But this super depressing month calls for lots of fun activities to add to your diary, and we have very generously listed the best- just for you. So go out and make your March magical!
Mindfulness for Busy People
Thursday 1st March
Do you find it difficult to cope with your hectic lifestyle, and often let stress get the better of you? You’re not alone- but there’s something you could do about it. This month, Gen Gomchen will be hosting a seminar; teaching people how to bring mindfulness into their lives. If you think mastering this practice could make your life easier (I know it would definitely help me), then be quick to book your tickets- there are a lot of stressed people in Manchester!
Family Bowie Ball @ Gorilla
Saturday 3rd March
As a parent, it’s difficult to grab dinner with your partner, go on a night out with your mates or generally just do what you want to do! Of course, the kids are priority. But God, aka Gorilla have been kind to us this month, and are hosting a Bowie Ball for parents and kids of all ages to enjoy-together! So now you can dance along to all of your favourite Bowie bangers and won’t have to pay for a babysitter!
The Best of Buzz Comedy @ Waterside Arts
Saturday 3rd March
Buzz Comedy is a monthly show that hosts three of the best up-and-coming stand up comedians in the country. The three comedians this year, Alistair Williams, Simon Feilder and Conor Drum have done gigs around the world- including America and Switzerland- so you’re guaranteed to leave with an aching belly.
Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Town Hall, Sale, Cheshire M33 3ZF
International Women’s Day: Walk for Women
Saturday 3rd March
Attention all women: the 3rd of March is a celebration for you. Women’s Day 2018 marks 100 years since women won the right to vote, so it’s only right the girls of Manchester get together and congratulate one another for being god damn awesome. So girls, don’t forget to register- it’s a big day for womankind.
Sing-a-Long Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday 7th March
Erm, have I died and gone to Disney heaven? Yes, I think so. Drop everything you’re doing right now and book tickets for the Opera House’s best event this year- the Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long. It’s probably the one time you won’t get bollocked off your mates for murdering a song. So feel free to warm up your vocal cords and sing along. Seriously, Be Our Guest!
Faulty Towers Dining Experience @ Palace Theatre
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March
Fancy being a guest at the Faulty Towers restaurant and being waited on hand and foot by Basil, Sybil and Manuel? This immersive and improvised comedy show includes a 3-course meal and a buffet of laughs; so it’s bound to be the best dinner party you’ve ever been to. Don’t miss out on this totally unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience with your favourite TV show characters- book your tickets asap.
The Halle – Great Sci-Fi Movies
Sunday 10th March
Wouldn’t you just love to hear your favourite Sci-Fi classics being played by a sick live orchestra? Erm, obviously yes! Well, make sure you buy tickets for The Halle- Great Sci-Fi Movies at Bridgewater Hall and experience songs from films such as, Star Wars, Star Trek, Back To The Future and Avatar first hand!
The Sound of Music
From Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th March
“The Hillsss are aliveeee, with the sound of musicccc”. If you haven’t belted this out before, then you had an unhappy childhood, because everyone has seen The Sound of Music! It is one of the greatest musicals of all time and it’s not hard to see why- but now is your chance to see the beloved Von Trapp family in action.
In Conversation with Andrew Lloyd Webber
Thursday 15th March
Musical theatre icon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, is one of the most distinguished artists of our time and has continued to make a name for himself, five decades later. But despite his undeniable success, do we really know the full story about this award-winning composer and producer? Join him on the 15th March for the launch of his autobiography, Unmasked, and hear the untold stories behind some of the world’s most successful musicals and of course, the man himself.
Learn to Play Day 2018
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March
Do you want to encourage your child to play a musical instrument, but don’t know which discipline they’ll like? Well, Forsyth’s on Deansgate is hosting a weekend of free music lessons for people of all ages, making it the perfect opportunity to recognise if your kid is a musical prodigy. And it won’t cost you a penny! Class.
Flight of the Conchords @ Manchester Arena
Friday 23rd March
Our favourite comedy duo are back on stage after seven long years, and of course, they’re heading to Manchester. It may be your last chance to see them in the flesh, so don’t wait around. Tickets are selling out quick.
Gin Festival Manchester
Starts Friday 23rd March
Gin is the ‘trendy’ drink of 2018, so obviously Manchester has dedicated an entire festival to it… So for all of you gin-lovers, Victoria Baths are hosting a 9-day-long festival that will include gin’s from all over the world, live music, delicious food and a gin cocktail bar. Basically, if you manage to leave sober, you deserve a bloody medal.
The Blue Run
Sunday 25th March
The weather in Manchester has been crap for the last month of two (understatement) and everyone is feeling pretty blue… I know I am. So if you need a good laugh to lighten your mood (and want to raise some money in the process) then register for the Blue Run and drench yourself in colourful powder, just because! But please god, don’t wear your best clothes or trainers. You’ll spend weeks trying to get them clean.
Manchester Duck Race
Friday 30th March
You’d be absolutely quackers to miss out on Manchester annual Duck Race- I’ve heard its bill-iant. There will be children’s rides, food, celeb appearances and of course, two duck races, so it’ll definitely be a hit with the kids. But people of all ages are welcome- feel free to get drunk and cheer on your feathery mates.