Chorlton, Manchester

Creative Tourist

This left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes away by tram) is a sprawling hive of artisan coffee shops, boutique clothing stores, parks, pubs, restaurants and bars. If we tell you that many of the latter serve Prosecco on tap, you’ll get an idea of the atmosphere here – although things are getting increasingly edgy and independent.

There’s a laid back feel to Chorlton, an area dominated, if not defined, by young families and well-to-do professionals. It’s also home to the annual (and excellent) Chorlton Arts Festival, as well as an inordinate number of fashionable dogs.

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Literature 17–25 November 2017, FREE

Chorlton Book Festival 2017 at Chorlton Library

The annual Chorlton Book Festival returns to Chorlton Library for its 13th outing on 17 November, running through to 25 November, with mostly free events.

Manchester District Guides

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

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The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

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Cheetham Hill, Manchester

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Tib Street, Manchester

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Things to do right now

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Theatre 3–25 November 2017, from £10

Uncle Vanya at HOME

Exhibitions 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

Exhibitions 21 October 2017–7 January 2018, FREE

The Return of Memory at HOME

Families 7 October 2017–2 January 2018, from £21.25

Dinosaurs in the Wild at EventCity

Music 24 September 2017–9 June 2018,

BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 Concert Season

Music 9 September 2017–31 May 2018, from £15.00

Manchester Camerata 2017/18 Season

Music 4 October–11 December 2017, FREE

RNCM Autumn Season

Theatre 20 September–20 December 2017,

Contact Autumn Season 2017

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

Exhibitions 23 June 2017–1 January 2018, from £4.00

Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War at IWM North

Cinema 17–30 November 2017, from £5.00

Good Time at HOME