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.

Summer Theatre at HOME
Theatre 1–9 July 2022, from £12.50

Summer Theatre at HOME

At a time when theatres ordinarily begin to wind down for the summer, HOME springs to life with three unique shows that demand to be seen.

Viva la Diva at Buxton Opera House
Festivals 10–23 July 2022, from £25.00

Viva la Diva at Buxton Opera House

Packed with laughs, cross-dressing and cases of mistaken identity, this is a brand-new English version of Donizetti’s comic opera, adapted by renowned screenwriter Kit Hesketh-Harvey.

Bridgewater Lates at RHS Garden Bridgewater
Activity Until 30 June 2022, from £6.50

Bridgewater Lates at RHS Garden Bridgewater

This June, head to RHS Garden Bridgewater for a weekly series of entertaining and thought-provoking after-hours talks, discussions and workshops.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Theatre Until 3 September 2022, from £15.00

One Man, Two Guvnors

The hilarious smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors explodes into the North West this summer in a brand-new production.

Gypsy: A Musical Fable at Buxton Opera House
Festivals 7–24 July 2022, from £25.00

Gypsy: A Musical Fable at Buxton Opera House

Treat yourself to a taste of Broadway in the picturesque Derbyshire hills this summer.

The Strokes
Music 8 July 2022 7:00 pm, from £61.85

The Strokes at Lytham Festival

The Strokes, darlings of the early noughties indie rock scene, are heading to Lytham Festival this summer – their only North of England date this year.

Music 5 July 2022 7:00 pm, from £50.50

Sounds of the City: Pixies at Castlefield Bowl

Legendary Boston band Pixies will take to the Castlefield Bowl stage this summer, supported by The Slow Readers Club and Klangstof.

The Gruffalo at The lowry
Families 30 July–21 August 2022, from £10.00

The Gruffalo at The Lowry

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s well-loved picture book.

Exhibitions Until 4 September 2022, from £4.50

Barbara Nicholls’ watercolours and ‘Dovetailing’ at Windermere Jetty Museum

Barbara Nicholls’ grand watercolours and the collaborative project ‘Dovetailing’ are on display in Cumbria this summer, right by the beautiful Windermere.

Music 3 September 2022 2:00 pm, from £45

Manchester Psych Fest 2022

Manchester Psych Fest, the UK’s leading psychedelic music and arts festival, returns in September 2022. We explore the line-up.

Culture Guides


Explore Hollywood history, queer rarities and squirm-inducing horror across the big screens of Manchester and the North this month.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics


Let’s make the most of early summer, with this month’s selection of brand new art exhibitions from across the North!

Geronimo Festival 2022


Festivals, shows, museums, and much, much more – there’s plenty of summer fun to be had for families in Manchester and the North, whatever the weather. Here are our top picks.

Writer Niamh Mulvey. Photo by K Elliott


There’s plenty of sunshine-drenched reading to immerse yourself in from established names and emerging talent, poets and prose writers alike, both in real life as well as online.


From rising stars playing basement sets to open air shows by your favourite bands’ favourite bands, there are some gems in this month’s music picks.

Theatre in Manchester


Eclectic theatre festivals, silly slapstick and dreamy outdoor shows, there’s lots of brilliant performances happening inside and outside over the summer.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant

Food and Drink

Plan for July’s food and drink outings at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

Get out in the sun this month with tours and activities that will have you engaging positively with the climate, taking the plunge in Salford Quays and getting creative.

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