Manchester After Hours 2018

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Naomi Kashiwagi at John Rylands Library for Manchester After Hours by Ben Williams
Naomi Kashiwagi at John Rylands Library for Manchester After Hours 2017 by Ben Williams

17 May 2018 Entrance is free

Part of UK-wide Museums at Night festival for the culturally curious, Manchester After Hours has brought thousands of post-5pm experience seekers to the city over the years, attracted by its ever-changing roster of unusual events and out of the ordinary collaborations. Though this fifth edition features a slightly more compact programme as organisers pause to consider how to grow even bigger and better going forwards, we think it’s safe to say that you’ll be just as hard pushed as ever to squeeze such an inspired selection of happenings into one night. Our tip: swap office shoes for comfy trainers.

17 May 2018

Where to go near Manchester After Hours 2018

The York Dungeon

Prepare for an exciting adventure as you delve into the chilling history of York at the York Dungeon! The York Dungeon offers an immersive exploration of 2,000 years of the city’s most haunting tales.

White Cloth Hall

White Cloth Hall is a new food and drink project, based in a Grade II listed venue in Leeds city centre.

MUSU Restaurant & Bar

Musu is a modern Japanese restaurant and bar in Manchester City Centre, specialising in awe-inspiring food. We take an advance look at their festive menu. 

House of Fu Manchester

First Leeds, now Manchester. Expect picture perfect ramen, gyoza and cocktails at the upcoming restaurant and cocktail bar.

City Centre

Allpress at NOMA is a home to all things coffee, with a café and seasonal menu incorporating locally sourced ingredients.


Forty-Seven is a luxury boutique hotel on Peter Street in Manchester city centre, above the high-end Indian restaurant Asha’s.

What's on: Festivals

FestivalsCity Centre
Halloween in the City 2023

Halloween In The City is back to haunt Manchester over the Halloween weekend, with a petrifying programme of Halloween-themed events taking place across Manchester city centre.

free entry
Indy Man Beer Con 2023

Taking over the stunning Grade II listed Victoria Baths this October, Indy Man Beer Con brings together the best breweries from across the world.

from £14.50
York Unlocked 2023

York’s most unique festival! The doors to around 70 buildings will be thrown open free of charge for this two day celebration of heritage.

free entry
FestivalsWest Yorkshire
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival

Celebrating the Dales’ delicious produce, with local businesses throughout the National Park hosting events such as menus and tastings, themed dishes and cookery courses.

free entry
Music venue stock image.

Music and community celebrations are the name of the game at Oakfest in Accrington’s Oak Hill Park.

free entry

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