the snazzy Henry Royce Institute.

Bloomtown Blossom
Pink blossom with Manchester canal and architecture in the background

A free city-wide trail is getting families out this spring holiday to explore the blossom on their own doorsteps. From spotting blooms in city squares to seeking out flowers in local parks, everyone is invited to follow the Bloomtown map and share their finds on social media with #BlossomWatch

Entomagical by Anna Collette Hunt
The iconic Manchester Worker's bee

In celebration of our building's 150th anniversary, ceramic artist Anna Collette Hunt has created a collection of Entomagical insects to reflect the hive mentality of the Centre and our city.

Food Hall

Manchester's longest running street food event GRUB is located in the vibrant Green Quarter just 5 minutes’ walk from Manchester Victoria rail station. The converted textile warehouse is home to a 22 line craft beer bar, 100 seater cinema space Chapeltown Picture House, kids play room, dining hall & most importantly one the area's biggest beer gardens.

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library

A late-Victorian, neo-Gothic masterpiece



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