Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Summer is here and we’re so excited to be out in the world touring, making, playing and doing all the things Manchester and the North has to offer. We’ve rounded up some must-see and more alternative tours and activities that you can have a go at this summer.

The Manchester Jewish Museum is making the most of its new learning kitchen with weekly Summer Bake Off sessions. You can learn about the heritage of each baked delight while you make them. Then, at the end of the session, you’ll get to fully appreciate this cultural experience, when you get the chance to eat the baked goods.

Find the Yorkshiresaurus, a newly imagined dinosaur with a ‘Y’ shaped spine and rhubarb tail

In Leeds, the summer is turning prehistoric with the arrival of the Jurassic Trail. Gigantic, moving, roaring dinosaurs are scattered throughout the city centre. Using the app, you can find them all and learn about each one’s life in prehistoric times. You can also discover the Yorkshiresaurus, a newly imagined dinosaur with a ‘Y’ shaped spine and rhubarb tail.

Build and decorate your own animal sculpture

If you’re looking for a new hobby to embark on, fishing may not be the first thing you’d think of, but the King Edward IV Angling society at Boggart Hole Clough is holding an all-female taster session for beginner anglers. It’s the perfect introduction to a typically male sport. For something completely different and a bit more creative, why not join ceramicist Katherine Lees at Manchester Craft and Design Centre for a workshop where you can build and decorate your own animal sculpture.

Partisan are embarking on a new venture in August with Queer Gym Manchester. These new exercise classes are inclusive spaces for all, giving the LGBT+ community a safe space to enjoy fitness.

Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities, and stay well folks.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

A Garden Through Time audio walk
Activity Until 30 September 2021,

A Garden Through Time (Online)

A Garden Through time is an audio tour designed to help you explore the site of the old Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Blackburn Open Walls
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Blackburn Open Walls

Over 3 years, forgotten walls of Blackburn were brought to life with the creation of a vibrant outdoor gallery, by international, national and local artists, who together over 2 weeks, created a collection of large scale murals and art walk trails for the residents and visitors of Blackburn to enjoy.

Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £18

Pendle Hill Witch Experience Tours

Group tours of Lancashire in the area surrounding Pendle Hill. Through visiting the countryside and villages of Pendle, visitors learn all about the dark deeds and wicked plots surrounding the Pendle Witches in the 1600s.

Discover Buxton Tram Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £80

Discover Buxton Tram Tours

Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.

Discover Buxton Character Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Character Tours

These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.

Discover Buxton Walking Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Walking Tours

Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.

Discover Buxton Roman Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Roman Tours

Join local historian Brian Shepherd for a walk around the town and learn what Buxton may have looked like during Britain’s Roman occupation.

Discover Buxton Audio Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

Discover Buxton’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.

doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

Pick up a pen and encourage the whole family to explore the art of peaceful protest.

Culture Guides

Cinema in Manchester and the North

Hong Kong classics, a John Carpenter marathon and an obscene midnight movie masterpiece all feature in this month’s cinema guide.

Rachel Kneebone: 399 Days at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Exhibitions

Tales of antiquity, cloud gazing, and a return to the forest all feature among this month’s hand-picked selection of exhibition highlights.

Grimm Tales: Witches, Wolves, Fairies and Frogs at Williamson Park

Families

With summer in full bloom in Costa del Manchester and the North, we round up our top alfresco activities to do with the family, plus exciting indoor offerings.

Writer Louise Finnigan.

Literature

With August, the literature scene is promising some hot events, both online and in real life: with book launches, short story showcases, regular poetry chats, live readings and even an exhibition of word art…

Black Midi

Music

Outdoor shows, candle-lit jazz gigs, boozy all-dayers. Manchester and the North’s live music scene is making up for lost time.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

As some of our favourite theatre teams head back into the rehearsal room, we take a look ahead to some of the performances we’re most looking forward to, as well as the outdoor theatre happening now.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Black Friar

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

A guide to Food and Drink in Manchester and the North, including plenty of new bars and restaurants and exciting new menus from old favourites.

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

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Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

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Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £50

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

Activity Until 25 September 2021, FREE

Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Activity Until 25 August 2021, from £4

Summer Bake Off at Manchester Jewish Museum

jurassic trail
Activity Until 12 September 2021,

Jurassic Trail 2 in Leeds City Centre

Activity Until 30 August 2021, from £10

The Liver Bird Safari Walking Tour

Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £13

Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Earth Pig Pottery Studio in Buxton

Activity Until 24 September 2021, FREE

Play Reading with Hope Mill Theatre