Promising ‘the festival feeling with no tents needed’, SpringFest 2023 takes over the Grade II* listed Victoria Baths with live music, art exhibitions, creative activities and an array of food and drink in a family-friendly celebration of culture and the arts from Greater Manchester and beyond on Sat 15 Apr.

Taking place from 11am-4pm, SpringFest offers an incredible lineup of live music against the backdrop of the Baths’ beautiful tiles and stained glass. Featuring Afrobeat masters Sens Sagna and the Kajamor Family, the hypnotic guitar grooves of Tungusku, the Chorlton Ukelele Orchestra and an unmissable ticketed evening performance by Riognach Connolly & Honeyfeet, the one-day jamboree provides all the musical diversity of a festival for a fraction of the price and none of the mud.

Located around the building, art exhibitions from Paulette Bansal, Sarah Thorley, artists from Pool Arts Studio and more showcase a range of dazzling creative talent from around the region. Our Kids Social host an Under The Sea-themed fancy dress ‘pool party’ with the Make Do & Disco, during which parents and children can dance, sing and make their own aquatic mobiles, followed by a two-channel silent disco to suit different musical tastes. For more informal, laid back child-friendly fun, families can head to the kids play area which features a book tent, mini-kitchen and activity station.

Alongside art, music and dancing, SpringFest offers a number of irresistible street food options to fuel visitors throughout the day, including bao buns from Dim Sum Su, sourdough pizza from Urban Crust and a relaxed coffee-and-cake cafe, as well as a blissfully well-stocked bar serving beers, wines and soft drinks.

Running at various points during the festival, the Discover Victoria Baths and Off Limits guided tours (approx. one hour) allow guests to explore the building with exclusive access to some areas not usually open to the public. Pre-booking is highly recommended.

Visitors are encouraged to cycle to the day event for a free thank you brew, just show a picture of you and your parked bike on entry.

Tickets to SpringFest 2023 are £7 with Gift Aid and are available to book here.

All ticket and bar sales support the work of the Victoria Baths Trust.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Sat 15 Apr, 11am-4pm, Victoria Baths,
Hathersage Rd, Manchester M13 0FE
, Tel: 0161 224 2020
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 6 Mar 2023