things to do in october
Everything that happened and would happen at Mayfield © Killa Schuetze

October

Creative Tourist

There’s plenty of things to do this October in Manchester and the North as the galleries and auditoriums step up and start knocking out some of the year’s best work.

We say goodbye to Liverpool Biennial 2018 this month, if you’ve still not been you’ll be after our weekend guide. But as we say goodbye to the Biennial, we say hello, hello to MIF’s Factory trailblazer, Everything that happened and would happen, a world premiere of Heiner Goebbels new large-scale work.

Autumn seasons continue at the ever impressive Contact, RNCM, The Stoller Hall, BBC Philharmonic,  and Everyman & Playhouse.

Else where there’s literature festivals in Manchester and Rochdale, Art Fairs, Craft Fairs and Folk Festivals.

Really, there’s just absolutely loads on this month and you owe it to yourself to get involved.

The October Longlist

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Alexis Teplin at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 1 October 2019–1 February 2020, FREE

Alexis Teplin at Bluecoat

This solo show of new work at Bluecoat marks artist Alexis Teplin’s largest major UK exhibition. Her work crosses between painting, performance and film, drawing parallels between the process of each art form.

Cinema 3–6 October 2019, from £20.00

Grimmfest at Odeon Great Northern

One of the top genre film festivals in the World, Manchester’s annual festival of horror, cult and fantastic film returns to Odeon, Great Northern this October.

Exhibitions 3 October–3 November 2019, FREE

British Textile Biennial 2019, across Pennine Lancashire

The inaugural edition of the British Textile Biennial opens this winter with a series of new art commissions, exhibitions and performances.

Activity 3 October 2019–2 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.

Leap Dance Festival 2019. Image Dan Tucker © 2019
Dance 3–12 October 2019,

LEAP Dance Festival 2019 – Liverpool

The exciting dance event returns to Liverpool this autumn – 10 days of top-notch local, national and international dance.

Trojan Horse at Leeds Playhouse
Theatre 3–5 October 2019, from £14

Trojan Horse at Leeds Playhouse

In this vital verbatim show, using real-life testimonies, LUNG examine the damage caused to Birmingham communities following the 2014 government inquiry.

Wild Life FM at Z-Arts
Theatre 3–4 October 2019, from £5.00

Wild Life FM at Z-Arts

Exploring anxiety and notions of identity, witness the creation of a live radio show and discover yourself through music.

Dancing With Words. Photo by Rob Crampton
Dance 3 October 2019, 7:30 pm–9:45 pm, FREE

Dancing With Words at Kala Sangam Bradford

A fusion of poetry and dance, Dancing with Words is the culmination of an innovative project that has seen dancers and poets collaborating to push boundaries, take new, exciting approaches to creating work, and explore the relationship between the two artforms.

Jojo Moyes at The Dancehouse
Literature 3 October 2019, 7:30 pm–9:50 pm, from £19.25

Jojo Moyes at The Dancehouse

Join Jojo Moyes, bestselling novelist and author of Me Before You, live to celebrate the publication of her brand-new novel, The Giver of Stars.

Second Nature: What is 'nature' anyway? at The Portico Library
Exhibitions 4 October 2019–6 January 2020, FREE

Second Nature: What is ‘nature’ anyway? at The Portico Library

Second Nature at The Portico Library brings together literature, artefacts, research and new works by contemporary artists and young people to ask what we mean by ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ today and how these terms have been used throughout the modern age.

landscape tour
Activity 5–27 October 2019, FREE

Art & Landscape Tour at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Explore the art work and natural beauty of the Yorkshire sculpture park in their guided art and landscape tour.

Food and Drink 6 October 2019, 9:00 am–3:00 pm, from £139

Chocolate Craft for Vegans at The Vegetarian Society Cookery School

A new course from the Vegetarian Society Cookery School. Learn the essential skills for any chocolatier with Chocolate Craft for Vegans.

Food and Drink 6–13 October 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Apple Celebration Week at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Join the week-long celebrations of the humble apple. In the Beningbrough gardens, more than 50 varieties are grown and you’re invited to help with the harvest.

Music 6 October 2019, 7:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £15

Bill Ryder-Jones ‘Yawny Yawn’ Piano Tour at Band on the Wall

Bill Ryder-Jones will reimagine 2018’s critically acclaimed Yawn, using just vocals and piano to open an even more intimate window onto his world. 

Music 7 October 2019, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £10

Pip Blom at Gorilla

Fresh from the release of their lauded new album, Boat, don’t miss Dutch grunge-pop quartet, Pip Blom, at Manchester’s Gorilla.

Paint Pop Art at Common with PopUp Painting
Visual Arts 7 October 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £26.99

Paint Pop Art at Common with PopUp Painting

PopUp Painting invites you to unleash your creativity – wine glass in one hand, paintbrush in the other!

Mushy - Lyrically Speaking at Leeds Playhouse
Theatre 8–12 October 2019, from £14.00

Mushy – Lyrically Speaking at Leeds Playhouse

The uplifting and true story of Musharaf Asghar, the young man with an acute stammer, who found himself thrust into the limelight on the TV show ‘Educating Yorkshire’.

Hannah James
Music 8 October 2019, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £14

Hannah James and the JigDoll Ensemble at The Stoller Hall

A key figure in the recent revival of English percussive dance, Hannah James will present a spellbinding song and dance experience at The Stoller Hall.

Trojan Horse at The Lowry
Theatre 8–12 October 2019, from £12.00

Trojan Horse at The Lowry

This vital verbatim show, by LUNG, uses real-life testimonies to examine the damage caused to Birmingham communities following the 2014 government inquiry.

Author Armistead Maupin. Photograph by Christopher Turner.
Literature 8 October 2019, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm, FREE

Armistead Maupin at The Lowry

Catch bestselling, much-loved author of groundbreaking series Tales of the City and LGBT activist Armistead Maupin on his first-ever UK tour.

Tabby McTat at Liverpool Everyman
Families 10–12 October 2019, from £13.00

Tabby McTat at Liverpool Everyman

Help Tabby search for his long lost friend in this heart-warming musical tale based on the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Manchester's Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Exhibitions 10–13 October 2019, from £5.50

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019 at Upper Campfield Market

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is back for its 12th edition, featuring a handpicked selection of over 160 designer-makers from across the UK.

Literature 11–13 October 2019, from £14.00

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 at Brewery Arts Centre

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is back in the Cumbrian town of Kendal for a seventh year, bigger and better than ever, and with plenty of storytelling treats in both words and pictures.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure at S1 Artspace, Sheffield
Exhibitions 11 October–14 December 2019, FREE

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure at S1 Artspace, Sheffield

Deep Structure by artist Ilona Sagar explores the links between architecture, health and community wellbeing through the lens of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

Manchester Art Fair 2018
Exhibitions 11–13 October 2019, from £5

Manchester Art Fair 2019 at Manchester Central

A firm favourite in Manchester’s cultural calendar, the Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary weekend is not to be missed. Tickets are free for Creative Tourist readers.

Music 11 October 2019, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm,

Joe Armon-Jones at Band on the Wall

Amongst Britain’s gleaming jazz scene, virtuoso keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones stands out as a remarkable talent. Catch him live at Band on the Wall this October and you won’t be disappointed!

Elizabeth Gaskell House. Photo by Maddie Farris Photography
Literature 13 October 2019, 11:00 am–4:00 pm, from £5

Secondhand book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

‘Possibly the best secondhand book sale in Manchester’ takes place every second Sunday of the month in the Servants Hall of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Plymouth Grove, a short walk from the city centre.

Grimm & Co event - two children shown holding crafts they've made
Families 13 October 2019, 12:30 pm–4:00 pm, from £10

Grimm & Co. Takeover at Z-arts

Manchester Literature Festival are bringing some Grimm & Co. magic to Z-arts for this one off event, filled with imagination and creativity. With wand crafting, spell writing and potion brewing, get ready to step in to a world of magical sorcery.

RNCM Young Explorers event. DJ Switch is shown by turntables in front of an orchestra. Included in family things to do guide.
Families 13 October 2019, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, from £12

Young Explorers at the Royal Northern College of Music

Join DJ Mr Switch for the next edition of RNCM Young Explorers. These amazing events will engage the whole family, opening up their imaginations to the possibilities and the joy of classical music.

Guy Garvey
Literature 13 October 2019, 8:00 pm–9:15 pm, from £18

Guy Garvey and Simon Armitage at RNCM

The newly appointed Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and one of Manchester’s singer-songwriter exports, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, chat about writing.

Author Hanna Jameson.
Festivals 14–21 October 2019, from £3.00

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

Not just literature – and ideas! – the seventh festival has on offer drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts plus children’s and young people’s shows and events to get you reading and thinking.

Amélie The Musical at Liverpool Playhouse
Theatre 14–19 October 2019, from £10.00

Amélie The Musical at Liverpool Playhouse

Enchanting, witty and gorgeous, boasting huge public and critical acclaim, the story of Amélie translates beautifully for the stage.

Music 15 October 2019, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm, from £5

Manchester Collective ‘Sirocco’ at RNCM

Back by popular demand, Manchester Collective’s Sirocco celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe.

Music 15 October–12 December 2019, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

From concerts to film screenings to operas, we select our top 5 highlights from the RNCM Autumn Season, whose thematic focus is Migration.

bookbinding
Activity 16 October 2019, 9:15 am–3:00 pm, from £55

Bookbinding Workshop With a Difference at The Portico Library

Barry Clark leads a day of paper crafts with an alternative bookbinding workshop. Be prepared to learn intricate techniques and designs that will help you elevate your own binding to a new level.

16–17 October 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Take a Bit of Beningbrough Home at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Get stuck in at the start of the creation of the newest garden at Beningbrough. Take some of your hard efforts home for your green space with a donation to the National Trust.

Music 16–20 October 2019, from £6.00

Manchester Folk Festival 2019

Home to the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Manchester Folk Festival is back with another joyous celebration of the best in English folk.

Music 17 October 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm, from £14

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Blackmail’ with live score at RNCM

The RNCM’s latest celluloid adventure: Alfred Hitchcock’s innovative Blackmail will be screened alongside a live improvised organ score.

Photography Workshop
Activity 17 October 2019, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm, FREE

Chris Payne: Photography Workshop at HOME

Join Chris Payne for some advice, inspiration and useful insights into capturing imaginative and expressive images. This workshop is aimed at beginner or intermediate photographers.

English National Ballet: Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella at the Palace Theatre
Dance 17–19 October 2019, from £13.00

English National Ballet: Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at the Palace Theatre

As part of their 70th Anniversary Season, the English National Ballet bring the classic fairy tale to Manchester.

Music 18 October 2019, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £16

The Breath at Gorilla

Singer Ríoghnach Connolly and guitarist Stuart McCallum are bringing their heavy-hearted folk project to Manchester’s Gorilla this October, and we can’t wait.

Music 18 October 2019, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £15

Tim Hecker at Belgrave Music Hall

Showcasing his latest album Anoyo, experimental electronic musician Tim Hecker will perform at Belgrave Music Hall on the 18th October.

We Two Boys: Early Works by Alan Davie & David Hockney at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 19 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works at The Hepworth Wakefield

A major new exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together the work of two major figures of post-war British painting: Alan Davie and David Hockney.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 19 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield

Marking her first solo exhibition outside of America, ‘Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield’ offers an incredible window onto the inner world of the Los Angeles-based artist.

Sacred Harp Workshop
Activity 19 October 2019, 9:30 am–11:30 am,

Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Sacred Harp Workshop

Experience the raw power of Sacred Harp singing in a workshop from Manchester Folk Festival. Everyone’s welcome from complete beginners to long standing enthusiasts.

Children getting involved in the Junior Archaeology Finds event. They're using trowels to scrape layers of soil away.
Families 19–20 October 2019, FREE

Junior Archaeology Finds Lab at Pontefract Castle

Exciting archaeological excavations are going to be taking place at Pontefract Castle this autumn – and you and the family can be part of it.

Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts. Alice is shown in a blue dress characters from the story behind her including the white rabbit and the Queen of Hearts.
Families 19 October 2019, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, from £7.50

Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts

This brand new staging of Lewis’s Carroll’s classic tale, will have your whole family enthralled and the catchy tunes running through your head!

BSL Led
Activity 19 October 2019, 3:00 pm, FREE

BSL Led Gallery Tour: Manchester School of Art MA Show

Explore the work of the Manchester School of art’s MA students, this tour is BSL led with no spoken english.

Music 19 October 2019, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm, from £17.60

Adam Green at Soup Kitchen

Artistic polymath Adam Green is bringing his latest whimsical album, Engine of Paradise, to Manchester’s Soup Kitchen this October. Here’s what you can expect.

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Lyme
Families 21–25 October 2019, from £10.00

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Dunham Massey

A fully inclusive outdoor theatre experience for families based on the beloved children’s book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.

Music 21 October 2019, 6:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £27.50

Lamb at Manchester Academy 2

Veteran trip-hoppers Lamb are bringing their wonderful new album, The Secret of Letting Go, to Manchester Academy 2 this October.

Music 23 October 2019, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £19.25

Freddie Gibbs at Manchester Academy

One of the most compelling rappers of our time, Freddie Gibbs is soon performing in Manchester. Armed with new Madlib-produced record Bandana, expect fire.

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom will say goodbye to the Royal Exchange with this extraordinary new play by Simon Stephens.

Music 24 October 2019, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm, from £5.50

BBC Philharmonic: Mumford/Mendelssohn/Mahler at The Bridgewater Hall

From Jeffrey Mumford’s poeticism to Gustav Mahler’s majesty, we’re looking forward to a wonderfully varied concert from the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall.

Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–1 April 2020, FREE

Elizabeth Price 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.

Ageless Festival at Yorkshire Dance
Dance 25–26 October 2019,

Ageless Festival at Yorkshire Dance

Featuring a wide range of artists, film-makers and speakers, Ageless is a 2-day festival which re-imagines age through dance.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as one of ‘China’s Rising Art Stars’, encounter the work of Shanghai-based artist Cui Jie at CFCCA.
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Cui Jie at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Described by the Wall Street Journal as one of ‘China’s Rising Art Stars’, encounter the work of Shanghai-based artist Cui Jie at CFCCA.

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman, Manchester Plan at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman, Manchester Plan at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of newly commissioned work by Cheng Ran, representing a further Manchester chapter in the artist’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ series.

Torchlit tours
Activity 25–26 October 2019, FREE

Torchlit Tours at Little Moreton Hall

Explore Little Moreton Hall in a new light with their eerie torchlit tours.

Families 26 October–3 November 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Experience The Magic of Trees at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

A week a different activities at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens exploring the magic of trees for the school October half-term holidays.

Exhibitions 26 October 2019–1 March 2020, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

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.

Winter Droving Penrith
Families 26 October 2019, 12:00 pm–11:30 pm, FREE

The Winter Droving in Penrith

An incredible wonderland of outdoor arts, masquerade and pint carrying competitions in Penrith.

Music 26 October 2019, 2:00 pm, from £35

Curated By Four Tet at Mayfield Depot

Kieran Hebden, better known as Four Tet, has put together a huge line-up for his night at Manchester’s Warehouse Project this October.

Festivals 27 October 2019, 11:30 am–5:00 pm, from £20

Reserve Wines – Autumn Wine Fair

Wine lovers rejoice, it’s time for the Reserve Wines’ Autumn Wine Fair at Mackie Mayor, featuring many handpicked wines for you to taste.

Music 27 October 2019, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £25

The Detroit Cobras at Gorilla

Blurring the lines between rock and roll, R&B and soul music, The Detroit Cobras are bringing their glorious hedonism to Manchester this October.

Music 27 October 2019, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £19.50

GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi at RNCM

GoGo Penguin present a live performance of their original score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi, paired with a full screening at RNCM.

A pharoah's mask from Ancient Egypt. Shown in profile the mask is gold and blue with a long gold beard.
Families 28 October 2019, 11:00 am–3:00 pm, FREE

Transform Yourself Into A Pharaoh at Wakefield Museum

Transform yourself in to a pharoah in this fun, family event. Learn about some of the enigmatic figures who ruled Ancient Egypt and make your own Egyptian headress.

Cinema 29 October–3 November 2019, from £9.00

FilmFear at HOME

FilmFear is back as HOME team up with Film4 for another season of new and classic scary movies, premieres and director Q&As.

Families 29 October 2019, 10:00 am–3:00 pm, from £2.5

Simple Sewing: Ancient Egyptian Cats at Wakefield Museum

Join us as we investigate the important role that cats played in Ancient Egyptian culture and then use simple sewing techniques to stitch a soft toy in the shape of an Ancient Egyptian cat!

Recommended for ages 6-11 years.

Booking essential.

Music 29 October–1 November 2019, FREE

New Music Manchester at RNCM

New Music Manchester is a four-day festival comprising performances and talks from a plethora of the cities’ artists, ensembles and orchestras.

Still showing this month

And Breathe... at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 16 March 2018–15 October 2019, FREE

And Breathe… at Manchester Art Gallery

Exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness And Breathe… is an exhibition of artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection that explores the relationship between art, positive mental health and wellbeing.

Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 6 July 2018–10 November 2019, FREE

Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery

Showcasing furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery highlights the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day.

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

31 October 2018–31 October 2019, FREE

Daily Manchester Walking Tours

Free Manchester Tours offer a friendly introduction to the city. Setting off every day at 11am without fail.

Cinema 1 January–31 December 2019, from £5.50

Celebrating Women in Global Cinema at HOME

In 2019 HOME host a year-long programme of films and special events highlighting and celebrating women in film from across the world.

From specially curated retrospectives, seasons and special events, to takeovers of annual favourites, this branded series of screenings and events will explore and challenge the place and space of female filmmakers from a variety of cultural, social and political perspectives.

HOME
Festivals 1 January–31 December 2019,

HOME 2019 Season

With a continuing drive towards bold global programming, HOME Manchester welcomes friends, old and new, for an exhilarating new season.

the night sky as explored in the planetarium shows
Education 1 January–30 December 2019, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

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

Families 9 January 2019–9 January 2020, FREE

Telescope Walking Tours at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Join one of the Centre’s Explainers as they take you on a tour of the iconic Lovell Telescope. Find out how it came to be and discover more about the ground breaking research it enables.

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme 2019
Exhibitions 18 January 2019–3 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.

Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

This year-long celebration of outstanding pianists marks Chetham’s School of Music’s golden jubilee year.

A World Inside A Book courtesy Suzi Corker
Exhibitions 12 February–26 October 2019, from £6

A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts

The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.

Things to do in the Lakes this Summer
Exhibitions 15 February–15 October 2019, FREE

Things to do in the Lakes this Summer

Not only one of Britain’s most picturesque national parks, the Lake District is also brimming with culture. Here’s what not miss this summer.

Families 3 March–2 November 2019, FREE

Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat at Nostell

From designing the highest quality furniture, to sourcing the latest fashions in wallpaper, textiles and fittings, Thomas Chippendale created a world of interiors for Nostell. Roll up your sleeves and discover the designer in you with creative family activities every school holiday

Experience The Magic of Trees at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
Families 5 March 2019–1 March 2020, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Autumn at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

If ever there’s a time to explore Beningbrough Hall, this is certainly it. Check out the packed programme of seasonal events and activities at the National Trust property this autumn.

Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy
Exhibitions 5 March–3 November 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Featuring over 20 paintings, photographs and prints, this National Trust exhibition brings together some of Yorkshire’s most iconic and controversial figures.

Capturing Chambré Hardman – Developing History at the Hardmans' House, Liverpool
Exhibitions 13 March–26 October 2019, FREE

Developing History at the Hardmans’ House

As one of Liverpool’s lesser known gems prepares to reopen its doors for 2019, we look forward to encountering a rare series of photographs only recently discovered by chance in the cluttered darkroom of the Hardmans’ former, perfectly-preserved home.

The Reno at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 15 March 2019–1 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 16 March 2019–23 February 2020, FREE

A-Z of Salford’s Collections at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Discover how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea, which monarch’s pair of stockings reside in Salford, get up close to incredible art and more.

Exhibitions 23 March 2019–1 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.

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People's History Museum
Exhibitions 23 March 2019–23 February 2020, FREE

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People’s History Museum

Marking the 200-year-anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, ‘Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest’ at People’s History Museum takes visitors on a journey through the past, present and future of protest in this country.

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Visit the homes of two influential Mancunian women in one day. Volunteer led tours of Elizabeth Gaskell and Emmeline Pankhurst’s former homes are an ideal way to learn the stories of these two influential figures.

Activity 3 April–30 October 2019, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Visit the stunning Victoria baths now that the building has reopened for Summer. Get to know the stories of bathers and activists whose continuing work could one day lead to the baths reopening as a working swimming pool.

Football Is Art at National Football Museum
Exhibitions 5 April–3 November 2019, FREE

Football is Art at National Football Museum

With works by Banksy, Picasso and John Cocteau, National Football Museum’s current exhibition demonstrates how artists have been mining the beautiful game for inspiration for decades.

Families 7 April–24 December 2019, FREE

Explore & Draw stations at The Hepworth Wakefield

The Explore and Draw stations are open daily and are free to use.

Families 13 April 2019–25 January 2020, FREE

Family Fun at Pontefract Museum

Lively activity sessions that everyone can take part in.

Families 1 May 2019–5 February 2020, FREE

Castle Crafts at Pontefract Castle

Get creative together and explore and learn about the history of Pontefract Castle through play or crafts. A different activity each month.

Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

With its beautifully charming and quirky style, Little Moreton Hall offers an iconic Tudor manor house, moat, manicured knot garden and plenty of fun activities for everyone.

