Creative Tourist

It’s August, the sun’s shining (sometimes), and you’re on the hunt for reasons to get out and about in Manchester and the North. You’ll find plenty of those below, from fantastic exhibitions to live music, theatre to food and drink. And you’ll find more in our seasonal guides to the August Bank Holiday, Summer Festivals, Outdoor Art and Adventure Activities.

From unique visual art events like Skipton’s Art In The Pen to unsung but great festivals like Bury’s Burrs Live, you’ll discover lots of new events here, while getting the latest scoop on those you know and love.

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Fringe Theatre in Manchester and the North

Check out our top picks of shows previewing in the North West before heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the summer.

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Culture Guides

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Literature Events in Manchester and the North

In between working out, then working through, your holiday reading pile this summer, find inspiration for your next bookish acquisitions from our selection of live events and exhibitions.