Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Creative Tourist

Manchester’s most characterful, independent district is a jumbled network of streets to one side of Piccadilly Gardens – once home to busy textiles warehouses and even the occasional umbrella factory. Now, the red brick buildings with their New York-style fire escapes are regularly used in film sets, and the streets are bursting with independent cafés, shops, bars, and cultural hotspots.

The Northern Quarter has become a destination in its own right, with the laid-back, bohemian vibe during the day transforming at night into teeming pavements of people in search of good food, craft beer, pop-up events and live music.

Ben Williams, Creative Tourist
Image by Ben Williams, Creative Tourist

When walking around, keep your eyes peeled for public art, including the sculptures of birds high on a wall on John Street (reflecting the area’s reputation in Victorian times as a ‘pets paradise’), the illuminated, 12 metre-tall Big Boys Toy on the top of the NCP car park, and the artistic graffiti on the outhouse in the middle of Stevenson Square.

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The Zoom Tours Series
Activity Until 25 July 2020, from £6

Jonathan Schofield: The Zoom Tours Series

Jonathan Schofield embraces the new normal with The Zoom Tours Series, taking his knowledge of Manchester into the virtual world for you to enjoy from your living room.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre: Craft at Home
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Manchester Craft and Design Centre: Craft at Home

‘Craft at Home’ is a new online space where you can continue to support Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s resident makers, pick-up bespoke gifts, and get busy with bee related craft.

Activity Until 12 July 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Modern History of the Northern Quarter Tour

Join Skyliner for an alternative view of the Norther Quarter, learn about the area’s political happenings through it’s stunning public art.

Yoga Soul
Activity Until 31 July 2020, from £7

Yoga Soul, Online Classes

Yoga Soul is a yoga studio on a mission to bring northern yogis together. Join them for a range of live-streamed classes during the lockdown.

Drive and Dine - Nell’s Pizza Pop Up
Food and Drink Until 11 July 2020, from £7

Drive and Dine – Nell’s Pizza Pop Up at Common

Order your 16-inch, NYC-inspired pizzas from Drive and Dine – Nell’s Pizza Pop Up and collect from Common Bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Life drawing Manchester
Activity Until 27 August 2020, from £6

Life Drawing Manchester Online Classes

The popular Northern Quarter community, Life Drawing Manchester, have migrated to zoom, opening up their classes to models and artists from all over the world.

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