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.

Manchester Jazz Festival
Music Until 29 May 2022, from £5.00

Manchester Jazz Festival 2022

Manchester Jazz Festival returns with 10 days of the best northern, national and international contemporary jazz this May.

Activity 8–12 June 2022, from £12.50

The Land’s Heart is Greater Than Its Map

The Land’s Heart is Greater Than Its Map is a guided tour theatre performance that lets you explore two cities and two circumstances simultaneously.

Activity 10–11 September 2022, FREE

We Invented The Weekend

Expect everything from community feasts, vintage markets, water sports, live music and performance, right across MediaCity and Salford Quays this September. A new free festival for everyone.

Activity 8–12 June 2022, FREE

Manchester Histories Festival 2022

Manchester Histories Festival’s 8th edition explores The History of Climate Change through art, exhibitions, talks and family-friendly activities.

Rambert - Dance
Dance 25–27 May 2022, from £15.00

Rambert – Dance at The Lowry

Always forward-thinking, entertaining and provocative, the ever-brilliant Rambert invite audiences to change their perception of the world. And we’ve got a special ticket offer for Creative Tourist readers too.

SICK! Festival 2022
Theatre Until 31 May 2022,

SICK! Festival 2022

Art and creativity meet health once again in this year’s edition of SICK! Festival, with an outstanding international arts programme right on our doorstep.

Manchester Day
Festivals 19 June 2022 11:00 am, FREE

Manchester Day 2022

Dust down your tail-feathers and get out on the streets for carnival, community and an exuberant celebration of Manchester.

Exhibitions Until 25 November 2022, FREE

Gathering Downstream at Quarry Bank

The former cotton mill of Quarry Bank is currently home to ‘Gathering Downstream’, an exhibition exploring the site’s legacy of the industrial revolution alongside environmental change and disruption.

Bridgewater Lates at RHS Garden Bridgewater
Activity 9–30 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.

Corrina Corrina at Liverpool Everyman
Theatre Until 4 June 2022, from £10.00

Corrina, Corrina at Liverpool Everyman

Explore a twisted world of power dynamics, superstitions and revenge, in this world premiere that sees the Everyman stage transformed into the bow of a ship.

Culture Guides

May Half Term at RHS Bridgewater

Families

With summer just around the corner, here are some of the best family-friendly events taking place in Manchester and the North in the coming months, both indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy a fun trip out with your family come rain or shine!

Joelle Taylor. Photo by Roman Manfredi

Literature

Summer unfolds in live literature land with showcases a-go-go, and both established names and emerging talent alike – and there’s plenty of wordy wonderment to immerse yourself in, both in real life as well as online.

Music

From the North’s best festival line-ups to the wildest collaboration you’ll catch on a Manchester stage this year, check out our latest music picks.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

Check out our updated theatre guide for provocative dance shows, prosecco-popping outdoor performances and site-specific Shakespeare.

Manchester Jazz Festival

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Stuzzi Leeds

Food and Drink

Enjoy spring and summer at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Cinema

Ennio Morricone, Charlie Chaplin and 80s vampires. There’s something for everybody on the big screen this month.

Hurvin Anderson, Double Grille, 2008 © Hurvin Anderson. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2022

Exhibitions

Whatever the weather, we’ve got tonnes of new art for you to enjoy. This month we bring you lots of choice: from large, all-encompassing displays to smaller and equally as interesting shows to suit all tastes.

Tours and Activities

Discover a new hobby, experience the most deliciously diverse area of Manchester’s city centre and explore the city’s infamous music scene in this month’s Tours and Activities guide.

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