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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 25 – 31 March 2024

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 25th March 2024

Spring has sprung, schools are out, and we’ve got an extended Bank Holiday weekend coming up.

March has already brought with it food festivals, cultural celebrations, annual events, and so much more, and thankfully, there’s loads more in the Greater Manchester social calendar for everyone of all ages to be getting involved with throughout this week too – especially as the kids aren’t in the classroom and it’s Easter at the weekend.

If you’re finding it a bit tricky to pick what to do though, we’ve chosen a few of the best bits for another edition of our ‘what’s on‘ guide.

Here’s some of our recommendations.



Spring Holiday at the Science and Industry Museum


Monday 25 March – 14 April


Curious mini Mancs are being called on to head down to one of Manchester’s most-visited museum’s to help fix a “special machine” this spring holidays.

The Science and Industry Museum, which is based right in the heart of Manchester city centre, is giving families the chance to “spring into action” as it hosts a full programme of “curious contraptions, dynamic demonstrations, and immersive experiences” over the next three weeks.

And a good chunk of the events planned while schools are out are actually open to getting involved with for completely free of charge too.


Find out more here.


The Great British Spring Clean 2024

Greater Manchester

Monday 25 – Sunday 31 March

Greater Manchester is being urged to take part in a huge UK-wide ‘spring clean’.


Residents across the region are being encouraged to “roll up their sleeves” and join in with the annual UK-wide ‘Great British Spring Clean’ organised by Keep Britain Tidy, and supported by Manchester City Council, that’s now running right through to the end of this week.

The Great British Spring Clean is calling on locals to get stuck-in by helping to tidy up local parks, pathways, and other green spaces.

Find out more about how to join in this month here.


Sister Act

Palace Theatre Manchester


Monday 25 – Saturday 30 March

Sister Act is now on stage right here in Manchester.

The eagerly-anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK award-winning musical is currently entertaining audiences down at the city’s iconic Palace Theatre, and is being described as a must-see show “sent from above” that’s both “joyous and uplifting” in equal measure.

It features original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, and songs inspired by Motown, soul, and disco to “raise the spirits” and “warm the soul”.

Find out more and grab last-minute tickets here.



Dragaret at Revolution

Revolution Deansgate Locks

Saturday 30 March

This Easter Saturday, Revolution on Deansgate Locks will launch their very first Cabaret Variety Show, with special guests, drag queens, lip sync, cirque acts, game shows, competitions, live music and more.

The three-hour extravaganza will cost £45, which gets you a brunch dish and 90 minutes of bottomless booze, plus lashings of entertainment.


Doors will open at 3pm ready for the bottomless to begin at 3.30pm, then there’s entertainment all evening.

You can book tickets here.


Fairfield Social Club

Green Quarter

Monday 25 March – onwards


Fairfield Social Club has now reopened in Manchester once again.

After a successful winter pop-up at the end of last year, and a soft launch via Isit Kitchen’s Supper Club a couple of weeks back, Fairfield Social Club – which is from the same family as beloved street food and social hub, GRUB – is now back up and running at its brand-new venue on Irk Street in the heart of Manchester’s Green Quarter.

A special lineup of events has already been announced to take place throughout the month – with quiz nights, speed-dating events, and plenty more.

Find out more here.



Manchester Open Exhibition 2024


Monday 25 March – 28 April

Manchester Open Exhibition is back for the third time in our city.

Taking place every two years down at HOME, the Open Exhibition is the biggest celebration of Greater Manchester’s creative talent, and sees HOME’s Gallery walls filled with 480 artworks created by the people of our region that have been specially-selected by a panel consisting of art experts and community representatives.

Open to all, the Exhibition brings together artwork including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital and mixed media, video, audio, and so much more. 


Find out more here.


NEW OPENING – Ben’s Cookies

Trafford Centre

Did you see that Ben’s Cookies has finally arrived in Greater Manchester?

It may already be one of the most legendary bakeries in the UK, but Ben’s Cookies has finally opened its first location here in Greater Manchester, and since launching in the Trafford Centre, the bright-red stall has had queues snaking all the way down the concourse.


