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 16–20 October 2019, from £6.00

Manchester Folk Festival 2019

Home to the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Manchester Folk Festival is back with another joyous celebration of the best in English folk.

Music 15 October 2019, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm, from £5

Manchester Collective ‘Sirocco’ at RNCM

Back by popular demand, Manchester Collective’s Sirocco celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe.

Music 17 October 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm, from £14

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Blackmail’ with live score at RNCM

The RNCM’s latest celluloid adventure: Alfred Hitchcock’s innovative Blackmail will be screened alongside a live improvised organ score.

English National Ballet: Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella at the Palace Theatre
Dance 17–19 October 2019, from £13.00

English National Ballet: Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at the Palace Theatre

As part of their 70th Anniversary Season, the English National Ballet bring the classic fairy tale to Manchester.

Black Men Walking at Oldham Coliseum
Theatre 24–26 October 2019, from £12.00

Black Men Walking at Oldham Coliseum

On a second UK tour following its huge sell-out success last year – don’t miss out on this celebrated performance inspired by a Black men’s walking group based in Sheffield.

Hedda Tesman at The Lowry.
Theatre 4–19 October 2019, from £24.50

Hedda Tesman at The Lowry

If you’re looking for gripping drama, stunning design and fierce family politics, then you’re going to love this brand-new production by The Lowry and Headlong.

Theatre 18 September–15 October 2019,

SICK! Festival

Challenging, entertaining and always trying to change the world for the better, SICK! Festival makes just the kind of art we like.

Music 23 November 2019, 10:00 am–11:00 pm, from £8.50

Delia Derbyshire Day: An Electric Storm at Spirit Studios

Featuring commissioned works by innovative new artists, Electric Storm 50 celebrates the life and work of pioneering electronic composer, Delia Derbyshire.

Cinema 29 October–3 November 2019, from £9.00

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.

A witch in a door way. Part of Halloween in the City 2019.
Families 26–27 October 2019, FREE

Halloween in the City 2019

Looking for something a bit more exciting than pumpkin carving this Halloween? Halloween in the City brings a packed weekend of terrifyingly good family events to Manchester city centre.

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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