To support the safe reopening of Greater Manchester’s tourism industry, we’re providing a weekly list of ten things that you can plan and enjoy for the week ahead, starting Saturday 10 October.  

All businesses mentioned in this blog are following the relevant government guidance but please familiarise yourself with our Know Before You Go page as you plan your trip to make sure that you have the latest information.  

When out and about in Greater Manchester, please remember to keep your distance from others, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly. 

Manchester Art Gallery Interior

Ten things to do in Greater Manchester this week 

1. Bolton has had a bit of a time of it in recent months, with the boroughs hospitality industry having taken a particularly hard hit. Why not plan a day trip to explore Bolton Museum’s fantastic galleries including the acclaimed Bolton’s Egypt exhibition, then take a wander around popular filming location Le Mans Crescent, pop into Bolton Market to pick up some lovely local produce and finish up with a drink and tea at one of the towns many great pubs. The museum is currently open 9am-5pm on Tuesday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. 

2. The beautiful Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel has been welcoming guests again for just over a month. Peter Street Kitchen, the hotel’s Japanese and Mexican inspired restaurant is open for bookings, as well as The Library curated by Assouline bar space for luxe drinks and nibbles. Plus the spa – arguably one of the best in the city – is now open for residents. Why not book in for an overnight stay, dinner and spa package? 

3Sightseeing Manchester – the city’s hop-on, hop-off bus tour – has returned operating Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The tour takes in a route that covers most of Manchester city centre, parts of Salford including Salford Cathedral and The Quays, as well as Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum North. 

4. A brand new opening came to Manchester on Thursday 24 September when Napoleons Casino & Restaurant opened on Portland Street. The 24-hour Manchester casino, situated next door to Hotel Brooklyn, has a huge range of gaming tables, including American Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker and Punto Banco, plus the latest market-leading Slot Machines and Electronic Roulette. A luxurious restaurant overlooking the buzzing gaming floor offers delicious gourmet grills, creative vegan and vegetarian dishes and a variety of world cuisines. 

5The Maker’s Market roams various locations across the North West offering a chance to support small businesses selling crafts, jewellery and food and drink. Check the site and make a note of their calendar where you can find them interchangeably outside the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester city centre, outside The Lowry at Salford Quays, in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter, as well as in Stockport, Sale, Cheadle, Chorlton and West Didsbury. 

6. The People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy is now welcoming visitors to explore the past, present, and future of ideas worth fighting for. Opening hours are now Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm and to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience the team have introduced an online registration system where you can select a date and time up to two weeks in advance to visit the museum. Starting Friday 9 October and running until Sunday 1 November, People’s History Museum is taking part in the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search. 

7. Over at HOME, the art centre’s resident company Young Identity are launching their brand-new poetry collection, offering an amazing retrospective of the work they have produced over the first five years of HOME. Working from HOME is a one-off special event to launch their new book of poetry on Tuesday 13 October featuring performances from the hearts of some of the finest emceeing poets in Manchester. 

8. All the big shops and retail centres across the region are open and if you visit the Trafford Centre you can make a day of it with a visit to Sea Life Centre, Legoland Discovery Centre, Dino Falls Adventure Golf or Treetop Adventures. If you fancy more of an indie vibe, Northern Quarter icon the Manchester Craft and Design Centre is now open each Tuesday to Saturday throughout October and is the perfect place to pick up gifts or treats from a range of fantastic independent makers. 

9Manchester Art Gallery threw open its doors on Thursday 20 August and is now open five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors are able to see the gallery’s much-loved displays of British and European art and design, including the world-famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Millais, Holman Hunt and Rossetti, and other highlights including works by Stubbs, Turner, Landseer, Lord Leighton, and Wagner’s The Chariot Race. See the gallery’s website to pre-book a slot. 

10. And finally… walking tours are back and there are loads to choose from. Manchester Guided Tours are running their Discover Manchester tour every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, offering an ideal way to get reacquainted with the city. For an alternative viewpoint, tour guide Hayley Flynn has recommenced her hugely popular Street Art: The Modern History of the Northern Quarter with a selection of tour dates across autumn. Emma Fox is offering bespoke tours, covering places such as Southern Cemetery and the Bridgewater Canal Trail around Worsley. Jonathan Schofield has a vast array of tours to choose from, but one of his most popular explores the abandoned majesty of Mayfield Station, running on selected dates throughout October and November. And Ed Glinert who runs New Manchester Walks has several varied tours planned throughout October with highlights this upcoming week including ‘The Pankhursts: Suffragette City’, ‘Strangeways: No Escape!’, and ‘L.S. Lowry’s Manchester’.  

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