Something different over Easter – The Manchester Duck race


The Grand National has been and gone and with the nation having a flutter on this yearly event my Facebook and Twitter time lines were full of racing form, predictions and even some going to great lengths to calculate the winners. 
Did you have a bet?
I did, but I’ll let you into a secret – I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to racing form!  I do what I’ve always done since a child and pick my birthday numbered horse.  I now add the kids birthdays and Hubby’s into the mix and one in colours I like that day, but there is no skill involved in my choosing. That’s how I like it.
Random selection.
I won!  Well 2 of my horses came second and third but that saw me doubling my original stake so I was happy.
With random selection being my thing the Manchester duck race looks great fun, especially for the kiddies. 

 Now in it’s 5th year, the Manchester Duck race is held along the Spinningfields stretch of the River Irwell.
Thousands of rubber ducks are launched from the bridge and families come to cheer on their ducks.
Each duck is numbered and the first 5 over the finish line win a prize.
Although it’s not just about cheering on a rubber duckie – this is a charity event, to sponsor a duck it costs £1 and you can do so online or at the event with money raised going towards the local children’s charity Brainwave.

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As well as this duck race there is also a corporate race where companies can decorate foot high duck with their logo’s or however they choose.
Alongside the duck race are lots of activities for families including a bouncy castle, giant slide, teacup rides and much more.
The race is happening today and starts from 12pm with the actual duck race beginning at 2pm.  If you fancy a great family day out why not pop along and have some fun and support a great charity too.  If you need somewhere to stay can check out Hotel Direct for a good deal for an overnight stay or you could even make a long weekend of it too.

If you’re planning to make a weekend of it while visiting then here are a few local attractions which you may like to visit with the kids for great days out:
  • Cadbury Easter Egg hunt at Lyme Park – running from 18th – 21st April 11am-4.30pm, entry is £1 per child (as well as park entry at £5.50 per child and £11 for adults).
  • Reddish Vale Farm – for horse riding, face painting, arts and crafts
  • Bunny hop at Heaton Park
  • Picnics in the park
  • Treasure Trail from £6.99 – buy your map online and once completed you can enter to win a cash prize
  • Bushcraft and foraging at Haigh Hall and country park – activity day £10
Let’s hope the weather stays nice and you can enjoy a great weekend whatever you decide to do.
Happy Easter!

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