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November

Creative Tourist

It might be getting pretty cold out, but resist the urge to stay inside within touching distance of the radiator. Get out there and enjoy these amazing cultural things to do in November.

Manchester International Festival have announced their first commissions for MIF19, but before then, get in the mood for Skepta and co with Special Edition, an impressively programmed collaboration with The Warehouse Project which looks the polar opposite of their most recent takeover of Mayfield Depot in October.

Meanwhile, Manchester Jewish Museum closes to make way for their £5 million extension and renovation, they sign off in style with The Festival of Leaving, a new, diverse and thought-provoking programme of live performance, music and installations. Another newcomer arrives in the shape of MACFEST, a 10-day celebration of art, literature, music, film, food and heritage relating to the Muslim diaspora, which will open in venues across the city.

The music scene in the North is looking as vibrant and varied as ever with even more brilliant classical concerts alongside a booming choice of gigs. We are especially excited about the 41st Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Kamaal Williams’ show at Gorilla. Really, there’s too many great gigs to round up here, head over to the music section for all our top picks.

Finally, the Christmas warm up has begun, with The Producers at Royal Exchange and Liverpool Everyman’s Rock N’ Roll Panto both landing at the end of the month. If the thoughts of the festive season is already inducing a little panic, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas theatre and concerts as well as some Christmas shopping ideas too.

The November Longlist

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Brandon Taylor
Literature 1–14 November 2021, from £7.50

Novel Voices: Caleb Azumah Nelson and Brandon Taylor at MLF Digital

Host Ellah P Wakatama chats to novelists Caleb Azumah Nelson and Brandon Taylor about their debuts in this special edition of Novel Voices for the digital leg of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival.

Author Musa Okwonga.
Literature 1–5 November 2021, from £6.84

Football Writing Festival at National Football Museum and online

The Football Writing Festival is back in action at the National Football Museum, kicking off on Monday 1 November and running throughout the week to Friday 5 November.

Ergon: The Wicked Problem
Theatre 3–6 November 2021, from £5.00

Ergon: The Wicked Problem at Contact

For this immersive and urgent performance, audience members will take the part of the jury on the first-ever trial to decide the fate of an individual who has broken a climate law.

Baxter Dury
Music 4 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £20.40

Baxter Dury at The Ritz

Musical raconteur Baxter Dury brings his unique, character driven songs to Manchester in November, supported by Audiobooks.

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland at Manchester Jewish Museum
Cinema 4 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5.00

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland at Manchester Jewish Museum

Carol Isaacs (aka The Surreal McCoy) presents her animated graphic novel memoir of a Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland.

Literature 5 November 2021 9:30 am, from £40

National Creative Writing Industry Day at Man Met

Back for a seventh year, the National Creative Writing Industry Day is the largest conference of its kind taking place in the north of England, drawing over 150 delegates annually.

Activity 5 November 2021 12:30 pm, FREE

Food in Exile: Iraqi cooking workshop with Carol Isaacs

Explore the food of Carol Issacs’ graphic novel ‘The Wolf of Baghdad’, with an edible workshop at Manchester Jewish Museum.

light up lancaster
Exhibitions 5–6 November 2021, FREE

Light Up Lancaster

Festival of light and art Light Up Lancaster returns to the city with installations, projections, performance and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.

Manchester coffee festival
Activity 6–7 November 2021, from £12

Manchester Coffee Festival with Cup North

Manchester Coffee Festival is a packed weekend of all things coffee related and also, the biggest international coffee event outside London.

Activity 6 November–2 December 2021,

Cassils: Curator Exhibition Tour

Independent Curator Bren O’Callaghan, guides you through the nuances and messages behind Cassils debut solo UK exhibition.

First Dibs: The Assembly at HOME
Theatre 6 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £10.50

First Dibs: The Assembly at HOME

Witness five brand-new plays written by LGBTQ+ playwrights and supported by Dibby Theatre. Featured playwrights include: mandla rae, Alma Renée Lipari, Susan Kerr, Elizabeth Gibson and Rebekka Platt.

Cinema 7–30 November 2021, from £7.50

Mike Leigh Retrospective at HOME

This November, HOME takes part in the BFI’s UK-wide celebration of the career of multi-award winning writer-director Mike Leigh.

