It goes without saying that these are challenging times for the organisations and businesses who we usually work with to bring you the most unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North.
The situation is obviously evolving and nobody quite understands the impact just yet.
This guide is here to support the organisations we love. As more events have moved online we have created a separate guide to point you in the direction of some welcome cultural distractions and online events.
All the best from everyone here at Creative Tourist.
Here are our picks
Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JZ - Visit now
Join Band on the Wall every Friday night during the coronavirus outbreak to relive a classic live performance online. One of Manchester’s very best gig venues. Help them get through this bumpy patch and buy some snazzy Band on the Wall merch. From cool t-shirts and tote bags, to gift vouchers and membership packages.
Venture Arts, Manchester, Venture Arts, 43 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Greater Manchester, M15 5RF - Visit now
Venture Arts is one of our favourite Manchester-based organisations. Help them keep the spirits, momentum and creativity of their users up by contributing to their emergency fund. They are raising money for tablets, so that teaching can continue at a distance until things return to normal.
Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA - Visit now
Z-arts is Manchester’s dedicated venue for families. They were all set to welcome hundreds of such families to meet The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We’re sure many parents have leaned heavily on Z-arts over the years and the team have done a great job in moving things online so quickly – from kids yoga classes to crafty things to keep the little ones busy. Follow them on social media, and if you wish to support them, consider donating already booked tickets or getting a credit note for a future show.
HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now
We love HOME, it’s the best independent cinema in Manchester and plays host to some of the city’s most daring visual art and theatre too. 50% of their income relies on the building being open to the public. They have launched a response fund and are looking for one-off or regular donations.
If you’re a HOME Member or Friend, their recent newsletter includes a completely free 90 days on MUBI. Every day they hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it.
If you’d like to become a HOME Member or Friend and get this deal, along with a host of other benefits then sign up here.
They are also working on some new online productions – we’ll let you know more soon…
Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RG - Visit now
Hulme Community Garden Centre is a fantastic organisation who work with people from across the community as well as being one of Manchester’s best garden centres. They are still trading and are a business well worth your support. They are also now running a home delivery service. Get out and enjoy the sunshine responsibly while improving your own living space.
Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP - Visit now
Their doors will be closed for a while, but their collection – and the inspirational stories it contains – will remain open to you online. They assure us that they’re looking to find new ways to ignite our curiosity and lift our spirits. Donations are of course welcome.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9LW - Visit now
Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer. Support the renovation of this hands-on experience of a Victorian middle-class house just one mile from the city centre by donating here.
Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now
Royal Exchange is asking ticketholders to bear with them and not call the box-office while they make arrangements. They’ll get to you! If it is at all possible, consider donating the cost of your ticket to support the future of one of Manchester’s iconic cultural venues. They would be incredibly grateful for any other donation anyone can spare, no matter how big or small.
Hope Mill Theatre, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 7JA - Visit now
Hope Mill has been such a wonderful story for Manchester’s theatre scene. They receive no government or arts funding and rely solely on tickets sales and bar income.
Audience members who have booked tickets for upcoming productions will be contacted regarding in time, bear with them, it’s a small team!.
The Met, Bury, Market St, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0BW - Visit now
The Met in Bury is one of Greater Manchester’s longest-running and best-loved music venues. With their doors closed temporarily, they’ll be looking into gig streaming, sharing video sessions, creating playlists and doing everything they can to stay in touch with their gig-going community. As a charity, they’re also looking to support artists and service users during their closure period. To help manage cash-flow they’re asking if people will consider gift vouchers, buying tickets for future shows or becoming members (from just £5 a month). You can donate here.
Skyliner has launched a Patreon to provide virtual tours to those who can’t leave the house or can’t be in Manchester, not just during COVID-19 but into the future. Check it out, support starts at £1 a month.
Beermoth, 70 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now
Northern Quarter favourites, Beermoth, have nearly 400 beers available for delivery to the Greater Manchester areas. Check out where they’re delivering and fill your digital basket.
GRUB Manchester, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF - Visit now
Well, as soon as we started banging on about how great GRUB is, this happens! They’re using this time to make the place ‘the best/grubbiest’ venue they can. We’re looking forward to seeing it again soon. In the meantime, they’re running a bar tab scheme if you would like to help support them.
Support your local record store by heading to their online shop and filling your boots. One record would make a difference!
Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5-9 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BH - Visit now
Audience members with tickets for Quality Street and Our Lady of Blundellsands will be contacted in due course and are of course entitled to a refund. Some of their patrons and audience members have chosen to decline their refund in favour of supporting the venue.
Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2EQ - Visit now
Port Street Beer House has set up a crowdfunder to help raise some funds (via the medium of bar tabs) to help support the livelihood of their employees. Pledge £10, get a £10 bar tab. Dosh out £50 and get a £50 bar tab plus a PSBH t-shirt.
The Pilcrow, The Pilcrow, Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, NOMA, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 0AB - Visit now
The Pilcrow has launched a Crowdfunder, in the hopes that their loyal community might be able to lend a helping hand, in exchange for a bar tab, which you can redeem when their doors are back open for business.