MM’s top five… eggcellent Easter events

As millions of children made a break for the school gates last week, parents across Manchester have been left to think of ways of keep their little ones eggcited over the Easter weekend.

Well we can confirm it is time to put the games consoles and laptops down and get out to the many events taking place throughout the city during the bank holiday.

MM have (Easter egg) hunted high and low to find the most fun activities for the whole family to get involved with… don’t worry mums and dads we’ve made sure they won’t break the bank either.

Event: Chocomania

Date/Time: Good Friday, Easter weekend, bank holiday Monday, 10am – 6pm

Description:  For most children (and some big kids too) chocolate is what Easter is all about and this weekend the Lowry Outlet is offering an escape into chocaholic’s heaven.

The four-day event features an interactive Chocolate Factory experience complete with creative effects, stage shows and characters inspired by Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas.

And the fun continues outside with a 50ft traditional helter skelter outside the centre.

For the grownups, a collection of artisan markets on the plaza will offer a wide range of confectionary as well as food and drink.

Location: Lowery Outlet, Salford, M50 3AH

Price: Free

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Event: Manchester Easter Fun fair at Platt Fields Park

Date/Time: Saturday March 28 – Sunday April 19, 12pm – 8pm

Description: Thrill-seekers need look no further than the Manchester Fun Fair for their adrenaline rush.

The annual event at Platt Field Park returns and features over 20 traditional fairground rides along with some entertainment for kids.

The biggest draw promises to be the Mach 1 Bomber which travels at over 40 miles an hour and spins riders upside down at a height of 40 metres for a white-knuckle ride.

Location: Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 5LL

Price: Free Entry, wristbands £7.99

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Event: National Football Museum Easter Challenge

Date/Time: Friday March 3 – Sunday April 19

Description: Football fans can earn their much loved cocoa treats by taking part in the National Football Museum’s Football Plus+ experience which will offer seven interactive holiday-themed challenges to tackle.

From the penalty spot to the commentary box there is plenty to keep families entertained along with free chocolate with every ticket purchased to keep your energy up.

There are also free Skills Sundays, Street Football Challenges and a Football for All Discovery Day to keep your little striker active during the school holidays.

Location: The National Football History Museum, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG

Price:  Football Plus+  day pass £10, family Football Plus+ season ticket £35

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Event: Third Eye presents Free Party

Date/Time:  Sunday April 5, 10pm – 4am

Description: House and techno fans unite to make the most of their bank holiday Monday by partying into the early hours of the morning.

Joshua Brooks bar are offering a free techno and house club night with special guest Kaluki supported by Martinez & Quadelli and Dub Natures Marshland.

Location: Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG

Price: Free between 10pm-11pm, £5 after 11pm

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Event: Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Dunham Massey

Date/Time: Friday April 3 – Monady April 6, 11am – 4pm

Description: An Easter Holiday isn’t complete without a traditional Easter egg trail. Enjoy the delights of this glorious National Trust park and win a cracking Cadbury’s Easter egg for completing the egg trail.

Based around the Stamford Military Hospital, Dunham Massey provides an eggspirational day out for all the family.

Location: Dunham Massey is the Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ

Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Cyndy Sims Parr, with thanks.

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