Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

When the weather is particularly wet, as it tends to be this time of year, what better way to counteract the cold and wet with some mindful, indoor tours and activities. This month is all about hands-on craft workshops, with a focus on Pottery, Pewter and Gel Plate Printing. Meet some of the ceramicists, pewtersmiths and potters creating in the city as you step into their world to gain a new skill. As described by the artist themselves, making things with your hands is a brilliant way to release tensions in your head and discover a new favourite hobby.

We put the spotlight on This is Pewter, 7 Spot Pottery and Clay Studio in Hulme amongst others. With a wide selection of techniques, materials and artistic backgrounds, these studios are open spaces for you to make mistakes and have fun. Whether you are already a pottery enthusiast or a complete beginner, all are welcome.

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.

Activity 6 October 2018–6 March 2019, from £40

Northern Quarter Taster Walk with Manchester Food Walks

We are lucky to be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh, delicious and independent food choices in the centre of Manchester. Nowhere is this presence felt more than in the Northern Quarter. Join John Ryan on this taster walk as you eat your way through the back streets learning about the local history and culture as you go. 

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 16 February 2019, from £37.27

Solder a Proto_Carnage Machine at Rogue Artists’ Studios

An afternoon workshop where you will learn to solder our prototype CARNAGE synth that responds to light, stutters & starts through an epic battery drain! It has 3 oscillators, 3 light sensors and an ob board speaker.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Valentine’s ideas, hard-to-see queer cinema and the best in new releases — we’ve got it covered.

Kimsooja, To Breathe. Photo © Jaeho Chong

Exhibitions

Inspired by the meditative qualities of space and eastern notions of the Void, Kimsooja’s mesmerising installation at YSP’s historic chapel heads our top pick of exhibitions this month.

Big Up! Courtesy Theatre Rites / Helen Murray

Families

See Mer-folk in a Human Aquarium, experience Trouble at t’Mill and the world of nocturnal animals after dark. Then break all the rules in new show Big Up!

Literature

Those darling buds are coming back to life in live literature land as 2019 gets properly underway, and we’ve plenty to look forward to – from performance poetry and soundscapes to readings from magazines, memoirs and award-winning short stories.

Music

We have some hotly anticipated gigs coming up in Manchester and the north over the next few months! Read about them here!

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

A Salford leisure centre, a city centre library and a Manchester museum – theatre can happen anywhere. Here’s our guide to the best performances popping up across Manchester and the North.

Things to do right now

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Activity 8 January–15 April 2019, FREE

Gallery Interpreter Tour at The Lowry

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

Activity 19 January–24 April 2019, FREE

CFCCA: Free Guided Tour

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

Cooking Together at Food Sorcery

Activity 6 October 2018–6 March 2019, from £40

Northern Quarter Taster Walk with Manchester Food Walks

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