March

Creative Tourist

Why not use the improving weather to take a trip into Manchester and the North for the best things to do in March, ranging from: acclaimed music performances to stunning exhibitions and you can find some great places to eat and drink too.

Things to do in March

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Music 1 March 2020 7:00 pm, from £20

Big Thief at Albert Hall

Fresh from last year’s massively acclaimed album Two Hands, Big Thief are bringing their intoxicating live show to Albert Hall this March.

Music 1 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £16

Alfa Mist at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Following his sold out show at Gorilla, Alfa Mist returns to Manchester for a special ‘in the round’ performance at the stunning Royal Exchange Theatre.

behind closed doors
Activity 2 March 2020 10:30 am, from £25

Specialist Tours: Behind Closed Doors

Venture behind closed doors into the secretive side of the house at Lyme with a National Trust specialist.

Music 3 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £16

Sean Shibe ‘Melancholia’ at RNCM

Sean Shibe, one of the foremost guitarists of his generation, is bringing his wild virtuosity and pioneering vision to RNCM this March.

Visual Arts 4 March 2020 6:30 pm, from £18

Collage based Zine making workshop

Let go of the day’s stresses and get creative after work, with this crafty zine making workshop featuring artisan pizzas.

Theatre 5 March 2020 11:00 am, from £5

Royal Exchange Backstage Tour

Join one of the Royal Exchange’s passionate volunteers as they take you through the underbelly of this working theatre. Experience first hand the hard work and amount of people that go into putting on one of the theatre’s productions as well as seeing the props and costumes from some of your favourite shows.

Little Wimmin at HOME
Theatre 5–14 March 2020, from £5.00

Little Wimmin at HOME

Louisa May Alcott’s revered 19th-century classic is sent spinning off-kilter by experimental performance company, Figs in Wigs.

Education 6–15 March 2020, FREE

British Science Week at Various Venues

Join the ten day celebration of all things innovative and check out the scientific happenings in Manchester and the North.

play reading
Activity 6 March 2020 11:00 am,

Play Reading with Sam Ward at HOME

Join Sam Ward, award winning director and theatre maker in a monthly play reading, as you journey through some classic works for stage.

Music 6 March 2020 7:00 pm, from £10

Moses Boyd at Band on the Wall

Supremely talented South London jazz drummer Moses Boyd is stopping by Band on the Wall in support of his 2020 debut album Dark Matter.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions 7 March 2020–3 January 2021, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.

Classical Music 7 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £12.50

BBC Philharmonic: Beethoven – Mass in C Major at The Bridgewater Hall

Bridging church and concert hall better than almost any other work, Beethoven’s Mass in C major features alongside his Fourth Symphony in this BBC Philharmonic concert.

Music 7 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £10

Teeth of the Sea at Soup Kitchen

Hailing from the basements of East London, Teeth Of The Sea are one of the UK’s most adventurous and unclassifiable outfits in the realm of the psychedelic.

Literature 8 March 2020 12:00 pm, FREE

Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow at Leeds Lit Fest

Featuring leading independent publishers from across the region, the Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow provides a chance to chat to them and pick up some great reads.

Cinema 8 March 2020 1:00 pm, from £7.5

Grimmfest/ David Cronenberg Day at Stockport Plaza

In 2020, Grimmfest and The Horror Channel pay tribute to four Legends of Horror, in the suitably elegant, art-deco surroundings of Stockport Plaza.

Activity 9 March 2020 10:30 am, FREE

Mothers Who Make at HOME

Manchester is home to one of Mothers who Make’s most lively and supportive hubs. This national network of creatives with kids come together to laugh, cry and converse.

Hallé Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Music 11–15 March 2020, from £14.50

The Hallé – Beyond The Score: Beethoven’s Fateful Blows at The Bridgewater Hall

Part of the Hallé’s Beethoven 250 celebrations, Beyond the Score® offers a breathtaking multimedia experience of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony starring Simon Callow.

Music 11 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £8

Julia Bardo at YES

Manchester-based Julia Bardo is making a big splash with her 1960’s-leaning pop. With rumbles of a breakthrough year ahead, don’t miss the chance to catch her in a venue as intimate as YES.

young girl playing with material in a mindful makers session
Families 12 March 2020 10:30 am, from £7.00

Mindful Makers at The Hepworth Wakefield

Mindful Makers is a fun morning of children’s yoga including movement, meditation and mindful art activities inspired by artwork in the galleries.

Rockets and Blue Lights at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 12 March–4 April 2020, from £19.00

Rockets and Blue Lights at the Royal Exchange

Staged in a former cotton exchange, Rockets and Blue Lights is an award-winning play that confronts an ugly time in history head-on.

Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer' at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 13 March–21 June 2020, FREE

Frances Disley: Pattern Buffer at Bluecoat

Bluecoat prepares to present a new solo show by Frances Disley.

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 13 March–21 June 2020, FREE

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime at Bluecoat

Bluecoat in Liverpool presents artist Jonathan Baldock’s first solo exhibition, Facecrime. 

insane animals
13 March 2020 6:30 pm,

Touch Tour: Insane Animals at HOME

Visually impaired thespians can get involved in the crazy world of Insane Animals with a specialist touch tour before the show.

Cinema 13–15 March 2020, from £8

Reel Steel Cult Weekender Film Festival at The Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield

Sheffield’s Reel Steel Cult Weekender returns to the lush surrounds of the historic Abbeydale Picture House for three days of action, justice-dealing cyborgs and Studio Ghibli — including rare 35mm screenings.

Music 13 March 2020 7:00 pm, from £10

Agbeko at YES

Agbeko are an afrobeat-inspired rock-funk-psych juggernaut from Manchester. Catch their joyous live show at YES this March.

lampshade
Activity 14 March 2020 10:00 am, from £40

Tailor Made Fabric Lampshade with Ministry of Craft

Build your own lampshade from tailor made fabric with this fun introduction to the skills involved with Ministry of Craft.

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham
Exhibitions 14 March–30 May 2020, FREE

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham presents a nationally touring exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.

Edit. 06: Girl Gang Manchester – Everything I Know, I Felt at The Lowry
Exhibitions 14 March–4 April 2020, FREE

Edit. 06: Girl Gang Manchester – Everything I Know, I Felt at The Lowry

Everything I Know, I Felt at The Lowry will see Girl Gang create a collaborative and interactive space, celebrating the diverse emotional experiences of womxn.

Music 14 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £24

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Guy Johnston at The Stoller Hall

Two titans of the cello playing world come together to perform a number of sonatas by Luigi Boccherini and a new work by Emma-Ruth Richards.

Concrete Casting at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Activity 15 March 2020 11:00 am, from £30

Concrete Casting at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Create your own concrete plant pots using a variety of moulds at The Piece Hall in Halifax.

Jesmonite Casting at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Activity 15 March 2020 2:00 pm, from £30

Jesmonite Casting at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Create your own plant pots at The Piece Hall in Halifax with maker Kim Searle using a variety of geometric and recycled moulds.

Cinema 16–30 March 2020, from £7.7

Culture Shock/ David Lynch Mini Season at FACT

Picturehouse at FACT’s cult strand goes back to the 80s with a mini season of films by cult auteur, David Lynch.

Visual Arts 18 March–8 April 2020, from £30

Photorealistic drawing workshops at Galleria Quattro

Join Krystan-Grace Sharpe-Young for a double bill of workshops, in which, you’ll learn the skills needed, to create your own photorealistic artwork.

Author Sarah Butler.
Literature 19 March 2020 6:00 pm, FREE

Sarah Butler and Okechukwu Nzelu at Manchester Met

Hear from two of the city’s most exciting and important novelists at the latest Writers at Manchester Met event: Sarah Butler, whose third novel, Jack & Bet, is just out, and Okechukwu Nzelu, the author of critically acclaimed debut The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney.

Poetry translation
Activity 19 March 2020 6:30 pm,

Yorùbá Poetry Translation workshop: Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀

The Poetry Translation Centre welcome all, to explore and discuss the translation of Nigerian poet Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀.

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery
Exhibitions 20 March–10 May 2020, FREE

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery will reference the body in relation to technology, politics, gender, race and sexuality.

Mother's day afternoon tea, showing coffee and a slice of cake
Families 21–22 March 2020, from £24.95

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Lyme Park

What better way for the kids to say thanks to mum than with Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Lyme Park?

Music 21 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £12.50

BBC Philharmonic: Strauss/Mozart/Wagner at The Bridgewater Hall

Three iconic works by three iconic composers will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of acclaimed German conductor, Moritz Gnann.

Music 22 March 2020 3:00 pm, from £5

Benjamin Powell (piano) with Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall

Virtuoso pianist Benjamin Powell joins the Northern Chamber Orchestra for an exciting programme of Shostakovich, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Handel.

Music 22–28 March 2020, from £21

RNCM Opera ‘Mansfield Park’ at RNCM

RNCM Opera presents a pioneering adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, by composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton.

Music 22 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £8

Theo Croker at Band on the Wall

Trumpeter Theo Croker is an adventurous jazz musician known for his cosmically minded, spiritually enlightened take on post-bop, funk, and electronic-tinged fusion.

Bridgewater Hall
Activity 23 March–20 April 2020, from £4

Guided tour at The Bridgewater Hall

Explore the underbelly of Manchester’s largest concert hall learning about the acoustics and architecture which make it such a unique venue.

Poet Andrew McMillan. Photo Ursula Soltys.
Literature 23 March 2020 7:00 pm, from £6

Carol Ann Duffy, Ella Duffy and Andrew McMillan at Royal Exchange

Following the success of 16 sell-out seasons, Carol Ann Duffy returns to introduce new student writers and guest poets Andrew McMillan and Ella Duffy.

Literature 23 March 2020 7:30 pm, FREE

Frances Leviston and Kirsty Logan at Martin Harris Centre

Frances Leviston launches her first collection of stories and welcomes novelist and short fiction writer Kirsty Logan to the Live Literature series.

Festivals 26–29 March 2020, from £12

Aerial Festival

Aerial is a new festival of contemporary music, literature and performance, taking place in and around the Lake District town of Ambleside.

Classical Music 26 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £12.50

BBC Philharmonic: Poulenc/Shostakovich/Dvořák at The Bridgewater Hall

Clemens Schuldt conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a delightful programme of Poulenc, Shostakovich and Dvořák at The Bridgewater Hall.

Music 26 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £12

Aerial presents: Hayden Thorpe

Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe brings material from his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Diviner’ to the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church.

The Long Goodbye at Mayfield
Theatre 26–28 March 2020, from £10.00

The Long Goodbye at Mayfield

Musician, activist and award-winning actor Riz Ahmed brings a world premiere rap and music theatre piece about his complicated relationship with the UK.

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth
Exhibitions 27 March–23 August 2020, FREE

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here marks the only UK stop of a major touring retrospective dedicated to the American feminist artist.

Zog at Oldham Coliseum
Families 27–29 March 2020, from £12.50

Zog at Oldham Coliseum

Join Zog in his mission to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Roaring fun for all ages.

Words Weekend at The Lowry Author Emma Jane Unsworth.
Literature 27–29 March 2020, from £10

Words Weekend at The Lowry

This new festival celebrates the power of words and stories; championing diversity, social inclusion, and the North’s rich literary and musical history.

Literature 27 March 2020 6:00 pm, from £10

Why Women Read Fiction with Helen Taylor, Beth O’Leary and Catherine Isaac at The Lowry

Join Helen Taylor, Beth O’Leary and Catherine Isaac as they explore why women are the main buyers and readers of fiction, members of book clubs and attendees at literary festivals.

Social 27 March 2020 6:00 pm, from £20

Katie Piper In Conversation at The Lowry

Activist and burn-victim advocate Katie Piper discusses her own battles with anxiety in an intimate in-conversation event.

Literature 27–28 March 2020, from £35

Sir Ranulph Fiennes at The Lowry

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, in Living Dangerously, Sir Randolph Fiennes offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day.

Music 27 March 2020 7:00 pm, from £12

Steve Hauschildt at The Yard

The last decade has seen a new crop of ambient artists come to the fore. One of the most experimentally-minded of these is Steve Hauschildt, who plays The Yard this March

Literature 27 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £5

Gerry Potter and Friends at The Lowry

Join Manchester and Liverpool’s favourite son Gerry Potter alongside his friends Chanje Kunda and Dave Viney for an outspoken evening of performance poetry.

Music 27 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £17

Aerial presents: The Lark Ascending

Fresh from the Barbican, an evening retelling Richard King’s acclaimed book, The Lark Ascending, featuring Vashti Bunyan, Richard King, Deep Throat Choir and Westmorland Orchestra.

Music 27 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £8

Klangstof at YES

In support of their second album, The Noise You Make Is Silent, Amsterdam-based indie/electronic band Klangstof are playing at YES this March.

Social 27 March 2020 8:00 pm, from £5

Kerry Daynes: The Dark Side of the Mind at The Lowry

Kerry Daynes’s frank and blackly funny memoir The Dark Side of the Mind is an unforgettable journey into the life of a forensic psychologist.

Literature 27 March 2020 8:00 pm, from £15

Max Porter with Sam Genders (TUNNG) at The Lowry

Award-winning author Max Porter and musician Sam Genders join Words Weekend for an exclusive commission of music and words.

Music 27 March 2020 10:00 pm, FREE

Ambleside Late Night Sessions: DJ Gripper & ‘BUMS’

Established by music lovers in 2017, Barrow Underground Music Society (BUMS) was created as a reaction to the anodyne, the normal and bland.

Literature 28 March 2020 11:00 am, from £12.5

Kwame Alexander at The Lowry

What Kwame doesn’t know about engaging the young adult audience is just not worth knowing. The rock star of YA fiction, Kwame Alexander travels the US in a huge tour bus with his name on the side.

Literature 28 March 2020 1:30 pm, from £10

On Dystopia at The Lowry

Sophie Mackintosh, Jane Rogers and Francine Toon have written several highly acclaimed novels – at this event, they will discuss dystopian fiction.

Literature 28 March 2020 2:00 pm, from £15

Lennie Goodings: Radical Women in Publishing at The Lowry

Lennie Goodings has worked with some of the biggest names in literary history, from Margaret Atwood to Maya Angelou, since joining Virago Press in 1978.

Literature 28 March 2020 3:00 pm, from £12

Aerial presents: Caught by the River

Join Helen Mort, Amy Liptrot, Jack Cooper, and Roy Wilkinson on board a classic Windermere Steamer for a unique afternoon of sounds and words.

Literature 28 March 2020 4:30 pm, from £20

Stuart Maconie: The Nanny State Made Me at The Lowry

For Words Weekend, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie tells Britain’s Welfare State story through his own history of growing up as a Northern working-class boy.

Literature 28 March 2020 6:30 pm, from £7.5

Emma Jane Unsworth at The Lowry

To mark the release of her third novel, Adults, Emma Jane Unsworth invites you to join in a frank discussion about how to be adults in today’s society.

Literature 28 March 2020 6:30 pm, from £20

The Fall: Inside and Out at The Lowry

Dave Haslam will discuss the many ins, outs, highs and lows of The Fall in a conversation with former members Paul and Steve Hanley.

Theatre 28 March 2020 7:00 pm, from £5

Aerial presents: Lone Taxidermist

Lone Taxidermist presents ‘Marra’: a deep interrogation into the dialect and ceremonies of West Cumbria, endangered voices and esoteric rituals from auctioneers to gurners.

Poet and performer Kate Tempest.
Literature 28 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £17

Aerial presents: Kate Tempest at St Mary’s Church

Ground-breaking spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest brings her latest show to St Mary’s Church in Ambleside.

Literature 28 March 2020 8:00 pm, FREE

Sheena Kalayil and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi at The Lowry

Sheena Kalayil and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi are in conversation about their latest novels and achieving success as first generation immigrants in the UK.

Literature 28 March 2020 8:00 pm, from £5

Kate Spicer at The Lowry

Join writer Kate Spicer as she discusses all that it took to write her life-affirming memoir, Lost Dog: A Love Story, about life after she adopted a stray.

