June

Creative Tourist

People of all ages are welcomed to Manchester and the North this June for a large spectrum of things to do in June. Look around our website to find an event suited to you.

Things to do in June

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Activity 2 June 2021 2:00 pm, FREE

Online talk: The rebellion of the “basement lecturers”

The Working Class Movement Library is bring the stories of pretest from WWI alive with and online talk from Steve Illingworth.

Music 2 June–1 August 2021, from £16

A Summer of The Untold Orchestra

This Summer, The Untold Orchestra are packing six of their renowned ‘icon’ shows into eight dates at Escape to Freight Island.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Homeground
Theatre 3–26 June 2021,

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Homeground

Experience this riotous reworking of the Shakespearean comedy at HOME’s new brilliant outdoor cultural venue.

Classical Music 3 June–22 July 2021, from £18.50

The Hallé Summer Season 2021 at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé returns to The Bridgewater Hall in glorious style this summer, with six thrilling concerts for audiences to experience in person.

Music 3 June 2021 2:15 pm, from £5

The Hallé – Elgar’s Enigma Variations at The Bridgewater Hall

Opening the Hallé’s Summer Season is Elgar’s seminal Enigma Variations and Stravinsky’s blazing ballet Petrushka, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Festivals 4–6 June 2021, FREE

Appleby Horse Fair

An annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Appleby in the form of a traditional fair where horses are washed, trotted and sold.

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Families 4 June–30 August 2021, from £30

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Enjoy this hilarious Shakespearean comedy in the wonderful open-air surroundings of Grosvenor Park.

Ballad of Crown Point Bridge
Visual Arts 5–27 June 2021, FREE

The Ballad of Crown Point Bridge at Crown Point Bridge

Blending voice recordings and the sounds of the city’s water, The Ballad of Crown Point Bridge is a new sonic artwork for Leeds.

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions 5 June 2021 10:00 am,

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Stop and spend an hour or two with this special creation, nestled within a stand of birch trees beside Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Lake.

Cinema 7–30 June 2021,

The Reverse Gaze: Filmmaking on Screen at HOME

New at HOME, The Reverse Gaze: Filmmaking on Screen is a season of films about filmmaking, exploring the act of creating images and the industry which surrounds them.

Music 7 June–4 October 2021,

NQ Jazz Live

NQ Jazz have teamed up with The Stoller Hall and The Yard to bring us dozens of COVID-safe jazz events featuring established and emerging artists.

Music 8 June 2021 7:30 pm, from £19.25

Viagra Boys

Stockholm-based post-punk sextet Viagra Boys are performing at Manchester Ritz in support of their 2021 album ‘Welfare Jazz’.

Lemn Sissay
Literature 9–13 June 2021, FREE

Festival Of Libraries in various venues

The new Festival Of Libraries is a five-day multi-venue celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries happening 9 to 13 June.

Mank
Cinema 10 June 2021, from £5.50

Mank at HOME

1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish Citizen Kane.

Activity 10 June 2021 6:30 pm,

Radical Late: Exploring Crossings: community and refuge

Exploring Crossings is part of the PHM’s Radical Late series. Artist Issam Kourbaj will be talking about his evocative work Dark Water, Burning World.

Music 12–13 June 2021, from £69.50

Parklife 2021 at Heaton Park

Parklife 2021 marks the Heaton Park festival’s 10th outing. Expect a diverse lineup of underground dance and alternative music.

Nicola Ellis and Ritherdon & Co Ltd: No gaps in the line at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Exhibitions 13 June–1 August 2021, FREE

Nicola Ellis and Ritherdon & Co Ltd: No gaps in the line at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

After a year of mostly silent and empty galleries, we look forward to this clamorous return to exhibiting ‘in the flesh’.  

Mr Stink Heartbreak Productions
Families 13 June 2021 1:30 pm, from £11

Mr Stink

Spend an afternoon in Sale’s ‘secret’ Walkden Gardens with your little ones and enjoy Heartbreak Productions adaptation of the heart-warming storybook Mr Stink.

Thom Yorke at Victoria Warehouse Cultural Calender
Music 13 June 2021 7:30 pm, from £54.70

Thom Yorke at Victoria Warehouse

Following the release of his excellent solo album ANIMA, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is performing not one but two shows at Victoria Warehouse this June.

Music 16 June 2021 7:00 pm, from £12

Secret Night Gang at The Blues Kitchen

Recently signed to Brownswood Recordings, Manchester’s own Secret Night Gang are serving up a mixture of soul, R&B, gospel and funk at the city’s newest venue: The Blues Kitchen.

Music 17 June 2021 2:15 pm, from £5

The Hallé – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony at The Bridgewater Hall

Young Norwegian conductor Tabita Berglund returns to the Hallé podium, conducting a programme of Beethoven, Wagner and Osvaldo Golijov.

Families 17 June 2021 6:00 pm, FREE

Online bedtime story with the People’s History Museum

Head on over to the Little People’s History Museum without leaving your own home… get ready for bed and settle in for a livestreamed story.

Cinema 17 June 2021 6:15 pm, from £5.50

Beware of a Holy Whore + Intro at HOME

A cast and crew wait in a Spanish hotel for the arrival of finance, their director and lead actor to begin filming. To fill their time, they partake in series of personal and professional games built upon exploitation and manipulation.

Northern Ballet Swan Lake
Dance 17–26 June 2021, from £20.00

Northern Ballet: Swan Lake at Leeds Grand Theatre

Set to Tchaikovsky’s electrifying score, Swan Lake is ballet’s greatest love story and adored by audiences all over the world.

Cinema 18–26 June 2021, from £50.88

Picnic Cinema: Withnail & I at Sleddale Hall

Picnic Cinema is back this September with a series of screenings of Withnail & I at Sleddale Hall aka Crow Crag — the cottage from the cult classic film.

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum
Exhibitions 19 June–16 December 2021, from £5

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

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.

The Great Gatsby at Waterside
Theatre 20 June 2021 6:00 pm, from £13

The Great Gatsby at Walkden Gardens

Open-air theatre aficionados Heartbreak Productions bring a live performance of The Great Gatsby to Walkden Gardens in Sale this summer.

Music 24 June 2021 9:00 pm, from £8

Folly Group (socially distanced)

Spanning primal post punk, lashing electronica and pure experimentalism, London collective Folly Group are playing a socially distanced show at YES.

Music 26 June 2021 2:15 pm, from £5

The Hallé – The Best of the West End at The Bridgewater Hall

Join conductor Stephen Bell, the Hallé and West End royalty Scott Davies and Jacqui Scott on a journey through the world’s best-loved shows.

Cinema 27 June 2021, from £5.50

Irma Vep at HOME

Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic silent crime serial Les vampires.

30 June 2021, from £5.50

Preview/ Censor + Q&A

This special preview screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Prano Bailey-Bond.

Still showing this month

Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 1 April 2022, FREE

Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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.

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics with The Turnpike
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2022, FREE

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics with The Turnpike

A collaborative project that takes inspiration from the history of the Leigh Female Reformers of 1819 and the monstrous representations of them in the media of the time.

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.

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.

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2021, FREE

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library

The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.

online events I am falling in love with you and its making me do stupid things
Festivals Until 31 July 2021,

Homemakers

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

Everything That Rises Must Dance with HOME
Theatre Until 31 July 2021,

Everything that rises must dance with HOME

Produced by Complicité for Homemakers: Join a virtual gathering of women for an online dance project celebrating female movement throughout history.

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.

What is Manchester Art Gallery?
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2023, FREE

What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery reopens with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city.

Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire at Imperial War Museum North
Exhibitions Until 24 September 2021, FREE

Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire at Imperial War Museum North

Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire at Imperial War Museum North takes a close look at the moral dilemmas surrounding overseas aid.

Cinema Until 30 September 2021, FREE

Make Up – Streaming on BBC iPlayer

Cornwall has seldom seemed eerier than in Make-Up, the vivid first feature from director Claire Oakley.

#WELCOME? at the People's History Museum
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2021, FREE

#WELCOME? at the People’s History Museum

#WELCOME? at the People’s History Museum explores the wider impact of media coverage and changing immigration controls.

Aliza Nisenbaum at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 27 June 2021, FREE

Aliza Nisenbaum at Tate Liverpool

International portrait artist Aliza Nisenbaum will present a new painting at Tate Liverpool this winter, depicting members of the city’s key workers.

Postal Exhibition Print Programme from OUTPUT
Exhibitions Until 1 June 2021, FREE

Postal Exhibition Print Programme from OUTPUT

OUTPUT in Liverpool launches a new programme of mail-based exhibitions, sending original artwork directly to your home.

Blackburn Open Walls
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Blackburn Open Walls

Over 3 years, forgotten walls of Blackburn were brought to life with the creation of a vibrant outdoor gallery, by international, national and local artists, who together over 2 weeks, created a collection of large scale murals and art walk trails for the residents and visitors of Blackburn to enjoy.

Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £18

Pendle Hill Witch Experience Tours

Group tours of Lancashire in the area surrounding Pendle Hill. Through visiting the countryside and villages of Pendle, visitors learn all about the dark deeds and wicked plots surrounding the Pendle Witches in the 1600s.

Discover Buxton Tram Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £80

Discover Buxton Tram Tours

Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.

Discover Buxton Character Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Character Tours

These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.

Discover Buxton Walking Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Walking Tours

Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.

Discover Buxton Roman Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Roman Tours

Join local historian Brian Shepherd for a walk around the town and learn what Buxton may have looked like during Britain’s Roman occupation.

Discover Buxton Audio Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

Discover Buxton’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online
Dance Until 1 April 2022, FREE

Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online

The world’s first ‘visual dictionary’ of movements found within Bhangra, compiled by World Bhangra Day founder, Hardeep Sahota.

Babies listening to a man play the guitar as part of My First Protest Song
Activity Until 5 June 2021, FREE

My First Protest Song with the People’s History Museum

My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.

doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

Pick up a pen and encourage the whole family to explore the art of peaceful protest.

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.

John Moores Painting Prize 2020 – Online and at Walker Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 27 June 2021, FREE

John Moores Painting Prize 2020 – Online and at Walker Art Gallery

The prestigious John Moores Painting Prize moves online for the first time, featuring the best in contemporary British painting.

Don’t Touch My Hair
Theatre Until 1 August 2021,

Don’t Touch My Hair with HOME

Fearless social activism meets unapologetic hip hop. A concentrated dose of Hot Brown Honey is just what we all need right now.

Hidden Winter
Families Until 31 August 2021, FREE

Hidden Winter

Round the family up and head outside for this wonderful story walk adventure from Stand and Be Counted Theatre. Perfect for livening up a lockdown walk.

Cinema Until 21 February 2022, FREE

Queer Treatment

To coincide with LGBT History Month, Heart of Glass launches Queer Treatment, a new animated short film by the amazing Amy Pennington. Queer Treatment is inspired by conversations with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and explores connection, identity, representation and celebrating queer icons past and present.

PUSH Festival - HOME
Festivals Until 31 December 2021,

PUSH Festival 2021 at HOME

Thrilling and challenging, HOME’s annual festival is a glimmering reminder that new performance continues to be developed, despite ‘you-know-what’.

Closed Hands with HOME
Theatre Until 31 August 2021,

Closed Hands with HOME

An interactive, experimental and political video game exploring the complex effects of extremism and radicalisation.

Unease by Grace Sharp – Online and at Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2021, FREE

Unease by Grace Sharp – Online and at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Unease is an exhibition of work by glass artist Grace Sharp.

Electric Dreams – Online with Venture Arts
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2021, FREE

Electric Dreams – Online with Venture Arts

Venture Arts presents the first of three online exhibitions featuring new work made by learning disabled artists over lockdown.

Activity Until 24 August 2021, FREE

Zoom Tours: Jonathan Schofield’s New Series

Join expert tour guide Johnathan Schofield as he travels chronologically and geographically through the culture, architecture and geography of Manchester.

Music Until 18 June 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Sibelius’s Third Symphony

The Hallé are joined by virtuoso pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, plus Sibelius’s magnificent Third Symphony.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 – The Stomach and the Port
Exhibitions Until 6 June 2021, FREE

Liverpool Biennial 2021 – The Stomach and the Port

The 11th edition of the UK’s oldest and largest festival of contemporary visual art is about to open, with work by over 50 artists.

Montse Mosquera - Too Foreign
Festivals Until 6 June 2021, FREE

Liverpool Independents Biennial

Independents Biennial has revealed a packed programme that will celebrate Merseyside’s creative talent and cast a fresh eye on how we see, make and use art. The festival, which runs alongside Liverpool Biennial, puts the spotlight on the region’s grassroots creative community, many of whom have been hardest hit by lockdown.

Tony Phillips: 12 Decades at Bluecoat in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 6 June 2021, FREE

Tony Phillips: 12 Decades at Bluecoat in Liverpool

Tony Phillips’ 12 Decades continues a survey of modern history that has occupied him over the last 40 years. The series will go on show at Bluecoat in 2021.

Music Until 25 June 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Paul Lewis performs Mozart

The Hallé will be joined by Paul Lewis, one of the country’s most distinguished artists, for a dazzling programme in which he directs from the piano.

Sound Stage
Theatre Until 1 October 2021, TBC

Sound Stage

An exciting, new audio-digital venture, Sound Stage has been designed by theatre-makers and leading technologists, to give audiences a unique online theatre experience.

Alison Milner: Decorative Minimalist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 27 June 2021, FREE

Alison Milner: Decorative Minimalist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Decorative Minimalist by Alison Milner features a large-scale, illustrated tile mural captures the everyday life and soul of YSP.

REMOTE WORK and Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
Exhibitions Until 19 June 2021, FREE

REMOTE WORK and Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Grundy Art Gallery reopens with two exhibitions wrapped inside one – REMOTE WORK and Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas.

Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2022, FREE

Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory

Turner Prize winning artist Tai Shani takes us on an LSD-inspired hallucinatory journey across time and space. Prepare to have your consciousness expanded.

The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester
Cinema Until 11 September 2021,

The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester

The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.

Activity Until 31 August 2021, from £4

Elders Mondays with the Royal Exchange

Feel connected and stay creative with a group of like minded older people with Elders Mondays from the Royal Exchange.

Ad Minoliti at BALTIC in Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 13 March 2022, FREE

Ad Minoliti at BALTIC in Gateshead

Argentinian artist Ad Minoliti’s immersive exhibition draws upon queer and feminist theory to offer new understandings of the world around us.

Music Until 1 July 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Shostakovich’s Dazzling First

The Hallé performs a varied programme of Grazyna Bacewicz, Aaron Copland and Dmitri Shostakovich under the baton of new Assistant Conductor, Delyana Lazarova.

Percy the Park Keeper - The Secret Path in the Gardens, Tatton Park
Activity Until 13 June 2021, from £6

Percy the Park Keeper – The Secret Path in the Gardens

There’s nowhere quite like Tatton Park on a warm sunny day and Percy the Park Keeper – The Secret Path in the Gardens is the perfect way to explore the stunning parkland and all it has to offer. This family-friendly walking trail combines the sights, sounds and scents of nature in a maze of ‘secret’ gardens.

Activity Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Curator’s Tour: Grayson’s Art Club

Join Natasha Howes and Fiona Corridan for a curator’s tour of Grayson’s Art Club, with some of the pieces that didn’t make it on T.V.

Activity Until 14 June 2021, from £50

Art Classes in Didsbury with ColourWheel

Learn new skills, refine techniques and explore different medias with ColourWheel Art Classes in Didsbury.

women and girls night
Activity Until 26 August 2021, from £8

Women and Girls Skate sessions at Projekts

Join Projekts skate park for exclusively women and girls skating, every Thursday from 7 – 9 pm. Be warned the sessions are very popular so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 12 December 2021, FREE

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and award-winning garden is a must-see, with the famous book sale back on 18 April and scheduled thereafter for 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November and 12 December 2021, 11am-4pm.

Totally Roarsome, Mottram Hall
Families Until 6 June 2021, from £7.95

Totally Roarsome

Head over to Mottram Hall where, in the depths of stunning Cheshire woodland, you’ll discover an immersive walking trail. Totally Roarsome promises to excite your little ones with huge figures of animals – from the Jurassic to the mythical.

Music Until 15 July 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Trail-blazing Hallé

The Hallé is joined by Stephen Hough for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, before the world premiere of Huw Watkins’ Second Symphony.

Mindscapes While Waiting, Wait Here
Visual Arts Until 16 May 2022, FREE

MINDSCAPES: While Waiting, Wait Here – Merel Smitt

Created in collaboration with service users and staff, this online interactive game explores the benefits system and the process of applying for Universal Credit.

Mindscapes //OUTSIDEIN//
Visual Arts Until 16 May 2022, FREE

MINDSCAPES: //OUTSIDEIN// – Theater DEGASTEN

A brand-new online work, by Amsterdam-based Theater DEGASTEN, exploring the connection between mental health and where we live.

Literature Until 24 June 2021,

Poetry Walk at The Reader in Liverpool

Every Thursday 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 in a safe and socially distanced way.

Music Until 29 July 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Sir Mark Elder conducts a staged performance of Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece The Soldier’s Tale, directed by Olivier Award winner Annabel Arden.

skyliner
Activity Until 31 July 2021, from £1

Skyliner: Virtual Tours of Manchester

Whilst walking tours are still limited, join Skyliner for unique and thought provoking video tours, taking you through the modern history of Manchester’s street art.

