We have a packed new guide of Tours and Activities to get involved with this month, with plenty of things to do, learn and experience. Once the novelty of being able to go for a sit down coffee has worn off, we’re all left with a need for creative outlets and new hobbies to discover. Thankfully there are many opportunities to get stuck into activities in Manchester. Whether that involves diving into the local history and street art of Manchester with Skyliner, learning to embroider with botanical designs or rekindling that playfulness and curiosity with the Royal Exchange, you won’t be stuck for things to do in May.
With physical tours still limited why not explore Skyliner‘s (Hayley Flynn’s) online content. For as little as £1 you can access thoroughly and thoughtfully researched video tours, that travel through decades and civic boundaries to bring lesser heard voices to the forefront of Manchester’s cultural identity. For something lighter on the intellect but heavier on the palate, join Manchester Cheese Crawl for a fromage based frolic through the city.
rekindling that playfulness
The People’s History Museum are once again programming excellent artistic guests for their Radical Lates series. Join visual artist Issam Kourbaj and songwriter Ewan McLennan for an evening of talks and music responding to the journeys of Syrian refugees.
If you’re a member of the elder community and looking for an excuse to get creative, try Elders Mondays with the Royal Exchange. These three workshops happen on selected Mondays and help you develop your writing, reading or performing skills. We’re also excited about the return of in person events with Rebecca Stevens beautifully designed botanical embroidery workshops.
Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities, and stay well folks.
Here are our picks
Join Projekts skate park for exclusively women and girls skating, every Thursday from 7 – 9 pm. Be warned the sessions are very popular so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
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.
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.
Enjoy a journey through time on Discover Buxton Tour’s unique vintage tram.
These colourful character guides offer unique and entertaining insights into the history of some of Buxton’s most iconic buildings.
Have your history delivered by expert guides whose passion for the heritage of Buxton spills into the unexpected.
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’s audio tours of The Peak cover the area around Buxton and are designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own vehicle.
My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.
It’s the March edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North and things are slowly starting to feel more promising. Spring is here, the weather is mostly warming up and in just a few weeks we’ll be allowed to eat and drink outside at venues with outside space.