Big Chip Awards 2010. We are the champions (but only if you help us).

Creative Tourist

Creative Tourist is shortlisted for three digital awards

The big news for us this summer is that we’ve been shortlisted for three prizes at the upcoming Big Chip Awards: Best Public Sector Project, Best Online Brand Development and the Tasty Website Award.

It means a great deal to us to be nominated. Why? Well, we know Creative Tourist isn’t the best-ever arts website in the world. We know there are things we should perhaps do that time, money and politics prevent us from doing. But we also know that Creative Tourist is nothing if not a labour of love. It is a blog dedicated to showcasing the culture of the city we call home, created by a talented bunch of people who quite often work in their own time (and often long into the night). It is supported by eight museums and galleries that should be applauded for their ability to ditch mainstream marketing and try something completely different. We hope it gives a much-needed platform to some of the artists, writers and creatives who make Manchester the wonderful, forward thinking and sometimes infuriating city we know and love.

Anyway, enough about us. The Tasty Website Award is won by public vote – which is where you come in. If you like our beautiful blog, please nominate us. Simply text ‘MMC’ to 80915 or click here for more details. Voting closes on Thursday 10 June. Wish us luck!

Culture Guides

Victoria - Image courtesy of HOME


As always, October brings with it a surplus of scary films timed to coincide with Halloween.

Cape Farewell presents: Cloud Crash


The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.

Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop


Autumn, half term and Halloween adventures are here. Here are our top tips for outdoor and indoor hot tickets to book and do now.

Image of David Gaffney copyright Kezia Tan.


With Rising Stars and World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. As we enter the final furlongs, there are still tickets available for some events, from creative non-fiction to a canalside special commission. And once MLF is over, Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.

Field Music


As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music…

Penny Arcade at Unity Theatre


You’ll be pleased to hear that this month’s theatre selections serve up a rich slice of everyone’s three favourite things: sex, swearing and scandal.

Destination Guides

Things to do right now

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Upswing : Bedtime Stories
Theatre 25 October 2016–26 October 2016, from £7.00

Upswing: Bedtime Stories

Theatre 5 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £9.50

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Image courtesy of HOME
Theatre 25 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £10.00

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Dont Wake The Damp
Theatre 26 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £10.00

Dont Wake The Damp

Science Showdown
Families 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Science Showdown

Manchester Megapixel
Families 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Megapixel

Science Showdown
Families 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Science Festival free family events

Royal Society Science Exhibition
Exhibitions 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Royal Society Science Exhibition

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Exhibitions 8 September 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

HAND CRAFT at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

The Chronarium.
Exhibitions 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

The Chronarium Sleep Lab at Manchester Arndale

Theatre 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, from £2.00

Women in Comedy Festival

Members of Public Service Broadcasting in space
Exhibitions 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Science Festival 2016

Image courtesy of Wild Rumpus
Families 22 October 2016–31 October 2016, from £16.00

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo