Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Now that spring is in full swing try something different with our May guide of alternative tours and activities in Manchester.

We start on a boozy note with a tour from the locally adored Runaway Brewery as well as a whiskey tasting session in The Whiskey Jar. This cosy Northern Quarter bar is one of the best whiskey bars in Manchester, which is also known for the live weekly jazz night that attracts acts from across the UK and Europe.

For the jazz enthusiasts we’re featuring a Jazz Beginners workshop at Z-arts lead by saxophonist Kyran Matthews. Or for the more visually creative, join ArtMCR for a chilled out paint pouring workshop.

If all this seems too hectic you can find something a little calmer at the Om Yoga Show, a two day event full of classes, stalls, talks and gong baths. Treat yourself to a new experience in Manchester this May.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Activity 3 September 2018–2 September 2019, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour

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.

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.

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Meet, Flecky Bennet, your guide through the dark and demonic side of the city as he takes you on one of Manchester’s award winning ghost walks.

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Cooking Together Italian Hake with Salsa verde ingredients
Activity 31 October 2018–1 June 2019, from £120

Cooking Together at Food Sorcery

Add a more personal twist to a meal out by cooking your own three course restaurant standard meal from scratch. Food Sorcery’s cooking together evenings are all about making cookery fun and sociable whilst still producing high quality dishes.

Discover Manchester Daily Tour
Activity 6 December 2018–9 July 2019, from £10

Discover Manchester Daily Tour

The Essential Manchester Walk for locals and visitors alike. An entertaining and knowledgeable guide will show you around the city centre, giving you a taste of the history, architecture and culture and showing you the major sites, including Manchester Town Hall and the Royal Exchange.

Manchester Museum
Activity 10 January–1 July 2019, FREE

Multilingual Tours at Manchester Museum

Explore the Museum’s fascinating collection in more than just English with one of their general tours running in Spanish, Italian or Mandarin.

Activity 27 April 2019, FREE

CFCCA Free Guided Tour

The free monthly tour in which you’ll hear from artists and curators at the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art.

Book-club - L'Oeuvre Intégrale de Jacques Brel
Activity 13 May 2019, FREE

Book-club – L’Oeuvre Intégrale de Jacques Brel at Alliance Française

The monthly book club at Alliance Française welcomes all with an intermediate level of French. This month the focus is on the complete song texts of Jacques Brel, compiled and edited by Robert Laffon.

Culture Guides

Cinema

MIF make a big announcement, Women, Organise! at HOME and we highlight some festivals across the region.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the north

Exhibitions

Not an exhibition but a narrow, soot-stained Georgian terrace earns its place at the top of our list this month.

Fashion Fun at the Science and Industry Museum

Families

Nature-inspired outdoor literary larks, scientific shenanigans and a giant mechanical baby larger than a double decker bus. It’s all here.

Sheri Benning

Literature

There’s a real international feel to our poetry and prose scene as we head summerwards – from Saskatchewan to South Africa, guest readers have you covered.

Music

In this month’s music guide, you’ll find some of the most creative and forward-thinking artists that 2019 has to offer.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

Our picks of the hugely impressive MIF19 line-up feature in our guide this month, alongside innovative binaural performance and world premiere literary adaptations.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

Things to do right now

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Activity 26 March–23 July 2019, from £9.50

Taste of The Monastery at Gorton Monastery

Activity 31 March–28 July 2019, from £3.50

Guided Tours at Ordsall Hall

Activity 25 March–10 June 2019, from £10

Bee Creative Life Drawing

Activity 3 April–30 October 2019, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Activity 1 December 2018–3 July 2019, from £12

The Runaway Brewery – Tour & Tasting

Manchester Jewish Museum - Daily Tours
Activity 21 February–31 May 2019, FREE

Manchester Jewish Museum – Daily Tours

Discover Manchester Daily Tour
Activity 6 December 2018–9 July 2019, from £10

Discover Manchester Daily Tour

Manchester Museum
Activity 10 January–1 July 2019, FREE

Multilingual Tours at Manchester Museum

Cooking Together Italian Hake with Salsa verde ingredients
Activity 31 October 2018–1 June 2019, from £120

Cooking Together at Food Sorcery

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Activity 3 September 2018–2 September 2019, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour