Get out there this summer with our top picks of Tours and Activities. There is a strong sense of female empowerment in this month’s guide as Jane Postlethwaite will be bringing her Comedy Character Women’s Workshop back to Manchester. Women from all walks of life will be encouraged by Jane to give comedy writing a go.
In addition to the comedy workshops, feminist art collective Girl Gang Manchester are inviting locals and tourists to learn more about Manchester and each other in a walking tour of the city. Their walking tour creates a warm and inclusive atmosphere with friendship games, musical accompaniment and sampling beverages.
For those seeking out crafty relaxation try Barry Clark’s Bookbinding workshop at the Portico Library and 7 Spot Pottery’s intensive weekend workshop on wheel throwing techniques. Both are accessible for complete novices and can help you discover a new skill.
However, if you’re looking for something a little more laid back, you can’t go wrong with a classic cream tea and tour of The Midland Hotel, one of Manchester city centre’s iconic features.
Here are our picks
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.
Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.
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.
Avoid those cries of boredom. For fun during the summer holidays, head to Quarry Bank for a jam-packed day-out inspired by the great outdoors.
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. Join a guided tour of Nether Alderley Mill to watch the mill come to life and see the heritage machinery in action. Watch as the waterwheels turn, powering the huge millstones that grind the flour. You can also discover more about the life of a miller, and learn how flour is made – uncovering the whole process from waterwheel to wholemeal. This year, for the first time since 1939, visitors can now also buy a bag of Nether Alderley Mill’s very own stoneground wholemeal flour produced right there in the mill by the heritage machinery.