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

Music 1 October 2020 7:00 pm, from £5

Psappha: String Theories (3×3) at Hallé St Peter’s

Kicking off Psappha’s 2020-21 series will be String Theories, a socially distanced contemporary classical concert featuring Alfred Schnittke’s String Trio.

Silhouette of people standing in front of an exhibit at Manchester Science Festival 2018
Activity 12–21 February 2021, Tickets TBC

Manchester Science Festival

Expect another action-packed programme of inspiring, entertaining and playful experiences for all ages as Manchester Science Festival returns.

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery will reference the body in relation to technology, politics, gender, race and sexuality.

Jerwood Makers Open at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 4 October 2020, FREE

Jerwood Makers Open at Manchester Art Gallery

The seventh edition of Jerwood Makers Open, presented at Manchester Art Gallery, demonstrates that craft and artisanship are by no means dead.

Image of a person enjoying shopping at A Good Market at Sadlers Yard
Activity Until 18 December 2020, FREE

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard features seasonal food, sustainable products, free workshops, engaging talks, live music and great local beers.

Nature Scavenger Hunt at Victoria Baths
Activity Until 20 September 2020, FREE

Nature Scavenger Hunt at Victoria Baths

Dig out those detective hats and dust off those walking boots for this family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt.

Exhibitions Until 29 November 2020, FREE

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

This blockbuster exhibition was due to close at the end of March, but has been extended until 29 November as part of the Science and Industry Museum’s reopening programme.

Images of protest: Black Lives Matter at People's History Museum
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Images of protest: Black Lives Matter at People’s History Museum

People’s History Museum presents a powerful selection of images documenting one of the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests that took place in central Manchester during May 2020.

HOME Reopening Programme
Cinema Until 30 September 2020, from £5.5

HOME Reopening Film Programme

HOME is scheduled to reopen its cinema on Friday 4 September with a whole raft of new safety procedures and a first rate film programme that picks up where it left off.

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Festivals Until 31 December 2020,


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

Manchester District Guides

Medieval Quarter, Manchester

The Medieval Quarter, or Cathedral Quarter as it is sometimes known, is one of the oldest parts of Manchester and home to some historic gems and cultural must-sees.  

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

Chorlton is a left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

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

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