Lockdown Easing: Things to do in Manchester after April 21st
Bees are buzzing, evenings are getting lighter, the sun is starting to make an appearance, and the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel is getting even closer. Finally free from the four walls of your house the world's your oyster, but with so many options for how best to make up for that lost time how do you choose?!
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve searched far and wide and in every nook and cranny to give you the best guide to some of the best post-lockdown activities and events in Manchester.
At the time of writing, the current government roadmap means that as of the 29th of March:
-People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
-The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
-Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
-Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances
As of the 12th of April:
-All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people's homes)
-Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
-Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
1. Jazz In The Sky, Manchester
Located in a ‘secret location’ high above the city, Fever Manchester are running Jazz in the Sky, the latest adaptation from the ever-growing Candlelight Jazz Club series, to bring you an evening of stunning music and a cloud nine atmosphere in one of Manchesters hidden gems with breathtaking views!
When: April 8th - June
2. Open Air Club - Square One, Manchester
Missed live music AND the dance floor?
Square One is a brand new open-air clubbing destination coming to Manchester on the 26th of June! With a line up of some of the biggest names in dance music (including Denis Sulta, Enzo Siragusa, and Hot since 82), it promises to make up for the lost memories and bring the dance floor back to life with a “good and proper open-air affair”. Square One is an event space transformed from an old car park in the heart of Manchester (just round the corner from Piccadilly Gardens!). Find out more here!
3. Greens Vegan Restaurant - Didsbury
A lively, popular dining experience founded by Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer, Greens is an award winning vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of trendy West Didsbury. Although they have been ‘terrifying carnivores since 1990’ there delicious range is bound to satisfy all!
When: 12th April - Onwards
4. The Lawn Club - Manchester
A quintessentially British Bar & Kitchen in the heart of Spinningfields. Serving delicious food, great craft beer, signature cocktails, and everything in between.
When: 12th April - Onwards
5. Dining In The Dark - Mamucium, Manchester
Ever wondered what it is like to eat in the dark? Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years. Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level. After donning your blindfold in the darkened, candlelit room, you'll soon realise that focusing on taste and smell alone can be a truly enlightening experience—provided you're not afraid of the dark!
(ps. There is a delicious Vegan menu 😌)
When: 19th May - Onwards
6. Campfire Pizza & Margarita bar
Ramona Pizza have been working on converting a former garage forecout to create a large socially distanced beer garden for Ancoats.
The next phase of opening will see a brand new outdoor drinking space in the form of their 250-capacity campfire beer garden and margarita bar.
The beer garden allows guests to eat and drink outside, kept cosy and warm by campfires and firepits – and if it rains, there’s even a tipi.
Ramona’s hugely popular Detroit pizza will be served alongside the best ‘Made in Manchester’ beers from midday until 12pm.
When: 14th April - Onwards
Just looking for a good old fashioned drink? From the 12th of April you’ll be able to head back to some of Manchesters best bars. Explore new spots like Escape to Freight Island, visit revamped favourites like Dukes 92, find hidden gems to old The ConClub, or spend time at some of Manchesters classics like 20 Stories and The Oast House. The big question is: which to visit first?