January is often a time to contemplate and indulge in activities that don’t involve too much going outdoors into the wintery cold. For this reason we’ve filled our Tours and Activities guide with talks, discussions and artistic projects to invigorate your mind.
Starting out with some heavy topics, the Science and Industry Museum have announced their series of Climate Talks, the first of which, is on the effects climate change is currently having on our ecology, economy and society. The online Panel discussion will be hosted by science journalist Hannah Fry and feature panelists Jane Goodall and Kira Peter-Hasen among other leading voices in the field.
For more niche interests Manchester Museum and Manchester China Institute are hosting a talk on the role that Scottish and Swedish architects and botanists played in bringing Chinese horticultural knowledge and design to Europe. This will be led by Alison Hardie, a leading academic on the subject.
The end of January marks the start of MACFEST2021, their jam packed schedule of talks, tours and workshops are well worth checking out. We’ve highlighted one of their more lighthearted sessions with comedian Jeff Mirza, because who doesn’t enjoy a laugh.
On the crafty side of things Life Drawing Manchester have introduced another weekly workshop to their regular schedule. You can now join them every Sunday for a specialist portrait session. Finally, bringing the worlds of craft and conversation together is the Fabric of Protest. This monthly workshop from the People’s History Museum combines topics from the collection with creating textile responses to the issues discussed.
Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities, and stay well folks.
Here are our picks
Climate Change: Why Should We Care?, online, 28 January 2021, free entry - Find Out More
As part of the Science and Industry Museum’s Climate Talks, science broadcaster Dr Hannah Fry is joined by a panel of experts including famed conservationist Dr Jane Goodall to explore the big questions around Climate Change.
China and Northern Europe: Horticultural and Botanical Connections, online, 16 February 2021, free entry - Find Out More
Join academic Alison Hardie as she explores the relationship between China and Northern Europe from the perspective of plants, gardens, and garden architecture, focusing particularly on Scotland, Sweden, and Russia.
Join The Reader for their free sessions of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday from 1pm, and every first Thursday of the month at 7pm – it’s free and anyone can join in.
Mothers Who Make is a support group for any kind of maker and any kind of mother. The groups meets to talk, share and emphasise with the challenges faced by creatives in mother (or grandmother) – hood.
Fabric of the North is a blog with an excellent gift directory. They champion independents maker from across the North who are creating beautiful and ethical work.
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.
Join the World of Music Choir to learn a mixture of traditional and modern tunes. With no previous experience necessary and an ethos of no judgement, it’s the most friendly introduction to group singing you could wish for.