Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

As glimmers of normality start to creep back into daily life, it’s a great time to get out and explore your local surroundings. In this month’s Tours and Activities Guide, we’ve highlighted online and in person content that will stretch your mind.

We’re very excited about the opening of Goodtime Games on Burton Road. This board game cafe is the perfect antidote to a rainy day. With an outrageous selection of table top fun and a meat free menu of treats, they’re offering something uniquely different to ‘just another cafe’.

For those who are looking for stimulating conversation online, we’ve included Manchester Art Gallery’s Philosophy cafe online and Girl Gang’s Gassing with the Galdem sessions. The former is a space for conversation stimulated by art and the questions it brings up in our society today. The latter, a space for online discussion of similar cultural topics, but created specifically womxn of colour. Providing a place for peoples opinions and emotions to be heard and felt, without the need for them to be toned down and censored for the sake of white guilt.

We also love the online content from Manchester Museum. Their frog Fridays are the perfect cross road between informative and escapist viewing. Be sure to check out their more recent content as well.

Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities.

Stay well folks.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Goodtime Games

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    Goodtime Games

    Goodtime Games, 212 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW - Visit now

    Goodtime Games is the latest arrival to Burton Road. Serving up delicious vegan and vegetarian food alongside a plethora of table top fun. 

  • 2. Alliance Française de Manchester

    Alliance Française de Manchester, 125 Portland St,, Manchester, M1 4QD - Visit now

    Le français, c’est chic! The Alliance Française de Manchester has a large range of online and onsite French courses starting 14 September.

  • 3. Manchester Museum Online

    Manchester Museum Online
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    Online Museum at Manchester Museum, online, Until 30 September 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Join the curators of Manchester Museum online as they bring frogs, experiments and ancient civilisations to a screen near you.

  • 4. Philosophy Cafe Online

    Philosophy Cafe Online

    Philosophy Cafe , online, Until 7 October 2020, free entry - Visit now

    The philosophy cafe at Manchester Art gallery are still going strong, conversing and debating art and societies bigger issues via the medium of zoom. 

  • 5. Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum

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    Manchester Jewish Museum

    Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum at Manchester Jewish Museum, Cheetham Hill, Until 30 September 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Eat the Archive is a new project from Manchester Jewish Museum, combining cultural history through talking, making and eating.

  • 6. Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

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    Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers), Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership - Book now

    MAD Walkers (Manchester and District Walkers) are a walking group for people in their 20s and 30s looking to get out of the city and back into nature. 

  • 7. Molly Soda tour: Your Progress Will be Saved

    Molly Soda

    Tour with Molly Soda, Until 28 October 2020, free entry

    Join Brooklyn based artist Molly Soda, as she tours the virtual artwork Your Progress Will Be Saved, the first in MIF’s online Factory series. 

  • 8. Circus House: Circus Online

    Photo by Jamie Lowe

    Circus House: Circus Online, online, Until 30 September 2020, from £20 - Book now

    Join the Circus House via the internet, to achieve feats of physical achievement from the comfort of your own home with their online classes. 

More Tours & Activities

Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Local Leeds Food Tour

Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.

Leeds Street Food Tour
Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Leeds Street Food Tour

Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.

Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £75

Liverpool Beatles Walk and Ticket to Ride Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you walk in their footsteps through The Beatles’ home city in this six-hour extravaganza of a walking tour.

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club

This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, 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.

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.

shared reading live stream
Activity Until 27 October 2020, FREE

Shared Reading Live

Join The Reader for their free sessions of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday from 1pm, and every first Thursday of the month at 7pm.

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Images of protest: Black Lives Matter at People's History Museum

Exhibitions

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Makefest At Home

Families

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Poet Dean Atta. Photo by Hussina Raja.

Literature

Festival fever takes hold of Live Literature Land as it does every October, just this year it’s in the ether. Grab a glass and settle down in the Zoom room for some online readings.

Bicep

Music

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Theatre in Manchester. Image courtesy of RashDash.

Theatre

We can’t wait to be back in the stalls again…until then our theatre guide brings the best of online theatre and interactive performance to enjoy at home.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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Higher Ground

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

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Isolation Broadcast

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

Things to do right now

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Manchester Museum Online
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Museum Online

Activity Until 30 September 2020, from £20

Circus House: Circus Online

Image of a person enjoying shopping at A Good Market at Sadlers Yard
Activity Until 18 December 2020, FREE

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard

MAD walkers
Activity Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership

Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

show and tell
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

eat the archive
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

shared reading live stream
Activity Until 27 October 2020, FREE

Shared Reading Live

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Philosophy Cafe Online
Activity Until 7 October 2020, FREE

Philosophy Cafe Online

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club