Black Midi
Music 8 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £17.75

Black Midi at The Ritz

Fresh from the release of their hellacious second album Cavalcade, Svengalis of the avant-rock scene Black Midi are performing at The Ritz.

Cinema 10 November 2021 6:00 pm, FREE

Jewish Culture Club

Meet new people, explore contemporary cultural works and learn about Jewish culture with Jewish Culture Club at Manchester Jewish Museum.

A Jewish Love Story at Manchester Jewish Museum
Theatre 11 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5.00

A Jewish Love Story at Manchester Jewish Museum

A work-in-progress performance telling the story of one woman’s flight from the Polish pogroms and the impact of her experience on the generations that follow.

Good Grief at HOME
Theatre 11–13 November 2021, from £10.50

Good Grief at HOME

Expect a high-energy blend of clowning, movement, verbatim and techno tracks in this unique performance by theatre-makers Ugly Bucket.

Families 12 November–23 December 2021, from £5

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Adventure around nine new magical, illuminated worlds after dark including an Ice Kingdom and meet Father Christmas.

Literature 12 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £12

Matthew Hedley Stoppard book launch at Otley Courthouse

Join Otley Town Poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard in the Courthouse for the belated in-person launch of his second poetry collection The Garland King.

Hacienda Classical 2021
Music 13 November 2021 8:30 pm, from £35

Haçienda Classical 2021

Haçienda Classical 2021 returns to Manchester this summer to give a classical spin to anthems once played at the legendary Haçienda nightclub.

Writer Lara Williams.
Literature 15 November 2021 6:30 pm, from £3.00

Test Signal showcase at Blackwell’s Manchester

This event showcases Test Signal, described as “a ground-breaking anthology of the best contemporary northern writing from Dead Ink and Bloomsbury, showcasing the wealth of literary talent in the North of England”.

Classical Music 18–22 November 2021,

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2021

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival presents five days of groundbreaking contemporary music, performances, talks and workshops from an international community of creative thinkers.

lumiere festival
Families 18–21 November 2021, FREE

Lumiere Festival

For the past 11 years, Lumiere Festival has been lighting up Durham’s public spaces with mesmerising installations and interactive light-based artworks.

Lightopia at Heaton Park
Childrens 18 November 2021–3 January 2022, from £13.00

Lightopia at Heaton Park

The award-winning and visually sensational lantern and light festival returns to illuminate Manchester this winter.

Festivals 18 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5

Explore Ensemble: Systema Naturae at hcmf//

Opening Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival , Explore Ensemble present a monumental cycle of four pieces by Italian composers.

Kendal Mountain Festival
Cinema 18–21 November 2021, FREE

Kendal Mountain Festival

The four-day Kendal Mountain Festival is always packed with exciting activities for everyone from children to pensioners. Happening virtually in 2021, this year’s event is no less of an outdoors extravaganza.

Festivals 19 November 2021 1:00 pm, from £5

Dillon 1 – Red Note Ensemble at hcmf//

Leading Scottish ensemble Red Note performs James Dillon’s immense new work, Emblemata: Carnaval, at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Manchester Art Fair 2019
Exhibitions 19–21 November 2021, from £5

Manchester Art Fair 2021 at Manchester Central

Firm favourites in Manchester’s cultural calendar, the Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary weekend are not to be missed.

Music 19 November 2021 7:00 pm,

Boards of Canada performed by Byron Wallen’s Gayan Gamelan Ensemble

This November at Band on the Wall Byron Wallen’s Gayan Gamelan Ensemble will interpret Boards of Canada’s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’.

Festivals 19 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5

Ensemble Musikfabrik at hcmf//

Cologne’s Ensemble Musikfabrik return to hcmf// to perform Composer in Residence Chaya Czernowin’s The Fabrication of Light.

Festivals 19 November 2021 10:00 pm, from £5

Cath Roberts at hcmf//

A new improvised work by saxophonist Cath Roberts speaks to the half-broken, fragmented creative lives artists have led during the pandemic.

Jadé Fadojutimi at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 20 November 2021–1 May 2022, FREE

Jadé Fadojutimi at The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield will present an exhibition of new work by British artist Jadé Fadojutimi.

Bellotto: Views on a Fortress at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 November 2021–27 February 2022, FREE

Bellotto: Views on a Fortress at Manchester Art Gallery

In Views on a Fortress, Bellotto’s fortress interior paintings are brought together with their exterior views for the first time in 250 years

Activity 20–21 November 2021, from £140

Linocut and colour blends at West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Create a series of striking prints using the linocut method with West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

SparkPlug
Cinema 20 November 2021 3:30 pm, from £10.00

Screening: SparkPlug at HOME

Exploring family love, identity and race, you’ve got another chance to see this punchy and poetic stage production by Box of Tricks. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A with playwright/performer David Judge.

Festivals 21 November 2021 4:00 pm, from £5

Chaya Czernowin: HIDDEN at hcmf//

For Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Arditti Quartet performs Composer in Residence Chaya Czernowin’s HIDDEN.

Pink Lemonade at Contact
Theatre 23–27 November 2021, from £5.00

Pink Lemonade at Contact

Blending spoken word, pulsating movement and hypnotic storytelling, this is an explosive performance piece about sexuality, identity and self-discovery by Mika Onyx Johnson.

Not So Ugly Sisters
Families 24 November 2021–1 January 2022, from £12.00

The Not So Ugly Sisters at Waterside

The Yorkshire based theatre-company Wrongsemble bring this wonderful new take on the well-loved classic to audiences for Christmas 2021.

The Language of Kindness at HOME
Theatre 24–27 November 2021,

The Language of Kindness at HOME

Adapted from Christie Watson’s best-selling nursing memoir, The Language of Kindness celebrates the unsung heroes of the health service.

Noga Ritter Trio at Manchester Jewish Museum
Music 25 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5.00

Noga Ritter Trio at Manchester Jewish Museum

Fusing Hebrew Jazz and global grooves, Noga Ritter and her trio bring their genre-blending music to Manchester for the first time.

Lumen Festival of Lights
Visual Arts 26 November–11 December 2021, FREE

Lumen Festival of Lights

Lumen is returning to Crewe on Friday 26 November to Saturday 11 December 2021. The colourful light-art trail will visit the town centre and give audiences the chance to be immersed in art, light and sound.

ignite at gibside
Families 26 November 2021–2 January 2022, FREE

Ignite at Gibside

Get away from it all at Ignite at Gibside, a fantastical fire and lantern trail. We all love a stroll in the countryside, but this is a brand new way to experience the stunning eighteenth-century house and gardens.

Astrology Bingo at HOME
Theatre 26 November 2021 8:00 pm, from £12.50

Astrology Bingo at HOME

Join theatre collective Figs in Wigs for the world’s first-ever cosmic game show for astrology lovers, bingo wingers and their sceptic pals.

Sheila Hicks: Off Grid at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 27 November 2021–29 May 2022,

Sheila Hicks: Off Grid at The Hepworth Wakefield

Drawing together over 70 pieces from international public and private collections, this major exhibition will explore the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work – from her intimate Minimes, small woven drawings she creates on a hand-held frame, to large-scale installations that fill gallery spaces with vibrant colour.

Activity 28 November 2021 6:30 pm, from £15.00

Reiki Meditation Workshop with Bee Wellness

Experience a collective reiki healing meditation that will release your tensions and help you ease into winter, led by Amy from Bee Wellness.

Spinach at The Edge
Comedy 29 November–18 December 2021, from £14.00

Spinach at The Edge

An intriguing all-sung comedy-thriller that opens with two strangers tethered to one another in the basement of a house…

First Time at Contact
Theatre 30 November–4 December 2021, from £10.00

First Time at Contact

An autobiographical show that smashes through the stigma of HIV – conceived, written and performed by theatre-maker and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall.

Music 30 November 2021 7:30 pm, from £21.25

Kelly Lee Owens

Touring her critically acclaimed second album, Inner Song, Kelly Lee Owen unleashes her own vocals and brooding electronics on the follow-up to 2017’s much-lauded, self-titled debut.

