As winter kicks in and we head indoors, there’s nothing quite like sharing some beverages or a bite to eat with friends. In Manchester, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding new places to eat or hidden gems of bars tucked behind side streets. With so much variety and choice on offer, no wonder there are some brilliant tours and activities to guide you through the culinary maze that is Manchester’s city centre.
We aren’t just focusing on the food though. For those who consider themselves ale connoisseurs, Craft Beer Tour Manchester is a must. Be guided through a celebration of Manchester’s local independent breweries sampling as you go. Or if gin’s more your thing Manchester is now home to what was named the UK’s No.1 tourist attraction In the form of Manchester Three Rivers gin distillery. They offer a totally original and immersive gin experience where you’ll walk away with a bottle of gin made by your own hands.
There is sure to be something to satisfy your appetite for curiosity in this month’s guide.
Here are our picks
Lose yourself in the variety and quality of independent places to eat in the Northern Quarter. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or just learn something fascinated and unexpected about an area you’re already familiar with.
Manchester Three Rivers Gin Distillery,
Manchester Three Rivers
City of Manchester Distillery
21 Red Bank Parade
, Manchester , M4 4HF - Visit now
Experience the No.1 tourist attraction for yourself as you become immersed in the distilling your own bottle of Gin. Learn about the history of gin and the Botanics that make each bottle unique.
Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks, 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15 - Book now
If you enjoy a ghoulish tale and a good laugh, Flecky Bennett provides both in his array of Ghost Walks around the city. Part walking tour, part theatre, part paranormal investigation, Flecky exposes the ghosts and demonic presences in the streets we walk down every day.
Whistle Punks Axe Throwing, Unit 20, Atrium level, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, , Manchester , Lancashire, M3 4EN - Visit now
This Autumn learn how to throw axes at large planks of wood with wild abandon. Whistle Punks have been bringing axe throwing to Manchester’s urban sprawl since February 2017. It’s the perfect way to let off some steam and indulge in some catharsis this Halloween.
Walk through the Northern Quarter and learn about its recent history as well as the potential future of the area through its eclectic street art. Nestled into the heart of the city, the Northern Quarter has long been known as the ‘cooler’ side of town. Whether you are someone who has lived in Manchester for years or just visiting, the tour shows you some of the less obvious artistic features of the Northern Quarter.
Manchester Art Gallery is part of the city’s framework from its architecture to the contents of its galleries. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the pieces in a bit more detail.
Revolutionary ideas are often shared best on an evening, in keeping with this spirit the People’s History Museum has launched their new Radical Lates series.
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 free daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.
Taking place at Band on the Wall over four Saturdays, the Guide to the World of Music taster sessions will help young people learn how to sing, play and discover new music.
You will be guided through experimental and expressive design approaches to design and print your own, one of kind large silk scarf.
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) as part of their festive weekend will be hosting their monthly free and informal tour of the building as well as their current exhibitions. Ending with some warming winter treats.
Join Gin Meister for a collection of artisanal gins that epitomise the festive spirit in the fantastic surroundings of Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
Join the People’s History Museum for a festive screening of It’s A Wonderful Life, an iconic story of Christmas cheer and solidarity. Cinema snacks and treats available to buy from The Left Bank cafe bar on the night, including popcorn.
Join Audrey Arden-Jones in the People’s History Museum’s Radical Lates series where she’ll be performing poetry by female authors involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage.
Even more spoken word nights are joining the old faithfuls, there’s a whole lot of poetry and prose including a rare chance to catch performers from as far afield as Paris and Texas, and showcases such as Chester Literature Festival, Chorlton Book Festival and Poetry Emergency will add to your wider reading pile.