From Easter egg hunting and quacktastic duck racing to spooky ghost nights at Ordsall Hall and family shows at The Lowry, Salford has plenty to offer this month as Spring is almost upon us.
Why not immerse the family in a world of chocolate and imagination this Easter, or spoil your mum this Mothers Day for afternoon tea at On the 7 March.
Ordsall Hall is also presenting a live half hour performance from Opera North, as well as Easter Egg Hunts and more this month.
Exhibition: To End All Wars
Wednesdays to Fridays, 1pm to 5pm and the first Saturday of the month, 10am to 4pm, Free
This exhibition marks the centenary of the introduction of conscription in early 1916. It looks at some of those involved, both men and women, who fought for peace.
A specially-written ‘Living History’ performance, No Power on Earth, will accompany the exhibition. Based on the true story of Salford man, James Hudson, this monologue tells the story of an ordinary school teacher at the start of the First World War who finds himself at odds with the popular mood.
The 30-minute free performance can be seen at the Library on Wednesday 2 March at 1pm and Saturday 5 March at 12.30pm
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday 2 March to Saturday 5 March, £16 – £45
Love at first dance, forbidden passions and dangerous secrets. Visit The Lowry this month and enjoy this exhilarating classic ballet.
Wednesday 2 March, 6.30pm, Junior: £5 Adult: £6
Helly Hansen Watersports Centre
Helly Hansen Water Sports Centre have an impressive 8 metre high indoor climbing wall.
Taking part in a climbing session offers some fantastic benefits for adults and young people, including improving confidence, self esteem and hand-eye coordination. Climbing also develops problem solving and team building skills, whilst helping to overcome fears and achieve goals.
Sport Relief 2016 – Battle of the Five-A-Sides
Thursday 3 March to Saturday 5 March
Five-a-side stadium at MediaCityUK
Footballing legends Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage are going head-to-head once again as part of the epic BBC Radio 5 live ‘Battle of the Five-A-Sides’ for Sport Relief 2016. Supported by the Premier League, the three day five-a-side football frenzy will see Alan and Robbie return to the pitch to play as well as manage a squad of players. Over 1,000 people will take part to play a combined total of 57 hours of continuous football.
MAPAS Choral & Vocal Festival
Friday 4 March 2016, 4pm, cost varies depending on class
Back by popular demand, the MAPAS Choral and Vocal festival is an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic vocal talent that Salford has to offer, and is inviting anyone who loves to sing to come along and showcase their talent.
Ghost night with Paranormal Eye UK
Saturday 5 March 9pm to Sunday 6 March 2am, £35 per person
For those interested in the Paranormal, Ordsall hall is open to a night for you to uncover the secrets and discover the sinister history that lies between the famous walls dating back to as far as the 15 Century.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at on The 7 March
Sunday 6 March, 12pm to 6pm, £20 per person.
On the 7th Private members club is opening its doors to everyone on a Sunday!
Offering a delicious deal on Mother’s Day afternoon tea the unique club setting provides stunning views of The Quays. Why not spoil Mum (and yourself!) on Sunday 6th March with a special afternoon tea Mother’s Day treat! The offer includes tea, coffee and a glass of fizz, a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and afternoon tea cakes – all for £20 per person.
Aperture: Media Art Exhibition
Monday 7 March – Monday 4 April 2016, University of Salford Foyer, MediaCityUK
Daily: 8am – 10pm (excluding Bank Holidays)
A free exhibition showcasing the best and brightest talents in contemporary digital and media arts working across the ten Greater Manchester boroughs today. Broad and imaginative in scope, these works explore the presentation of people and places in a media-saturated, technological age.
Whistle Stop Elixir of Love
Thursday 17 March 2016 2pm, £2.50
In this half-hour performance Opera North brings a new comic, condensed, ‘Whistle Stop Elixir of Love’ to Ordsall Hall this March.
Stained Glass workshop
Sunday 20 March 2016, 1pm to 4pm, £15
Learn the techniques of how to make stained glass and create a Spring themed stained glass decoration to take home.
The Witches – Roald Dahl
Monday 21 March to Saturday 26 March, £19.00
Roald Dahl’s scariest book is brought to life in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family.
The Witches features a hugely talented cast of actor-musicians, original music and mind-boggling illusions!
Friday 25 – Monday 28 March, 10am to 6pm daily, Free
Immerse yourself and the whole family in a world of pure imagination over Easter Weekend.
Tantalise the senses in the immersive ‘Chocolate Factory’ experience with fantastic technicolour, full of sights, sounds and smells, with fun challenges for all the family and surprises along the way. Free entry by ticket only, available to visitors who have hunted for the missing tickets scattered around the centre in our Golden TIcket Trail.
The Quays Duck Race!
Friday 25 March, 12.30pm – 4pm
Our quacktastic Easter Quays Duck Race is back for a third year and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!
Walkden’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday 26 March, 12pm to 4pm, 50p to join in the hunt
ParrFold Park, Walkden Road, M28 7EA
Join the Easter Bunny for a family friendly Easter Hunt in the park. With inflatable super slides, arts and crafts activities and yummy chocolaty prizes!
Dress for the outdoors and wear your bunny ears
Walking Tours of Ordsall Hall
Sunday 27 March 2016, 2pm, £2
If you would like to find out more about the fascinating history of Ordsall Hall why not join one of our volunteers for an informal walking tour of the house at 2.00pm every Sunday?
Tours don’t run on the first Sunday of the month or if there is another event taking place at the Hall.
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday 27 March 2016, 1pm to 4pm, £1 per quiz
Have a go at our special Easter Sunday quiz, find the eggs and solve the clues to get a small prize.
Peppa Pigs Surprise
Wednesday 30 March to Thursday 31 March, £17 – £23
Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!