Say goodbye to Winter’s short days and dark mornings, because the Spring Equinox is coming this March 20th. If you’re not an expert in Equinoxes (an Equinox-pert?) just yet, don’t panic. The name comes from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night, as it’s around the time of the Spring Equinox when – you guessed it – day and night become equal length.
Besides the astronomical significance of the celebration, there’s also a symbolic meaning behind the Spring Equinox. With the coming of Spring culturally signifying renewal and new growth, many see the Equinox as an opportunity to celebrate, refresh, and be closer to nature.
If you’re pressed for ideas on how to usher in the Spring Equinox in a city — don’t worry, we get it. That’s why we’ve curated a list of our favourite ways to celebrate the coming of a new season (you can thank us later).
One of the easiest ways to embrace the Spring Equinox is to get out in nature. This isn’t always easy in a city, we know, but, luckily, Manchester’s green spaces aren’t too far away from the bustling city centre — so you can get the best of both worlds. Here are a few places in Manchester you can go to be closer to nature.
A traditional way to celebrate the Spring Equinox is to spend some time appreciating the beauty of the natural world. And what better way to do that than catch a sunrise (or sunset) in the great outdoors?
Tegg’s Nose Country Park is reachable by foot, train, or car from Macclesfield, and its summit boasts stunning views of Manchester — the perfect place to catch a sunrise.
Another great option local to Manchester is Bury’s Peel Tower, an iconic monument that also boasts incredible views of Welsh mountains, Liverpool and, of course, Manchester itself.
So, why not plan a day in one of Manchester’s beauty spots?
If you fancy something a little closer to home, Manchester’s Heaton Park is the perfect place to take in some nature without feeling like you’re out in the sticks. Open from 8AM until dusk each day, and with cafes on-site, this is one for those who fancy a low-maintenance outdoor excursion — but don’t own hiking boots.
Whether you’re busy, strapped for time, or just prefer staying in, there are countless ways you can usher in the Spring Equinox from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ways to get into the Spring spirit from your front room.
Nothing says Spring like fresh flowers and new growth — that’s a fact. Luckily for all you city-dwellers out there, there are many ways to brighten up your home with beautiful blooms and plants, no matter how much outdoor space you have.
Afflecks Palace-based City and Bloom specialise in urban gardening (growing on balconies, yards, or roof terraces) and offer all the latest products in sustainable contemporary gardening at their city-centre store — perfect for wannabe plant parents who are a little strapped for space.
If you don’t consider yourself green-fingered just yet, Stockport’s Plant Shop Manchester is another fab option for low-maintenance houseplants that will give your home that Spring feeling in no time.
Now we’ve planted the seed — go on and get growing!
Feeling social this season? We’ve got you. Manchester’s always buzzing with activities you can do with friends, or even riding solo — and the Spring Equinox is no different. Here’s our favourite available in Manchester to help you usher in the Spring.
For those looking to be more mindful of their surroundings, yoga is a great choice. Traditionally, yoga encourages mindfulness and allows those who practice to be more present (as well as offers a whole host of health benefits) — so, why not give it a try this Spring?
Newton Street’s Yoga Soul offer a range of classes to suit all abilities that are regularly running all through March. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the new season that benefits your body and mind, look no further. You can find out more about Yoga Soul via their website.
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