Kerry Tribe: Sky (2021) at Pavement Gallery, Manchester
Exhibitions 8 May–18 June 2021, FREE

Kerry Tribe: Sky (2021) at Pavement Gallery, Manchester

Kerry Tribe fills the walls of Pavement Gallery with Sky – a work that conjures vague impressions of power, fear and tense expectation.

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions 8 May–31 October 2021, FREE

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen at BALTIC, Gateshead

Sutapa Biswas’ major solo show explores the artist’s role in illuminating the imperialist structures that still exist within British society.

Manchester Cheese Crawl
Activity 8 May–28 August 2021, from £25

The Manchester Cheese Crawl

Eat your way through the dairy based delights of Manchester, with the Manchester Cheese Crawl walking tour.

Activity 13 May–22 July 2021, from £75

Short Story Course with Désirée Reynolds Online – SOLD OUT

Embark on a short story exploration of your own writing with Désirée Reynolds to help guide you on your way. Learn technique, structure and other writing ‘tools’ that will allow your stories to come to life.

Activity 14 May–23 July 2021, FREE

VIRTUALLYREALITY SS21: The Long Triumph

VIRTUALLYREALITY is an artist led events series that brings the work of multimedia artists from around the world to Manchester. Their latest series of online performance, workshops and installation is definitely not to be missed.

Festivals 17 May–30 June 2021, from £5.50

HOME Reopening Programme May 2021

The big screen is back, and Manchester’s HOME have sorted a blistering reopening programme that combines new releases with rare films from cinema’s past.

Soul Journey to Truth at HOME Manchester
Exhibitions 17 May–6 June 2021,

Soul Journey to Truth at HOME Manchester

Soul Journey to Truth at HOME Manchester highlights the experiences and creativity of people in prisons, secure settings and on probation in the North West.

The Met Reopening Season
Music 17 May–10 June 2021, from £13

The Met Reopening Season

Now we’re on the sweet road to reopening, our friends at The Met have announced a brand new season of Covid-safe live performance and gigs.

Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North
Theatre 18 May–12 August 2021,

Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North

Open air theatre shows are happening across the north over the next few months – we’ve collated our top picks into a neat guide for you.

POSTPONED – AI: More than Human at World Museum Liverpool
Exhibitions 18 May–31 October 2021, from £5

AI: More than Human at World Museum Liverpool

Barbican’s major exhibition, AI: More than Human, comes to Liverpool, offering a tantlising look into the future.

Portable Sculpture at Henry Moore Institute in Leeds
Exhibitions 18 May–29 August 2021, FREE

Portable Sculpture at Henry Moore Institute in Leeds

Portable Sculpture will explore sculptures from 1934 to the present day that are designed to fold up, pack down or dismantle.

Theatre in Manchester
Theatre 18 May–29 June 2021, from £22.00

C-o-n-t-a-c-t at Salford Quays

Hailed a “gripping thriller” and “pacy outdoor odyssey” – here’s an inventive outdoor performance we can all look forward to in 2021.

Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions 19 May–31 August 2021,

Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

TOP SECRET: the Science and Industry Museum digs into the history of British national security over the last 100 years.

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life
Exhibitions 21 May 2021–27 February 2022,

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life at The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its 10th birthday with the largest exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work since the artist’s death in 1975.

Slippages at Paradise Works, Salford
Exhibitions 22 May–26 June 2021, FREE

Slippages at Paradise Works, Salford

An exhibition that blurs our understanding of real and imagined space, the familiar and the uncanny, and authenticity and artifice.

Compass Festival : One in, One Out: Leeds' Smallest Gay Bar
Festivals 24 May–27 June 2021, FREE

Compass Festival 2021

With live art installations and performances, Compass Festival is set to animate the city of Leeds this summer.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North
Exhibitions 27 May–11 July 2021, Tickets not yet on sale

Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2021

Abandon Normal Devices Festival, the UK’s only roaming digital festival, resurfaces in 2021 with a new hybrid format, exploring the post-industrial landscapes of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey.

English Football Hall of Fame
Exhibitions 27 May 2021–31 March 2022, from £5.5

English Football Hall of Fame

National Football Museum’s English Football Hall of Fame celebrates the great game. A full-scale exhibition showcasing some of those who’ve made an outstanding contribution to football.

You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Exhibitions 29 May–28 November 2021, FREE

You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Museum & Art Gallery presents an exhibition that highlights the city’s green spaces and the stories that they tell.

The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Families 29 May–30 August 2021, from £28

The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

A vivid new version of this charming story will swing into Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.