February

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Delve into our pick of the best things to do in February in Manchester and across the North, including; new exhibitions, stunning live music, literary events, family things to do, theatre, tours and great food/drink.

As we kiss goodbye to January and forget about all the ghastly resolutions, it’s time stop hibernating, concentrate on culture and get that diary nice and full. Check our guides to Valentines Day and February Half Term.

Things to do in February

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Cinema Until 23 February 2020, from £7.50

Adaptation: Impossible Novels at HOME

This month HOME presents Adaptation: Impossible Novels, a series of films derived from novels once thought ‘unfilmable.’

skyliner
Activity Until 12 July 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Modern History of the Northern Quarter Tour

Join Skyliner for an alternative view of the Norther Quarter, learn about the area’s political happenings through it’s stunning public art.

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.

Music Until 20 March 2020, from £5

RNCM Spring Season

The RNCM Spring Season is nearly here, and we can’t wait to tell you about it! Ranging from concerts to operas to short film showcases, read our top picks.

Golden Age: Selected works by Christopher Cook at Saul Hay Gallery
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

Golden Age: Selected works by Christopher Cook at Saul Hay Gallery

Saul Hay Gallery in Manchester prepares to present an exhibition of new work by artist Christopher Cook, following his involvement in the major exhibition Making a Masterpiece at York Art Gallery.

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

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore 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.

Emii Alrai: The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 10 May 2020, FREE

Emii Alrai: The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds

Combining demon lures and invented artefacts, ancient mythology and family lore, The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds is the latest new work by upcoming artist Emii Alrai.

Taus Makhacheva: Hold Your Horses at The Tetley in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 10 May 2020, FREE

Taus Makhacheva: Hold Your Horses at The Tetley in Leeds

Taus Makhacheva’s new solo exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds explores the traditions of history-making and its encounters with experiences of everyday life.

Yelena Popova: The Scholar Stones Project exhibition at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions Until 27 March 2020, FREE

Yelena Popova: The Scholar Stones Project at The Holden Gallery

After growing up in the closed city of Ozyorsk – the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme – Yelena Popova’s work reflects a fascination with nuclear history.

Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

Parasite at HOME

Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Palme d’Or-winning thriller finally hits UK cinema screens this February following months of awards, nominations and critical adulation.

Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 2 May 2020, FREE

Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre opens up fascinating new perspectives on humanity’s innate drive to leave its mark.

July Days at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 2 May 2020, FREE

July Days at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

July Days by Aron Rossman-Kiss at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre revolves around a single, blurry image taken around 1917.

Beatles
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.

Little Lambs Toddler Sessions at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Childrens Until 12 May 2020, from £3

Little Lambs Toddler Sessions at The Piece Hall, Halifax

Visit The Piece Hall in Halifax for a series of People Play inspired early years mornings complete with songs, stories and a craft activity.

Theatre Until 22 February 2020, from £5.00

Extraordinary Wall o̶f̶ ̶Si̶l̶e̶n̶c̶e̶ at HOME

Combining stunning physicality with the beauty of British Sign Language, Ad Infinitum illuminate a pivotal time in history for the D/deaf community.

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

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.

Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike
Exhibitions Until 18 April 2020, FREE

Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike

Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike is an exhibition inspired by the artists research residency at the internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art at The Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 14 June 2020, FREE

Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art at The Whitworth

‘Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art’ is a collaboration between a group of six artists, with and without learning disabilities.

Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre
Theatre Until 22 February 2020, from £18.00

Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre

New year. New start. So put the tub of chocolates away and check out this rare revival of J.M Barrie’s farce by Northern Broadsides instead.

February Half Term Fun at Science and Industry Museum
Families Until 23 February 2020, FREE

February Half Term Fun at Science and Industry Museum

February Half Term Fun at Science and Industry Museum looks like another hit. Whether you travel by train, tram, bike or bus, make your way to the museum for loads of transport-themed fun.

A Celestial body in the night sky. Part of the Science show at jodrell bank.
Families Until 23 February 2020, from £6.50

February Half Term: Science Show at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank became a World Heritage site in July 2019. This half term visit the Science Show and discover some of the important moments in the site’s history, which make it such an important place.

Paper bugs - part of Bugs and Beastie event
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, from £0.50

Bugs and Beasties at Lyme Park

There’s a whole host of bugs and beasties that call the house at Lyme Park their home. This half term, join the team at Lyme to find out how they protect the treasures.

Little boy making something at the space crafts event
Families Until 23 February 2020, from £8.50

February Half Term: Space Crafts at Jodrell Bank

In this Space Crafts event children (and grown ups!) of all ages can get creative with arty activities centred around all things space!

A smiling audience at a meet the expert and science show event
Education Until 21 February 2020, from £8.50

February Half-Term: Meet the Expert at Jodrell Bank

Meet the Expert is an exciting opportunity to ask all those questions about the universe that leave your brain aching!

Amy Romer - The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool
Education 20 February–22 March 2020, FREE

Amy Romer: The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool

The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool confronts us with the pervasive though often overlooked presence of modern slavery in the UK.

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield
Exhibitions 20 February–17 May 2020, FREE

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield

For her first solo exhibition, Welsh artist Phoebe Davies presents a new body of work inspired by her time spent with a group of teenage female wrestlers training in a local club on the outskirts of Oslo.

illustration of the Little Prince with a purple background
Families 20–22 February 2020, from £6.00

The Little Prince at Z-arts

The Little Prince is an enchanting, timeless story, which has been brought right up to date at Z-arts this February half term.

Back to the future half term in manchester
Theatre 20 February–17 May 2020, from £19.95

Back To The Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House

Turn your flux capacitor on and set your destination to the Manchester Opera House in the year 2020. Your future depends on it.

Cinema 21 February 2020, from £7.50

Greed at HOME

In this sharp satire, a thinly veiled portrait of Philip Green, Winterbottom looks at the model of exploitation that offers cheap clothes to buyers, vast wealth to owners, and punishing conditions to workers at the coalface of fast fashion.

Cinema 21–27 February 2020,

Little Joe at HOME

The English language debut from Austrian director Jessica Hausner is clinically stylised and emotionally austere.

Cinema 21–27 February 2020, from £7.50

End of Century at HOME

An Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin hook up by chance while in Barcelona.

Manchester Central Library
Literature 21–22 February 2020, FREE

The Poetry Exchange at Central Library

In association with Manchester Poetry Library, Manchester Libraries and Manchester City of Literature, chat about a poem that has been a friend to you.

Poet Lemn Sissay.
Literature 21 February 2020 10:00 am, FREE

International Mother Language Day 2020 at various venues

Manchester celebrates this year’s International Mother Language Day through a number of exciting events taking place in various venues around the city.

Always something moves: Sophie Lee
Exhibitions 21–29 February 2020, FREE

Always something moves: Sophie Lee at Bankley Studios, Manchester

Mark Devereux Projects presents Always something moves – a solo exhibition by artist Sophie Lee at Bankley Gallery.

Music 21 February 2020 6:30 pm,

Cory Wong (Vulfpeck) at The Ritz

Funk guitarist Cory Wong returns to Manchester with a joyous new album and his signature blend of guitar wizardry, laugh-out-loud jokes and eccentric visuals.

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Oldham Coliseum
Theatre 21 February–7 March 2020, from £17.00

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Oldham Coliseum

An award-winning and perceptive thriller exploring the timely themes of consent, online safety and crime and punishment.

Mr Ordinary's Prize - Lady knelt on the floor with a puppet
Families 22 February 2020 11:00 am, FREE

Mr Ordinary’s Prize at People’s History Museum

In this fun, interactive story session children will get to sing, dance and play with puppets. Along the way you’ll also discover the fascinating story of Manchester’s Coat of Arms. 

Runaway Brewery
Activity 22 February–11 May 2020, from £12

The Runaway Brewery – Tour & Tasting

One of Manchester’s up and coming breweries welcome you into their space to learn about the beer making process and, of course, sample the end products.

Music 22 February 2020 7:00 pm, from £18

The Growlers at Albert Hall

Still finding new ways to tweak the garage rock formula, The Growlers’ new album, Natural Affair, is their best yet. Watch them perform it live at Albert Hall.

Music 22 February 2020 11:00 pm, from £12

Awesome Tapes From Africa at Band on the Wall

If you’re a fan of world music, then Awesome Tapes From Africa’s show at Band on the Wall is an absolute must this February.

Exhibitions 24 February 2020 7:30 pm, FREE

The Foetals + Fruit Tones at YES

In celebration of Musica! Musica! Musica!, a solo exhibition by Raissa Pardini, The Foetals and Fruit Tones are playing a FREE party at YES.

Cinema 25–27 February 2020,

Jessica Hausner at HOME

After emerging with her 2001 feature debut, Lovely Rita, Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner has rapidly established herself as a tirelessly inventive director who reconfigures genre codes in clever and provocative ways.

Cinema 25 February 2020, from £7.50

Jessica Hausner Shorts at HOME

Coinciding with Little Joe, HOME presents two rarely screened titles: Hausner’s Locarno Festival–winning short Flora and the mid-length Inter-View, Hausner’s graduation film at the Filmacademy Vienna. Both screen from 35mm.

Cabaret at the Palace Theatre
Theatre 25–29 February 2020, from £13.00

Cabaret at the Palace Theatre

Promising “divine decadence, darling”, this award-winning show – directed by Rufus Norris – is absolutely unmissable.

Bang on a Can All-Stars at RNCM
Music 25 February 2020 7:30 pm, from £18

Bang on a Can All-Stars at RNCM

Blurring the lines of classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the Bang on a Can All-Stars present a wonderfully adventurous programme at RNCM.

Eat The City - Scranchester Tours
Activity 26 February–1 May 2020, from £50

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.

Cinema 26 February 2020 6:00 pm, from £6.90

A History of Violence at Showroom, Sheffield

Viggo Mortensen stars as Tom Stall, a man with a violent past which finally catches up with him. Based on a graphic novel and unflinching in its brutality, this taut thriller features a stellar supporting cast including Maria Bello, Ed Harris and William Hurt.

Adult Skateboard lessons
Activity 26 February–8 May 2020, FREE

Adult Skateboard Lessons at Projekts MCR

Open skateboarding session for adults, all abilities are welcome. Discover the creativity of this urban sport.

Music 27 February 2020 7:00 pm, from £27.50

Sleater Kinney at Manchester Academy

In support of their 10th studio album The Centre Won’t Hold, feminist punks Sleater Kinney are bringing their mighty-as-ever live show to Manchester.

People Play by Alice Irwin at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Exhibitions 28 February–1 June 2020, FREE

People Play by Alice Irwin at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Artist Alice Irwin’s Matisse-esque friendly giants at The Piece Hall in Halifax embody an enchanting spirit of play, early innocence and imagination. Yet, they also have a more serious side to them.

Alice Irwin: People Play Trail at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Activity 28 February–1 June 2020, from £1

Alice Irwin: People Play Trail at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Drop into The Piece Hall Welcome Centre and collect a sculpture trail map that will take you on a sketching and symbol spotting journey.

Music 28 February 2020 7:00 pm, from £24

DJ Shadow at Albert Hall

Over two decades on from his seminal album Endtroducing, DJ Shadow returns to Albert Hall, a venue that the pioneering producer holds dear.

Insane Animals at HOME
Theatre 28 February–14 March 2020, from £10.00

Insane Animals at HOME

Cult cabaret duo Bourgeois and Maurice bring the world-premiere of their time-travelling musical comedy to Manchester.

An performer doing acrobatics on a box
Families 29 February 2020 11:30 am, from £7.50

BOX at Waterside Arts

Featuring impressive acrobatics and a mysterious box of tricks, BOX offers a humorous and uplifting tale about sibling connection and compassion.

Alice Irwin: People Play Party at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Exhibitions 29 February 2020 3:00 pm, FREE

Alice Irwin: People Play Party at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Head to The Piece Hall in Halifax to celebrate the launch of People Play – a new sculpture commission and exhibition by artist Alice Irwin.

House of Suarez - Vogue Ball 2020
Dance 29 February 2020 7:00 pm, from £15.00

House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2020 at Manchester Academy

Daring, fabulous and with a nautical twist for 2020, House of Suarez are back to host the ultimate battle for dance supremacy.

Still showing this month

Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

Lovely Rita at HOME

Working with non-professional actors, Haussner uses flashes of dark comedy to depict a stifling bourgeois respectability trying to keep the lid on the simmering mess hidden below.

the night sky as explored in the planetarium shows
Education Until 31 March 2020, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

Take your family on a trip through space and time in this fully immersive cinema experience.

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme 2019
Exhibitions Until 3 May 2020, FREE

Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour

Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.

The Reno at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

The Reno at the Whitworth

Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan and a group of local residents who used to attend the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s prepare to occupy the Whitworth for one year. Located in Moss Side, the Reno was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. This living exhibition will tell the story of the club through art and archive materials.

Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

A-Z of Salford’s Collections at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Discover how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea, which monarch’s pair of stockings reside in Salford, get up close to incredible art and more.

Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

In A League Of Their Own at Castleford Museum

Rugby League is born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears.

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People's History Museum
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People’s History Museum

LAST CHANCE. Marking the 200-year-anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, ‘Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest’ at People’s History Museum takes visitors on a journey through the past, present and future of protest in this country.

Activity Until 25 February 2020, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Visit the homes of two influential Mancunian women in one day. Volunteer led tours of Elizabeth Gaskell and Emmeline Pankhurst’s former homes are an ideal way to learn the stories of these two influential figures.

