Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Get out there this summer with our top picks of Tours and Activities. There is a strong sense of female empowerment in this month’s guide as Jane Postlethwaite will be bringing her Comedy Character Women’s Workshop back to Manchester. Women from all walks of life will be encouraged by Jane to give comedy writing a go.

In addition to the comedy workshops, feminist art collective Girl Gang Manchester are inviting locals and tourists to learn more about Manchester and each other in a walking tour of the city. Their walking tour creates a warm and inclusive atmosphere with friendship games, musical accompaniment and sampling beverages.

For those seeking out crafty relaxation try Barry Clark’s Bookbinding workshop at the Portico Library and 7 Spot Pottery’s intensive weekend workshop on wheel throwing techniques. Both are accessible for complete novices and can help you discover a new skill.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more laid back, you can’t go wrong with a classic cream tea and tour of The Midland Hotel, one of Manchester city centre’s iconic features.

 

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Activity 3 September 2018–2 September 2019, 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 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 20 July–12 September 2019,

Summer Holidays at Quarry Bank

Avoid those cries of boredom. For fun during the summer holidays, head to Quarry Bank for a jam-packed day-out inspired by the great outdoors.

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. Join a guided tour of Nether Alderley Mill to watch the mill come to life and see the heritage machinery in action. Watch as the waterwheels turn, powering the huge millstones that grind the flour. You can also discover more about the life of a miller, and learn how flour is made – uncovering the whole process from waterwheel to wholemeal. This year, for the first time since 1939, visitors can now also buy a bag of Nether Alderley Mill’s very own stoneground wholemeal flour produced right there in the mill by the heritage machinery.

Aliyah Hussain: Drawing with Clay Workshop
Activity 28 August 2019, 5:30 pm,

Aliyah Hussain: Drawing with Clay Workshop

Explore the practise of visual artist Aliyah Hussain and join her in a workshop where you’ll learn how to create 3D drawings from clay.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Escape to the cinema this month. We round up the best new releases, special one-off screenings and retrospectives showing near you.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield

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.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars

Families

All the most creative experiences for your family; inside, outside and in to space! The best family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Guy Garvey

Literature

August is quiet, but 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

We’re gearing up for the new theatre season – our guide this month features all the best performances happening now and over the next few weeks.

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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Activity 20 July–12 September 2019,

Summer Holidays at Quarry Bank

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 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

Activity 3 September 2018–2 September 2019, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour