Sugar and Spice

Sugar & Spice is The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's annual celebration of International Women's Day for lesbian and bisexual women. This FREE festival features workshops, discussions, socialising, wellness activities, crafts, food and lots of fun!

Sugar & Spice 8: Make Love Not War

2014 marks the eighth year of Sugar & Spice, and this time it will take place over a whole weekend! Last year 180 women joined us to celebrate and we're hoping for even more this time.

Sugar & Spice 8: Make Love Not War takes place on Sat 8th March 12-6pm & Sun 9th March 11am-4pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. There are also several related activities taking place during the Sugar & Spice weekend.

The theme for this year's Sugar & Spice is 'Make Love Not War', which ties in with Manchester's International Women's Day theme - 'Women as Peacemakers'. We'll be celebrating the love of the lesbian and bisexual women's community and also exploring the things we still need to fight for. 

Sugar & Spice is open to anyone who self-identifies as a lesbian or bisexual woman. You can drop in at any point over the weekend but, due to space limitations, some workshops may require pre-booking. We want to make the event as accessible as possible - please email us on if you have particular access requirements.

Saturday 8th March - schedule of events

Sugar & Spice opens at 12pm. The cafe and craft space will be open from 12pm-5pm, with free food and free refreshments. Feel free to drop in throughout the afternoon but please note, we may have to restrict admission if the building gets too busy.

Free massages will be available from 1-5pm, but get here early, as these will be popular! 

As the sessions were so popular last year, we are allowing people to pre-book for this year's workshops. There are limited spaces left for all workshops, please ask for availability on arriving at Sugar & Spice

Workshop space one
1-2.30pm Screen-printing - create your own t-shirt or tote bag
3-3.45pm Kickboxing - work up a sweat with our intro to kickboxing
4-4.45pm Yoga - relax and stretch with beginners yoga

Workshop space two
1-1.45pm Let's talk about sex - top tips for better sex!
2-2.45pm So you want to be a parent? - options for having kids
3-3.45pm Song-writing for change - write a song with Claire Mooney
4-4.45pm Be a leader in your community - practical info on making a difference

Panel Discussion
Join our panel of inspirational lesbian and bisexual women for a discussion on the theme of 'Are Our Battles Won?' Our fabulous panel will consist of:

  • Stand-up comedian Bethany Black, who has been described as ‘Britain's only goth, lesbian, trans comedian’  
  • Paralympian Claire Harvey, captain of Team GB’s sitting volleyball team 
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride and Head of Campaigns at the PCS Union 
  • Freelance writer and bisexual activist, Sali Owen who also volunteers with a group for lesbian & bisexual women in a psychiatric hospital
  • Claire Richter, local businesswoman and managing director of Serenity Security Solutions

The Saturday session of Sugar & Spice finishes at 6pm. See below for details of the Sugar & Spice after-party at Taurus!

Sunday 9th March - schedule of events

Sugar & Spice opens at 11am with a Networking Brunch with local LGBT social group The Village Bakers. Join us for cupcake decorating, croissants and conversation! The cafe space will be open 11am-4pm , with free refreshments. Line-up for the day is as follows:

11am-12pm Networking brunch at The LGF
12-4pm Cafe space open with free refreshments and engaging talks. If you would like to be one of our speakers please email 
12-1.45pm Film screening of Cloudburst, a touching road movie about an older lesbian couple who set out on a quest to be legally married. No need to pre-book, just turn up!
12.30pm LGBT History Walk around Manchester City Centre. Places are limited so click here to book yours now.
1pm 'Mothers, Sisters, Sons & Lovers', poetry by Rosie
1.30pm 'Labels are for Luggage', talk by AJ Higginson
2pm Sugar & Spice Bike Ride. We're joining forces with Breeze (British Cycling's initiative to to get more women on their bikes) to offer a fun and friendly Sugar & Spice bike ride. Around 10 miles, suitable for all bikes. Places are limited so click here to book yours now.
2pm Film screening of D.E.B.S., a romantic comedy parody of 'Charlie's Angels'. No need to pre-book, just turn up!
Sugar & Spice at The LGF closes at 4pm.

7.30pm Sugar & Spice swim session. Local LGBT swim club Northern Wave are joining forces with The LGF to offer a free swimming session for lesbian & bisexual women at Manchester Aquatics Centre. Places are limited so click here to book yours now.

We're hoping to offer other events and activities over the two days - check back here often for updates or join the Facebook event page. If you have a suggestion for an event or activity, please email

Related events

Check out these other events that are taking place over the Sugar & Spice weekend:

Rapture Unplugged - Sat 8th March 7pm
Fancy an after-party? The fabulous folks behind Rapture Club Night are putting on a very special Rapture Unplugged after the Saturday afternoon session of Sugar & Spice. This intimate event will take place in Taurus on Canal Street and will feature live acoustic music and a DJ set celebrating some fabulouse female artists. 

Tickets are £5.50 (incl booking fee) and are strictly limited - book now as this event will sell out! Click here for booking and event details. 

The Vagina Monologues - Fri 7th March 9.30pm & Sun 9th March 7.30pm
Kick-off or round off your Sugar & Spice with a community production of Eve Ensler's inspirational play. Volunteers from The LGF are staging a community production of this celebration of women and their vaginas at Eden on Canal Street. Tickets, priced at £8 (£6 concessions), are available online here or in person from The LGF. 

Sugar & Spice is made possible through the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.