Winter is here and we’ve put together a jam packed guide of tours and activities that totally avoids the C word (Christmas). There is plenty to make, see and do in the winter months, so scroll down to see our top picks.
Grab up your instrument and head to Partisan for the soul warming sounds of Partisan Folk Club. This collection of old and new folkies meet monthly, sharing tunes, stories and a common love of community. It’s a BYOB affair and feel free to bring food, whether you’re itching to get your fiddle out or just want to listen.
There are plenty of activities to get your hands dirty with as the weather gets colder. Check out the Manchester Urban Diggers winter clay workshops. These relaxed Sunday afternoons of hand building pots are taking place in The Frog House at Platt Fields Market Garden. All the profit goes towards MUD’s wider projects supporting local food supply chains. You can also check out their website for various volunteering opportunities.
For something more crafty why not try creating your own macramè necklace with the adventurous jewellery designers at Salford Makers, WONDERHAUS. Or join the Jewish Museum for a Chanukah inspired marbling workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to create your own Cards, bags and paper.
If you’re looking for some good old screenless fun, why not try the Board Game Sundays at Hyde Park Bookclub in Leeds. These relaxed afternoons will introduce you to the best new games out there and make an excellent alternative to a lazy Sundays in front of the TV. Join Cards or Die as they teach and advise on the best table top games to suit your interest and group size.
Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities, and stay well folks.
Here are our picks
Levenshulme Market, Stockport Road (junction with Albert Rd), Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AB
One of the best in the city, Levenshulme Market brings new businesses, arts and lots of delicious food to a carpark in Levenshulme on a weekly basis.
Eat The City - Scranchester Tours, Until 31 December 2023, 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.
Meet, Flecky Bennet, your guide through the dark and demonic side of the city as he takes you on one of Manchester’s award winning ghost walks.
Alternative to walking tour guides, Curious about Leeds give you the materials to experience Leeds’ heritage in your own time with their self guided tours.
Expect chilling street theatre and immersive thrills as the award winning Shiverpool return to Liverpool’s streets.
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.