Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

In November we’re feeling crafty. We take a look at some of the more alternative workshops in Manchester as well as autumnal walks and an architecturally impressive tour.

Helen Tiffany, one of the resident makers at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, will be taking screen printing on glass to a new level with her Sgraffito technique workshop. Find out what makes this style so pleasing then visit her shop, along with the other talented designers selling unique creations at MCDC.

Just around the corner, at Countess Ablaze, Suraya Hossain will be hosting a fine wire knitting workshop where you’ll learn the skills needed to create designs using knitted wire and Swarovski crystal beads.

If you’re in the mood for a larger-scale project, join Ministry of Craft as they walk you through the process of creating a bespoke lampshade. With fabrics from their collection and expert guidance, you can create something which will inject new life and personality into your interior design.

What better way to enjoy this time of year than getting out into the green spaces of Manchester for a bracing autumnal walk? The Health Walks at Fletcher Moss Park have been running for 13 years now and the groups continue to grow in number. Join them for a stroll along the river followed by refreshments.

Here are our picks

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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.

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.

Activity 29 November 2019, 10:00 am–4:00 pm, from £95

Seasonal Silver Clay Jewellery Workshop

Create your own piece of silver jewellery. Under the guidance of Laura Barnes craft your own bespoke piece using silver clay.

Craft workshop
Activity 1 December 2019, 10:00 am–4:00 pm, from £85

Craft Workshop: Geometric Lampshades from OS Maps

Get creative with unusual materials as you use ordinance survey maps to create stunning lampshades. An ideal craft workshop for those who love the outdoors.

Activity 5 December 2019, 11:00 am–3:00 pm, from £65

Seasonal Planter Workshop at Nostell

Create your own plant pot using concrete and recycled pots before planting a succulent. These low maintenance plants are an easy way to brighten any room.

Activity 7 December 2019, 10:00 am–3:30 pm, from £56

Copper Foiled Stained Glass Workshop

Join Wakefield Adult Education for a crash course in copper foil technique stained glass decoration.

Activity 16 December 2019, 10:00 am–4:00 pm, from £85

Christmas Craft Workshop: Willow Reindeer

Build your own four foot tall reindeer using random weave willowcraft. You’ll get to take your festive friend home after the workshop to become a perfect Christmas ornament in the garden.

Picture of HOME in Manchester
Activity 8 February 2020, 3:00 pm, FREE

BSL Led Gallery Tour: Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 at HOME

Explore the Open Exhibition at HOME in British Sign Language with experienced and knowledgeable tour guide Jennifer Little.

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Things to do right now

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Health Walks
Activity 28 October–30 December 2019, FREE

Health Walks at Fletcher Moss Park

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

Manchester Gay Tours with Sí Manchester

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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

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 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour