Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Every season change is exciting but if like us, you love an excuse for a party, autumn delivers! We’ve rounded up some of the best spine tingling, heart warming and pumpkin based tours and activities in the north.

As we move towards Halloween these darker nights are a perfect time to join Manchester’s infamous ghost walker Flecky Bennett. His tours travel all around the city and suburbs telling stories of the gruesome past and ghoulish folklore with a lighthearted smattering of comedy and street theatre. You might not be scared out of your wits by the end of the tour but you’ll definitely have a great time. Over in Leeds, the Beck and Call are getting spooky with a pumpkin carving workshop, where you can get hands on with the veggie butchering in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere.

As the weather gets colder and we look for more indoor activities, what better way to spend your autumnal evenings than throwing axes at large planks of wood. Whistle Punks Axe Throwing is the place to go, whether you compete against your friends or join one of their regular leagues, it doesn’t take much to understand how addictive hitting that bullseye can become.

For something to warm your bellies this October, Craft Beer Tour Manchester are bringing the best local breweries together in an afternoon of walking, sipping and tasting your way through Manchester’s impressive craft beer scene.

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

Here are our picks

  • 1. Whistle Punks Axe Throwing

    Whistle Punks Axe Throwing, Unit 20, Atrium level, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, , Manchester , Lancashire, M3 4EN - Visit now

    Improve your aim, embrace the axe based catharsis and have a top quality time at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing.

  • 2. Pumpkin Carving workshop at the Beck and Call

    via Leeds Inspired

    Beck & Call Workshops: Pumpkin Carving, 24 October 2022, from £7.00 - Book now

    Get spooky this October at the Beck and Call in Leeds, with a friendly Pumpkin carving workshop. All Materials are provided. 

  • 3. Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

    Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
    Flecky Bennett Productions

    Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks, online, Until 17 December 2022, from £15 - Book now

    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.

  • 4. Craft Beer Tour Manchester

    Craft Beer Tour Around Manchester
    The Craft Tour Company

    Craft Beer Tour Manchester, Until 31 December 2022, from £35 - Book now

    Join Craft Beer Tour Manchester for a journey through some of the cities best local breweries and artisanal beer serving bars. Discover the personality of Manchester’s beer through a diverse range of pints.

  • 5. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Tour

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    Joint Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell's House and The Pankhurst Centre at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester, Until 25 February 2023, from £13 - Book now

    Visit the home influential Mancunian writer Elizabeth Gaskell, with expert guides and refreshments within the home it’s a truly immersive way to learn about her life.

  • 6. Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

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    Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society , Until 25 November 2022, from £50 - Book now

    Create mouth watering dishes and enjoy the fruits of your labour with the Vegetarian Society.

  • 7. Throwing Weekend at Seven Limes

    Pottery Taster at Seven Limes
    Seven Limes

    Pottery Taster at Seven Limes at Seven Limes Pottery Manchester, Manchester, 15–16 October 2022, from £170 - Book now

    Get to grips with a potters wheel in this intensive Throwing Weekend from Seven Limes Pottery.

  • 8. Develop Your Sewing Skills with Ministry of Craft

    Develop Your Sewing Skills with Ministry of Craft, Until 28 September 2022, from £75.00 - Book now

    No need to wonder what all those extra feet do on your sewing machine, Ministry of Craft is here to empower and educate sewers, helping them level up their skills and techniques.

  • 9. School of Comedy at the Frog and Bucket

    Tim Mossholder

    School of Comedy at the Frog and Bucket at The Frog and Bucket, Ancoats, 29 October 2022–25 February 2023, from £300.00 - Book now

    Try your hand at stand up comedy with an eight week intensive course with Dave Williams in the Frog and Bucket’s School of Comedy.

  • 10. Good Life Skates at Freight Island

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    Good Life Skates at Freight Island, Freight Island, 11 Baring St , Manchester , M1 2PZ - Visit now

    Roll your way into the weekends this summer with Good Life Skates at Freight Island, every Thursday through Sunday.

  • 11. Uswim at Salford Quays

    Uswim at Salford Quays, Dock 9, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    Take a refreshingly alternative dip in the waters of Salford Quays with Uswim.

  • 12. Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mersey

    Venture Out Canoeing

    Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mersey, Until 30 September 2022, from £25.00 - Book now

    Experience the River Mersey from a more intimate perspective with canoeing and kayaking trips from Venture Out. 

  • 13. LIFI 22: What’s Wrong With Climate Activism?

    via Leeds Inspired

    LIFI 22: What's Wrong With Climate Activism? at Howard Assembly Rooms, 24 September 2022, from £10.00 - Book now

    Judy Ling Wong CBE gathers a panel of activists, campaigners and artists to ask, What’s Wrong With Climate Activism?

  • 14. Hull Lido

    Hodson Architects

    Hull Lido, 94 Albert Ave, Anlaby Rd, Hull, HU3 6QE - Visit now

    Coming soon, Hull Lido plans to open in the near future, bringing yet another great opportunity for outdoor swimming to the North.

  • 15. Cloud Aerial

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    Cloud Aerial, Unit A Aldow Enterprise Park, Blackett Street , Manchester , M12 6AE - Visit now

    Get upside down with Cloud Aerial. Their beginner classes are the perfect introduction to the addictively fun world of aerial arts. 

  • 16. Eden Project North

    Eden Project North

    Eden Project North, Morecambe Bay, Morecambe, Lancaster - Visit now

    Opening in 2024, Morecambe bay will become a centre for eco tourism with the exciting arrival of the Eden Project North. 

  • 17. Manchester Museum

    Manchester Museum Tours at Manchester Museum

    Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL - Visit now

    Having gone through a physical and cultural transformation, Manchester Museum will be reopening this year with a new inclusive, caring and creative approach to museum curation.

  • 18. The People Of

    Kate Daley

    The people of, Until 30 September 2022, free entry - Visit now

    Experience Northmoor Road as you’ve never heard it before, The people of is a sound walk that encourages you to look beyond the surface of a community.

  • 19. Chester Rows

    Courtesy of Visit Cheshire

    Chester Rows, Bridge St, Watergate St, Eastgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NG - Visit now

    In a city full of historic beauty, the galleries of Chester Rows are a must-visit for their 13th century architecture and charming boutiques.

  • 20. Clay Studio Manchester

    Clay Studio Manchester
    CLay Studio Manchester

    Clay Studio Manchester, 61 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF - Visit now

    Clay studio was founded in 2016 to provide a dedicated workshop for new graduates, hobby ceramicists and experienced makers. The studio also offers a range of classes for students of all abilities.

  • 21. Goodtime Games

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    Goodtime Games

    Goodtime Games, 212 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW - Visit now

    Goodtime Games is the latest arrival to Burton Road. Serving up delicious vegan and vegetarian food alongside a plethora of table top fun. 

More Tours & Activities

skyliner
Activity Until 31 December 2022, from £9

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Join Skyliner for the anti-tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The route interrogates current developments in the city as well as visiting the area’s most notable pieces of street art.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £15

Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

Learn embroidery in a fun and relaxed environment with the BBC’s Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle’s famous Witches Tower.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £95

Blacksmithing at Forge Four

This beginners workshop will teach participants the traditional skills associated with blacksmithing, in the ‘Steel City’ of Sheffield.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, FREE

Stone carving at West Riding Stonecarving Association

The West Riding Stonecarving Association is dedicated to keeping the art of hand-carving stone alive and bringing it to the general public.

Textile taxidermy
Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £80

Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

Head to Skipton’s Craven Arts Studios to create a unique mounted animal head for your home with local textile artist Jaki Bogg.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £13

Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

Try your hand at candle making with the experts at Cheshire Workshops, this fun and creative skill is suitable for all ages.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Try your hand at pottery at Earth Pig Studio in Buxton’s Green Man Gallery; a longstanding community arts hub, shop and gallery.

Activity Until 31 December 2023, from £60

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

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.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £60

Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Come and experience the magic of fused glass at Glass Monkey Studio in Burnley, where workshops cater for all levels and abilities.

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David Bowie, Japanese classics and some early spooky screenings all feature in this month’s cinema guide.

Jadé Fadojutimi at The Hepworth Wakefield

Exhibitions

Enjoy these brand new exhibitions (and hide from the late summer downpours) opening this month in Manchester and the North.

Families

As we say bye to the summer holidays and begin to welcome in the cooler months, Manchester’s events and activities continue to bring joy and fun to families.

Author Thea Lenarduzzi

Literature

There are plenty of online readings and live launches as Manchester and the North welcomes some great writers with book festival season getting underway, and there are loads of new spoken word nights and open mics to check out…

Music

We head into August with a whole lot of musical goodness to look forward to, from massive indie gigs to inner city electronic festivals.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

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Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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Food and Drink

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skyliner
Activity Until 31 December 2022, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Activity Until 30 September 2022, FREE

The People Of

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £95

Blacksmithing at Forge Four

Textile taxidermy
Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £80

Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £60

Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £15

Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £13

Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £59

Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

Activity Until 28 September 2022, from £75.00

Develop Your Sewing Skills with Ministry of Craft

Activity Until 30 September 2022, from £25.00

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mersey

Activity 24 September 2022 3:00 pm, from £10.00

LIFI 22: What’s Wrong With Climate Activism?