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
Eat The City - Scranchester Tours, Until 31 December 2021, from £50 - Book now
Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.
Join Projekts skate park for exclusively women and girls skating, every Thursday from 7 – 9 pm. Be warned the sessions are very popular so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
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.
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.
Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.
These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.
Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.
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’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Pick up a pen and encourage the whole family to explore the art of peaceful protest.