Things to do this November

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

Food & Drink

CAFF at First Street
CAFF

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

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.

North Taproom Circle Square
North Taproom

North Taproom serves up everything from small-batch craft ale to high-end cocktails alongside a well-designed menu of Asian street food.

SEESAW

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

At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | Until 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.

(Un)Defining Queer
The Whitworth | Until 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.

Golden Mummies of Egypt
Manchester Museum | Until 14 April 2024

Catch the final weeks of Manchester Museum’s re-opening exhibition, the Golden Mummies of Egypt which closes its doors in April. Don’t miss your last chance to see it!

A Tale of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | Until 2 April 2024

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.

Traces of Displacement
The Whitworth | Until 7 January 2024

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

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World
The Whitworth | Until 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.

Marketing the Manchester Ship Canal 1919-1939
Manchester Central Library | Until 15 January 2024

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

A Fine Toothed Comb curated by Lubaina Himid
HOME | Until 7 January 2024

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

Robert John Watson: The Sky Above Her
Manchester Central Library | Until 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.

Omid Asadi
Castlefield Gallery | Until 21 January 2024

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

John Cake / Dead Cats and A Kinky Bus Pass
HOME | Until 7 January 2024

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

Web to Verse
Modal Gallery | Until 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.

bound & UN:IK Pop-Up Store
Circle Square | Until 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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Solstice and Equinox Series
The Manchester Museum | Until 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Museum of Austerity
HOME | Until 11 November 2023

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

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.

Light Falls
Grosvenor East Theatre | Until 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.

Louder Than Words Festival
INNSIDE by Meliá Hotel | Until 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hamilton
Palace Theatre | Until 24 February 2024

The last chance to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning Hamilton as its 15-week run at The Palace comes to an end.

Manchester Animation Festival 2023
HOME | Until 17 November 2023

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

Reginald D. Hunter
HOME | Until 13 November 2023

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

This Kind of Black
HOME | Until 18 November 2023

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

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.

Manchester Art Fair
Manchester Central Convention Centre | Until 19 November 2023

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

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.

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

High Times and Dirty Monsters
HOME | Until 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Material Power: Palestinian Embroideries
The Whitworth | Until 7 April 2024

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

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.

Hot Orange
Contact | Until 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.

The Merchant of Venice (1936)
HOME | Until 2 December 2023

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

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.

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.

Little Red
HOME | Until 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
HOME

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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