This month’s guide of tours and activities is a mixture of online and in person things to do in Manchester, making the most of our newfound freedoms. We’ve handpicked some particularly artistic events that should satisfy your cerebral curiosity, exercise your creative muscles and help you get active again now that we can do a bit more outside.
We kick off with a highly popular skate night at Projekts skate park, nestled underneath the Mancunian way. Every Thursday they are filling the park with femme energy, inviting womxn and girls of all levels to learn, practise and skate together. Even if you’d never thought of yourself as a skater, the combination of physical skill and creativity is something unique to pastime.
bringing artistic inspiration to your home
If you’re looking for a less physically exerting way to spend your time, check out the Manchester Art Gallery’s online tour of their current exhibition Grayson’s Art Club. We’ve been loving the T.V. show and were gutted when the lockdown ment we couldn’t visit the exhibition in real life. Curators Fiona and Natasha for a look into some of the pieces that didn’t make it onto the show but have equally poignant stories behind them. Castlefield gallery are also bringing artistic inspiration to your home in the form of an online talk with artist Suzanne Treister. Her work interrogates the line between humans and new technology as well as imagined worlds, hypothetical futures and fictional spiritual practises.
You can also get hands on with creating your own work, with in person and online art courses from ColourWheel. Or for something completely different join John Rylands Library for a look into their digital collection of photographic Jewellery.
Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities, and stay well folks.
Here are our picks
Join Projekts skate park for exclusively women and girls skating, every Thursday from 7 – 9 pm. Be warned the sessions are very popular so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Over 3 years, forgotten walls of Blackburn were brought to life with the creation of a vibrant outdoor gallery, by international, national and local artists, who together over 2 weeks, created a collection of large scale murals and art walk trails for the residents and visitors of Blackburn to enjoy.
Group tours of Lancashire in the area surrounding Pendle Hill. Through visiting the countryside and villages of Pendle, visitors learn all about the dark deeds and wicked plots surrounding the Pendle Witches in the 1600s.
Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.
These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.
Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.
Join local historian Brian Shepherd for a walk around the town and learn what Buxton may have looked like during Britain’s Roman occupation.
Discover Buxton’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.
My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.
It’s the March edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North and things are slowly starting to feel more promising. Spring is here, the weather is mostly warming up and in just a few weeks we’ll be allowed to eat and drink outside at venues with outside space.