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

Out of Order at HOME
Theatre 13–15 November 2019, from £10.00

Out of Order at HOME

A new show from Forced Entertainment driven by a heavy musical score and teeters precariously between comical and absolutely tragic.

Lola at The Lowry
Dance 21 November 2019, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £14.00

Lola at The Lowry

A contemporary tragicomic circus show exploring themes around memory and the act of remembering. Impressively elegant and darkly humorous.

Cinema 20 October–18 November 2019, from £9

The Original Ass Kickers: Hong Kong Cinema’s Female Action Heroes from Shaw Brothers and Beyond at HOME

As part of HOME’s 2019 celebration of women in global cinema they offer a selection of films that together are our salute to Hong Kong cinema’s female fighting stars, the original cinematic ass kickers.

Music 21 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £5.50

BBC Philharmonic – Aho/Tarkiainen/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall

Featuring Kalevi Aho’s hair-raising Theremin Concerto, the BBC Philharmonic presents a delightfully off-kilter programme at The Bridgewater Hall.

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange. Credit: Manuel Harlan
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom will say goodbye to the Royal Exchange with this extraordinary new play by Simon Stephens, featuring original music by Jarvis Cocker.

Music 15 November 2019, 7:30 pm–11:00 pm, from £17.50

Wolfgang Flür at YES

Join ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flür for a unique audio and visual experience at YES this November.

Literature 23 November 2019, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm, FREE

Carcanet At 50: Poets & Players at The Whitworth

Manchester-based poetry publishing house Carcanet marks 50 years with a ‘jubilee weekend’ of events, including the Annual Rylands Poetry Reading and a Poets & Players Carcanet special.

Cinema 15 November 2019, 6:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £8

Get Out & Us at Cultureplex

Cultureplex play host to a Jordan Peele double bill.

Cinema 10–14 November 2019, from £9

Manchester Animation Festival at HOME

The largest animation festival in the UK returns for its fifth year.

Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–1 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.

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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Out of Order at HOME
Theatre 13–15 November 2019, from £10.00

Out of Order at HOME

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange. Credit: Manuel Harlan
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

Cinema 10–14 November 2019, from £9

Manchester Animation Festival at HOME

Exhibitions 20 July 2019–5 January 2020, from £6

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

HOME
Festivals 1 January–31 December 2019,

HOME 2019 Season

Hallé
Classical Music 19 September 2019–30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

Manchester Christmas Markets 2020
Families 8 November–21 December 2019, FREE

Manchester Christmas Markets

Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

Music 15 October–12 December 2019, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season