Unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Save Our Scene
Music 12 April 2020 12:00 pm, FREE

Save Our Scene – Manchester & Salford

Save Our Scene is an initiative designed to support a community of workers from Manchester and Salford’s night-time music scene. They’re streaming a whopping 12-hour set featuring sets from some of the city’s most loved venues and promoters. Support their Crowdfunder so there’s a scene to enjoy when this is over.

Activity Until 30 April 2020, FREE

Old Bank Online

The latest things to do from The Old Bank Residency as their twelve-month occupation of a disused bank by creatives moves online to help inspire us all.

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham
Exhibitions Until 30 May 2020, FREE

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism – Online at Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham presents an online exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.

Amaranthine by Company Chameleon, Manchester. A series of FREE pop up dance events.
Childrens Until 31 May 2020, FREE

Online with Company Chameleon – The Wonder of Dance

Company Chameleon announce a programme of online events running throughout April and May. The Wonder of Dance, from their home to ours.

Literature 23 April 2020 8:00 pm, FREE

Translated Fiction Online Book Club – Thirteen Months of Sunrise

Comma Press will discuss Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun with translator Elisabeth Jaquette as part of their new online book club.

Mini Music Makers
Families Until 28 May 2020, FREE

Manchester Camerata – Mini Music Makers

Mini Music Makers is a new series of online videos from Manchester Camerata designed for kids aged 5-7, but can be enjoyed by all the family, and include fun games, music-making, craft and singalongs.

Activity Until 30 April 2020, FREE

MIF Online Drop In For Artists And Freelance Creatives

MIF’s John McGrath and Mark Ball are running a twice-a-week online sessions for artists and freelancers.

Education Until 28 April 2020, FREE

World of Music Choir – Weekly Online Workshop from Band on the Wall

Join award-winning folk singer Bella Hardy for a weekly online workshop of song learning and harmony.

Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 13 April 2020, FREE

Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain Online

Talking Sense at The Portico Library aims to open up a space for helpful conversations around the future of care.

Cinema Until 30 April 2020, FREE

NT Live: Twelfth Night watch online

Tune in to National Theatre Live’s YouTube channel to see the brilliant Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

Families 19 April 2020 8:00 pm, FREE

Zara In Your Living Room

A soaring musical score, a cast of over 100, cherry pickers, tanks, 3D projections and a mechanical, moving ‘baby’ that’s bigger than a double decker bus.

Stay At Home Activities - Online with National Football Museum
Families Until 7 September 2020, FREE

Stay At Home Activities – Online with National Football Museum

Stay at home and join National Football Museum online for a packed programme of activities for families this Easter.

Music 12 April 2020 7:00 pm, FREE

Manchester Collective x The White Hotel: An Easter Sunday Resurrection

Join Manchester Collective and The White Hotel for their Easter Sunday retrospective, featuring a collection of new poems, artworks and readings, alongside the Collective’s music.

Liverpool Biennial 2020
Exhibitions 11 July–25 October 2020, FREE

Liverpool Biennial 2020 – The Stomach and the Port

Liverpool Biennial has just announced the list of more than 50 international artists that will be taking part in its 2020 edition.

Sacred Harp Workshop
Music 15–18 October 2020, from £6.00

Manchester Folk Festival 2020

In October 2020, Manchester Folk Festival will be back with another joyous celebration of the best in English folk.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Cinemas might be closed but independent venues and distributors need any help they can get. We look at some films you can stream and places to donate.

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield

Exhibitions

Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

The elves and the shoemaker. Two green puppets with a male and female actor either side of them.

Families

Need some inspiration for fun and creative family days out? Look no further than our top picks for families across Manchester and the north.

Carcanet exhibition: Carcanet poets Michael Schmidt and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Literature

News of books just out and books worth revisiting, even if you can’t get to the events yourself. Plus a fabulous new exhibition about independent publisher Carcanet, on for the next six months…

Music

Discover the best live music coming up in Manchester and the north this spring and, dare we say it, summer!

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

Bringing opera, dance, fierce experimental performance and new writing, there’s much to enjoy in our guide to the best theatre in Manchester and the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

It’s time to find the best restaurants for the weeks ahead. Here’s our guide to the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Expect thrills, informative discussion, politically charged tours and wobbly towns in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.