Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

October is upon us, and as the days get darker our tours and activities guide is here to help you find something new to try your hand at. This month we’re highlighting some of the spookiest, silent disco-based and sippable things to do in Manchester.

The wildly popular Silent Adventures is landing in Manchester this October. After their success in Edinburgh, and across five other UK cities, their pop-fueled dancing tours saunter our way thus autumn, and trust us, you’ll know when you see them. For an alternative kind of party tour, try Manchester Gay Tours, the most recent tour from Sí Manchester – a company whose day-to-day tours are already well established and hugely popular.

For something a bit more refined, why not try Gin tasting and Afternoon Tea with the Northern Wine School? Make the most of having some expert knowledge as you sip away the afternoon in pure decadence.

With it being October, how could we not include the most popular Ghost Walks in Manchester and Stockport? Flecky Bennet will once again be touring the streets, sharing stories of ghosts, beasts and murder with anyone brave enough to listen. If you are looking for something a bit lighter, have a laugh at Salford Museum instead. In their Cultural Comedy tours, comedians take you through the A-Z exhibition, sharing a lighthearted personal spin on the art and civic heritage within.

Scroll down for more Tours and Activities as well as alternative things to do this autumn in Manchester.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Print Your Own Tshirt / Half Day Workshop at Salford Makers
Activity 31 October 2019, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm, from £45

Print Your Own T-Shirt / Evening Workshop at Salford Makers

Learn to screenprint your own designs and create a one of a kind t-shirt or tote bag on this evening workshop with one69a

Quentin Halloweeno at mary and archie chorlton
Activity 2 November 2019, 8:00 pm–12:30 am, FREE

Quentin Halloweeno at Mary & Archie

Everybody be cool, this is a Quentin Tarantino-themed party in Chorlton. Highly unlikely to be quite as horrific as either Harvey Keitel’s insurance adverts or Once Upon a Time In Hollywood‘s running time.

CluedUpp
Activity 3 November 2019, 10:00 am–1:00 pm, from £36

CluedUpp Manchester Detective Day

Gather a team of sharp minded detectives and join in with a life sized game of Cluedo being played this November. CluedUpp bring their app based mystery solving to Manchester.

Culture Guides

Cinema

October sees the launch of Manchester’s newest cinema, some first class new releases and plenty of Halloween fun.

Peer to Peer at Open Eye Gallery & St. George's Hall, Liverpool

Exhibitions

Sci-fi, football, China and Venice collide in our latest pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Autumn at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens -with plenty of family things to do.

Families

Check out our latest top picks of family things to do and enjoy some quality time together this autumn.

Author Jenn Ashworth, photo by Chris Thomond.

Literature

Autumn enjoys its usual bumper crop of book-related festivals – and as Manchester and Rochdale wind down, Chester Literature Festival is back for a 30th year to help get you through November.

Music

Looking ahead to Manchester’s Autumn gig calendar, our new music guide ranges from contemporary singer-songwriters to pioneers of electronica.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

You’ll find an eclectic fusion of dance, contemporary performance and top-notch new writing in our theatre guide this month.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

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

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Gay tours
Activity 11 October–28 December 2019, from £15

Manchester Gay Tours with Sí Manchester

tours and activities
Activity 12 October–23 November 2019, from £14.5

Silent Adventures Silent disco tours

Activity 3 October 2019–2 July 2020, FREE

Technical Tours at the National Coal Mining Museum

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

Meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Guitar Lessons
Activity 25 September–27 November 2019, FREE

Guitar Lessons for Beginners at Partisan

Suli Yoga
Activity 11 September–30 October 2019, FREE

Yoga and Mindfulness with Suli Yoga

Activity 7 May–7 December 2019, FREE

National Football Museum Guided Tours

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Activity 3 April–30 October 2019, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour