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TOP TEN THINGS TO DO THIS SPRING

By Alice Warburton

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TOP TEN THINGS TO DO THIS SPRING

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Spring is the perfect time to cast off the winter woollies and get back outside to enjoy what you love to do the most. Why not try something new? From a family day out walking with alpacas to a spot of bottomless brunch with friends at Knutsford’s finest, check through this list to choose how you would like to spring into action!

I’m A Celebrity Jungle Challenge

You’ve watched the TV show as a family. You’ve taken the kids to all the high ropes courses. So, why not take on the challenge as a group? Visit MediaCity in Salford to enjoy I’m a Celebrity… Jungle Challenge to find and answer dingo dollar questions scattered around the jungle and collect stars for completing challenges. Compete against other jungle challengers on the daily star ranking board and enjoy photo opportunities as King or Queen of the Jungle. More information can be found at www.imacelebrityjunglechallenge.co.uk

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Do you enjoy visiting historical places and soaking up the atmosphere? Looking for a day out that entertains and is close by? Book a visit to the renowned Victorian writer Elizabeth Gaskell’s House at Plymouth Grove, just a mile away from Manchester City Centre. Walking in the footsteps of literary heroes, such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë, and explore every inch of the property, including the new exhibition A Love Affair with Cranford, which will run until April 2022. Even pop along every other Sunday to the second-hand bookshop and see if you can pick up one of Gaskell’s own books. For more information, please visit www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Cheshire Alpacas At Oakdale Farm

If your family are animal lovers, then this one’s for you! Join Oakdale Farm at 10am every day for group walks and learn everything there is to know about alpacas… whilst walking one! Lasting around 90 minutes, enjoy strolling alongside and feeding these wonderful animals their breakfast. There’s also an opportunity to take home a framed photograph of you and your new best friend. For a more private family experience, you can book a private alpaca walk and have the chance to walk not one but two Alpacas! For more information, please go to www.cheshirealpacas.co.uk/alpaca-experiences

Chatsworth Including Little Pips Gardening Club

Chatsworth is renowned for its beautiful house and stunning landscaped gardens. It is a must-visit for families from all over the North West. And if you’re looking for something different to entertain your youngsters, The Little Pips Gardening Club is the answer! Starting in early March, take part in family fun and learn how to sow, grow and appreciate nature. Sessions include planting sunflowers and chitting potatoes. More information is available at www.chatsworth.org/events/gardening-club

Hare Hill Reopening

Reconnect with nature in all its wonder as spring comes to life in the stunning Walled Garden at Hare Hill, National Trust. Reopening from February 19th, take your family to explore the new natural play area, discover fantastic species of birds and delve into the fascinating history of this majestic location. Before you leave, take a glance around the pre-loved bookshop, where children and adults can delight in finding gems to read later. Last entry is at 4.30pm and entry, including car parking, is £22.50 for a family or free with National Trust membership. More details at nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill

The Lost & Found Bottomless Brunch

If you’re looking for a way to elevate weekly cocktails with the girls, between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays, you can enjoy bottomless brunch and let your hair down at The Lost & Found. Located off Princess Street, this beautiful Victorian building is the perfect setting. For a maximum of two hours, there’s unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s, Aperol spritz or mimosas and a delicious brunch meal and a side, all for £29.95. Email [email protected] to make a booking.

Flower Workshop

Spring is all about rebirth and nothing signifies this more than flowers in bloom. To celebrate the season, why not try a flower-designing workshop? Located on Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, The Flower Lounge is the perfect place to learn a new artistic skill. Lasting two hours, create the perfect arrangement with your friends under the skilful eye of award-winning florist Siân Wild and top floral designer Mark Entwistle. As well as catering for special occasions, DIY Wreath Kits and gift vouchers are available to purchase too. More information is available by emailing [email protected]

Inglewood Manor Afternoon Tea

Spring is the ideal season to spend time with friends after the long winter months and sharing Afternoon Tea with good conversation and laughter is the epitome of enjoyment and class, especially at Inglewood Manor, Cheshire. This beautifully preserved grade II-listed Edwardian manor house is a serene location to savour an array of delicious delights while catching up with your friends and family. Afternoon Tea is served from 3pm to 5pm daily. More information can be found at www.inglewoodmanor.co.uk/dining/afternoon-tea

Cheshire School Of Jewellery

Have you ever wanted to make your own jewellery or craft a special piece to treasure? Now you can! With either one-day workshops or longer courses, the Cheshire School of Jewellery offers brilliant courses from professional teacher Lisa Taylor. Lisa organises the courses which include Stacking Rings, Silhouette Pendant and Earrings and Beaded Jewellery Workshop. Prices start at around £40.
Find out more at www.cheshireschoolofjewellery.co.uk

Candlelit Swan Lake Performance At Manchester Cathedral

Ballet is a staple of the new-year theatre performances – its crafted storytelling is enchanting and mesmerises. Hosted by Fever, enjoy a truly unique and spectacular evening watching ballet, including excerpts of Swan Lake, accompanied by a string quartet and performed by candlelight in Manchester Cathedral. Tickets start at £15 and are sure to be snapped up quickly, so act fast to make sure you get yours! March 25th and April 26th. Book at www.feverup.com/m/93004

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