Things to do this November

The nights may be drawing in as autumn gives way to winter, but there’s plenty of things to do in and around Oxford Road.

Food & Drink

CAFF at First Street

The team behind the award-winning street food venue GRUB have brought CAFF to First Street, promising ‘no messing brekkies and butties’.

Tahi Eggs Benedict

Tahi is the first restaurant of its kind in Manchester, bringing a myriad of flavours direct from New Zealand to the city. A must-visit culinary destination on Oxford Road.

A glass of beer at Bundobust Brewery
Bundobust Brewery

Bundobust Brewery in the St James Building on Oxford Street is the latest, and arguably the best addition to the ever-growing Bundobust chain.


Found within the SEESAW arts hub and creative workspace, the SEESAW Café is one of the best coffee shops in Manchester.

photo of roof terrace at big hands
Big Hands

Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.

Society Manchester

Society Manchester is a glorious indoor and outdoor space in the very heart of the city, with several street food vendors to choose from and a range of high-quality drinks.

More Things to Do

exhibition At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | 29 August 2021 – 31 August 2025

The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.

exhibition (Un)Defining Queer
The Whitworth | 26 January – 26 November 2023

(Un)Defining Queer delves into the Whitworth’s collection to examine how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means.

exhibition Golden Mummies of Egypt
The Manchester Museum | 18 February 2023 – 14 April 2024

Golden Mummies of Egypt is Manchester Museum’s re-opening exhibition. This one-of-a-kind cultural experience opens in February 2023.

heritage A Tale of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | 2 April 2023

A new exhibition exploring how Elizabeth Gaskell presented Manchester and its people through her novels and short stories, and the impact she had through her writing.

exhibition Traces of Displacement
The Whitworth | 7 April 2023 – 7 January 2024

Traces of Displacement uses the Whitworth’s collection to address one of the major humanitarian concerns – forced displacement.

exhibition Albrecht Dürer’s Material World
The Whitworth | 30 June 2023 – 10 March 2024

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World is the first major exhibition of the Whitworth’s outstanding Dürer collection in over half a century.

heritage Marketing the Manchester Ship Canal 1919-1939
Manchester Central Library | 29 July 2023 – 15 January 2024

Marketing the Manchester Ship Canal showcases original publicity material and print adverts created as marketing for the Port of Manchester.

exhibition A Fine Toothed Comb curated by Lubaina Himid
HOME | 7 October 2023 – 7 January 2024

Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid presents new commissions and work from artists Magda Stawarska, Rebecca Chesney and Tracy Hill.

visual arts Robert John Watson: The Sky Above Her
Manchester Central Library | 14 October – 30 December 2023

Exhibiting work spanning 20 years, Robert Watson, one of the country’s leading documentary and contemporary photographic artists, returns to Central Library.

exhibition Omid Asadi
Castlefield Gallery | 15 October 2023 – 21 January 2024

The first major UK solo exhibition by Omid Asad features new large-scale sculptural work exploring loss, memory and belonging.

exhibition John Cake / Dead Cats and A Kinky Bus Pass
HOME | 21 October 2023 – 7 January 2024

John Cake presents a brand-new solo exhibition bringing together painting, prints and installation.

exhibition Web to Verse
Modal Gallery | 26 October – 20 December 2023

MODAL’s latest exhibition explores the ways in which physical and digital life are no longer separate – rather, they are seamlessly bound together.

activity bound & UN:IK Pop-Up Store
Circle Square | 27 October – 4 November 2023

Powerhouse fashion brands UN:IK and bound are joining forces to bring a week-long celebration of independent culture at Circle Square.

talk Permissible Beauty film screening with Q&A
The Whitworth | 2 November 2023

Permissible Beauty responds to the absence of Black Queer visibility in our national story, exploring and celebrating what is unique about British Black and Queer identity.

theatre Nikesh Shukla: Brown Baby
Contact | 2 November 2023

How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?

music RNCM Symphony Orchestra: John Adams’ Harmonielehre
Royal Northern College of Music | 3 November 2023

RNCM Symphony Orchestra presents John Adams’ Harmonielehre, a 40-minute suite in three movements inspired by philosophy and dreams.

music Personal Trainer
The Deaf Institute | 4 November 2023

Personal Trainer is Willem Smit’s rock collective. Live, they have an ever-shifting line-up with members from bands like Pip Blom.

exhibition Solstice and Equinox Series
The Manchester Museum | 6 November – 12 January 2023

David Olusoga OBE delivers a lecture addressing the dilemma facing museums in the 21st Century. In person tickets are sold out but the event will be streamed online.

music Medium Build
The Deaf Institute | 6 November 2023

Alaskan Indie R&B songwriter Medium Build will perform at The Deaf Institute’s The Lodge space this November.

talk Creating the tiniest machines: harnessing molecular-level motion
International Anthony Burgess Foundation | 6 November 2023

Join Professor David Leigh for Creating the tiniest machines and discover the possibilities molecular-level machines hold.

talk Bunker Talks: The Long Dead Stars
The Salutation | 7 November 2023

Writing and Composing EDP inspired by Mudstone, peak steel, and the dogger formations of the North Yorkshire coastline.

literature How Manchester Made Shakespeare Modern
Manchester Central Library | 8 November 2023

Rosa Grindon’s journey from modest beginnings in a Derbyshire village to becoming a leading figure in literary and theatrical circles in Manchester, a ground-breaking Shakespearean scholar and, as a Suffragist, an outspoken champion of women’s rights.

music Bleach Lab
Canvas | 8 November 2023

Bleach Lab are always striving to break new ground and be constantly on the move sonically. See them at Canvas this November.

music Chartreuse
Yes | 8 November 2023

Formed in 2014, Chartreuse is a four-piece band from Birmingham whose music is pleasingly deep, rich and atmospheric modern folk.

theatre Museum of Austerity
HOME | 8 – 11 November 2023

English Touring Theatre, National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio and Trial & Error Studio present Museum of Austerity.

music The Hallé: Rush Hour – Prokofiev And Debussy
The Bridgewater Hall | 9 November 2023

Appearing for the first time with the Hallé, American conductor Roderick Cox conducts an hour of Prokofiev And Debussy in a Rush Hour concert.

theatre Light Falls
Grosvenor East Theatre | 9 – 11 November 2023

Light Falls is an extraordinary play by Simon Stephens that connects five relatives in five disparate English towns from Blackpool to Durham.

literature Louder Than Words Festival
INNSIDE by Meliá Hotel | 10 – 12 November 2023

The UK’s biggest music-literary Festival returns for its eleventh year with a huge line-up, from Will Sergeant (Echo and the Bunnymen) to Nick Banks (Pulp), Napalm Death’s Shane Embury, and Penetration’s Pauline Murray.

music Terje Isungset Ice Quartet
Royal Northern College of Music | 10 November 2023

Terje Isungset returns to the UK with his exquisite new quartet featuring voice, ice harp, ice horn, iceophone, ice percussion and ice bass.

music Gotts Street Park
Yes | 10 November 2023

Leeds-based trio Gotts Street Park takes a break from recording with the most exciting new vocalists to play a night of Neo-soul-infused jazz at Yes.

families Diwali
The Manchester Museum | 11 November 2023

Share in the colour and vibrancy of Diwali with a full day of celebrations for people of all ages and cultures at Manchester Museum.

theatre Hamilton
Palace Theatre | 11 November 2023 – 24 February 2024

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning Hamilton is touring the UK and is coming to Oxford Road’s Palace Theatre for a 15-week run.

festival Manchester Animation Festival 2023
HOME | 12 – 17 November 2023

Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest Animation Festival celebrating all things animation each November.

theatre Reginald D. Hunter
HOME | 12 – 13 November 2023

Join Reginald D. Hunter for an hour of exploring this phenomenon in this progressive work in a pre-next-variant world.

theatre This Kind of Black
HOME | 15 – 18 November 2023

This Kind of Black (Requiem for Black Boys) is the powerful new stage show from poet and musician Reece Williams.

theatre Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel
Contact | 16 November 2023

The Fool leaves King Lear before the blinding. Before the ice-creams in the interval. Tim Crouch draws on ideas of virtual reality to send the character back to the wreckage of the world they left.

visual arts Manchester Art Fair
Manchester Central Convention Centre | 17 – 19 November 2023

One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs, Manchester Art Fair, returns to Manchester Central on the 17-19 November.

music Ali Sethi
Gorilla | 17 November 2023

Ali Sethi is a Lahore-born writer and musician, a classically trained vocalist who is working on a record with producer Noah Georgeson.

literature MLF: Thurston Moore in Conversation
Manchester Central Library | 17 November 2023

A founding member of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore discusses his journey to becoming one of the most influential musicians of his generation.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

theatre High Times and Dirty Monsters
HOME | 17 – 18 November 2023

Radical, celebratory, and hard-hitting hip-hop theatre sharing the good, and not-so-good times of being young and disabled in 2023.

literature MLF: Doon Mackichan in Conversation
Manchester Central Library | 20 November 2023

British actor, comedian and writer Doon Mackichan joins MLF to launch her memoir, My Lady Parts: A Life Fighting Stereotypes.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

talk So, you think it’s easy to be an opera singer?
International Anthony Burgess Foundation | 21 November 2023

RNCM’s Lynne Dawson gives an insight into the training needed to prepare singers for this demanding profession.

food and drink Supper Club – Crossover + Balance
North Taproom | 22 November 2023

North Taproom: Circle Square are launching its first-ever Supper Club with an evening of delicious, limited-edition bao and beer pairings.

music Delia Derbyshire Day
Manchester Central Library | 23 November 2023

Central Library marks the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who and its hugely influential theme tune by electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire.

music Yazmin Lacey
Yes | 23 November 2023

Head to Yes at the end of the month to catch singer-songwriter Yazmin Lacy seamlessly blending jazz, soul and electronica.

exhibition Material Power: Palestinian Embroideries
The Whitworth | 24 November 2023 – 7 April 2024

Material Power: Palestinian Embroideries explores the historical life and contemporary significance of Palestinian embroidered dress.

music This Is The Kit
Manchester Academy | 24 November 2023

This Is The Kit tour in support of their richly illuminating album Off Off On, a record overflowing with ideas, energy and power.

theatre Hot Orange
Contact | 28 – 30 November 2023

Hot Orange follows Amina and Tandeki as they navigate what it takes to sustain love and friendship beyond childhood idealism – and the moment you fall in love.

theatre The Merchant of Venice (1936)
HOME | 28 November – 2 December 2023

Following a sell-out run in March, The Merchant of Venice (1936) returns to Manchester with Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock

activity Reclaim the Night
The University of Manchester Students’ Union | 29 November 2023

Reclaim The Night is back, starting at the Student’s Union on Oxford Road and marching down to Great Northen on Deansgate.

literature MLF: Naomi Alderman in Conversation
Manchester Central Library | 29 November 2023

Naomi Alderman discusses her new novel The Future, creating strong feminist characters, and her superpowers as a novelist and game writer.

theatre Little Red
HOME | 29 November – 6 December 2023

Join HOME this Christmas for a bold and highly theatrical re-telling of the well-known classic tale packed with music, dance and song.

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Places to go

Modal Gallery at School of Digitial Arts
Modal Gallery

Modal Gallery at SODA is the place to experience cutting-edge, immersive digital artwork from local and international artists.

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.

External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

This beautifully restored Grade II listed villa was once home to Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the UK’s most important Victorian writers.

The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Discover the story of the suffragettes and learn about women’s activism, past and present, at the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor

Manchester’s multi-purpose hub of creativity and discovery, bringing together film, theatre, art, and some of the city’s best social spaces.

Exterior Manchester Poetry Library
Manchester Poetry Library

Explore over 10,000 books and recordings at the North West’s first public poetry library, a brand-new addition to Manchester’s literary scene.

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Bars and Pubs on Oxford Road

Oxford Road is packed with a great range of bars and pubs where you can get your fill of cocktails, spirits and any other liquor you can think of. 

Food and Drink on Oxford Road

The food and drink in Manchester is some of the best in the UK with many of the finest offerings found here on the Oxford Road Corridor.

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Student Pubs and Bars

With thousands of students arriving in Manchester each year, there’s no shortage of student pubs and bars around Oxford Road.