Red and orange cloud background with text overlay "LGBT Foundation's Women's Programme presents Sugar & Spice" with a group of 5 womxn to the right hand side, two are sitting on the ground

Sugar and Spice 2020: Are you Coming?

10-15th March 2020 @ various Manchester City Centre locations.

Sugar and Spice is our annual wellbeing festival, that's been running now for 14 years, to celebrate International Women’s Day for lesbian, bi and queer women. Offering a huge range of FREE workshops and spaces to celebrate all LGBT+ womxn in Greater Manchester (and beyond!)

Sugar and Spice is for all self-identifying women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or questioning, all or part of the time, including trans women, B.A.M.E women and women of colour, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women who are seeking asylum or have no recourse to public funds, women of all faiths and backgrounds, and non-binary/gender fluid people and transfeminine people who want to access a women-centred space.

If you require any support to help you attend this event, or support with travel costs, please email in advance of the session.

If you require BSL, or any other language translation to access an event, please let us know by 1st March.

TO BOOK use Eventbrite or email/ring us on

Full Programme (downloadable) click here.

Artwork and graphics by Danielle Nebula @ddnebula


Sugar and Spice is made possible with support from the Community Fund.

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Tuesday 10th

Whose Line Is It Any-Gay??

7.30-9pm, LGBT Foundation

Join Emma Underwood as host. You bring the prompts, they bring the jokes. Inspired by the popular TV show. This evening is all about having a laugh, meeting new people and being in a welcoming space.

Toots & Leigh (Conjoined comedy twins and best friends with zero boundaries)

Jade, Kate & Robyn (Of murderincimprov)

A special edition of the bi-monthly social group Horizon.

Booking encouraged due to venue capacity.

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Wednesday 11th March

Abomination Bingo

7-10pm, Common, Northern Quarter

Brought to you by Queer The Room (@queertheroom), the monthly queer bingo extravaganza is back. This will be a special edition for S&S, celebrating LGBT women! It's all down to chance, come have a go!

No booking necessary. This is a public hosted event and open to all genders.

This venue is not a dry space.

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Thursday 12th March

Intro to Rope Bondage

6-8pm, Thoughtworks

J will be leading this beginners session into Japanese rope bondage, or shibari. Perfect for anyone wishing to explore or expand their kinky side in a relaxed, safe and queer conscious environment.

Booking required via Eventbrite.

Or email to confirm.

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Friday 13th March

5 minutes on the mic!

7.30-9.30pm, LGBT Foundation

Join us in the parlour for booze-free beverages & banter...

Chat, read, freestyle, it's all down to interpretation. If you have something to share, please do - but whatever you do, you have 5 minutes.

All experience levels encouraged! A chill evening in a dry space, and a great way to meet people.

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Saturday 14

Community Cafe - 11-4pm

Pop-in for a cuppa, cold drink, snacks and if you're around for it, some tasty food thanks to local establishments.

Crafting & Chillout Space - 12-4pm

Alongside the cafe there will be stations of crafty activity to come and have a go at. This will be suitable for all levels but beginners are encouraged. Put on by fantastic LGBT+ womxn volunteers!

Speed Friending - 11-12pm

Making friends as an adult is hard! This space is all about helping that happen. Fun, questions and 'getting to know you', low pressure activity.

Volunteering Scavenger Hunt - 12-1pm

Follow the trail of clues, leading you and your team around LGBT Foundation to discover more about the fabulous volunteering opportunities available. Lots of fun and, of course, lots of prizes will be up for grabs!

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Ceramics - 12.30-2pm

Make your own luck!

Learn clay modelling skills and make your own lucky charm! Explore what you want to bring to your life and put that energy into clay. Leave with a beautiful artwork to keep with you.

Led by Josie (@josie_tothill) who is a ceramics artist, happiest when sparking imagination in people and power in communities.

Booking required, limited spaces.

Screen Printing - 2-3pm

Come away from S&S Saturday with your very own hand printed tote! (Or bring your own t-shirt.) With plenty of colours and stencils to choose from.

Led by Ashleigh, an artist who encourages people to create the gayest possible designs and is an outspoken advocate for the liberal use of pink and purple inks.

Booking required, limited spaces.

Sexual Health Testing - 12-4pm

Especially for Sugar & Spice, all appointments for the day have been reserved for attendees. Please book on to guarantee your test, there will be a couple of drop-in slots on the day.

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This day is all about looking after you, checking in, and having an alternative space to meet.

In partnership with LBT Women's Health Week.

Community Cafe / Dry Bar / Tastings - 12-3pm

Food will be on available throughout the day, along with non-alcoholic drinks available for tasting.

Games, crafts and other breakout activities will be on offer.

Supported by Queers Without Beers and local establishments.

One-to-one Chats - 12-2pm

Interested in talking to a member of the team about your current usage? There will be a space for one-to-one, informal and open chats.

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Acupuncture & Guided Meditation - 12.30-1.30pm / 2-3pm

Experience the calming effects of a simple acupuncture needle and be guided through meditation in one of two sessions.

Led by Louise from our Substance Misuse Team.

Booking Required, limited spaces.

Click here for first session

Click here for second session

Queering Space - 1.30 - 3pm

Led by Fae (@ChakraDancingBee) Queering Space is an explorative movement and writing workshop for queer bodies. This workshop hopes to create a safe holding space for movement and writing to arise organically within a specific structure of movement, writing and connectivity.

Booking required, limited spaces.

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Venue Addresses


5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

(accessible venue, gender neutral toilets. private space, close to public transport)


4th Floor, Federation House, 2 Federation St, Manchester M4 4BF

(accessible venue, gender neutral toilets, private space, close to public transport)


39-41 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW

(accessible venue, gender neutral toilets, close to public transport)


Getting to LGBT Foundation:

By bus: LGBT Foundation is a 5 minute walk away from Piccadilly Gardens bus station, which is the final stop for a number of buses from around Greater Manchester.

By car: Manchester's ring road connects Manchester to motorways north, south, east and west. For details about parking visit Visit Manchester's transport page.

By train: Arriving in to Manchester Piccadilly? It's a 5 minute walk to LGBT Foundation. Arriving in to Manchester Victoria? It's a 17 minute walk to LGBT Foundation.

By tram: Located in Zone 1 LGBT Foundation is a 5 minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens or Piccadilly Station stop.

By Megabus: Fares can be as cheap as £1 both to and from Manchester. If you're arriving in to Manchester Shudehill Interchange it's a 14 minute walk to LGBT Foundation.