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.
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Here are our picks
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.
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.
Learn embroidery in a fun and relaxed environment with the BBC’s Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle’s famous Witches Tower.
This beginners workshop will teach participants the traditional skills associated with blacksmithing, in the ‘Steel City’ of Sheffield.
The West Riding Stonecarving Association is dedicated to keeping the art of hand-carving stone alive and bringing it to the general public.
Head to Skipton’s Craven Arts Studios to create a unique mounted animal head for your home with local textile artist Jaki Bogg.
Try your hand at candle making with the experts at Cheshire Workshops, this fun and creative skill is suitable for all ages.
Try your hand at pottery at Earth Pig Studio in Buxton’s Green Man Gallery; a longstanding community arts hub, shop and gallery.
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.