The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ – Visit Now
After a troubled year for all of Greater Manchester’s cultural venues, The Lowry’s roadmap out of lockdown includes a range of exciting new exhibitions and events. Now that the government has given the go-ahead, the LS Lowry and Days Like These gallery exhibitions are back open. The former displays the world’s largest public collection of paintings and drawings by LS Lowry, while Days Like These shares the stories of Salford in 2020 using paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by locals.
The theatre reopened on the 30 May, and upcoming shows include a smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voted the nations favourite book in 2019. We also look forward to Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables, which is coming to Salford in 2022. This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”.
The safety measures that are now par for the course in venues across Manchester all apply at The Lowry – Track and Trace, sanitiser stations, temperature checks, limited capacity, increased cleaning schedules and so on. All designed to keep your visit as safe as possible. The retail shop is back open as normal, and the coffee shop is currently open 11am – 4pm Saturdays and Sundays only. School visits and large groups remain on hold for the time being.
The Lowry’s roadmap out of lockdown includes a range of exciting new exhibitions and events
With two theatres, galleries and a studio space, The Lowry ably combines the performing and visual arts. It holds and displays works from the world’s largest collection of work by the Old Trafford born artist, L.S. Lowry, although its galleries also have a changing programme of contemporary exhibitions with a new focus on digital arts. In addition to award-winning theatre, The Lowry hosts touring popular acts, classical, dance and opera.
Sitting opposite Media City (and just a stone’s throw from the Media City tram stop, making it easily accessible from the city centre), The Lowry boasts a decent café (with good options for kids), a highly-rated restaurant and terrace bar, plus shop. For kids, there are activity backpacks and a small, dedicated activity area within the galleries.
The key message is to book in advance to avoid disappointment and keep in mind that these changes are relatively minor. You can find more details about The Lowry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at thelowry.com/coronavirus
Admission ChargesFree (prices to performances vary)
Services and FacilitiesExhibitions, theatre, live music, food and drink, shop, comedy
Commercial and hire servicesVenue available for hire