Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

As glimmers of normality start to creep back into daily life, it’s a great time to get out and explore your local surroundings. In this month’s Tours and Activities Guide, we’ve rounded up some of the best walks and tours exploring the urban sprawl and outer countryside of Greater Manchester.

Meet the Manchester and District walkers, a walking group aimed at 20 – 40 yr olds, who hike all over the North of England. With the most recent relaxations on restrictions, they have once again started trekking into the Peaks, Edale and beyond.

For something more local and informative check out Skyliner and Manchester Guided Tours. Their inner-city explorations of Manchester’s modern history give you the tools to form your own judgements around the city’s ongoing development.

If you’re still feeling more comfortable at home, take a tour through a virtual world with Brooklyn-based artist Molly Soda and MIF. She will be sharing her thoughts as she travels through the virtual world Your Progress Will Be Saved. This landscape created by the avatar artist LaTurbo Avedon is the first in a series of online artworks which can be found through the Factory Online website.

If you’re looking for a new living room hobby, have a go at circus, with online classes from Circus House. These sessions focus on the physical skills you need to tackle intense aerial equipment and prepare you for one day getting onto (or getting back to) hoops and silks.

Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities.

Stay well folks.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Local Leeds Food Tour

Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.

Leeds Street Food Tour
Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Leeds Street Food Tour

Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.

Activity Until 2 September 2020, 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 Until 1 December 2020, from £75

Liverpool Beatles Walk and Ticket to Ride Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you walk in their footsteps through The Beatles’ home city in this six-hour extravaganza of a walking tour.

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club

This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.

Air Raid Shelter Explorer Tour
Activity Until 12 August 2020, from £5.5

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Explorer Tour

Every second Wednesday of the month guided tours of the mile long stretch of Air Raid Shelter under Stockport give you the chance to see a more personalised view of the tunnels.

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.

Culture Guides

Cinema Online

We look at the outdoor screenings and digital releases you can enjoy as cinemas prepare to reopen safely.

Family of Lord Alf Morris, image courtesy of Manchester Histories

Exhibitions

Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Makefest At Home

Families Online

Need some inspiration for online activities and creative family fun? Look no further than our top picks online for families across Manchester and the North.

Writer Olivia Laing. Photo by Manuel Vazquez

Literature

From book launches to poetry and prose readings and from open mics to creative writing workshops and masterclasses, Live Literature Land has online activities and events nailed.

Music

Discover the best live-streamed concerts, broadcasts, musical activities and exhibitions on offer during the lockdown.

Plastica Galactica: Get Involved

Theatre

We can’t wait to be back in the stalls again…until then our theatre guide brings the best of online theatre and interactive performance to enjoy at home.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester.

Higher Ground

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

For the August guide, we’ve dug out the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North to explore now that lockdown has thankfully eased.

Isolation Broadcast

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

Things to do right now

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MAD walkers
Activity Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership

Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

skyliner
Activity Until 27 September 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Virtual Factory Your Progress Will Be Saved Manchester International Festival Pre-Factory Event
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Elders Mondays Spring Summer 2020 with the Royal Exchange
Activity Until 17 August 2020, from £3.00

Elders Mondays Spring Summer 2020 with the Royal Exchange

shared reading live stream
Activity Until 27 August 2020, FREE

Shared Reading live stream

Activity Until 14 August 2020, FREE

Old Bank Daily Drawing Via Zoom

Activity Until 31 August 2020, from £197

Online Group French Courses at Alliance Française

Life drawing Manchester
Activity Until 27 August 2020, from £6

Life Drawing Manchester Online Classes

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Activity Until 20 August 2020, from £69

Comma Press Online Short Story Course – SOLD OUT

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club