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
Have a go at this delicate printing technique in an upcoming workshop at Salford Makers. You’ll create designs using natural materials and textures, then print to produce stunning results.
Expand your understanding of the exhibits at the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art. Or, if you are a newcomer to art, enjoy a more personal and accessible walk through the gallery with one of the centre’s curators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.