So the clocks have gone forward, the evenings are getting lighter, and there's a long weekend on the horizon. Make the most of it by doing some of the following:
1. Go to the zoo. Yes, I know there isn't one in Manchester, but Chester Zoo is less than an hour's drive away and is a perfect day out of the weather is nice (miserable if it's cold and wet). Pack a picnic lunch and plan your route round the zoo carefully, as it's pretty tiring trying to cover eveything - must-sees include the elephants, monkeys, jaguars, penguins and lions. Do not, repeat, DO NOT go in the Bat Cave - it's dark and scary, it smells bad, and things fly at your head.
2. Join in with a local Easter Egg Hunt. Alternatively, if you are an adult, simply drive to Sainsbury's and select an egg of your choice from the shelf.
3. Visit Tatton Park between Sat 11th April and Mon 13th April armed with your teddy bear and lots of cash - there is a teddy bear hunt for the kids, and an Easter Crafts and Shopping Fair for the grown-ups. The house will also be open over the weekend and is always worth a look - full details at www.tattonpark.org.uk.
4. Some of Manchester's best clubs are running four-night egg-stravaganzas (sorry) over the weekend - clearly the best night to go out is Sunday night, a night normally reserved for ironing and fretting about having to go to work the next day. Pick of the events look to be at Sankeys (£15) or The Warehouse Project taking up residence at Piccadilly Arches (£20). Or you could throw good taste to one side and relive your student days by attending the Foam Party at Fifth Avenue, also on Sunday 12th April - a bargain at £5 and boasting the slogan "Ooooh! It's bubbly lovely!" (you have been warned)