Now that spring is in full swing try something different with our May guide of alternative tours and activities in Manchester.
We start on a boozy note with a tour from the locally adored Runaway Brewery as well as a whiskey tasting session in The Whiskey Jar. This cosy Northern Quarter bar is one of the best whiskey bars in Manchester, which is also known for the live weekly jazz night that attracts acts from across the UK and Europe.
For the jazz enthusiasts we’re featuring a Jazz Beginners workshop at Z-arts lead by saxophonist Kyran Matthews. Or for the more visually creative, join ArtMCR for a chilled out paint pouring workshop.
If all this seems too hectic you can find something a little calmer at the Om Yoga Show, a two day event full of classes, stalls, talks and gong baths. Treat yourself to a new experience in Manchester this May.
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.
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.
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.
The free monthly tour in which you’ll hear from artists and curators at the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art.
The monthly book club at Alliance Française welcomes all with an intermediate level of French. This month the focus is on the complete song texts of Jacques Brel, compiled and edited by Robert Laffon.