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.

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.

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.

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 7–28 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.

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.

Classical Music 13 June 2020 7:30 pm, from £12.50

BBC Philharmonic: Beethoven – Missa solemnis at The Bridgewater Hall

A work of towering proportions, and yet an intimate statement of religious faith. Beethoven’s Missa solemnis will be extraordinary at The Bridgewater Hall.

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum
Exhibitions 3 July 2020–10 January 2021, from £5

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum

Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.

Aerial Festival
Festivals 24–27 September 2020, from £12

Aerial Festival

This event has been postponed due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19

English National Ballet: Raymonda at The Palace Theatre
Dance 15–17 October 2020, from £13.00

English National Ballet: Raymonda at The Palace Theatre

Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo brings a new version of this rarely performed ballet to Manchester.

Dogs Don't Wear Pants at HOME Manchester.
Cinema Until 20 March 2021, from £9.99

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife’s passing. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges.

Visual Arts 7 April 2020 11:00 am, FREE

Home is Where the Hartley Is: Coat Hooks Galore – Online with Old Bank Residency

Join designer-maker Joe Hartley online as he takes you through two versions of a coat hook you can all make and install in your homes

Activity 9 April 2020 11:00 am, FREE

Home is Where the Hartley Is: Aromatic Firelighters – Online with Old Bank Residency

Join the Old bank Residency online again for another stay-at-home tutorial. Make yourself some aromatic firefighters with the help of Joe Hartley.

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.