Still showing this month

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity Until 13 May 2022, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

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.

Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 31 May 2023, FREE

Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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.

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics with The Turnpike
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2022, FREE

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics with The Turnpike

A collaborative project that takes inspiration from the history of the Leigh Female Reformers of 1819 and the monstrous representations of them in the media of the time.

Rock and Goal
Activity Until 27 February 2022, from £4.50

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.

Activity Until 26 March 2022,

Curious About Leeds, Self guided walking tour of Leeds

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.

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.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 9 January 2022, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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

sounds of our city online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2021,

Sounds of Our City Online Exhibition

The Sounds of Our City Online Exhibition gives you a chance to visit the current exhibition at Abbey House Museum virtually. Find out how the different musical styles and venues of Leeds interact.

What is Manchester Art Gallery?
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2023, FREE

What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery reopens with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city.

Activity Until 27 February 2022, from £13.50

Shiverpool: Ghost and History Tours

Expect chilling street theatre and immersive thrills as the award winning Shiverpool return to Liverpool’s streets.

Thwaite at 30 online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 1 December 2021,

Thwaite at 30 at Thwaite Watermill

In the Thwaite at 30 online exhibition, uncover the fascinating story of Thwaite Watermill as it celebrates its 30th year as a museum.

Blackburn Open Walls
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Blackburn Open Walls

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.

families at the national history museum
Families Until 1 January 2022,

Families at the National Football Museum

Bring your football-loving family for a visit to England’s one and only national museum for football, with activities for families available throughout the museum.

Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £18

Pendle Hill Witch Experience Tours

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.

Discover Buxton Tram Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £80

Discover Buxton Tram Tours

Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.

Discover Buxton Character Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Character Tours

These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.

Discover Buxton Walking Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Walking Tours

Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.

Discover Buxton Roman Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Roman Tours

Join local historian Brian Shepherd for a walk around the town and learn what Buxton may have looked like during Britain’s Roman occupation.

Discover Buxton Audio Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

Discover Buxton’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online
Dance Until 1 April 2022, FREE

Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online

The world’s first ‘visual dictionary’ of movements found within Bhangra, compiled by World Bhangra Day founder, Hardeep Sahota.

doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

Pick up a pen and encourage the whole family to explore the art of peaceful protest.

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.

Cinema Until 21 February 2022, FREE

Queer Treatment

To coincide with LGBT History Month, Heart of Glass launches Queer Treatment, a new animated short film by the amazing Amy Pennington. Queer Treatment is inspired by conversations with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and explores connection, identity, representation and celebrating queer icons past and present.

PUSH Festival - HOME
Festivals Until 31 December 2021,

PUSH Festival 2021 at HOME

Thrilling and challenging, HOME’s annual festival is a glimmering reminder that new performance continues to be developed, despite ‘you-know-what’.

Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2022, FREE

Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory

Turner Prize winning artist Tai Shani takes us on an LSD-inspired hallucinatory journey across time and space. Prepare to have your consciousness expanded.

Ad Minoliti at BALTIC in Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 13 March 2022, FREE

Ad Minoliti at BALTIC in Gateshead

Argentinian artist Ad Minoliti’s immersive exhibition draws upon queer and feminist theory to offer new understandings of the world around us.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 12 December 2021, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and award-winning garden is a must-see, with the famous book sale back on 18 April and scheduled thereafter for 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November and 12 December 2021, 11am-4pm.

Mindscapes While Waiting, Wait Here
Visual Arts Until 16 May 2022, FREE

MINDSCAPES: While Waiting, Wait Here – Merel Smitt

Created in collaboration with service users and staff, this online interactive game explores the benefits system and the process of applying for Universal Credit.

Mindscapes //OUTSIDEIN//
Visual Arts Until 16 May 2022, FREE

MINDSCAPES: //OUTSIDEIN// – Theater DEGASTEN

A brand-new online work, by Amsterdam-based Theater DEGASTEN, exploring the connection between mental health and where we live.

More in Common: In memory of Jo Cox at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 24 April 2022, FREE

More in Common: In memory of Jo Cox at People’s History Museum, Manchester

An exhibition inspired by the legacy of Jo Cox MP and which represents the culmination of a community-led project involving over 30 people who made the city their home.

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.

Jade Montserrat Constellations: Care & Resistance at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Jade Montserrat Constellations: Care & Resistance at Manchester Art Gallery

Part gallery, part studio, ‘Constellations: Care & Resistance’ showcases Jade Monserratt’s work exploring race, the body and language.

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life
Exhibitions Until 27 February 2022,

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life at The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its 10th birthday with the largest exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work since the artist’s death in 1975.

archive open saturdays at sunny bank mills
Exhibitions Until 27 November 2021,

Archive Open Saturdays at Sunny Bank Mills

Discover the unique history of a textile mill and the community that surrounds it at the Sunny Bank Mills Archive Open Saturdays.

English Football Hall of Fame
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2022, from £5.5

English Football Hall of Fame

National Football Museum’s English Football Hall of Fame celebrates the great game. A full-scale exhibition showcasing some of those who’ve made an outstanding contribution to football.

Visual Arts Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Graffiti at Zap Graffiti

Liverpool’s Zap Graffiti teaches all the basic skills and techniques you need to make a street-style creation you’ll be proud of.

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.

You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 28 November 2021, FREE

You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Museum & Art Gallery presents an exhibition that highlights the city’s green spaces and the stories that they tell.

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.

tours and activities
Activity Until 31 December 2021, 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.

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds
Exhibitions Until 5 June 2023,

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Stop and spend an hour or two with this special creation, nestled within a stand of birch trees beside Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Lake.

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.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £59

Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

One of many workshops hosted by local jeweller Helen Drye, here you’ll learn the technical skills required to make a chic stacker ring.

David Nash, Running Table, Grizedale, 2021
Exhibitions Until 12 December 2021, FREE

David Nash: Return to the Forest at Grizedale Sculpture in Cumbria

Return to the Forest captures a seminal moment in the development of one of Britain’s most important contemporary sculptors.

Exhibitions Until 3 January 2022, from £6

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum

Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.

Suzanne Lacy: Cleaning Conditions and Uncertain Futures at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Suzanne Lacy: Cleaning Conditions and Uncertain Futures at Manchester Art Gallery

Cleaning Conditions and Uncertain Futures at Manchester Art Gallery brings together two of artist Suzanne Lacy’s Manchester-based projects.

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 20 March 2022, FREE

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen at BALTIC, Gateshead

Sutapa Biswas’ major solo show explores the artist’s role in illuminating the imperialist structures that still exist within British society.

Refloresta! Maria Nepomuceno at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 22 November 2021, FREE

Refloresta! Maria Nepomuceno at The Portico Library in Manchester

The Portico Library presents an installation of immersive sculptural and textile works by world-renowned Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £3.50

Knittaz with Attitude: Yarnbombing at Upside Down Coffee

Knitting, crochet, yarnbombing and contemporary needlecraft. Not a workshop as such but a ‘learning’ social with Knittaz with Attitude.

Rachel Kneebone: 399 Days at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 24 April 2022, FREE

Rachel Kneebone: 399 Days at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Encounter artist Rachel Kneebone’s most ambitious sculpture to date, presented in the unique setting of YSP’s 18th century chapel.

Lucian Freud: Real Lives at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 16 January 2022, from £5

Lucian Freud: Real Lives at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents the first major display of portraits by Lucian Freud in the North West in over 30 years.

Literature Until 27 November 2021, FREE

Northern Publishers’ Fair at Central Library

Thirteen independent publishing houses set out their stalls at the Christmas Northern Publishers’ Fair at Manchester Central Library.

Food and Drink Until 17 December 2021, from £55

Explore Ancoats Food & Drink Tour

Take a culinary tour of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb where an award-winning chip shop (which pays homage to hip-hop) sits alongside a Michelin starred fine dining restaurant.

Activity Until 31 July 2022, from £12

Heaton Hall & Park Tour: Glorious interiors and glorious landscape

Heaton Hall and the surrounding park are a reminder of Manchester’s complicated past, join this walking tour to see the beauty and hear the stories behind these cultural monoliths.

Interruptions: Sounds – Online with Holden Gallery, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 5 August 2022, FREE

Interruptions: Sounds – Online with The Holden Gallery, Manchester

‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.

Craft Beer Tour Around Manchester
Activity Until 18 December 2021, from £30

Craft Beer Tour Around Manchester

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.

Literature Until 11 December 2021, FREE

Leeds Record & Book Fair at Kirkgate Market

Every second Saturday of the month, Leeds Record & Book Fair is indoors at Kirkgate Market, one of Europe’s largest indoor markets. Next dates are 14 August, 11 September, 9 October, 13 November and 11 December.

Activity Until 31 December 2021,

Manchester Taxi Tours

Manchester Taxi tours are the most personalised guided glimpse of the city you can find and now you can get to know Manchester better whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea.

Activity Until 27 November 2021, from £25

Urban Buddies, Mandarin Language Walking Tour

Join RobinGo for Urban Buddies, a 2 hour walking tour of Manchester, exploring the cities past and future in Mandarin.

Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £269

DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

At Home with the Pankhurst Family at the Pankhurst Centre
Exhibitions Until 29 August 2024, FREE

At Home with the Pankhurst Family at the Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre’s new permanent exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people behind the iconic Pankhurst name.

Nancy Collantine: Lazy Gazies/Tense Edges at The World Of Glass in St. Helens
Exhibitions Until 5 November 2021, FREE

Nancy Collantine: Lazy Gazies/Tense Edges at The World Of Glass in St. Helens

Nancy Collantine presents a new body of work produced between 2020-21 in the artist’s studio on the fifth floor looking out over Manchester.

The Edge Reopening Season
Comedy Until 18 December 2021, from £6

The Edge Reopening Season

Live theatre returns to The Edge this September and the opening season promises to be one to remember when its doors open for the first time in 18 months, and to a completely refurbished building.

Little Play Squad Sessions at Legoland
Education Until 17 December 2021, from £15

Little Play Squad at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Regular weekday interactive parent-child sessions at Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester designed for parents and their children aged 2-5.

She Appeared to Vanish at Waterside Arts in Sale and HOME Manchester
Exhibitions Until 7 November 2021, FREE

She Appeared to Vanish at Waterside Arts in Sale and HOME Manchester

HOME and Waterside Arts present an exhibition steeped in energy, tension, subversion and feminist resistance.

Lauren Gault: Cithra at The Tetley, Leeds
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2022,

Lauren Gault: Cithra at The Tetley, Leeds

Artist Lauren Gault’s sensory exhibition, Cithra, invites us to consider our relationship with the natural world in an entirely new way.

I Fall Back Asleep When I Dream of You at Waterside Arts in Sale
Exhibitions Until 6 November 2021, FREE

I Fall Back Asleep When I Dream of You at Waterside Arts in Sale

Holly Staniforth digitally combines disparate visual elements to build a florescent dreamscape – a space where the imagination takes over.

Annie Morris: When A Happy Thing Falls at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 6 February 2022, FREE

Annie Morris: When A Happy Thing Falls at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Step into When A Happy Thing Falls – a dense forest of luminous, towering sculptures by Annie Morris that reflect the fragility of life.

Sickert: A Life in Art at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 27 February 2022, from £5

Sickert: A Life in Art at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery presents a major retrospective exhibition exploring the life of Walter Richard Sickert and his contribution to British art.

Rafaël Rozendaal: Permanent Distraction at Site Gallery in Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2021, FREE

Rafaël Rozendaal: Permanent Distraction at Site Gallery in Sheffield

Site Gallery presents the most extensive installation of Rafaël Rozendaal’s websites series in a new immersive environment

Emily Speed: Flatland at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 2 January 2022, FREE

Emily Speed: Flatland at Tate Liverpool

Emily Speed’s new film uses set design, choreography and costume to depict flattened hierarchies and close-knit community structures.

Albert Potrony: EQUAL PLAY at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2022, FREE

Albert Potrony: EQUAL PLAY at BALTIC, Gateshead

Artist and educator Albert Potrony sets out to explore non-gendered and non-prescriptive modes of childhood play in a major new exhibition at BALTIC.

CYC: Everything All of the Time at Contact
Theatre Until 17 May 2022,

Contact Reopening Season

Following the extensive transformation of their iconic Oxford Road venue, Contact has announced a vibrant and progressive reopening programme. Read our preview of the upcoming season.

Cassils: Human Measure at HOME
Exhibitions Until 12 December 2021, FREE

Cassils: Human Measure at HOME

Curated by Bren O’Callaghan, renowned transgender visual artist Cassils brings their first UK solo exhibition and contemporary dance piece to HOME.

Exhibitions Until 5 February 2022, FREE

Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970s to now

Pushing paper is an exhibition that explores the past 50 years of drawing, catch it at the Cooper Gallery this winter.

Activity Until 6 December 2021, from £45

Candle Making with Cedar Manchester

Create your own bespoke scented candle with Lizzy from Cedar Manchester and their excellent candle making workshop.

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre: Season of Dance
Dance Until 23 December 2021, from £5

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre: Season of Dance

The spectacular season of dance includes DeNada Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet, Ballet Cymru and Humanoove, alongside free performances happening as part of Light Night Leeds 2021.

Synagogue Nights at Manchester Jewish Museum
Music Until 2 December 2021, from £6.00

Synagogue Nights at Manchester Jewish Museum

An intimate series of evening events taking place in the atmospheric and beautiful surroundings of Manchester Jewish Museum. Step out and experience something new.

Deborah Roberts: A Look Inside at the Bluecoat, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 23 January 2022, FREE

Deborah Roberts: A Look Inside at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

The first major UK solo exhibition of work by award-winning artist Deborah Roberts challenges notions of the body, beauty, race and identity.

Rosa-Johan Uddoh: Practice Makes Perfect at the Bluecoat in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 23 January 2022, FREE

Rosa-Johan Uddoh: Practice Makes Perfect at the Bluecoat in Liverpool

Rosa-Johan Uddoh’s exhibition ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ at the Bluecoat responds to the lack of Black British history taught in schools.

Jock McFadyen at the Lowry
Activity Until 27 February 2022,

Jock McFadyen Goes to the Lowry

Scottish artist, Jock McFadyen, displays key work from throughout his life at The Lowry Galleries, home to one of his artistic influences, LS Lowry.

John Powell-Jones: CYBERJUNK at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester
Exhibitions Until 19 December 2021, FREE

John Powell-Jones: CYBERJUNK at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester

John Powell-Jones’ first major exhibition transports visitors to the inhospitable planet of Durt, 1,000 years after the Quantum Crash.

Lucy McKenzie at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 27 February 2022, from £9

Lucy McKenzie at Tate Liverpool

Spanning post-war muralism, fashion, music subcultures, gender politics and more, Lucy McKenzie’s first UK retrospective is not to be missed.

Completely A Hustling Place at Manchester Central Library
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Completely A Hustling Place at Manchester Central Library

Venture Arts presents a full studio exhibition at Manchester Central Library, where you can experience brand new work from over 70 artists.

Toria Garbutt
Literature Until 17 February 2022, from £10

Spoken Word at the Mansion House

The Reader’s Spoken Word evenings at the Mansion House in south Liverpool’s Calderstones Park are back inside, with a packed line-up running into the New Year.

River of Light Festival – Liverpool
Activity Until 7 November 2021, FREE

River of Light Festival – Liverpool

Bringing together 11 stunning audio and visual installations, the River of Light trail will mark the first anniversary of the start of lockdown, symbolising light and renewal for the city.

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Get ready for an immersive, digital, gaming adventure at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.

Activity Until 27 November 2021,

Northern Monk Brewery Tour

Northern Monk, one of Leeds’ best breweries, is kicking off the weekend with a brewery tour to kick start your Saturday afternoon.

Future Ages Will Wonder at FACT in Liverpool
Exhibitions 28 October 2021–20 February 2022, FREE

Future Ages Will Wonder at FACT in Liverpool

FACT presents an ‘alternative museum’ of artworks that question our past and offer new ways of understanding who we are.

Cinema 29 October–4 November 2021, from £7.50

Seven Samurai at HOME

Kurosawa expertly sustains the suspense over a lengthy duration, imbuing this classic story with an almost Shakespearian grandeur.