creativetourist.com is an arts and travel site. It began life in Manchester and, with an eye on the wider North, it uncovers the best cultural events in some of the UK’s most creative destinations.

Culture Recovery Fund

We are delighted and incredibly grateful to have received funding through the Culture Recovery Fund this week. Each year we help over a million visitors discover unmissable live and online experiences across Manchester and the North. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have continued to support our arts and hospitality partners, but our earned income for the website has inevitably fallen by over 95%.

This award secures the future of creativetourist.com and allows us to expand and develop our coverage and readership in cities and towns across the North, supporting the arts and helping places to recover and rebuild in the near future.

We are looking forward to going further afield and developing new guides to cultural destinations across the North of England, which is something our readers told us they were keen to see in a recent survey.

A huge thank you to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Her Majesty’s Treasury and Arts Council England for their support.






Over a million people read creativetourist.com every year. We cover everything a creative tourist might need: recommendations and features on theatre, cinemaexhibitions, music and literature; family guides; city guides; festival guides; day trip ideas; our pick of the best restaurants, bars and boutiques, and more.

That’s not all. We don’t just report on what’s happening. We make things happen, too. Alongside our online editorial we run events such as Manchester After Hours, Manchester’s annual Museums at Night programme and Wonder Women, our response to international women’s day from the city that was the birthplace of the suffrage movement.

Advertising policy. We work with carefully-selected partners via a mixture of free listings and paid-for posts. These posts are always written independently. Getting the balance right between commercial income and independent editorial is not always easy, but it’s something we try very hard to get right. Tell us if you don’t think we are.

Our team. This site is run by a small editorial team; sometimes we can’t respond to all the emails we get as we receive so many. The site as a whole is part of CTConsults, a communications agency that works on cultural tourism projects across the country.

Opinions & Terms. The views and opinions expressed by authors and contributors to this site are not specifically endorsed by Creative Tourist Limited and do not necessarily reflect the views of our funders or partners. Use of this site assumes acceptance of our full terms and conditions.

Please note that work published here belongs to Creative Tourist Limited; please do not copy, duplicate or re-publish our work without our express, written permission.

If you are a writer, photographer or artist and think our use of copy or imagery has infringed your rights in any way, then please get in touch and we will rectify and resolve any mistakes.

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