Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Summer is well and truly over! With the evenings getting darker and the days colder it can be challenging to find the lighthearted headspace we so easily slip into over the summer months. To help make that transition, this month’s tours and activities guide highlights some of the more mindful activities that Manchester has to offer.

Join Suli Yoga for a relaxed approach to stretching, or visit Life Centre North where you’ll have a broad range of classes to choose from. If movement isn’t for you but the idea of mindfulness does sound appealing, meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre might be the one for you. This enclave of calm in the middle of the Northern Quarter is a welcome escape during a lunch break or after a long day.

If you find that inner calm more easily through artistic pursuits, maybe this autumn could be the time to pick up an instrument. Partisan are currently hosting free guitar lessons, an ideal way to try something new and learn from an expert. In a collaboration with the New School of Music they’re bringing a ten-week course to their upstairs space.

If you’re more of a visual artist, have a go a recreating pop art this October with paintbrush in one and wine glass in the other, as PopUp Painting return to Common. Their relaxed art nights are an excellent alternative to just going out for a drink with friends.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

With its beautifully charming and quirky style, Little Moreton Hall offers an iconic Tudor manor house, moat, manicured knot garden and plenty of fun activities for everyone.

Unearthing passion and protest at Quarry Bank
Activity 13 July–29 September 2019, general admission charges apply

Glorious Phantoms at Quarry Bank

During the summer Quarry Bank will be screening two newly commissioned films based around the themes of rights and social change. Unearthing Passion and Protest is part of the National Trust’s People’s Landscapes programme.

Unearthing passion and protest at Dunham Massey
Activity 13 July–29 September 2019, admission charges apply

Glorious Phantoms at Dunham Massey

Over the summer Dunham Massey will be showing two newly commissioned films as part of the Peterloo bicentenary celebrations. The work will be responding to ideas around rights, responsibilities and social change.

Activity 22 July–6 October 2019, from £2.90

Guided Tour of Nether Alderley Mill

This summer, uncover Nether Alderley’s best kept secret. Hidden beneath the distinctive, long sloping roof of this medieval building is a fully restored working corn mill.

Activity 3 October 2019–2 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.

talk
Activity 4 October 2019, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm, FREE

Talk: Spirou et Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe at Alliance Française

Join Dr Matthew Screech, Senior Lecturer in French at Manchester Metropolitan University for a discussion about the use of comics in the francophone world.

landscape tour
Activity 5–27 October 2019, FREE

Art & Landscape Tour at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Explore the art work and natural beauty of the Yorkshire sculpture park in their guided art and landscape tour.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Indian independent cinema, shadowy film noir, cult queer classics and trip under the sea. Film fans are spoilt for choice this month.

Exhibitions in Manchester and across the North

Exhibitions

Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

RNCM Young Explorers event. DJ Switch is shown by turntables in front of an orchestra. Included in family things to do guide.

Families

Avoid the post summer holiday blues with our latest top picks of family things to do. Enjoy some quality family time together this autumn.

Artist Dan Berry and writer David Gaffney.

Literature

The books are back in September with one-off reading events, some much-anticipated launches and the return of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference as we gear up for Manchester Literature Festival in October.

Music

Manchester’s Autumn months are always chock-a-block with great gigs, and this year is no exception.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

The English National Ballet, Emma Rice’s Wise Children, Liverpool’s LEAP Dance Festival and much more feature in our new theatre guide.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

Things to do right now

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Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Activity 11 September 2019–28 February 2020, from £5

Meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Suli Yoga
Activity 11 September–30 October 2019, FREE

Yoga and Mindfulness with Suli Yoga

Activity 22 July–6 October 2019, from £2.90

Guided Tour of Nether Alderley Mill

Unearthing passion and protest at Dunham Massey
Activity 13 July–29 September 2019, admission charges apply

Glorious Phantoms at Dunham Massey

Unearthing passion and protest at Quarry Bank
Activity 13 July–29 September 2019, general admission charges apply

Glorious Phantoms at Quarry Bank

Activity 7 May–7 December 2019, FREE

National Football Museum Guided Tours

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Activity 3 April–30 October 2019, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour