Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this April.
Making Monuments on Rapa Nui at Manchester Museum
Wednesday 1 April – Sunday 6 September
The monumental stone statues of Easter Island are some of the most widely recognised archaeological objects in the world. This exhibition will deconstruct some of the myths about the island, and discuss current theories about the decline of this astonishing culture, showing one of the statues, Moai Hava, which was collected from Rapa Nui in 1868.
Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master at Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 13 March – Monday 8 June
Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives. The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.
Vintage Swing Festival at The Printworks
Sunday 5 April
This annual festival will have live music featuring ‘The Revolutionaires’, DJ sets from ‘Katz Korner’ & ‘Gypsy John’, vintage stalls and cars, swing dance classes and much more! The event is also free entry for all.
The Great British Food Festival at Stonyhurst College
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April
In the Easter School Holidays, the 2015 foodie festival will incorporate the popular Stonyhurst Spring Fair, so along with great foodie stalls, inside you will find lots of gift and household items. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Band on the Wall
Tuesday 14 April
Chicago hip-hop brass band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are an eight-strong cohort of horn-playing brothers. Together, they have formed a formidable reputation as one of the best live bands around, with a sound that calls to mind traditional New Orleans big-band jazz, rap, funk and hip-hop.
Paul Simon & Sting at Manchester Arena
Monday 13 April
Two of music’s most iconic singer songwriters will perform some of their best-known songs together including Boy In The Bubble, Fields of Gold,Driven To Tears, Mother & Child Reunion, Desert Rose, Every Breath You Take, The Boxer, Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes and more.
Moon Rise Run at Heaton Park
Saturday 18 April
A premium 5k night run and festival jam packed with music, food, drink and entertainment. Experience Manchester in a new light alongside thousands of others.
Manchester Duck Race at Spinningfields
Friday 3 April
There is a whole host of activity set to take place across the area, to entertain the thousands of families that come down to watch their rubber ducks race along the Spinningfields stretch of the River Irwell. Now in its sixth year, it costs just £1 to enter a racing duck. Ducks can be purchased online at ticketsource.co.uk, with all proceeds going to local children’s charity Brainwave.
A Night of Dirty Dancing at Bolton Octagon
Tuesday 21 April
No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. Take a trip back to the summer of ’63, relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance.
Jimmy Carr at The O2 Apollo
Friday 17 April
Over the past 10 years, Jimmy Carr earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. He brings his latest show ‘Funny Business’ to the O2 Apollo for one night only this April.
Premier League Darts at Manchester Arena
Thursday 2 April
Judgement Night, the season’s ninth league night, will see the stars go head-to-head for the decisive final fixtures before the bottom two players are eliminated.
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Cycling Centre
Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 April
Watch the best in BMX face off in front of adrenalin fuelled crowds looking to watch riders jostle to qualify for Sunday’s finals in three rounds of motos.
Tour of the Month
Pub Tour: Rail Ale Day Out
Saturday 11 April
A full-day trip enjoying real ale, heritage stories and steam trains on the East Lancashire Railway. Booking required www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk £33/35. Meet: East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY
New Kid on the Block
So you enjoy challenges and solving puzzles? Looking for a challenging yet fun activity to unwind with your mates or family? Take things up a notch as you work together to work your way out from the Escape Rooms.