Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Autumn is the perfect time to snuggle up with all the blankets and a film, but before we enter a full hibernation, check out some of the Tours and Activities you can get up to in Manchester.

We start on a radical note with the People’s History Museum’s Radical Lates. This series of discussions, performances and workshops, offers insight into the radical side of Manchester’s local activist groups as well as the academics researching political issues in our society today. We’ve highlighted their Meet the Activists event. This online discussion brings together multiple organisations working in Manchester to combat the hostile environment created by our Government’s immigration policies. This event is complimented by the Engels Memorial Lecture co-hosted by the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.

For something a little more relaxing unwind with craft workshops from Cotton On MCR. The collective of local artists are bringing socially distanced creative opportunities to Manchester throughout autumn, including an empowering Boobie Clay Pot workshop double bill.

If you’re wondering what to do with the kids this half term, there is no better educational, inspirational and exciting day out than a trip to the Science and Industry Museum. They will be opening for the entire week of half term with access to all exhibitions. If you visit after the 24th October you’ll also be able to see the newly reopened Air and Space hall.

Manchester Cathedral’s virtual tour is also well worth taking a look at. The historical patchwork of architecture looks amazing in this 360° photographic journey.

Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities.

Stay well folks.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.

show and tell
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

Your Progress Will Be Saved is a Pre-Factory Event from Manchester International Festival which finds avatar artist and curator LaTurbo Avedon working in Fortnite.

A trader and a customer enjoy a lauch at The Good Market at Sadler's Yard
Activity Until 18 December 2020, FREE

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard – POSTPONED

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard features seasonal food, sustainable products, free workshops, engaging talks, live music and great local beers.

floatation therapy
Activity Until 22 December 2020, from £35

Floatation Therapy at Zero Gravity

Try a new immersive relaxation technique at Zero Gravity with their state of the art i-sopods and floatation therapy.

Activity Until 15 December 2020, from £20

All Ages Sewing Workshops at Sew Creative

Join Sew Creative for sewing workshops where you decide what garments are created and, with the help of expert sewers, bring those clothes to life.

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search! at PHM
Activity Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search! at People’s History Museum

Join the spooky search – pick up an activity sheet, keep your eyes peeled and find Wally hidden around the museum this half term.

Activity 1 November 2020 6:30 pm,

A Live Stream with Fatima Bhutto

Join best selling author Fatima Bhutto as she broadcasts a speech originally written for the Sydney writer’s festival about Islamophobia, Western Feminism and race.

Culture Guides

Sculpt with Jim Parkyn

Cinema in Manchester and the North

Both in-person and online, there are film festivals galore in this month’s Cinema Guide.

Exhibitions

With galleries finally back open, there’s an abundance of stellar offline exhibitions to satisfy those keen to get back to seeing art in the flesh.

Makefest At Home

Families

Need some inspiration for online activities and creative family fun? Look no further than our top picks online for families across Manchester and the North.

Author Lucie McKnight Hardy

Literature

From book launches to festival readings and open mics to creative writing workshops, activities and events in Live Literature Land continue virtually as mochas and pints have to accompany substantial meals, not just a garibaldi or a bag of Monster Munch.

Jon Gomm

Music

Discover the best upcoming music events taking place on a stage or a screen near you.

Theatre in Manchester. Image courtesy of RashDash.

Theatre

Whether you’re looking to get wrapped up and catch an outdoor show or stay home and watch some digital performance – our guide to theatre in Manchester has got you covered.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Higher Ground

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

For the October guide, we’ve found the very best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North to explore, despite the introduction of the 10 pm curfew.

Isolation Broadcast

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

Things to do right now

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show and tell
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

virtual tour
Activity Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Manchester Cathederal: 360° Virtual Tour

floatation therapy
Activity Until 22 December 2020, from £35

Floatation Therapy at Zero Gravity

Activity Until 15 December 2020, from £20

All Ages Sewing Workshops at Sew Creative

Activity Until 22 December 2020, FREE

NIA TV, from the Niamos centre

world of music choir
Activity Until 15 December 2020,

World of Music Choir (Autumn 2020)

A trader and a customer enjoy a lauch at The Good Market at Sadler's Yard
Activity Until 18 December 2020, FREE

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard – POSTPONED

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME