Summer is well and truly over! With the evenings getting darker and the days colder it can be challenging to find the lighthearted headspace we so easily slip into over the summer months. To help make that transition, this month’s tours and activities guide highlights some of the more mindful activities that Manchester has to offer.
Join Suli Yoga for a relaxed approach to stretching, or visit Life Centre North where you’ll have a broad range of classes to choose from. If movement isn’t for you but the idea of mindfulness does sound appealing, meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre might be the one for you. This enclave of calm in the middle of the Northern Quarter is a welcome escape during a lunch break or after a long day.
If you find that inner calm more easily through artistic pursuits, maybe this autumn could be the time to pick up an instrument. Partisan are currently hosting free guitar lessons, an ideal way to try something new and learn from an expert. In a collaboration with the New School of Music they’re bringing a ten-week course to their upstairs space.
If you’re more of a visual artist, have a go a recreating pop art this October with paintbrush in one and wine glass in the other, as PopUp Painting return to Common. Their relaxed art nights are an excellent alternative to just going out for a drink with friends.
Here are our picks
Get stuck into a new hobby at no cost with this collaboration between Partisan and the New School of Music. This ten week course of small group guitar lessons is a great way to get to grips with the instrument.
Develop your own comedy characters to use in performance in an inclusive all female environment with professional comedian Jane Postlethwaite.
Barry Clark leads a day of paper crafts with an alternative bookbinding workshop. Be prepared to learn intricate techniques and designs that will help you elevate your own binding to a new level.
Experience the raw power of Sacred Harp Singing in a workshop from Manchester Folk Festival. Everyone’s welcome from complete beginners to long standing enthusiasts.
Join poet Jennifer Lee Tsai as she delves into the CFCCA archive to produce poetic responses. The poetry workshop focuses on themes of migration, identity and inheritance.
Discover ‘the beautiful game’ with a guided tour of the National Football museum. You’ll learn about the sports origins as well as getting up close to a collection filled with infamous cups, shirts and artefacts.
Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.
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.
During the summer Quarry Bank will be screening two newly commissioned films based around the themes of rights and social change. Unearthing Passion and Protest is part of the National Trust’s People’s Landscapes programme.
Over the summer Dunham Massey will be showing two newly commissioned films as part of the Peterloo bicentenary celebrations. The work will be responding to ideas around rights, responsibilities and social change.
This summer, uncover Nether Alderley’s best kept secret. Hidden beneath the distinctive, long sloping roof of this medieval building is a fully restored working corn mill.
Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Join Dr Matthew Screech, Senior Lecturer in French at Manchester Metropolitan University for a discussion about the use of comics in the francophone world.