Cinema 6 May–3 December 2019, from £5

Now Showing Club at Old Bank Residency, Manchester

Now Showing Club is Manchester’s first dedicated documentary cinema and will be showcasing 50 films from Dogwoof’s back catalogue in 2019.

Activity 7 May–7 December 2019, FREE

National Football Museum Guided Tours

Discover ‘the beautiful game’ with a guided tour of the National Football museum. You’ll learn about the sports origins as well as getting up close to a collection filled with infamous cups, shirts and artefacts.

Jazz at the Deli llama
Music 16 May–17 October 2019, FREE

Jazz at the Deli llama

Every Thursday join some of Manchester’s freshest players, for Jazz at the Deli Llama, a cosy deli on a corner in Salford that comes alive with vibes.

Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North
Exhibitions 17 May 2019–26 January 2020, FREE

Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North

Curated with support from award-winning journalist Iona Craig, Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North offers a powerful look at one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Exhibitions 17 May 2019–15 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.

Li Yuan Chia: His Late Photographs at Whitworth Art Gallery
Exhibitions 18 May–15 December 2019, FREE

Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs at the Whitworth

The Whitworth presents a quiet, yet arrestingly beautiful series of hand-coloured photographs taken by China’s first conceptual artist, Li Yuan Chia, nearing the end of his life.

Exhibitions 18 May 2019–12 January 2020, FREE

Pearl Alcock at the Whitworth

Part of the Windrush generation, artist Pearl Alcock’s series of ‘visions’ and ‘moods’ realised as drawings and paintings go on display at the Whitworth.

Music 18 May–1 October 2019, FREE

Free Jazz at Band on the Wall

Contemporary jazz from some of the most exciting up and coming ensembles in the north.

Exhibitions 22 May–3 November 2019, FREE

The Other Side of the Hall at Little Moreton Hall

It’s not just the Tudors who lived at Little Moreton. Find out more about the modern inhabitants, their work and what it was like to live here. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Families 22 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Get Your Body Tudor Ready at Little Moreton Hall

Throughout the year discover Tudor attitudes to health and food, with a different activity to try each month from making butter in a churn to creating a Tudor pinch pot to keep your remedies in. Explore the way in which the Tudors looked after their health and wellbeing, and get your body Tudor ready! This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Music 22 May–8 October 2019, FREE

Fraternity Jazz Jam at the Thirsty Scholar

Join a host of regular Jazz players from the Manchester scene as they share their love of music with anyone willing to get involved.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars
Exhibitions 25 May–5 November 2019, from £5.95

Digital Dimensions at Eureka!

Step in to a world of immersive, cutting edge technology in this interactive exhibition. Children can take centre stage at Eureka! as they use their own bodies to interact with 3D shapes, creating vivid visual effects and stunning sounds.

Exhibitions 25 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Pears & Apples – The Botanical Illustrations of Elisabeth Dowle at Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens

Cannon Hall’s historic pear collection and a new exhibition of work by renowned botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle makes for a perfect – and prescient – pairing.

Exhibitions 6 June 2019–20 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.

Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 14 June–10 November 2019, FREE

Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents a new commission by Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artist Sol Calero, whose brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations offer a sharply satirical critique of the surreal set of stereotypes and clichés attached to different cultures.

Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 14 June–6 October 2019, FREE

Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today at the Whitworth

Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today at the Whitworth brings together the artworks and stories of artists Robina Akhter, Shabana Baig, Fatimah Fagihassan, Dr Aida Foroutan and Usarae Gul as they explore themes of identity, faith, cultures, otherness and belonging.

Exhibitions 14 June–10 November 2019, from £12.5

Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

Featuring more than 70 artworks, Tate Liverpool presents the first major UK exhibition of work by the legendary New York artist and activist Keith Haring.

David Smith: Sculpture 1932–1965 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions 21 June 2019–5 January 2020, FREE

David Smith: Sculpture 1932–1965 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents a major exhibition of work by the great American artist David Smith (1906–1965) – the first solo exhibition of Smith’s work in the UK since Tate Modern’s 2006 project and the largest ever outside the capital.

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley, Liverpool Biennial 2019 touring programme
Exhibitions 22 June 2019–3 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 28 June–6 October 2019, FREE

Gathering – Susie MacMurray at Tatton Park

Gathering is a major new site-specific work by artist Susie MacMurray, about to open at Tatton Park.

Exhibitions 29 June–3 November 2019, normal admission charges apply

Gathering at Little Moreton Hall

Over a thousand used tennis balls become the subject of a short film and installation by international artist Hilary Jack in the Long Gallery at Little Moreton Hall.

Exhibitions 4 July–3 November 2019, FREE

Everything I Have Is Yours at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Everything I Have Is Yours at Salford Museum and Art Gallery is a major new moving image and sound artwork exploring the first decade of the UK charts.

Grace Ndiritu: The Ark: Centre For Interdisciplinary Experimentation at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 6 July–13 October 2019, FREE

Grace Ndiritu: The Ark: Centre For Interdisciplinary Experimentation at Bluecoat

Grace Ndiritu’s new exhibition at Bluecoat is based on research created before, during and after her ambitious research/live art project – The Ark: Centre For Interdisciplinary Experimentation – which took the form of an experimental scientific and spiritual community formed at Les Laboratories Aubervillers in Paris in 2017.

Shezad Dawood: Leviathan at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 6 July–13 October 2019, FREE

Shezad Dawood: Leviathan at Bluecoat

Shezad Dawood’s epic film series Leviathan comes to Bluecoat this summer as part of a season examining society and migration.

Daily Tours: Nature, power, conservation & cotton at Quarry Bank
Families 10 July–30 October 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Daily Tours: Nature, power, conservation & cotton at Quarry Bank

With an impressive programme of daily tours all about nature, power, conservation and cotton – learn something new at Quarry Bank this summer.

Ruskin, Turner and The Storm Cloud at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria
Exhibitions 12 July–5 October 2019, from £7

Ruskin, Turner and The Storm Cloud at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

This summer, Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria marks the 200-year-anniversary of the great Victorian art critic and watercolourist, John Ruskin’s birth, with an exhibition dedicated to the turbulent skies above.

Exhibitions 12 July–6 October 2019, FREE

REAL WORK at FACT, Liverpool

REAL WORK at FACT in Liverpool is a major exhibition about precarious and unrecognised forms of work from around the world.

Ruth Ewan & Oscar Murillo at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions 12 July–3 November 2019, FREE

Ruth Ewan & Oscar Murillo at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A new exhibition by artists Ruth Ewan and Oscar Murillo (2019 Turner Prize nominee) at YSP invites audiences to step back into the world of learning and reflect upon the importance of creativity within education.

Roy of the Rovers
Exhibitions 19 July–3 November 2019, from £5

Roy of the Rovers – The Exhibition at the National Football Museum

Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Roy of the Rovers with a dedicated pop-up exhibition and family activities at the National Football Museum.

Exhibitions 20 July 2019–5 January 2020, from £6

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

Museum of Science and Industry’s blockbuster summer 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 20 July 2019–20 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.

Activity 22 July–6 October 2019, from £2.90

Guided Tour of Nether Alderley Mill

This summer, uncover Nether Alderley’s best kept secret. Hidden beneath the distinctive, long sloping roof of this medieval building is a fully restored working corn mill.

Future Cities: Technolpolis & Everyday Life at CFCCA, Manchester
Exhibitions 2 August–19 October 2019, FREE

Future Cities: Technopolis & Everyday Life at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

How is the Digital Revolution affecting the future of our cities? A new season of exhibitions and events at CFCCA explores.

Jiu Society: Lost in Shenzhen at CFCCA, Manchester
Exhibitions 2 August–19 October 2019, FREE

Jiū Society: Lost in Shenzhen at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Artist collective Jiū Society prepares to take over CFCCA’s Gallery 2 with their ambitious multi-media installation, Lost in Shenzhen.

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 17 August 2019–5 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 24 August 2019–1 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

No Particular Place to Go? 35 Years of Sculpture at Castlefield Gallery
Exhibitions 6 September–27 October 2019, FREE

No Particular Place to Go? 35 Years of Sculpture at Castlefield Gallery

35 years and still going strong. Castlefield – Manchester’s first public contemporary visual art gallery – looks back on its history through the prism of sculpture.

British Ceramics Biennial 2019 – Stoke-on-Trent
Exhibitions 7 September–13 October 2019, FREE

British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent

For its 10th anniversary edition, British Ceramics Biennial returns with its most ambitious programme yet, featuring work by over 300 artists.

Cinema 8 September–6 October 2019, from £8

Vintage Sundays Presents: Film Noir at FACT, Liverpool

Noir is a place of innocence lost, populated by private eyes and femme fatales; all tangled around grim mysteries, and served up within ingenious, disorientating structures — discover it at FACT this September.

Graphic Encounters at Shudehill Metrolink Station
Visual Arts 10 September–15 October 2019, FREE

Graphic Encounters at Manchester Metrolink Stations

A unique city project, presented across Greater Manchester Metrolink poster-sites exploring the experiences of women.

Cinema 11 September–2 October 2019, from £9.00

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

Tying in with Celebrating Women in Global Cinema, this year’s edition of Not Just Bollywood is entirely made up of films directed by women.

Activity 11 September 2019–28 February 2020, from £5

Meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Learn how to meditate with the welcoming community at Manchester Buddhist Centre. Their beginners classes are the perfect way to find your feet and develop your own meditation practice.

Suli Yoga
Activity 11 September–30 October 2019, FREE

Yoga and Mindfulness with Suli Yoga

Join Suli Yoga for a relaxed class, free of the intimidating or competitive nature of other yoga spaces. Let Gayle guide you through the class in a way that lets you develop your own practise.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 at Leeds Art Gallery
Exhibitions 14 September–17 November 2019, FREE

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 at Leeds Art Gallery

An exciting indicator for what’s around the corner in terms of British contemporary art, the 70th anniversary edition of New Contemporaries is a must see.

Venice, Paradise of Cities at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Exhibitions 14 September–30 November 2019, FREE

Venice, Paradise of Cities at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

Weren’t able to make it over to Venice this summer? Us neither. But don’t worry, the floating city is much closer than you think.

SICK! Festival SICK FESTIVAL 2019 MANCHESTER SICKFEST SICKFESTIVAL
Theatre 18 September–15 October 2019,

SICK! Festival

Challenging, entertaining and always trying to change the world for the better, SICK! Festival makes just the kind of art we like.

Death and Birth In My Life at The Whitworth
Theatre 18 September–5 October 2019, FREE

Death and Birth In My Life at The Whitworth

A powerful video installation by Mats Staub, inviting the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life.

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre
Theatre 19 September–19 October 2019, from £14.00

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre

The true story of one of the world’s greatest unsung sporting heroes will be brought to life in the intimate setting of Bolton’s Library Theatre.

Hallé
Classical Music 19 September 2019–30 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.

Cinema 20 September–3 October 2019, from £9

Ad Astra at HOME

Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of alien intelligence, Army Corps engineer Roy McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. The latest film from acclaimed director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) is suffused with his customary intelligence.

BBC Philharmonic 2019 2020 season bridgewater hall manchester
Classical Music 21 September 2019–13 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.

Nahem Shoa: Black Presence at The Atkinson, Southport
Exhibitions 21 September–23 November 2019, FREE

Nahem Shoa: Black Presence at The Atkinson, Southport

Artist Nahem Shoa curates a selection of his striking portrait paintings alongside key historic and contemporary paintings of black portrait sitters.

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Exhibitions 21 September–24 November 2019, FREE

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Beautiful and Brutal – an unusual new exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic, internationally renowned Preston Bus Station.

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

A busy and brilliant season, expect award-winning musicals, stage adaptations of revered literary classics and celebrated cult films, alongside high-quality family shows. There is plenty to enjoy in Liverpool’s theatres this autumn.

Guitar Lessons
Activity 25 September–27 November 2019, FREE

Guitar Lessons for Beginners at Partisan

The New School of Music and Partisan have joined forces to bring a 10 weeks of beginner guitar lessons to their upstairs space.

Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019
Festivals 26 September–7 October 2019, FREE

Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

The biggest food and drink festival in the North is back, and this time it’s a brand new location: the picturesque Cathedral Gardens.

Rewriting The Future at Site Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions 27 September 2019–26 January 2020, FREE

Rewriting The Future at Site Gallery, Sheffield

Rewriting the Future at Site Gallery explores how feminist speculative perspectives can offer new insights into how we can restructure society in a more equal way.

The Last King of Scotland at Sheffield Crucible
Theatre 27 September–19 October 2019, from £15.00

The Last King of Scotland at Sheffield Crucible

A world premiere stage adaptation by Steve Waters of the award-winning novel by Giles Foden.

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Cinema 15–18 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Sunset Boulevard at HOME

Visual Arts 20 September 2018–19 September 2019, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Red Dust Road at HOME
Literature 11–21 September 2019, from £10.00

Red Dust Road at HOME

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry
Theatre 13–21 September 2019, from £12.50

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry

Cinema 13–22 September 2019, from £9

The Shock of the Future at HOME

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Exhibitions 6 April–29 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank