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 the North.

Our top picks
Out of Order at HOME
Theatre 13–15 November 2019, from £10.00

Out of Order at HOME

A new show from Forced Entertainment driven by a heavy musical score and teeters precariously between comical and absolutely tragic.

Poet Imtiaz Dharker. Photo by Ayesha Dharker
Literature 9–30 November 2019, from £10.00

Chester Literature Festival at Storyhouse

Artist-in-residence Imtiaz Dharker heads up a programme packed full of workshops, performances and talks from famous faces and best-selling writers marking Chester Literature Festival’s 30th year.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 19 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield

Marking her first European solo exhibition, ‘Christina Quarles at The Hepworth’ offers a remarkable window into the LA-based artist’s rich inner world.

Seagulls at Bolton Library Theatre
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £14.00

Seagulls at Bolton Library Theatre

Gig meets theatre in this exhilarating new musical. Seagulls blends original live folk music with Chekhov’s themes of art and love.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Classical Music 15–24 November 2019, tickets from £12

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is 10 days of groundbreaking contemporary music. With performances, talks and workshops from an international community of creative thinkers.

Frankenstein at Liverpool Playhouse. Photo credit: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Theatre 11–16 November 2019, from £10.00

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Liverpool Playhouse

Adapted by award-winning writer, Rona Munro, this is the 1818 seminal gothic horror novel as you’ve never seen it before.

Cinema 20 October–18 November 2019, from £9

The Original Ass Kickers: Hong Kong Cinema’s Female Action Heroes from Shaw Brothers and Beyond at HOME

As part of HOME’s 2019 celebration of women in global cinema they offer a selection of films that together are our salute to Hong Kong cinema’s female fighting stars, the original cinematic ass kickers.

Music 21 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £5.50

BBC Philharmonic – Aho/Tarkiainen/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall

Featuring Kalevi Aho’s hair-raising Theremin Concerto, the BBC Philharmonic presents a delightfully off-kilter programme at The Bridgewater Hall.

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange. Credit: Manuel Harlan
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom will say goodbye to the Royal Exchange with this extraordinary new play by Simon Stephens, featuring original music by Jarvis Cocker.

Music 15 November 2019, 7:30 pm–11:00 pm, from £17.50

Wolfgang Flür at YES

Join ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flür for a unique audio and visual experience at YES this November.

Peer to Peer at Open Eye Gallery & St. George's Hall, Liverpool
Exhibitions 17 October–22 December 2019, FREE

Peer to Peer at Open Eye Gallery & St. George’s Hall, Liverpool

Featuring 14 artists deemed on the verge of major international recognition, Peer to Peer at Open Eye provides a snapshot of the state of art in the UK and China today.

A Healthy Profit Exhibition at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
Exhibitions 19 October 2019–19 April 2020, FREE

A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank

A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank offers an important look at one chapter in the continuing story of capitalism’s impact on the human body.

Literature 23 November 2019, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm, FREE

Carcanet At 50: Poets & Players at The Whitworth

Manchester-based poetry publishing house Carcanet marks 50 years with a ‘jubilee weekend’ of events, including the Annual Rylands Poetry Reading and a Poets & Players Carcanet special.

Cinema 15 November 2019, 6:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £8

Get Out & Us at Cultureplex

Cultureplex play host to a Jordan Peele double bill.

Edward Allington: Things Unsaid at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Edward Allington: Things Unsaid at the Henry Moore Institute

An artist who believed that we often know more than can be spoken, Edward Allington’s retrospective at the Henry Moore Institute offers a poetic response to the complexity of the world.

Culture Guides

Cinema

There’s Ass Kicking and Animation ready to liven up your November in our latest guide to the best in cinema.

Judy Chicgo at BALTIC, Gateshead – Exhibitions in Manchester and across the North

Exhibitions

One of the most important feminist artists of the last 50 years, Judy Chicago’s first major UK retrospective tops our pick of exhibitions this month.

Family things to do. An art installation at Lightopia.

Families

Check out our latest top picks of family things to do and enjoy some quality time together this autumn.

Author Kamila Shamsie.

Literature

Autumn continues its usual bumper crop of book-related festivals – Chester Lit Fest is back for a 30th year in November and LIT Macc enjoys its first – and the academic partnerships are back in full swing.

Music

From psych to soul, post-punk to electro-pop, there’s something for everyone in this month’s music guide.

Theatre

With a distinctively festive feel, the temperature outside may have dropped but our theatre guide to Manchester and the North is sizzling hot with unmissable performance.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Looking for the best food and drink options in the North West of England? Look no further, here’s our expert guide to where to eat and drink this month.

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Learn a new skill with November’s crafty guide to the Tours and Activities of Manchester.