Things to Do in Manchester

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Spend a day in the city and it rapidly becomes apparent just how much it has reinvented its industrial past into a new, trendsetting present – and an ambitious future. There’s plenty of things to do in Manchester too, from award-winning theatre and exhibitions to an exciting food and drink offer and thriving literature and music scenes.

Discover our top picks

Autumn at the Science and Industry Museum - Distortions in Spacetime by Marshmallow Laser Feast
Exhibitions 18–28 October 2018, FREE

Manchester Science Festival 2018

Meet a real-life cyborg, immerse yourself in a black hole or one of 120 other events in 11 days … yes Manchester Science Festival is back.

Death of a Salesman at Royal Exchange
Theatre 11 October–17 November 2018, from £10.00

Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange

Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Sarah Frankcom’s version of Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Cinema 26–31 October 2018, from £5.00

FilmFear at HOME

FilmFear is back as HOME team up with Film4 for another season of new and classic scary movies, premieres and director Q&As.

Music 23 October 2018, from £6

The Music of the Primes at RNCM

PRiSM presents ‘The Music of the Primes’, a truly illuminating event from which you will gain an insight into the fascinating and often surprising links between music and maths. Don’t fear if it’s been a while since you’ve practiced your equations – you don’t need to be Pythagoras to take something interesting away from the evening!

Music 3–11 November 2018, from £22

Manchester International Festival and The Warehouse Project present ‘Special Edition’ at Mayfield Depot

Featuring four performances in the atmospheric Mayfield Depot, ‘Special Edition’ boasts Bonobo (and friends), Manchester grime artist Bugzy Malone and Northern Irish electronic duo Bicep. Presented by Manchester International Festival and The Warehouse Project, the series is overseen by BBC 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, with lighting design by Stuart Bailes.

Windows of Displacement at HOME
Theatre 22 October–3 November 2018, from £12.50

Orbit Festival 2018 at HOME

Orbit Festival 2018 at Manchester’s HOME brings together innovative new work from theatre-makers across the globe.

Theatre 25 October–11 November 2018, from £5

The Mysteries at the Royal Exchange

Inspired by the mystery plays of the Middle Ages, The Mysteries is a cycle of six new plays, set in six different places in England.

Contact at STUN Studio, Z-Arts
Theatre 16–27 October 2018, from £6.00

CONTACT at STUN Studio, Z-Arts

Contact will be taking over STUN Studio at Z-Arts for two weeks of established and new commissions.

Families 18–28 October 2018, FREE

Manchester Science Festival family events

Play, investigate and be surprised at some of the most exciting family science events around.

Writer Eley Williams.
Literature 2 November 2018, from £40.00

National Creative Writing Graduate Fair 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University

Are you a creative writer with aspirations to be published? Come and pitch your ideas to literary agents and editors; learn about the writing life through panels, workshops and networking opportunities, and hear a keynote speech from poet and author Eley Williams.

Manchester District Guides

Photo of a handwritten label in a cafe that says "Ring for service with a smile"

Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

Burton Road is the heart of West Didsbury, a beautifully maintained leafy hubbub of shops,…

Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester

A laid-back mix of gift shops, independent outfitters, restaurants, pubs and parks, on a sunny weekend afternoon it’s heaving.

The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park…

Chorlton, Manchester

This left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways…

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Death of a Salesman at Royal Exchange
Theatre 11 October–17 November 2018, from £10.00

Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange

Contact at STUN Studio, Z-Arts
Theatre 16–27 October 2018, from £6.00

CONTACT at STUN Studio, Z-Arts

The Royal Exchange Autumn Winter SeasonThe Royal Exchange Autumn Winter Season
Theatre 21 September 2018–12 January 2019,

The Royal Exchange Autumn / Winter Season

Music 11 October 2018–22 May 2019,

The Hallé 2018-19 Season

Poppy, Esme, Oleanna, Gracie and Kate, 2014. Personal Feeling is the main thing - Chantal Joffe at The Lowry, Salford
Exhibitions 19 May 2018–24 February 2019, FREE

Salford Royal Academy Takeover

Families 5 May–28 October 2018, from £Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Journeys of the Imagination at Quarry Bank

Autumn at the Science and Industry Museum - Distortions in Spacetime by Marshmallow Laser Feast
25 September 2018–28 April 2019, FREE

Autumn at the Science and Industry Museum

Shakespeare Season in Manchester
Theatre 25 September 2018–12 January 2019,

Manchester’s season of Shakespeare