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, and, depending on how the industry responds, point you in the direction of some welcome cultural distractions.
We totally understand that everyone is potentially facing financial uncertainty and that making donations might be beyond your means. Perhaps there’s an organisation here that has a special place for you, or we might just be able to point you in the direction of a bargain takeaway discount to help support your favourite restaurant – many of whom have started offering deliveries.
We’ll add more things here as we go.
All the best from everyone here at Creative Tourist.
If you’re a venue who already has a listing here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to update your information in response to the situation.
Here are our picks
Social Media Read-along North And South, Until 9 April 2020, free entry - Visit now
In an effort to stay positive and to encourage virtual social interaction, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House are coordinating a social media read-along of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, North and South, via their social media platforms.
While The Portico Library are closed, they’re still finding ways to take care of each others’ mental health and find new ways to enjoy art and culture. Enjoy their new online exhibition, featuring all 50 artworks from the temporarily closed Talking Sense.
Bluedot has been working on trying to bring the festival experience to your living room. Over the coming weeks, they’ll have a series of takeovers from some of their best-loved artists.
They kicked off at the weekend with, Henge, if you missed it live, you can catch up on their Inner Space Parties on their social channels.
Runaway Brewery are obviously not welcoming people in for tastings right now, but you can order their beer from the Cloudwater website. You’ll not be surprised to learn that these home deliveries are rather in demand right now!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER - Visit now
The Gallery is closed for the time being, but Whitworth Park is open to the public on the understanding that people follow government guidelines and follow social distancing protocols. There are a number of sculptures on display by artists such as Anya Gallaccio, Cyprien Gaillard, Raqs Media Collective and Gustav Metzger. You can also enjoy the tranquillity of the art garden designed by Sarah Price.
The Whitworth plan on opening up their gallery digitally with a programme that will bring art to people in their homes, at work, or on the move.
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!.
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.
The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now
The building is closed but The Hepworth Wakefield Garden will remain open for people to enjoy. The team will continue to provide inspiring creative content online and will be involving artists and our communities in their digital programming.
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.
Imperial War Museum North (IWM North), Imperial War Museum North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ - Visit now
They are of course temporarily closed, but are going to continue bringing you the best of their world-leading collection and our archive of stories via social media and their website.
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 there are looking to continue to inspire and engage children through exciting digital content. 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.
Cross Lane Projects, Cross Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5LB - Visit now
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.
Where The Light Gets In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY - Visit now
Stockport’s now-legendary restaurant is offering a Pickled, Panic, Picnic Pack – healthy and delicious menu for one amid the chaos that unfolds. Including pudding and something for the morning after.
It’s also fun to see how fast you can say Pickled, Panic, Picnic Pack.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.
Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.