As Manchester International Festival shines a spotlight on our city, we’re highlighting some activities that truly reflect Manchester’s personality. With tours from our conflicted past, communities working to save much loved buildings and the innovative ways in which the city is evolving today – there’s a real flavour of civic pride in this collection of things to do.
This summer there is an occurrence so rare – it’s only happened three times in the past 26 years – as Victoria Baths opens it’s gala pool for a weekend of swimming. Bathers and spectators are welcome to enjoy the building as it was originally intended. Renowned tour guide Johnathan Schofield will be hosting guided tours as part of the MIF19, giving locals and visitors alike the chance to get into the bones of our northern metropolis.
As we arrive at the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, Manchester Guided Tours will be retracing the steps of those involved in the events of 16th August 1819. Or, for those interested in our more recent turbulent history, the Stockport Air Raid Shelter explorer tour is a must.
Finally, if you’ve reached summer and just want to chill out, try something new with Willow and Blossom’s Botanical Candle Melt workshop.
Here are our picks
Every second Wednesday of the month guided tours of the mile long stretch of Air Raid shelters under Stockport give you the chance to see a more personalised view of the tunnels.
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.
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.
Explore the Museum’s fascinating collection in more than just English with one of their general tours running in Spanish, Italian or Mandarin.
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.
See the two new provoking thought exhibitions at CFCCA whilst unleashing your own creativity in this after hours workshop.
Hear first hand from RAGE Collective artists about their current installation at CFCCA as part fo the gallery’s Thursday Lates series.