Things to do this June

Image: Surface printed wallpaper, 1966, designed by Catherine Beevers for Howarths Limited, Manchester. Courtesy the Whitworth, The University of Manchester

June is a massive month here on the Oxford Road Corridor with major exhibitions, festivals, some excellent gigs and the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

There are lots of things to do this June, starting with the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend that’s so action-packed we’re written its own guide which you can read here.

British Art Show 9 has opened and can be explored across Corridor venues including the Whitworth, Manchester Poetry Library, Castlefield Gallery and HOME. Also not to be missed is the Manchester School of Art Degree that will feature the work of hundreds of students across Art, Design and Media.

Following the success of last year’s Homeground, HOME presents the First Street Festival, a five-weekend event in Tony Wilson Place that will have a range of free activities including live music, family events, drag performances, yoga, DJs and more.

Take a look at the Festival of Libraries, a five-day multi-venue celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries and the extraordinary stories of everyday creativity that happen within them. As ever there are some great lit events at Blackwell’s this month as well as Manchester Poetry Library’s Love to Read programme.

There are some cracking gigs this June, including a joint headline performance from two brilliant musicians, Yasmin Williams and Gwenifer Raymond at YES, Grammy Award-winning musician St. Vincent plays Manchester Academy and there is some old school electronic action from The Avalanches and The Orb. Classical highlights include Catch Maya Youssef and Clare Hammond at RNCM and The Halle at The Bridgewater Hall.

Top things to do this month

Everything happening in June

Until Aug 2025 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.

Until Sep 2022 Still Parents Life after Baby Loss
The Whitworth | 24 September 2021 – 4 September 2022

Still Parents is the first exhibition of its kind, creating a platform to share personal stories open conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss.

Until Dec 2022 Open House
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 December 2022

Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967, this exhibition delves into the galley’s collection of around 10,000 examples.

Until Jul 2022 RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts
Royal Northern College of Music | 20 January – 8 July 2022

RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts occur throughout the year and are a great introduction to Manchester’s famous conservatoire.

Until Feb 2023 Exchanges
The Whitworth | 19 February 2022 – 10 February 2023

Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.

Until Jun 2022 A Woman’s Work
The Refuge | 8 March – 30 June 2022

A Woman’s Work is a celebration of 20th-century female documentary photography launching at The Refuge this International Woman’s Day.

Until Feb 2023 Fairy Tales
Z-arts | 5 April 2022 – 26 February 2023

Fairy Tales is Z-arts latest exhibition, an interactive world of play and storytelling for children up to 8-years old and their grown-ups.

Until Aug 2022 Intervention by Phil Collins and Oleksiy Radynski
HOME | 25 May – 22 August 2022

In response to Russia’s invasion of its sovereign neighbour, Collins and Radynski transform Engels into a mouthpiece, amplifying the voices of Ukrainian writers and activists

Until Sep 2022 British Art Show 9
HOME, Castlefield Gallery & the Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. Each of the four exhibitions will also adapt to local contexts. In Manchester the exhibition will engage with the evolving nature of work and the ongoing struggle to shape a new social contract.

Until Sep 2022 British Art Show 9
The Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Alongside partners across the city, the Whitworth will host the forthcoming British Art Show 9, the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK

Until Sep 2022 British Art Show 9
Castlefield Gallery | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition British Art Show 9 is at Castlefield Gallery until 4 September.

Until Sep 2022 British Art Show 9
HOME | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Heading to HOME, The British Art Show is recognised as the most pertinent recurring exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK.

Until Jul 2022 MADE IT 2022: Annual North West Graduate Art Prize 
HOME | 27 May – 24 July 2022

Presented at HOME and across Manchester City Centre in collaboration with Jack Arts, Short Supply’s annual MADE IT exhibition features work from over 200 new art graduates based in the North West.

Until Sep 2022 PIVOT: Editions
Castlefield Gallery | 27 May – 4 September 2022

Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable editioned work you can buy and own from five North West-based artists.

Until Jul 2022 First Street Festival
HOME | 1 June – 2 July 2022

HOME present First Street Festival 2022, a five-weekend celebration with music and performance in Tony Wilson Place from 2nd June 2022.