Literature 28 March 2020 8:00 pm, from £27.5

Bob Geldof: Tales of Boomtown Glory at The Lowry

At Words Weekend, Bob Geldof will be in conversation about his book Tales of Boomtown Glory, and the ups and downs of life expressed through song.

Literature 28 March 2020 8:00 pm, from £17.5

Apples and Snakes at The Lowry

Four local poets and rappers will compete in a showcase mini-slam before headline sets from Jasmine Gardosi, Birdspeed and Daniel Piper.

Music 28 March 2020 10:00 pm, from £5

Ambleside Late Night Sessions: Niko, Aim & Sierre

Ambleside Late Night Sessions sees a live PA from Brooklyn born but Barrow-based Niko and a vinyl only DJ set from the legendary Cumbrian producer Aim

Literature 29 March 2020 1:00 pm, from £27.5

Adam Kay at The Lowry

Join Adam Kay at Words Weekend as he shares his journey and experiences of life on a hospital ward and discusses his book This is Going to Hurt.

Literature 29 March 2020 1:00 pm, FREE

Aerial presents: The Quietus

Sunday afternoon at Aerial Festival will be given over to The Quietus’ co-founder and acclaimed author of memoir Out of the Woods, Luke Turner.

Literature 29 March 2020 1:30 pm, from £5

Louise Hare and Beth Morrey at The Lowry

A must for aspiring authors, hear Louise Hare and Beth Morrey discuss their novels and the journey that brought them to the point of publication.

Literature 29 March 2020 3:30 pm, from £15

Amrou Al-Kadhi at The Lowry

Amrou Al-Kadhi discusses their debut book, UNICORN: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen, as part of the first Words Weekend at The Lowry.

Literature 29 March 2020 4:00 pm, from £5

Flo Perry: How to Have Feminist Sex… And Enjoy Dating at The Lowry

Join Flo Perry as she talks about her new book, How To Have Feminist Sex, and the highs and horrors of the dating world.

Literature 29 March 2020 5:00 pm, FREE

Joseph Knox in conversation with Jake Kerridge at The Lowry

Waterstones crime fiction buyer turned crime fiction author discusses his work and why Manchester is the perfect backdrop to his books.

Literature 29 March 2020 5:00 pm, FREE

Nikesh Shukla at The Lowry

Join writer Nikesh Shukla for an intimate autobiographical performance in his new show Salt In The Sugar Jar, as part of Words Weekend.

Theatre 29 March 2020 5:30 pm, from £25

Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi In Conversation at The Lowry

Join Words Weekend for a rare opportunity to hear two of the most celebrated British icons of stage and screen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid.

Author Okechukwu Nzelu.
Literature 29 March 2020 6:00 pm, FREE

Okechukwu Nzelu at The Lowry

Join Mancunian writer and teacher Okechukwu Nzelu as he discusses his acclaimed debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney.

Literature 29 March 2020 6:00 pm, from £15

A Celebration of Shelagh Delaney with Selina Todd at The Lowry

Join historian and academic Selina Todd as she discusses her book Tastes Of Honey – The Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution.

Literature 29 March 2020 6:30 pm, from £17.5

Helen Fielding at The Lowry

Join Helen Fielding as she delves into the world of Bridget Jones’s Diaries, discussing everything she’s learned from our favourite 30-something singleton.

Literature 29 March 2020 7:30 pm, from £12

Aerial presents: 10 Years of Corbel Stone Press at Nab Cottage

Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton present a special evening celebrating 10 years of their work at Corbel Stone Press – one of the foremost small presses in the UK dedicated to landscape and the natural world.

Music 29 March 2020 8:00 pm, from £25

Shaun Ryder In Conversation at The Lowry

Join The Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder at Words Weekend for a fascinating interview about the rock’n’roll capers for which he is so renowned.

Still showing this month

the night sky as explored in the planetarium shows
Education Until 31 March 2020, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

Take your family on a trip through space and time in this fully immersive cinema experience.

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme 2019
Exhibitions Until 3 May 2020, FREE

Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour

Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.

The Reno at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

The Reno at the Whitworth

Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan and a group of local residents who used to attend the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s prepare to occupy the Whitworth for one year. Located in Moss Side, the Reno was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. This living exhibition will tell the story of the club through art and archive materials.

Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

In A League Of Their Own at Castleford Museum

Rugby League is born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears.

Exhibitions Until 15 May 2020, FREE

Poulsen Arc Dream Radio at Storyhouse in Chester

What does it mean to be transported into another person’s memories? Step into a new digital art commission at Storyhouse in Chester to find out.

Exhibitions Until 20 April 2020, FREE

Louise Giovanelli at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery prepares to present a series of new paintings by artist Louise Giovanelli, alongside rarely-seen early Renaissance panel paintings.

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley, Liverpool Biennial 2019 touring programme
Exhibitions Until 3 May 2020, FREE

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley

As part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, The Tetley is hosting works by artists Holly Hendry and Taus Makhacheva.

Exhibitions Until 29 March 2020, from £6

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

Museum of Science and Industry’s blockbuster exhibition, The Sun, sets out to bring us as close to the star as many of us are likely to ever come.

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields
Exhibitions Until 20 July 2020, FREE

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields

‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 5 July 2020, FREE

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth examines the powerful the voices of the Design Reform movement.

Cézanne at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Cézanne at the Whitworth

This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth

Hallé
Classical Music Until 30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.

BBC Philharmonic 2019 2020 season bridgewater hall manchester
Classical Music Until 13 June 2020,

BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season

An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.

Activity Until 2 July 2020, FREE

Technical Tours at the National Coal Mining Museum

Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.

A Healthy Profit Exhibition at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
Exhibitions Until 19 April 2020, FREE

A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank

A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank offers an important look at one chapter in the continuing story of capitalism’s impact on the human body.

Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Elizabeth Price: A Long Memory at the Whitworth

‘Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth’ brings together new and acclaimed works – including drawings, sculpture, and video – by the Turner prize-winning artist.

Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Winter Wildlife in print at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

After the leaves have fallen and the flowers have gone, discover beautifully crafted artwork by Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson inspired by real-life creatures that call Beningbrough their home.

Northern Chamber Orchestra
Music Until 15 May 2020,

Northern Chamber Orchestra 2019/20 Season

Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season features the likes of violinists Chloe Hanslip and Anthony Marwood; pianist Martin James Bartlett; percussionist Colin Currie; and their President, cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.

Judy Chicago exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 19 April 2020, FREE

Judy Chicago at BALTIC, Gateshead

One of the most important feminist artists of the last half-century, Judy Chicago is about to receive her first major survey exhibition in the UK, staged at BALTIC in Gateshead.

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings at Baltic, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 19 April 2020, FREE

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings at BALTIC, Gateshead

‘Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings’ at BALTIC in Gateshead invites visitors to rethink the human position in the world.

Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool Valentine's Day Manchester
Exhibitions Until 16 March 2020, FREE

Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool

Drenched in the rich beauty of the Guatemalan rainforest, Tate Liverpool presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by the Swiss-Argentinian artist, Vivian Suter.

Theaster Gates: Amalgam at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 4 May 2020, from £8.5

Theaster Gates: Amalgam at Tate Liverpool

Marking his UK debut, Theaster Gates responds to the little-known history of Malaga – a small island off the north east state of Maine, USA.

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

Ian McKay: Collier Street Baths at Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 1 April 2020, FREE

Ian McKay: Collier Street Baths at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

This December, Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents a new exhibition by local artist Ian McKay based on the architecture of Collier Street Baths

Rock and Goal
Activity Until 1 June 2020, from £4.5

Rock and Goal Tour

Join Joe Feeley a Mancunian through and through, who guides you into Manchester’s two pillars of cultural excellence with his Rock and Goal tour.

sunday night waves
Activity Until 14 July 2020, from £7

Sunday Night Waves 5Rhythms Drop In

Embrace the effervescent energy of Sunday Night Waves, a 5Rhythms dance class where you can move with the flow of your own body and explore.

Young girl playing with a tea set at Toddler Tuesdays
Families Until 30 June 2020, FREE

Toddler Tuesdays at Castleford Museum

These lively mornings of crafts and singing are fun, creative sessions for toddlers.

Painting of a miner in the Digging Deep exhibition
Exhibitions Until 1 March 2020, FREE

Digging Deep at The National Coal Mining Museum

In their first ever exhibition looking at the role of immigrants in the coal industry, Digging Deep explores black miners’ stories.

Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 13 April 2020, FREE

Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library

Talking Sense at The Portico Library aims to open up a space for helpful conversations around the future of care.

Exhibitions Until 30 April 2020, FREE

Visage(s) d’Europe at Alliance Française

Fifty photos from Pascal Dosset’s international portrait of Europe, Visage(s) d’Europe, will be on display at Alliance Française. One photo per country.

Visual Rights at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 22 March 2020, FREE

Visual Rights at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool

How do we visualise power? What does it look like, and for whom is it visible? Visual Rights looks at how images can expose uneven distributions of power, and shape the way we understand a place’s geography.

Richard Bartle, Nomadic Tales, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 13 April 2020, FREE

Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield explores the modern-day city of Istanbul, viewed through a series of 14th-century miniature illustrations.

Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Local Leeds Food Tour

Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.

Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 at HOME
Exhibitions Until 15 March 2020,

Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 at HOME

Featuring over 500 artists from across Greater Manchester, the inaugural edition of the Manchester Open Exhibition at HOME should be a highly eclectic and exciting affair.

Leeds Street Food Tour
Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Leeds Street Food Tour

Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.

Mike S. Redmond and Faye Coral Johnson: Bubbling Pitch at HOME
Exhibitions Until 22 March 2020, FREE

Mike S. Redmond and Faye Coral Johnson: Bubbling Pitch at HOME

Coolaborative artist duo, MSR FCJ, present a series of experimental drawings, larger textural paintings and a new publication at HOME in Manchester.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North
Exhibitions Until 28 March 2020, FREE

Thumbs Up at Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery’s upcoming exhibition explores how the conditions of the gallery space affect our encounter with art. It certainly gets a thumbs up from us!

Ho Tzu Nyen: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Volume 10: N for Nameless at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art – exhibition
Exhibitions Until 12 April 2020, FREE

Ho Tzu Nyen: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Volume 10: N for Nameless at CFCCA

CFCCA presents Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s alternative ‘A to Z’ account of Southeast Asia, focusing on the region’s neglected histories.

Rae-Yen Song: *May-May Songuu*
Exhibitions Until 12 April 2020, FREE

Rae-Yen Song: *May-May Songuu* at CFCCA

An exhibition by artist Rae-Yen Song at CFCCA which explores British-Chinese identity through the prism of her own family history.

2020 Banner Display at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

2020 Banner Display at People’s History Museum

Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.

Classical Music Until 9 May 2020, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Spanning a plethora of genres, from classical to folk to Americana, The Stoller Hall’s Spring season is an eclectic delight. Read about it here.

Justin Edgar: Reasonable Adjustment – The Disabled Armed Resistance Movement at The Art House, Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 7 March 2020, FREE

Justin Edgar: Reasonable Adjustment – The Disabled Armed Resistance Movement at The Art House, Wakefield

Justin Edgar showcases artefacts he has collected over 30 years which document the Reasonable Adjustment movement at The Art House in Wakefield.

THE PEOPLE’S CITY EXHIBITION at The Refuge – Photo © Rob Bremner
Exhibitions Until 31 May 2020, FREE

The People’s City at The Refuge, Manchester

Organised by the British Culture Archive, The Refuge in Manchester presents a remarkable selection of images that capture Britain from the 1960s onwards.

Utopias exhibition at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Utopias at the Whitworth

How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.

skyliner
Activity Until 12 July 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Modern History of the Northern Quarter Tour

Join Skyliner for an alternative view of the Norther Quarter, learn about the area’s political happenings through it’s stunning public art.

Literature Until 5 February 2025, FREE

The Little Library in Spinningfields

Take your pick from The Little Library’s carefully curated collection of classics and new releases, adding a recently read book of your own as a replacement.

Music Until 20 March 2020, from £5

RNCM Spring Season

The RNCM Spring Season is nearly here, and we can’t wait to tell you about it! Ranging from concerts to operas to short film showcases, read our top picks.

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 31 May 2020,

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield

This major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore highlighting their shared interests.

Emii Alrai: The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 10 May 2020, FREE

Emii Alrai: The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds

Combining demon lures and invented artefacts, ancient mythology and family lore, The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds is the latest new work by upcoming artist Emii Alrai.

Taus Makhacheva: Hold Your Horses at The Tetley in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 10 May 2020, FREE

Taus Makhacheva: Hold Your Horses at The Tetley in Leeds

Taus Makhacheva’s new solo exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds explores the traditions of history-making and its encounters with experiences of everyday life.

Yelena Popova: The Scholar Stones Project exhibition at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions Until 27 March 2020, FREE

Yelena Popova: The Scholar Stones Project at The Holden Gallery

After growing up in the closed city of Ozyorsk – the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme – Yelena Popova’s work reflects a fascination with nuclear history.

Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 2 May 2020, FREE

Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre opens up fascinating new perspectives on humanity’s innate drive to leave its mark.

July Days at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 2 May 2020, FREE

July Days at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

July Days by Aron Rossman-Kiss at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre revolves around a single, blurry image taken around 1917.

Beatles
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £75

Liverpool Beatles Walk and Ticket to Ride Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you walk in their footsteps through The Beatles’ home city in this six-hour extravaganza of a walking tour.

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club

This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.

Little Lambs Toddler Sessions at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Childrens Until 12 May 2020, from £3

Little Lambs Toddler Sessions at The Piece Hall, Halifax

Visit The Piece Hall in Halifax for a series of People Play inspired early years mornings complete with songs, stories and a craft activity.

New Digital Experiences at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2020, FREE

New Digital Experiences at People’s History Museum

Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of new digital artworks and experiences.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00

The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

In this immersive exhibition, children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.

Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike
Exhibitions Until 18 April 2020, FREE

Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike

Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike is an exhibition inspired by the artists research residency at the internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art at The Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 14 June 2020, FREE

Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art at The Whitworth

‘Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art’ is a collaboration between a group of six artists, with and without learning disabilities.

Amy Romer - The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool
Education Until 22 March 2020, FREE

Amy Romer: The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool

The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool confronts us with the pervasive though often overlooked presence of modern slavery in the UK.

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 17 May 2020, FREE

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield

For her first solo exhibition, Welsh artist Phoebe Davies presents a new body of work inspired by her time spent with a group of teenage female wrestlers training in a local club on the outskirts of Oslo.

Back to the future half term in manchester
Theatre Until 17 May 2020, from £19.95

Back To The Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House

Turn your flux capacitor on and set your destination to the Manchester Opera House in the year 2020. Your future depends on it.

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Oldham Coliseum
Theatre 21 February–7 March 2020, from £17.00

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Oldham Coliseum

An award-winning and perceptive thriller exploring the timely themes of consent, online safety and crime and punishment.

Runaway Brewery
Activity 22 February–11 May 2020, from £12

The Runaway Brewery – Tour & Tasting

One of Manchester’s up and coming breweries welcome you into their space to learn about the beer making process and, of course, sample the end products.

Eat The City - Scranchester Tours
Activity 26 February–1 May 2020, from £50

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.

Adult Skateboard lessons
Activity 26 February–8 May 2020, FREE

Adult Skateboard Lessons at Projekts MCR

Open skateboarding session for adults, all abilities are welcome. Discover the creativity of this urban sport.

People Play by Alice Irwin at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Exhibitions 28 February–1 June 2020, FREE

People Play by Alice Irwin at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Artist Alice Irwin’s Matisse-esque friendly giants at The Piece Hall in Halifax embody an enchanting spirit of play, early innocence and imagination. Yet, they also have a more serious side to them.

Alice Irwin: People Play Trail at The Piece Hall in Halifax
Activity 28 February–1 June 2020, from £1

Alice Irwin: People Play Trail at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Drop into The Piece Hall Welcome Centre and collect a sculpture trail map that will take you on a sketching and symbol spotting journey.

Insane Animals at HOME
Theatre 28 February–14 March 2020, from £10.00

Insane Animals at HOME

Cult cabaret duo Bourgeois and Maurice bring the world-premiere of their time-travelling musical comedy to Manchester.