Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Step into the new decade with a passion for life and sense of adventure. Although the future’s uncertain, take a little time for yourself and start a new hobby or discover something unexpected about the city we call home. We’ve rounded up some of the top tours and activities Manchester has to offer as we cross over into the 20’s.

Unleash your passionate dancer with a beginners Flamenco class at the lowry. This easy introduction to Flamenco culture will be accompanied by a live guitarist. For fans of dance who want to try something a bit different why not drop into Sunday Night Waves. In the leafy suburb of Chorlton, you can explore the waves of 5Rhythms dance class within the ability of your own body.

Homelessness is all too commonplace in Manchester. Join Danny Collins, a poet and ex veteran who has known what it’s like to live on the streets, as he shows you through sites relevant to helping those experiencing homelessness at the moment. It’s one of the most heartfelt and honest tours of the city and it’ll open your eyes to a world of good will.

To really sink your teeth into the two cultural giants this city has to offer, try the Rock and Goal tour. A walking tour that’ll show you some of the traces left behind by the big names from the worlds of music and football.

For a creative start to 2020 have a go at a new artistic practise with an evening of marble printing. Whether you’re a wide eyed optimist or moving into the decade with caution, there are plenty more tours and activities for you to sink your teeth into. Get inspired to try something new.

Here are our picks

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Activity Until 2 July 2020, FREE

Technical Tours at the National Coal Mining Museum

Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.

Eat The City - Scranchester Tours
Activity Until 19 November 2022, from £50

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

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.

Activity Until 15 February 2020, FREE

People’s History Museum 10th Birthday

People’s History Museum – Manchester’s national museum of democracy – celebrates its 10th birthday with a special weekend of events.

the night of ideas
Activity 30 January 2020 6:00 pm, FREE

The Night of Ideas at Alliance Française

In the night of ideas, Alliance Française open the field to discussion in the first of two nights in which difficult issues will be tackled by anyone interested.

Activity 2 February–12 July 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Modern History of the Northern Quarter Tour

Join Skyliner for an alternative view of the Norther Quarter, learn about the area’s political happenings through it’s stunning public art.

Activity 5 February 2020 6:30 pm, from £30

Introduction to Hand Embroidery, workshop

Kelly Quinzel, Manchester based visual artist and embroidery master, will welcome you into the vibrant world of embroidery and help you create your own piece to take home.

Photo Screen Printing
Activity 8–9 February 2020, from £180

Photo Screen Printing Weekend Course at Islington Mill

Become acquainted with the process and skill set of photo screen printing as you watch your designs come to life.

Picture of HOME in Manchester
Activity 8 February 2020 3:00 pm, FREE

BSL Led Gallery Tour: Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 at HOME

Explore the Open Exhibition at HOME in British Sign Language with experienced and knowledgeable tour guide Jennifer Little.

Activity 11 February 2020 7:00 pm, FREE

In Conversation: Who Owns Science?

Angela Saini and Pratik Chakrabarti come together to discuss how race, industry and britain’s colonial past have shaped our scientific history as they ask, Who Owns Science?

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Activity Until 15 February 2020, FREE

People’s History Museum 10th Birthday

Eat The City - Scranchester Tours
Activity Until 19 November 2022, from £50

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

sunday night waves
Activity Until 14 July 2020, from £7

Sunday Night Waves 5Rhythms Drop In

Rock and Goal
Activity Until 1 June 2020, from £4.5

Rock and Goal Tour

Off the Cobbles
Activity Until 24 February 2020, from £10

Off the Cobbles Tour with Danny Collins

Activity Until 28 February 2020, from £5

Meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre