Our top tips for making the most of the week ahead, with brilliant things to do across the whole of Greater Manchester…  


1. Napoleon marches into Bury for a new exhibition at The Fusilier Museum 

A new exhibition at the Fusilier Museum in Bury has opened, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death. Napoleon in Exile offers a fascinating insight into the infamous military leader, with special objects on display including Napoleon’s recognisable tunic, which is on special loan from a museum in Paris. The exhibition will run until 2022 and joins the existing collections at the museum, which documents over 300 years of history, telling the stories of the people who have served and continue to serve in the Regiments.  

2. Join an event as part of Manchester Literature Festival at HOME 

The first event from Manchester Literature Festival takes place on Saturday 9 October at HOME. From Manchester with Love: Paul Morley in Conversation with Lonelady will offer insight into the life of Tony Wilson, founder of the Haçienda and co-founder of Factory Records, whose legacy is still shapinged Manchester’s music and cultural scene. This event is the first in a series of talks and readings as part of the festival, which runs until 17 October. Tickets for events can be purchased here.  

3. Explore the home of the Suffragette movement at the Pankhurst Centre 

The Pankhurst Centre, former home of the Pankhurst Family, including Emmeline and Christabel – the trailblazing suffragettes who fought for women’s rights leading to a law change to allow them to vote in 1918, is open to the public with a new permanent exhibition on the Pankhurst family. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the small parlour where the first-ever meeting of the Suffragette movement took place, alongside objects telling the story of women’s fight for the right to vote.  

4. Visit the People’s History Museum and reflect on radical history 

The People’s History Museum is the UK’s national museum of democracy and based in the heart of Manchester – a city well-known for its radical, political past. The museum tells the stories of major events such as the Peterloo massacre, and the Suffragette movement, plus over 2,000 political posters including the Labour Party’s collection, and a changing collection of protest banners representing major protests from the last 200 years – plus temporary exhibitions including More in Common: in Memory of Jo Cox, and The Longest Act.  The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and is free to visit. Whilst there, be sure to drop into Open Kitchen, which runs the museum café, offering a menu that sources perfectly edible food that would otherwise go to waste.  

5. Join the special late-night preview of The Future of Sound at the Science and Industry Museum 

Inspired by the special exhibition Use Hearing Protection: the early years of Factory Records, an adults-only after hours Late explores The Future of Sound. Be one of the first to see a specially commissioned film about Factory Records and Manchester’s music scene, plus live new music from Hannah Ashcroft, Chesqua, and Lady Ice, created in-residence at the museum, and discover the latest in sound technology with interactive displays, including a AI composition by Vicky Clarke.  

New opening of the week: Track Brewery 

Track Brewing Co has opened the doors to its brand-new taproom located just behind Piccadilly Station – a stone’s throw away from another iconic brewery, Cloudwater. The Track taproom is located in the brewery itself, so you can watch the process from grain to glass with a beer in hand whilst also enjoying a rotating food offer that starts with the brilliant Patel’s Pies. The Track taproom is a true passion project for founder Sam Dyson whose journey started back in 2008 and has seen the brewery grow in various locations over the years before finally taking the keys to this new taproom in June 2020. 

+ BOOK NOW: Relive your childhood this Christmas with two fabulous festive shows 

This Christmas, Hope Mill Theatre is hosting the UK production of The Wiz: the Super Soul Musical ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, which has been a smash hit on Broadway in the US, and is back in the UK for the first time in 10 years! Running from 24 November 2021 to 22 January 2022, The Wiz tells the story we all know so well in a fabulous, new, soulful way. Tickets are now available to pre-book.  

Another exciting production this Christmas is The Lowry’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, coming to the much-loved theatre from 8 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, with a smash-hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, taking you back to Narnia with this piece of theatre production magic. Tickets are now on sale at The Lowry.