It’s pretty easy to see why too, as these cookies are ultra-soft with a perfect crunch to the outside, and are baked with chunks, not chips, so you’ll always get a proper gooey filling.

There’s 14 different flavours sold at the Trafford Centre stall, including triple chocolate, white chocolate and cranberry, chocolate orange, and caramelised biscuit, and each one is rolled and baked fresh on site, so they’re usually still warm when you pick up your box.

Find out more here.


Did you see that one of the biggest charity shops has just opened here in Greater Manchester?

The independently-run Regenerage superstore is the newest resident at the massively-popular Middlebrook Retail Park in Bolton.


Inside the huge 10,958 sq ft store, shoppers can find everything from ladies and menswear, to homeware, furniture, and children’s clothing too, plus books, and new white goods – including washing machines, fridge freezers, and more.

There’s also a specially-created bridal and occasional wear department too.

And if all of that didn’t sound brilliant enough as it is, there’s even the chance to get your hands on designer brands like Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, and Armani, all without the hefty price tag.

Find out more here.



The Giant Easter Egg Hunt

RHS Garden Bridgewater

Friday 29 March – Sunday 14 April

The Giant Easter Egg Hunt is back at RHS Garden Bridgewater this spring school holidays.

Running from 10am to 4pm daily, and suitable for children aged three and up, visitors are invited to follow the hunt around the Salford-based garden to find the hidden giant Easter eggs – which are based on designs by local schoolchildren, and have all been been hand-painted by artists Cath Ford and Alastair Price

Once you’ve found all the eggs around the garden, you’ll be rewarded with a free chocolatey treat to take home with you.


Find out more here.


Banner Bonanza

People’s History Museum

Friday 29 March – 12 April

People’s History Museum (PHM) is globally famous for its banners, so the city centre tourist attraction is hosting a ‘Banner Bonanza’ this Easter holidays.

Taking place from this Friday (29 March) and running right through to 12 April, all of the activities in this family-friendly event are free to take part in, and you don’t even need to book in advance either, meaning visitors can just drop-in to see the banners – some which are part of the permanent displays, and some part of the 2024 Banner Exhibition

These textile artworks are also the inspiration to the activities taking place in the museum during the Easter holidays too.

Find out more here.



The Oast House

Sunday 31 March

ManiFest is back, and taking over The Oast House this Easter Sunday.

In case you haven’t heard, the popular Spinningfields venue hosts its very-own festival every bank holiday throughout the year, and this weekend is no different – with a lineup of live music from talented artists spanning the genres of rock, pop, soul, R&B, funk, disco, and blues.

As always, there’ll be live DJ intervals, flowing drinks, and a feast of absolutely delicious street food to tuck into all night long.

Find out more about this weekend’s ManiFest here.


Peter Rabbit Family Fun Day

Bury Transport Museum

Sunday 31 March

Peter Rabbit is visiting the Bury Transport Museum this Easter Sunday, and families across Greater Manchester are invited down to meet the mischievous bob-tailed bunny himself.

As well as getting to meet Peter at intervals throughout the day, there’s even more family fun on the lineup too, with theme park rides suitable for toddlers, face painting, craft activities, and even a ride along one of the heritage steam or diesel trains through Irwell Valley.

General admission tickets to the museum can be booked now, and include a ride on any of the train services on the day of your visit.

Find out more and grab tickets here.


The Beeswing’s ‘Spanish Bottomless Brunch’


Sunday 31 March – onwards

Popular Manchester wine bar The Beeswing down at Kampus has just launched a new ‘Spanish Bottomless Brunch’.

Called ‘Domingo’ – which means ‘Sunday’ in Spanish, and now running every Sunday until the summer and beyond – the brand-new event features a curated collection of classic Spanish brunch dishes to be served alongside free-flowing mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys for the pretty-impressive price of just £35 per person.

Hungry foodie fans can take their pick from a menu of Spanish-inspired brunch dishes like smoky shakshuka, and Ibérico eggs benedict, all while sipping on 90-minutes worth of drinks.

Find out more and book your brunch slot here.


Featured Image – Science Museum Group | RHS | The Oast House