Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

We’re slowly seeing the streets come alive again with restaurants, cafes and bars full to the brim as well as culture repopulating the city. No longer do we have to wait for a relaxed afternoon spent at an art gallery or a rainy evening watching a film in the cinemas. Among the hustle and bustle of life returning, you may also see the odd tour guide. As restrictions allow, tours are reopening and we can’t wait to get back out there and satisfy our curiosity once more. Read on to find out which tours and activities we’re excited about.

One of the most delicious walking tour experiences you can try is back. Scranchester have returned with not only their classic Eat the City tour, but a new venture into the fast growing culinary destination of Ancoats. We still think that their edible voyage through the city centre is well worth a try. With a cross section of the Manchester’s cuisines and a hearty helping of local history, the tour is a go to favourite for visitors and locals alike.

For those on a budget, Manchester Free Walking tours are back and bringing you even more insight into the workings, history and culture of the city. For a more personal take on Manchester, we highly recommend taking a walk with Invisible Cities guide Laura. Her look into the notable women of Manchester provides a unique perspective on what may seem like familiar landmarks.

Aside from tours, there are still plenty of great online activities to try. Join the Play reading group at Hope Mill Theatre for monthly relaxed sessions where texts will be brought to life via the medium of zoom. Or check out the packed line up of Horizon’s festival at HOME. As part of the festival celebrating artists who’ve adopted Manchester as their home, there is an online workshop discussing the current Immgration System and its creation of a Hostile Environment, which promises to be very educational.

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

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Blackburn Open Walls
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Blackburn Open Walls

Over 3 years, forgotten walls of Blackburn were brought to life with the creation of a vibrant outdoor gallery, by international, national and local artists, who together over 2 weeks, created a collection of large scale murals and art walk trails for the residents and visitors of Blackburn to enjoy.

Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £18

Pendle Hill Witch Experience Tours

Group tours of Lancashire in the area surrounding Pendle Hill. Through visiting the countryside and villages of Pendle, visitors learn all about the dark deeds and wicked plots surrounding the Pendle Witches in the 1600s.

Discover Buxton Tram Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £80

Discover Buxton Tram Tours

Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.

Discover Buxton Character Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Character Tours

These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.

Discover Buxton Walking Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Walking Tours

Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.

Discover Buxton Roman Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Roman Tours

Join local historian Brian Shepherd for a walk around the town and learn what Buxton may have looked like during Britain’s Roman occupation.

Discover Buxton Audio Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

Discover Buxton’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.

doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

Pick up a pen and encourage the whole family to explore the art of peaceful protest.

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.

Culture Guides

Cinema in Manchester and the North

Curated seasons, brand new releases and some outdoor screenings. Cinema is back.

Laure Prouvost: The long waited, weighted gathering at the Manchester Jewish Museum

Exhibitions

Life is back! From the return of Yorkshire Sculpture International to a major Lucian Freud retrospective, checkout our top picks.

Doodle Den at the People's History Museum

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.

Poet Jason Allen-Paisant

Literature

There’s plenty on as we head into June, including a county-wide celebration of libraries and some tempting sniffs of upcoming real-life live literature…

Music

We round up the best socially distanced and full-scale gigs coming up in Manchester and the north.

Theatre in Manchester and the North.

Theatre

We’ve got outdoor performances, summer theatre festivals, gig musicals and much more in our theatre guide this month. Welcome back live performance – we’ve missed you.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

District Manchester

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

A guide to Food and Drink in Manchester and the North, including plenty of new bars and restaurants and exciting new menus from old favourites.

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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Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

tours and activities
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £50

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Earth Pig Pottery Studio in Buxton

Activity Until 24 September 2021, FREE

Play Reading with Hope Mill Theatre

The People's River Public Exhibition
Activity Until 20 June 2021, FREE

The People’s River Public Exhibition

Manchester Cheese Crawl
Activity Until 28 August 2021, from £25

The Manchester Cheese Crawl

Activity Until 31 August 2021, from £4

Elders Mondays with the Royal Exchange

skyliner
Activity Until 31 July 2021, from £1

Skyliner: Virtual Tours of Manchester

Activity Until 23 July 2021, FREE

VIRTUALLYREALITY SS21: The Long Triumph

women and girls night
Activity Until 26 August 2021, from £8

Women and Girls Skate sessions at Projekts

Activity Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Curator’s Tour: Grayson’s Art Club

Activity Until 24 August 2021, FREE

Zoom Tours: Jonathan Schofield’s New Series