August

Creative Tourist

Browse our things to do in August in Manchester and the North this August, to find a fantastic exhibition, live music performance or restaurant that interests you and/or your family, we have options for all ages.

Don’t forget to check out our guide to the August Bank Holiday.

Things to do in August

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Festivals 8–9 August 2020, FREE

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester at Alexandra Park (CANCELLED)

All are welcome to join in the revelry of the region’s largest festival of Caribbean music and carnival arts, in the stunning setting of Alexander Park.

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions 12 August–13 December 2020, FREE

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT, Liverpool

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT provides a fascinating window into the lives of the other animals that form part of Earth’s total population.

Six the Musical - Drive in Concert at the University of Bolton Stadium
Theatre 18–23 August 2020,

Six the Musical – Drive in Concert at the University of Bolton Stadium

Get your live theatre fix at this open-air drive-in performance of the electrifying smash-hit musical.

Families 21–23 August 2020, from £20

Just So Festival 2020 CANCELLED

The best family festival in the UK returns for its 11th outing. Pillow fights, paddle-boarding, woodland opera, and the best new outdoor arts for families.

Still showing this month

RNCM
Music Until 27 August 2020, FREE

RNCM Lunchtime Concerts (online)

RNCM are taking their lunchtime concerts online, with remote recitals by students, staff and alumni live-streamed on Facebook every Monday and Thursday.

The Choir Project
Music Until 25 August 2020, FREE

The Choir Project: Virtual Choir

Improve your singing and wellbeing by joining The Choir Project’s weekly virtual choir led by Manchester singer and musical director, Dan McDwyer.

Visual Arts Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.

Judy Chicago exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Judy Chicago – Online at BALTIC, Gateshead

BALTIC presents an online edition of its major retrospective on Judy Chicago – one of the most important feminist artists of the last half-century.

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Local Leeds Food Tour

Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.

Leeds Street Food Tour
Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Leeds Street Food Tour

Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.

2020 Banner Display at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

2020 Banner Display at People’s History Museum

Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.

Utopias exhibition at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Utopias at the Whitworth

How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.

Activity Until 2 September 2020, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour

Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.

Literature Until 5 February 2025, FREE

The Little Library in Spinningfields

Take your pick from The Little Library’s carefully curated collection of classics and new releases, adding a recently read book of your own as a replacement.

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020,

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore – Online at The Hepworth Wakefield

This major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore highlighting their shared interests.

Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £75

Liverpool Beatles Walk and Ticket to Ride Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you walk in their footsteps through The Beatles’ home city in this six-hour extravaganza of a walking tour.

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club

This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.

New Digital Experiences at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2020, FREE

New Digital Experiences at People’s History Museum

Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of new digital artworks and experiences.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00

POSTPONED -The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

In this immersive exhibition, children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.

Amazon with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Amazon with HOME

Created by composer Alex Ho and theatre-maker Elayce Ismail, this stunning fusion of music, text and visuals sees a trip to the Amazon take an unexpected turn.

Cinema Until 31 March 2021, from £9.99

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Streaming on Mubi

Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent.

Turkey Sausage Roll with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Turkey Sausage Roll with HOME

Presented by Homemakers and the RADA Festival, Turkey Sausage Roll takes you on a journey into one young woman’s restless mind.

Animation Slam with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Animation Slam with HOME

Pairing some of the sharpest minds on the UK spoken word scene with hand-drawn animations by theatre-maker and video designer Edalia Day, be sure to catch this animated slam.

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.

How To Win with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

How To Win with HOME

Take part in this new episodic online game created by multi-award-winning interactive theatre-makers Hidden Track, in collaboration with you, the player.

ACTUALQUEST with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

ACTUALQUEST with HOME

The Homemakers series of virtual theatre continues with this interactive, fantasy musical set in and around your own home.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.

Air Raid Shelter Explorer Tour
Activity Until 12 August 2020, from £5.5

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Explorer Tour

Every second Wednesday of the month guided tours of the mile long stretch of Air Raid Shelter under Stockport give you the chance to see a more personalised view of the tunnels.

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham
Exhibitions Until 31 August 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.

Abel Rodríguez at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Abel Rodríguez – Online at BALTIC, Gateshead

Travel to the depths of the South American rainforest with a visit to Abel Rordriguez’s first solo exhibition, presented online at BALTIC Plus.

Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

WEB/SITE – Online at Site Gallery, Sheffield

Site Gallery presents WEB/SITE – an online programme of events and activity engaging with contemporary artists and ideas.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Bacurau – Streaming on Mubi

The follow-up to Aquarius from director Kleber Mendonça Filho, this time co-directing and co-writing with long term producer Juliano Dornelles merges sci-fi, the western, Brazilian bandit movies (cangaço) and horror for a highly original and ultra-violent look at a town under siege from a mysterious threat.

Carcanet exhibition: Carcanet poets Michael Schmidt and Michael Symmons Roberts.
Literature Until 13 September 2020, FREE

Carcanet Exhibition at The John Rylands Library – postponed until libraries reopen

Marking 50 years of poetry publishing house Carcanet, and 45 years in Manchester, this exhibition opens up the archive and shares some unique, previously unseen material.

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.

System Crasher at HOME, Manchester - director Nora Fingscheidt's distinctive depiction of dysfunction in an under-resourced care system.
Cinema Until 2 April 2021, from £9.99

System Crasher – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Controversial from the moment it premiered in Competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and troubled young girl.

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 23 August 2020, FREE

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here marks the only UK stop of a major touring retrospective dedicated to the American feminist artist.

Be Inspired with Manchester Art Gallery is a collection of activities gathered by their team to help inspire your creativity at home.
Until 6 September 2020, FREE

Be Inspired with Manchester Art Gallery

Be Inspired with Manchester Art Gallery is a collection of activities gathered by their team to help inspire your creativity at home.

Anthony Burgess on Tape
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Anthony Burgess on Tape

Anthony Burgess on Tape is an online exhibition from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation comprising of 1,094 cassettes and 87 reel-to-reel tapes from one of Manchester’s greatest and most prolific writers.

Posters from the civil rights era – an online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Posters from the Irish civil rights era – Online with the Working Class Movement Library

Working Class Movement Library presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

BAM Online – with Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

BAM Online – with Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

BAM Online brings you closer to many of the most loved works within Bury Art Museum’s collection whilst its doors are closed.

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.

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2021, FREE

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool

FACT’s year-long programme, The Living Planet, seems even more timely than first imagined – and has been created for people to interact with and enjoy remotely for free online.

Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery presents the UK edition of PROTEST! – a major retrospective dedicated to the life and work of the iconic British artist Derek Jarman.

Radiohead
Music Until 27 August 2020, FREE

At Home With Radiohead

Radiohead are helping fans get through the lockdown with a series of largely unseen concert films, uploaded to YouTube every Thursday.

Strip! How Football Got Shirty
Exhibitions Until 25 December 2020, FREE

Strip! How Football Got Shirty – Online Exhibition from the National Football Museum

The National Football Museum presents a major online exhibition of football shirts. Enjoy in-depth analysis, opinion, and discussion by the exhibition curators and shirt industry insiders into what makes certain shirts so special.

online events I am falling in love with you and its making me do stupid things
Festivals Until 31 December 2020,

Homemakers

HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. 

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.

I'm falling in love with you and it's making me do stupid things - Bryony Kimmings
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

I am falling in love with you and it’s making me do stupid things

Follow Bryony Kimmings on a long, lonely night after she finds the email address of a potential lover and through the following day’s onslaught of Covid anxiety.

ABC (Anything But Covid) with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

ABC (Anything But Covid) with HOME

Tune in to this new short film, by Ugly Bucket, which examines the lengths we’ll go to oblige the pressures of staying productive in lockdown.

Threat to Breath with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Threat to Breath with HOME

A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.

Exhibitions Until 1 May 2021, FREE

The Gardener Digs in Another Time – Online at the Whitworth

the Whitworth in Manchester invites you to step into the garden as subject with an online version of its 2016 exhibition, The Gardener Digs in Another Time.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Grimmfest TV

Grimmfest TV is a new online channel from the people behind Grimmfest, Manchester’s horror and fantasy film festival.

Homemakers: Tell Me
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Tell Me with HOME

How well do you know your friends? Homemakers presents Tell Me, a game for two or more people which you can play at home. Intrigued? Read on…

Tim Burgess
Music Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Tim Burgess’ Listening Parties

The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess is hosting daily album listening parties on Twitter, featuring guest appearances from Britpop and indie royalty.

Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Stay Well – Wellbeing Audio Session with Manchester Art Gallery

To help you stay well and maintain good mental health Manchester Art Gallery is offering a weekly mindfulness session.

Families Until 1 August 2020, FREE

My First Protest Song with People’s History Museum

Rejoice! You can now join the People’s History Museum online as they stream this regular favourite from their events programme.

Ren Hang: Wake Up Together at Open Eye Gallery
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Wake Up Together and Where Love is Illegal – VR Version, Online at Open Eye Gallery

Travel back in time and explore a VR-edition of Open Eye Gallery’s hugely popular 2018-19 exhibition, ‘Wake Up Together’, featuring work by Ren Hang and Robin Hammond; two artists who both champion the rights of every person to love who they want and respectfully live as they wish.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £2.49

But I’m a Cheerleader – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Natasha Lyonne and RuPaul Charles star in Jamie Babbit’s cult 1999 romantic satire.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

The Irishman – Streaming on Netflix

Martin Scorsese’s epic saga of organised crime in postwar America, The Irishman weaves an engrossing and intricate web of connected events, audaciously cutting back and forth across decades.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Marriage Story – Streaming on Netflix

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson excel as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £4.99

Stop Making Sense – Streaming on BFI Player

Jonathan Demme x Talking Heads. Find out why Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as the greatest concert film ever made.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Knives Out – Streaming on Google Play

Rian Johnson (Brick) assembles an all-star cast in this characteristically intelligent whodunit about a famed southern detective who joins forces with local police to investigate a group of eccentric suspects following the murder of a wealthy crime novelist.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Beau Travail – Streaming on Talk Talk TV

Claire Denis’ masterful reworking of Herman Melville is sensual and dangerous.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Zodiac – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

A relentless serial killer is stalking the streets of San Francisco, leaving citizens in a state of panic and baffling the authorities with the ciphers and menacing letters he leaves at the murder scenes.

Homemakers: Siege – Part 1 with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Siege – Part 1 with HOME

Presented in two parts, Siege is a nitty-gritty, punch-packed series of online discussions between disabled women performance makers.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Infinite Football – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

They talk about the beautiful game, but for Laurentiu Ginghina, it’s not enough.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Silver Screen Classics – Streaming on BBC iPlayer

Films from RKO Pictures, one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Lost Online with HOME, Z-Arts and STUN
Families Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Lost Online with HOME, Z-Arts and STUN

One for our next generation of digital natives: an exciting new dance commission inspired by the dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram.

Homemakers: Week Nine with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Week Nine with HOME

Find a quiet room, grab your headphones and get some welcomed lockdown escapism with this specially commissioned cinematic soundtrack.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £1.99

Ash is Purest White – Streaming on Google Play

Set in China’s underworld, Jia Zhangke’s tale of love and betrayal follows a self-sacrificial gangster’s moll as she comes out of prison and sets about tracking down her former lover.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Burning – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

South Korean director Lee Chang Dong delivers a brilliantly executed, abstract but intellectually stimulating portrait of working class frustrations and contemporary alienation.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Mistress America – Streaming on Netflix

Featuring the fantastically talented Greta Gerwig, Mistress America is the story of Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, who’s finding the experience of university disappointing.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Ad Astra – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of alien intelligence, Army Corps engineer Roy McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. The latest film from acclaimed director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) is suffused with his customary intelligence.

Thoroughbreds
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Thoroughbreds – Streaming on Netflix

Cory Finley’s assured debut feature is a coldly stylish story of wealthy suburban highschoolers out to commit the perfect murder.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £2.49

Call Me By Your Name – Streaming on Google Play

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £4.99

Black Narcissus – Streaming on BFI Player

Bigger Than Life presents a 35mm screening of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 film, Black Narcissus at Stockport Plaza on Sunday 2nd September with an introduction by film scholar, Andrew Moor.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £7.99

Suspiria – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company in director Luca Guadagnino’s ambitious re-imaging of Dario Argento’s sublime Suspiria.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £1.99

Styx – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

A woman’s solo journey along the west coast of Africa takes a turn when she is faced with a sinking migrant ship in Wolfgang Fischer’s intense, distressing procedural.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Beach Rats – Streaming on Netflix

Frankie, an aimless Brooklyn teenager is having a miserable summer. With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes with his delinquent friends and flirts with older men online.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Phantom Thread – Streaming on Netflix

Set in the glamour of 50’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis in his final performance) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre of British fashion in Phantom Thread, the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson.

Lover for a Day
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.49

Lover for a Day – Streaming on iTunes

The third and final instalment in Garrel’s trilogy of love comprising Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women, Lover For a Day is another monochrome Paris-set examination of love.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.49

Columbus – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its modernist buildings.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Good Time – Streaming on Netflix

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine “Connie” Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.50

Rafiki – Streaming on BFI Player

Now showing on BFI Player is Wanuri Kahiu lyrical lesbian romance, Rafiki. Notable as the…

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Streaming on iTunes

The 40th anniversary 4K restoration of the Director’s Cut version of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic in which a series of unexplained events lead an electrical engineer (Richard Dreyfuss) into an encounter with an alien lifeform.

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague with HOME

Since the beginnings of European theatre and politics, people have used plague as a metaphor for thinking about what society and art could be. In this playful piece Javaad Alipoor and Natalie Diddams present their response to this idea.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

One of the most noteworthy films to be released direct to streaming during lockdown so far, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a vital depiction of women’s rights in the contemporary United States.

Literature Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Virtual Poetry Walk at The Reader in Liverpool

Every Tuesday morning you’re invited to join the Poetry Walk with The Reader in Calderstones Park. Get into the great outdoors and escape the everyday, while exploring poetry and making the most of the beautiful surroundings.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Online activities at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

The Elizabeth Gaskell’s House team are inviting you to join them online for virtual tours, readalong discussions on Twitter and Facebook, and regular blogs from the award-winning garden team.

Makar to Makar with Jackie Kay. Photo by Jon Parker Lee, MLF.
Literature Until 27 August 2020, FREE

Makar to Makar with Jackie Kay

Weekly online show hosted by the Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay talking to another guest “makar” or maker every episode about their work and influences, with readings of both new and old poems, and music from one of three resident singers.

Krabi, 2562.
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Krabi, 2562 – Streaming on MUBI

Experimental art-house auteurs Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers join forces for a surreal, perplexing trip to Thailand in Krabi, 2562.

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

MIF 19: Revisit David Lynch’s HOME Takeover

Last summer, David Lynch took over HOME with his art, film, music and more! Every corner of HOME was inhabited by a Lynchian spirit for Manchester International Festival.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Big Night – Streaming on Netflix

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been salivating at the ever-suave Stanley Tucci’s online cocktail making demonstrations — his directorial debut is equally seductive.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre: Craft at Home
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Manchester Craft and Design Centre: Craft at Home

‘Craft at Home’ is a new online space where you can continue to support Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s resident makers, pick-up bespoke gifts, and get busy with bee related craft.

Guest of Honour
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £11.99

Guest of Honour – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Veteran filmmaker Atom Egoyan returns with a complex, absorbing family drama about a father-daughter relationship wrestling with past traumas that inform present circumstances.

The Degree Show on Mars – Online – Exhibitions in Liverpool, Creative Tourist
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

The Degree Show on Mars – Online

Dust of your space helmets and prepare for take-off. Graduating art students from Liverpool John Moores University present: ‘The Degree Show on Mars’ – a multiverse exhibition responding to the many challenges we are currently facing back on Earth.

Days of the Bagnold Summer
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Days of the Bagnold Summer – Streaming on BFI Player

Sue, works in a library. Daniel, eats crisps and listens to Metallica. This was the summer Daniel was due to spend with his father and his father’s new wife in Florida. But when they cancel his trip at the last minute, Sue and Daniel suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together.

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Cinema Until 30 November 2020, FREE

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Having taken place in Sheffield annually in June, this year Sheffield Doc/Fest extends its activities throughout the rest of the year – both in Sheffield and virtually.

Activity Until 20 August 2020, from £69

Comma Press Online Short Story Course

Over the course of 6 workshops get your head around short story writing with Comma Press.

Literature Until 20 August 2020, FREE

Word Central online

In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries, Word Central Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word heads online fortnightly, with a sign-up-in-advance open mic and a guest poet at each event.

You Don't Nomi
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £10

You Don’t Nomi – Streaming on BFI Player

A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption.

Life drawing Manchester
Activity Until 27 August 2020, from £6

Life Drawing Manchester Online Classes

The popular Northern Quarter community, Life Drawing Manchester, have migrated to zoom, opening up their classes to models and artists from all over the world.

Wasp Network Netflix
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Wasp Network – Streaming on Netflix

New from French auteur Olivier Assayas, Wasp Network is a brash tropical drama following the post-Cold War spies, terrorists and counter-terrorists operating between Havana and Miami in the 1990s.

People's History Museum's Radicals Quiz
Families Until 30 September 2020, FREE

People’s History Museum’s Radicals Quiz

Find out which radical you are, and some of the ideas they fought for, in this fun and interactive quiz from the People’s History Museum.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

The Girl With a Bracelet – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

When Sixteen-year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend, the impending case tests the loyalty of her family and those around her.

Activity Until 14 August 2020, FREE

Old Bank Daily Drawing Via Zoom

Like Bob Ross but weirder, more interactive, and with terrible production values. You’ll need a mark-making device, a surface to draw on and an open mind for the Old Bank Residency’s daily drawing.

shared reading live stream
Activity Until 27 August 2020, FREE

Shared Reading live stream

Join The Reader for their shared reading live stream – a lunchtime of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm.

Virtual Factory Your Progress Will Be Saved Manchester International Festival Pre-Factory Event
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

Your Progress Will Be Saved is a Pre-Factory Event from Manchester International Festival which finds avatar artist and curator LaTurbo Avedon working in Fortnite.

Poet and performer Dommy B (Dominic Berry)
Literature Until 2 September 2020, FREE

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Manchester Libraries invites younger readers to a feast of Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge daily activity stretching over nine weeks – from Draw Alongs with Nick Sharratt, poetry with Dommy B and sessions with a host of storytellers, to supercool crafts with Archives+ and Manchester artists.

Cinema Until 12 August 2020, FREE

Showroom Summer Season

Sheffield’s Showroom presents a series of free weekly film talks from esteemed academics from both Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield.

Hamilton - Streaming on Disney Plus
Theatre Until 15 October 2021, from £5.99

Hamilton – Streaming on Disney Plus

Politically charged with a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt that this filmed performance is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2020.

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

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

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.

Elders Mondays Spring Summer 2020 with the Royal Exchange
Activity Until 17 August 2020, from £3.00

Elders Mondays Spring Summer 2020 with the Royal Exchange

Our good friends at the Royal Exchange Theatre have been working hard to bring their Elders Monday sessions online. Reach out, stay connected and remain creative.

Activity Until 31 August 2020, from £197

Online Group French Courses at Alliance Française

Learn a new language this summer with Alliance Française. Join the online group lessons from Manchester’s enthusiastic and welcoming francophone hub.

Families Until 8 September 2020, FREE

Muso Baby Virtual!

Join Manchester Museum online for emotional support and suggestions for family well-being activities followed by music and songs. Perfect for ages 0-5.

Cinema 29 July–2 August 2020, from £38

Drive Thru Cinema at Middlewood Locks

From Thelma and Louise to Drive, this summer at Middlewood Locks in Salford, The Village Screen Drive Thru cinema presents a series of cult films.

Festivals 30 July–3 August 2020, from £22.00

Kendal Calling Festival 2020 CANCELLED

Featuring over 200 artists and performers, immersive arts experiences and kids activities, Kendal Calling is a great, family-friendly festival set in the stunning Lake District.

Festivals 31 July–2 August 2020, from £55

Underneath The Stars Festival 2020 at Cinderhill Farm CANCELLED

Underneath The Stars Festival is a cracking weekend of folk in the South Yorkshire countryside. Paul Carrack, Kate Rusby and Suzanne Vega headline in 2020.