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
One of Manchester’s most beautiful natural spaces, ramble through the botanical gardens of Fletcher Moss Park, into the fields and alongside the river Mersey with a friendly group of urban walkers.
Join Johnathan Schofield for a look into the past, present and future of Mayfield Depot. A feat of engineering and one of the colossal reminders of Manchester’s industrial past.
Take the party to the streets with Silent Adventures and their hugely popular silent disco tours. A craze that has taken 6 other UK cities by storm will be hitting Manchester this autumn.
Experience six Gins hand picked by the Northern Wine School alongside afternoon tea. You’ll learn about the drinks as they are served as well as the history and process behind gin making.
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.
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.
Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Create your own piece of silver jewellery. Under the guidance of Laura Barnes craft your own bespoke piece using silver clay.
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.
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.
Join Wakefield Adult Education for a crash course in copper foil technique stained glass decoration.
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.