New openings in the North for 2022

Johnny James, Managing Editor

Having spent much of the last two years confined to our homes, our craving for culture – and new environments in which to experience it – has never been stronger. Luckily for us, 2022 is shaping up to be an incredible year for both.

There are so many great new cultural venues set to open – or momentously re-open – in the North this year. In this guide we round-up our highlights, from iconic concert halls to world-class theatres, ecological wonders to national heritage destinations – with some tantalising food and drink openings thrown in there for good measure.

Impatience has led us to include the odd venue that’s due to open a little after 2022, but most of the places you’ll read about below are on the tip of the North’s tongue. We can’t wait to get out there and experience each one, as the North’s ever-expanding cultural scene turns to a more hopeful chapter.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Shakespeare North Playhouse

    Image courtesy of Shakespeare North Trust.

    Shakespeare North Playhouse, Mill Street, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 3AB - Visit now

    Due to open in summer 2022, Merseyside’s Shakespeare North Playhouse will be a world-class cultural hub with a 350-seat, Elizabethan-inspired theatre at its core. Featuring an outdoor performance garden and exhibition space, audiences can expect to see a variety of groundbreaking drama, comedy, music and film on offer, as well as community-driven projects, artist development programmes and new commissions.

  • 2. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

    Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Copyright Geoff Wynne and licensed for reuse

    Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL - Visit now

    The First Light Pavilion, a huge new addition to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, is set to transform this already-impressive site into a must-see national heritage destination, fitting for a world-leader in the history of astronomy. Complete with a new gallery, auditorium and education hub, the new pavilion will serve to tell the unique story of Jodrell Bank, which has played host to some of the most ground breaking intergalactic discoveries since the dawn of the Space Age.

  • 3. Eureka! Science + Discovery Merseyside

    Eureka! Science + Discovery Merseyside
    Credit: Jonathan Pow/

    Eureka! Science + Discovery Merseyside, Victoria Pl, Seacombe, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 6QY - Visit now

    This new, state-of-the-art scientific hub aims to inspire a love of science in young people, empowering curious minds to become the scientists and engineers of our future via its cutting-edge exhibitions and immersive activities. If the Halifax site is anything to go by, this will be a hit attraction, and a great addition to Merseyside’s family offer.

  • 4. Mayfield Park

    Mayfield Partnership

    Mayfield Park, Mayfield Park, Manchester, M1 2PY - Visit now

    By the end of 2022, Manchester will have a new green heart: the 6.5 acre Mayfield Park. It’s the kind of sprawling green space the city’s needed for years, and will include everything from sports lawns to biodiverse ecological areas beside the River Medlock. The latest revelation about the park is its 1400 square foot children’s playground, which will be the largest in the city.

  • 5. Factory International

    Factory International
    Factory International. Image courtesy of OMA.

    Factory International, Water Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3JQ - Visit now

    The Factory – Manchester International Festival’s new permanent home – is getting ever closer to completion. Costing an eye-watering £168m, the venue is set to reshape the city’s cultural output and standing, and promises “one of Europe’s most ambitious and adventurous year-round creative programmes”.

  • 6. New Century

    New Century, Mayes Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 4ES - Visit now

    From Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd, Manchester’s iconic New Century Hall once played host to some of the most influential artists on the planet. Following a £10m transformation, the ’60s dance-hall is returning as a live music, performance and events space (and much more), complete with original sprung dancefloor and disco ceiling.

  • 7. The Fire Station

    The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3HA - Visit now

    A major new player in the North East, The Fire Station in Sunderland has just been kitted out with a state-of-the-art auditorium, bringing a whole new wave of live music, theatre and comedy to the city. With a new outdoor space on the cards for later in 2022, the venue’s year-round programme of events is a real win for the city’s cultural calendar.

  • 8. York Theatre Royal

    York Theatre Royal
    Image courtesy of York Theatre Royal

    York Theatre Royal, St. Leonard's Place, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7HD - Visit now

    A nationally important centre for the dramatic arts, York Theatre Royal entertains over 200,000 people a year with its wide variety of performances, only improving its offer after undergoing a £5m redevelopment in 2016. Now, there are plans for the venue to spill into the great outdoors, with an all-new outside performance space and community hub.

  • 9. Manchester Museum

    Manchester Museum Tours at Manchester Museum

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

    Having undergone a dramatic physical and cultural transformation, Manchester Museum will be reopening this year with an inclusive, caring and creative approach to museum curation. From a grand Exhibition Hall to a South Asia Gallery (the first of its kind in the country), we take a look at what’s new at this treasured museum.

  • 10. Castlefield Viaduct

    ©Twelve Architects & Masterplanners

    Castlefield Viaduct, Castlefield Viaduct, Manchester, M3 4PU - Visit now

    The National Trust and Twelve Architects and Masterplanners have a vision to change the neglected yet beautiful Castlefield Viaduct into an urban park that will benefit the whole community. While the full-scale, permanent project is a little way off, this summer, the creative minds behind it have plans for a temporary urban park, which will give us a taste of things to come.

  • 11. Cloudwater Beer Hall

    Cloudwater Beer Hall
    Cloudwater Beer Hall

    Cloudwater Beer Hall, Kampus, Aytoun St, Manchester, M1 3GL - Visit now

    Attention beer-lovers, the mighty Cloudwater Brewery is opening a beer hall at the equally mighty Kampus complex in the Gay Village. Of course, Cloudwater already has a well-regarded taproom at the Piccadilly Trading Estate and a presence at The Sadler’s Cat near Victoria Station, but this is their biggest venture yet.

  • 12. Northern Roots Urban Farm and Eco-Park

    Northern Roots

    Northern Roots Urban Farm and Eco-Park, Alexandra Park, Oldham, OL8 2B - Visit now

    Oldham is currently undertaking one of the most ambitious ecologically-driven green space renovation projects in the country. Northern Roots is creating the UK’s largest Urban Farm and Eco Park on a 160 acre Oldham plot. The farm will give local people the chance to get hands-on with the agricultural process, while the park will feature cycling routes, sports pitches and a treetop assault course.

  • 13. Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

    Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
    Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

    Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Liverpool ONE, 45 Paradise St, Liverpool, L1 3EU - Visit now

    Gordon Ramsay has just opened his first UK Bread Street Kitchen outside of London. The modern European restaurant is located at Liverpool ONE, where it sprawls across two floors and features signature dishes such as beef wellington, butter chicken curry and the mighty Hell’s Kitchen burger.

  • 14. Treehouse Manchester

    Ian Jones

    Treehouse Manchester, Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 2EQ - Visit now

    A Treehouse hotel is coming to Manchester, featuring a rooftop bar that offers stunning views of the city. The hotel will have 216 rooms and be located at the space previously occupied by the unmissed Renaissance Hotel down Deansgate. The developers’ goal is to make guests feel like they are in their own ‘secret forest’ and if our visit to Treehouse London is anything to go by, the people of Manchester are in safe hands.

  • 15. Eden Project North

    Eden Project North

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

    More reasons to love the North are set to keep coming over the next few years. 2024 is the provisional due date for the ambitious Eden Project North. Positioned on the cusp of Morecambe Bay and backing onto the glorious Lake District, this temple to the natural world will bring with it an educational, community-focused, ecological experience like no other.

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