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.

Band on the Wall
Music 3 March–14 May 2022, from £12

Band on the Wall Reopening Season

Following a major expansion project, Band on the Wall is throwing open its doors in March 2022, and there’s a huge reopening season on the cards.

House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2022
Dance 11–19 February 2022,

Queer Contact Festival 2022

The ultimate celebration of art and creativity in the LGBTQ+ community, Queer Contact Festival returns to the Contact Theatre for 2022.

Cinema 30 January–10 March 2022,

Jarman at HOME

As part of a collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery and the PROTEST! exhibition, HOME host a complete retrospective of the films of one of the most influential figures in contemporary British culture.

Activity Until 30 January 2022, Pay as you feel


PUSH LAB 2022 is a week of workshops where you’ll be talking, playing and reconnecting, designed for artists of all disciplines and held at HOME.

Exhibitions Until 5 June 2022, FREE

Where We Live at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

The exhibition gathers paintings by five artists who focus on places that are often architecturally overlooked yet close to our hearts – our homes, residential areas and the daily, urban surroundings that so many of us encounter and navigate every day.

Echo & The Bunnymen
Music 16–25 February 2022, from £37.50

Echo and the Bunnymen at Albert Hall

One of the most influential British bands in modern history, Echo and the Bunnymen are celebrating “40 years of magical songs” at the majestic Albert Hall.

Music 29–30 January 2022, from £0.00

RNCM Brass Band Festival at RNCM

The RNCM Brass Band Festival is back with a two-day showcase of some of the UK’s leading brass bands, plus top international soloists.

Music 4 February 2022 7:30 pm, from £15.00

RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Anu Tali (conductor) at RNCM

The RNCM Symphony Orchestra is joined by organist Anna Lapwood and conductor Anu Tali for an evening of specially selected symphonic works.

Music Until 8 July 2022, from £0.00

RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts

It’s not just Symphony Orchestras or big name artists that perform as the RNCM, their lunchtime and spotlight concerts showcase the best student performers in more intimate settings.

Hannah Platt & Good Kids (Work in Progress)
Comedy 25 January 2022 7:00 pm, FREE

Hannah Platt & Good Kids (Work in Progress) at Fierce Bar

A double headlining stand up comedy bill from likeable Midlands sketch-slash-music double act Good Kids and Merseyside-via-Manchester’s finest misanthrope Hannah Platt.

Exhibitions Until 31 March 2022, FREE

Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope

Explore how science is fuelling a revolution in cancer care and offering a hopeful view into the future with Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope.

Fatal Attraction at Manchester Opera House
Theatre 22–26 February 2022, from £13.00

Fatal Attraction at Manchester Opera House

The Paramount Pictures film was one of the highest-grossing movies of the 1980s, now the stage adaptation is tipped to be one of the hottest theatre tickets of 2022.

Transform 21-22
Theatre Until 8 April 2022,

Transform Festival 21-22

Leeds’ Transform Festival is an engine room of powerful, urgent and trailblazing performance, visual arts, dance, conversations and adventure.

Motionhouse: Nobody at the Lawrence Batley Theatre
Dance 25 January 2022 7:30 pm, from £12.00

Motionhouse: Nobody at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

A thrilling dance-circus world premiere from the ever-brilliant Motionhouse – exploring the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us.

The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Lowry
Comedy 1–5 February 2022, from £14.00

The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Lowry

Arguably one of the greatest detective stories of all time, the timeless tale is given a fresh and farcical overhaul in Lotte Wakeham’s acclaimed production. A treat for all ages.

Culture Guides


Featuring Derek Jarman, Hollywood romances and brand new independent cinema, we look at the film events coming up in early 2022.

Jocelyn McGregor, Mantle


It’s shaping up to be a wonderful year for exhibitions in Manchester and the North, and January brings with it some very exciting shows.

Family things to do


As we welcome in 2022, we look ahead to exciting family activities and fun days out taking place across Manchester and the North in the new year. 


As we dive headlong into our reading and writing events for 2022, there’s plenty lined up – some online, some in person and some incorporating a bit of both.


From grand reopenings to some of the most forward-thinking artists operating today, check out our latest must-see music events.

Theatre in Manchester


Awe-inspiring dance-circus, slapstick-style Sherlock and a brand new venue opening for Shakespeare lovers in Merseyside. We’ve got everything crossed for theatre in 2022.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

The Real Greek Manchester

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Start the year with something special and by checking out some of the most exciting restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

The new year is a perfect time to get creative. It’s all about fresh starts, a shift in ideas and creating space in your life for growth.

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