It’s time to break out the sunglasses and dig out the hay fever tablets because the first day of spring is already upon us. That’s right folks- it might have been snowing less than three days ago across most of the country, but we’re already starting to see plenty of sunshine (and it’s been a long time coming).

So, it’s finally time to emerge from our winter hibernation and make the most of living in one of the greatest cities on the planet. After all, when the sun’s high in the sky and the flowers are blooming, there’s just nothing better than a spring afternoon in Manchester.

We thought we’d give you a quick guide on how to make the most of this time of the year, so that you can get out there and enjoy some time in the sun.

Explore The City

When you live near a big city, you should certainly take the time to head out there and explore it. It’s actually quite frightening how many people forget to do this, since they never really think to go out and see the sights as they would when on holiday.

But Manchester has got all kinds of things for you to see and do. From historical sites such as the John Rylands Library to fantastic tours of football stadiums and museums, Manchester has always had a little something for everyone. Well, spring is the best time for you to get out there and enjoy! So what are you waiting for?

Spend Time With The Family

With the Easter break and enough bank holiday weekends to last a lifetime (though you can never have enough long weekends), spring is a great time for you to spend time with family and friends. Whether you’ve got children, a new partner or a bunch of friends you want to spend time with, you need to get out there and find enjoy yourselves while the sunny weather lasts!

There’s all kinds of family days out, bars, restaurants and hidden hotspots all over Manchester- you just need to decide which ones you’d like to visit.

Relax In A Beer Garden

There’s just nothing better than the feel of the sun on your face as you drink a cold, refreshing pint. With the beads of condensation dripping down the sides as you watch the bubbles sparkle inside, a drink in the sun is one of the best sights in the world.

Once those chilly winds have finally subsided, you should head to a beer garden and soak up the atmosphere while you can. It just so happens that Barca have a fantastic beer garden which offers a scenic view across Castlefield. As the best bar in Manchester– you’d expect nothing else.