Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

This month’s guide of tours and activities is a mixture of online and in person things to do in Manchester, making the most of our newfound freedoms. We’ve handpicked some particularly artistic events that should satisfy your cerebral curiosity, exercise your creative muscles and help you get active again now that we can do a bit more outside.

We kick off with a highly popular skate night at Projekts skate park, nestled underneath the Mancunian way. Every Thursday they are filling the park with femme energy, inviting womxn and girls of all levels to learn, practise and skate together. Even if you’d never thought of yourself as a skater, the combination of physical skill and creativity is something unique to pastime.

bringing artistic inspiration to your home

If you’re looking for a less physically exerting way to spend your time, check out the Manchester Art Gallery’s online tour of their current exhibition Grayson’s Art Club. We’ve been loving the T.V. show and were gutted when the lockdown ment we couldn’t visit the exhibition in real life. Curators Fiona and Natasha for a look into some of the pieces that didn’t make it onto the show but have equally poignant stories behind them. Castlefield gallery are also bringing artistic inspiration to your home in the form of an online talk with artist Suzanne Treister. Her work interrogates the line between humans and new technology as well as imagined worlds, hypothetical futures and fictional spiritual practises.

You can also get hands on with creating your own work, with in person and online art courses from ColourWheel. Or for something completely different join John Rylands Library for a look into their digital collection of photographic Jewellery.

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

Here are our picks

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Blackburn Open Walls
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Blackburn Open Walls

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.

Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £18

Pendle Hill Witch Experience Tours

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.

Discover Buxton Tram Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £80

Discover Buxton Tram Tours

Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.

Discover Buxton Character Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Character Tours

These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.

Discover Buxton Walking Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Walking Tours

Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.

Discover Buxton Roman Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Roman Tours

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 Audio Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

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.

Babies listening to a man play the guitar as part of My First Protest Song
Activity Until 5 June 2021, FREE

My First Protest Song with the People’s History Museum

My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.

doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

Pick up a pen and encourage the whole family to explore the art of peaceful protest.

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Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Activity Until 14 June 2021, from £50

Art Classes in Didsbury with ColourWheel

women and girls night
Activity Until 26 August 2021, from £8

Women and Girls Skate sessions at Projekts

Activity Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Curator’s Tour: Grayson’s Art Club

Activity Until 24 August 2021, FREE

Zoom Tours: Jonathan Schofield’s New Series

Activity Until 31 May 2021, from £85

Carve and Cast Workshop Kit with Wonderhaus

Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £18

Pendle Hill Witch Experience Tours

Blackburn Open Walls
Activity Until 31 December 2021, FREE

Blackburn Open Walls

Discover Buxton Audio Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

Discover Buxton Roman Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

Discover Buxton Roman Tours

Discover Buxton Walking Tours
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Walking Tours