Come As You Are socially-distanced weekender

August Bank Holiday in Manchester and the North

Ben Williams, Managing Editor

August Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, and while things aren’t quite back to normal yet, it does seem like this final bank holiday of the summer months will be the best one of 2020. Look, we know that isn’t saying very much, but there are lots of great things happening this weekend, so there’s no reason to spend it indoors rage-tweeting about a government special advisor like you did the last one!

Galleries and museums are joining restaurants, bars and pubs in slowly reopening, which means there’s plenty of socially distanced fun to go round. If you are heading out, please check if you need to book your spot first, and, if your plans do change and you need to cancel, then please let the venue know. We are hearing about lots of people not turning up for their bookings and it’s very frustrating for attractions and businesses who are desperate to get as many people through their doors as they can.

Whatever you do, have a great weekend and be kind to each other.

Here are our top picks of the best things to do this August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Here are our picks

  • 1. What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery

    What is Manchester Art Gallery?
    Photography Andrew Brooks

    What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown, Until 31 January 2023, free entry - Visit now

    Manchester Art Gallery has reopened with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city. You need to book your free slot, but there’s good availability for the entire weekend. Just remember that the gallery is closed on Monday.

     

  • 2. The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

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    The Sun at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield, Until 29 November 2020, free entry - Visit now

    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. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, again, you need to book a free ticket in advance, but there’s good availability all weekend.

  • 3. Beer Gardens in Manchester & Salford

    The sun is threatening to come out this weekend, here are some more great places where you can enjoy a drink outdoors in Manchester and Salford. Remember, if your pint does take a couple of extra minutes to arrive, don’t get stressed, these are trying times! Enjoy just being in the pub after months solitary confinement.

  • 4. Alcohol Delivery in Manchester

    Alcohol Delivery in Manchester

    However, if you’re not ready to get out there and be socially distant in the many excellent bars and pubs which have reopened, then kick back and bring the pub to you. Here are some of the best alcohol delivery options in Manchester.

  • 5. Homemakers

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    Bryony Kimmings in I am falling in love with you and its making me do stupid things

    Homemakers, online, Until 31 December 2020 - Book now

    There are still plenty of great things to do online if you’re still happiest in your own living room. HOME’s Homemakers series is a good place to start for locally-produced online entertainment.

  • 6. GRUB Manchester

    GRUB Manchester, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF - Visit now

    Manchester’s legendary independent street food festival GRUB found a permanent home in the Green Quarter earlier this year. They set up GRUB-E-MART during locked down and kept up the spirits of both independent traders and punters alike. Go pay them a visit in person.

  • 7. Art Galleries in Manchester & Salford

    The Whitworth. Photo: Alan Williams.

    That’s right, art galleries in Manchester and Salford are slowly beginning to reopen as lockdown begins to ease. Here’s what we know so far.

  • 8. Tenet

    Tenet - Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

    Tenet at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester, Until 8 October 2020, from £4.99 - Book now

    If you are itching to get back to the cinemas, then Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending new sci-fi film is the summer spectacle you’ve been waiting for.

  • 9. Mikhail Karikis: Ferocious Love at Tate Liverpool

    Mikhail Karikis: Ferocious Love at Tate Liverpool
    Mikhail Karikis Ferocious Love 2020 © Mikhail Karikis

    Mikhail Karikis: Ferocious Love at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, Until 22 November 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Tate Liverpool reopened with a new immersive installation by Mikhail Karikis imagining the possible future of our planet. If you’re enjoying a day in Liverpool, check out And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT and Chila Kumari Burman at OUTPUT too!

  • 10. Best places to drink outside in Liverpool

    Bombed Out Church Garden Bar

    If you do decide to see one of the many excellent exhibitions in Liverpool, check out our guide to outside spaces where you can get a good drink afterwards (or before… there’s no judgement here).

  • 11. Art Galleries in Leeds

    Leeds Art Gallery, galleries in Leeds

    Leeds and its surrounding region is bursting with some of the best galleries and art centres in the North – and they’re beginning to reopen. Here’s where you can go this weekend. We highly recommend The High Dam which is the latest work by upcoming artist Emii Alraihas and been extended until the end of November at The Tetley.

  • 12. Allegories of the Senses at The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley

    Allegories of the Senses at The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley
    Eduardo Paolozzi. Images courtesy of The Cooper Gallery

    Allegories of the Senses at The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Barnsley, Until 21 November 2020, free entry - Visit now

    At a time when so much of life and culture seems to have migrated online, Cooper Gallery in Barnsley presents Allegories of the Senses – an exhibition centred upon the more tangible qualities of lived experience. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm (closed bank holiday Monday).

Things to do right now

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Dance Until 26 September 2020, from £10.00

Rambert: Draw From Within with The Lowry

skyliner
Activity Until 27 September 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Puffin Box
Music Until 27 September 2020, from £110

Puffin Box at Hilton House

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Activity Until 28 September 2020, FREE

Girl Gang: Gassing with the Galdem

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

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

HOME Reopening Film Programme

Visual Arts Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

eat the archive
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum

MAD walkers
Activity Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership

Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

Activity Until 30 September 2020, from £20

Circus House: Circus Online

Cinema Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Above The Line – September at YES