Exhibitions Until 15 May 2020, FREE

Poulsen Arc Dream Radio at Storyhouse in Chester

What does it mean to be transported into another person’s memories? Step into a new digital art commission at Storyhouse in Chester to find out.

Exhibitions Until 20 April 2020, FREE

Louise Giovanelli at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery prepares to present a series of new paintings by artist Louise Giovanelli, alongside rarely-seen early Renaissance panel paintings.

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley, Liverpool Biennial 2019 touring programme
Exhibitions Until 3 May 2020, FREE

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley

As part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, The Tetley is hosting works by artists Holly Hendry and Taus Makhacheva.

Exhibitions Until 29 March 2020, from £6

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

Museum of Science and Industry’s blockbuster exhibition, The Sun, sets out to bring us as close to the star as many of us are likely to ever come.

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields
Exhibitions Until 20 July 2020, FREE

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields

‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 5 July 2020, FREE

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth examines the powerful the voices of the Design Reform movement.

Cézanne at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Cézanne at the Whitworth

This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth

Activity Until 28 February 2020, from £5

Meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Learn how to meditate with the welcoming community at Manchester Buddhist Centre. Their beginners classes are the perfect way to find your feet and develop your own meditation practice.

Hallé
Classical Music Until 30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.

BBC Philharmonic 2019 2020 season bridgewater hall manchester
Classical Music Until 13 June 2020,

BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season

An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.

Activity Until 2 July 2020, FREE

Technical Tours at the National Coal Mining Museum

Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.

A Healthy Profit Exhibition at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
Exhibitions Until 19 April 2020, FREE

A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank

A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank offers an important look at one chapter in the continuing story of capitalism’s impact on the human body.

Joy Labinjo: Our histories cling to us at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

Joy Labinjo: Our histories cling to us at BALTIC, Gateshead

Joy Labinjo’s vibrant portraits offer a unique window into her personal experience of growing up as a Black, British and Nigerian woman in the UK.

Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Elizabeth Price: A Long Memory at the Whitworth

‘Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth’ brings together new and acclaimed works – including drawings, sculpture, and video – by the Turner prize-winning artist.

Edward Allington: Things Unsaid at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

Edward Allington : Things Unsaid at the Henry Moore Institute

LAST CHANCE. An artist who believed that we often know more than can be spoken, Edward Allington’s restaging at the Henry Moore Institute offers a poetic response to the complexity of the world.

Alexis Teplin: It’s My Pleasure to Participate – exhibition at Bluecoat. Part of the Family Weekend activities.
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

Alexis Teplin: It’s My Pleasure to Participate at Bluecoat

Encompassing performance, film, sculpture and installation, Alexis Teplin’s expanded painting practice bursts with a seductive theatricality. See her work on show at Bluecoat.

Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Winter Wildlife in print at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

After the leaves have fallen and the flowers have gone, discover beautifully crafted artwork by Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson inspired by real-life creatures that call Beningbrough their home.

you feel me_ exhibition at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

you feel me_ at FACT, Liverpool

A new exhibition at FACT explores the utopian potential of the virtual realm as a space where we can begin to heal the power inequalities of society.

Northern Chamber Orchestra
Music Until 15 May 2020,

Northern Chamber Orchestra 2019/20 Season

Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season features the likes of violinists Chloe Hanslip and Anthony Marwood; pianist Martin James Bartlett; percussionist Colin Currie; and their President, cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.

Judy Chicago exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 19 April 2020, FREE

Judy Chicago at BALTIC, Gateshead

One of the most important feminist artists of the last half-century, Judy Chicago is about to receive her first major survey exhibition in the UK, staged at BALTIC in Gateshead.

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings at Baltic, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 19 April 2020, FREE

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings at BALTIC, Gateshead

‘Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings’ at BALTIC in Gateshead invites visitors to rethink the human position in the world.

The Surplus Value of Sound No.XXXII at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 22 February 2020, FREE

The Surplus Value of Sound No.XXXII at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Helmut Lemke presents investigations into the relationship of art and sound in an incredible exhibition of motorised artworks, unusual sculptures with a body of drawings and sketchbooks from a range of international projects. 

Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool Valentine's Day Manchester
Exhibitions Until 16 March 2020, FREE

Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool

Drenched in the rich beauty of the Guatemalan rainforest, Tate Liverpool presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by the Swiss-Argentinian artist, Vivian Suter.

Theaster Gates: Amalgam at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 4 May 2020, from £8.5

Theaster Gates: Amalgam at Tate Liverpool

Marking his UK debut, Theaster Gates responds to the little-known history of Malaga – a small island off the north east state of Maine, USA.

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.

Ian McKay: Collier Street Baths at Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 1 April 2020, FREE

Ian McKay: Collier Street Baths at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

This December, Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents a new exhibition by local artist Ian McKay based on the architecture of Collier Street Baths

Rock and Goal
Activity Until 1 June 2020, from £4.5

Rock and Goal Tour

Join Joe Feeley a Mancunian through and through, who guides you into Manchester’s two pillars of cultural excellence with his Rock and Goal tour.

Off the Cobbles
Activity Until 24 February 2020, from £10

Off the Cobbles Tour with Danny Collins

Danny guides you through the streets with poetry from his anthology Off the Cobbles. You’ll be as educated as you are entertained by the end of this honest and heartwarming tour.

sunday night waves
Activity Until 14 July 2020, from £7

Sunday Night Waves 5Rhythms Drop In

Embrace the effervescent energy of Sunday Night Waves, a 5Rhythms dance class where you can move with the flow of your own body and explore.

Young girl playing with a tea set at Toddler Tuesdays
Families Until 30 June 2020, FREE

Toddler Tuesdays at Castleford Museum

These lively mornings of crafts and singing are fun, creative sessions for toddlers.

Painting of a miner in the Digging Deep exhibition
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Digging Deep at The National Coal Mining Museum

In their first ever exhibition looking at the role of immigrants in the coal industry, Digging Deep explores black miners’ stories.

Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 13 April 2020, FREE

Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library

Talking Sense at The Portico Library aims to open up a space for helpful conversations around the future of care.

Exhibitions Until 30 April 2020, FREE

Visage(s) d’Europe at Alliance Française

Fifty photos from Pascal Dosset’s international portrait of Europe, Visage(s) d’Europe, will be on display at Alliance Française. One photo per country.

Visual Rights at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 22 March 2020, FREE

Visual Rights at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool

How do we visualise power? What does it look like, and for whom is it visible? Visual Rights looks at how images can expose uneven distributions of power, and shape the way we understand a place’s geography.

Richard Bartle, Nomadic Tales, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 13 April 2020, FREE

Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield explores the modern-day city of Istanbul, viewed through a series of 14th-century miniature illustrations.

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.

Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 at HOME
Exhibitions Until 15 March 2020,

Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 at HOME

Featuring over 500 artists from across Greater Manchester, the inaugural edition of the Manchester Open Exhibition at HOME should be a highly eclectic and exciting affair.

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.

Mike S. Redmond and Faye Coral Johnson: Bubbling Pitch at HOME
Exhibitions Until 22 March 2020, FREE

Mike S. Redmond and Faye Coral Johnson: Bubbling Pitch at HOME

Coolaborative artist duo, MSR FCJ, present a series of experimental drawings, larger textural paintings and a new publication at HOME in Manchester.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North
Exhibitions Until 28 March 2020, FREE

Thumbs Up at Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery’s upcoming exhibition explores how the conditions of the gallery space affect our encounter with art. It certainly gets a thumbs up from us!

Ho Tzu Nyen: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Volume 10: N for Nameless at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art – exhibition
Exhibitions Until 12 April 2020, FREE

Ho Tzu Nyen: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Volume 10: N for Nameless at CFCCA

CFCCA presents Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s alternative ‘A to Z’ account of Southeast Asia, focusing on the region’s neglected histories.

Rae-Yen Song: *May-May Songuu*
Exhibitions Until 12 April 2020, FREE

Rae-Yen Song: *May-May Songuu* at CFCCA

An exhibition by artist Rae-Yen Song at CFCCA which explores British-Chinese identity through the prism of her own family history.

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.

Classical Music Until 9 May 2020, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Spanning a plethora of genres, from classical to folk to Americana, The Stoller Hall’s Spring season is an eclectic delight. Read about it here.

Justin Edgar: Reasonable Adjustment – The Disabled Armed Resistance Movement at The Art House, Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 7 March 2020, FREE

Justin Edgar: Reasonable Adjustment – The Disabled Armed Resistance Movement at The Art House, Wakefield

Justin Edgar showcases artefacts he has collected over 30 years which document the Reasonable Adjustment movement at The Art House in Wakefield.

THE PEOPLE’S CITY EXHIBITION at The Refuge – Photo © Rob Bremner
Exhibitions Until 31 May 2020, FREE

The People’s City at The Refuge, Manchester

Organised by the British Culture Archive, The Refuge in Manchester presents a remarkable selection of images that capture Britain from the 1960s onwards.

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.

Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

The Lighthouse at HOME

Director Robert Eggers’ follows up his 2015 folk-horror debut The Witch with another eerie period tale.