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
Liverpool has over 100 Liver birds hidden within its architecture. Join ArtsGroupie for a Liver Bird Safari where you’ll learn about these mythical creatures and their heritage ties to the city.
Eat The City - Scranchester Tours, Until 31 December 2021, from £50 - Book now
Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.
Join Projekts skate park exclusively for women and girls skating, every Thursday from 7 – 9 pm. Be warned the sessions are very popular so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
A Garden Through time is an audio tour designed to help you explore the site of the old Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
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.
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.
Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.
These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.
Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.
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’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.