Unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North

Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and throughout the North.

Exhibitions 13–16 October 2022, from £6

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2022 at Victoria Baths in Manchester

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is back, with gorgeous designs and wonderful workshops, set in the glamour of Manchester’s Victoria Baths.

Music 11 October 2022 7:30 pm, from £9.00

Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano) at RNCM

Following their award-winning album of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper perform for RNCM’s 50th celebrations.

Exhibitions Until 15 January 2023, FREE

British Pop Archive at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Come along to experience the energy and nostalgia of The British Pop Archive – an exhibition that gathers records, artefacts and memorabilia of UK popular culture from the post-war period to the present day.

Cinema Until 3 October 2022, from £9.95

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

HOME’s Not Just Bollywood returns with a special focus on films from South India and its four major film industries.

Road at OIdham Coliseum
Theatre Until 1 October 2022, from £7.00

Road at Oldham Coliseum

Offering a powerful game-changing snapshot of Lancashire life during Thatcher’s England in the 80s, Jim Cartwright’s classic is as relevant today as when it was first performed.

Jadé Fadojutimi at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 19 March 2023, from £10

Jadé Fadojutimi: Can we see the colour green because we have a name for it? at The Hepworth Wakefield

This September, The Hepworth Wakefield is giving audiences the opportunity to experience the wonderfully colourful world of Jadé Fadojutimi.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare North Playhouse
Theatre Until 22 October 2022, from £3.00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare North Playhouse

Join Not Too Tame for a riotous version of Shakespeare’s best-known comedy. Happening as part of Shakespeare North Playhouse’s Opening Season.

The Lost Words at Heaton Park
Families Until 1 October 2022, from £0.00

The Lost Words: Told In Gold at Heaton Park

Discover the beauty in words that are slowly disappearing, in this outdoor theatre production for families at Heaton Park.

Childrens 22–28 October 2022, from £4

The Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park

Enjoy a pumpkintastic, spooktacular Halloween this year at the Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park Farm.

Exhibitions Until 27 November 2022, FREE

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 at Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Gallery, Hull

See the most exciting emerging talent this autumn in Bloomberg Contemporaries 2022 at Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Gallery in Hull.

Culture Guides

Cinema

David Bowie, Japanese classics and some early spooky screenings all feature in this month’s cinema guide.

Jadé Fadojutimi at The Hepworth Wakefield

Exhibitions

Enjoy these brand new exhibitions (and hide from the late summer downpours) opening this month in Manchester and the North.

Families

As we say bye to the summer holidays and begin to welcome in the cooler months, Manchester’s events and activities continue to bring joy and fun to families.

Author Thea Lenarduzzi

Literature

There are plenty of online readings and live launches as Manchester and the North welcomes some great writers with book festival season getting underway, and there are loads of new spoken word nights and open mics to check out…

Music

Autumn’s a fine old time for gigs in Manchester and the North. From otherworldly folk to life-affirming soul, here are our top picks for October onwards.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

As the new theatre season gets ready to launch, we champion some of the star performances happening over the next few months.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Explore the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North as we head into autumn.

Tours and Activities

Every season change is an excuse to try something new, and when it comes to tours and activities, autumn delivers!

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