Until Jul 2022 Sister Act
Palace Theatre | 27 June – 9 July 2022

Based on the 1992 American comedy, the Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this Summer.

Jun 2022 RNCM Composers’ Concert
Royal Northern College of Music | 29 June 2022

A free concert from RNCM chamber musicians performing new works from student composers.

Jun 2022 Behind the Scenes Tour
Manchester Central Library | 30 June 2022

Explore the areas not normally accessible to the general public at Central Library and discover how they tell the story of this iconic building.

Jun 2022 Radna Fabias and Kim Moore: Ways of Seeing
Manchester Poetry Library | 30 June 2022

Dutch-Antillean poet Radna Fabias joins Kim Moore to read from their latest work at this special event.

Jun 2022 RNCM Big Band
Royal Northern College of Music | 30 June 2022

Guitarist Mike Walker returns alongside pianist and composer Nikki Iles for a jazz-filled soiree with the RNCM Big Band.

Jun 2022 First Street Festival: The Untold Orchestra Friday
HOME | 30 June 2022

The Untold Orchestra are a partner for First Street Festival and will be programming the artists you’ll see 1-3 July.

Part of First Street Festival

Jul 2022 Wilko Johnson (rescheduled date) + special guest John Otway
Royal Northern College of Music | 1 July 2022

Wilko Johnson, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist and all-round national treasure returns to the live music arena at RNCM.

Jul 2022 RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Martyn Brabbins
The Bridgewater Hall | 1 July 2022

Join RNCM as they round off an exceptional year of music making with a celebratory concert at The Bridgewater Hall.

Jul 2022 Vice Versa
HOME | 1 – 2 July 2022

Performance-art meets theatre in Vice Versa, a one-woman combining 3D sound design with stunning visuals and physical/verbal storytelling.

Jul 2022 First Street Festival: The Untold Orchestra Saturday
HOME | 1 July 2022

The Untold Orchestra are a partner for First Street Festival and will be programming the artists you’ll see 1-3 July.

Part of First Street Festival

Jul 2022 First Street Festival: The Untold Orchestra Sunday
HOME | 2 July 2022

The Untold Orchestra are a collaborative orchestra made up of creative freelancers from across Manchester. Their aim is to play their role in supporting the amazing creativity present in communities across the city, through performances, workshops, collaborations and recording projects. Recent projects include Nina @ the NIA (a show remembering the legacy of Nina Simone […]

Part of First Street Festival

Jul 2022 Manchester Camerata with RNCM Students and Robin Wallington
Royal Northern College of Music | 5 July 2022

RNCM welcome Manchester Camerata to work side by side with their students in an exciting evening of music.

Jul 2022 Much Ado About Nothing
Victoria Baths | 7 July 2022

Time & Again take on Shakespeare’s joyous comedy Much Ado About Nothing featuring deck chairs, dancing, and their ever distinctive vintage costumes.

Jul 2022 Here & Now
HOME | 7 – 9 July 2022

Here & Now mischievously re-examines the pact between audience and performer and celebrates the beautiful ‘here and now’ of live theatre.

Jul 2022 Richard Dawson & Circle
Gorilla | 8 July 2022

Richard Dawson joins forces with Finnish band Circle – described as “the world’s greatest band – in every category” – to bring their collaborative record onto the live stage.

Jul 2022 The 21c Global Orchestra
Royal Northern College of Music | 8 July 2022

Young musicians from leading music conservatoires across the world join RNCM students to explore The 21c Global Orchestra.Young musicians from leading music conservatoires across the world join RNCM students to explore The 21c Global Orchestra.

Jul 2022 Creed Bratton
Gorilla | 9 July 2022

Back by popular demand! Get ready for an evening of music and comedy from star of the US version of The Office, Creed Bratton.

Jul 2022 Scottee: Fat Blokes
HOME | 9 July 2022

A sort of dance show about flab, double chins & the men they are attached to.

Jul 2022 Alfie’s First Fight
Z-arts | 10 July 2022

Alfie’s First Fight is a funny and heart-warming show that packs a punch for children aged 5+ and their grown-ups.

Jul 2022 Hollie McNish: Slug Book Tour
HOME | 14 July 2022

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed.

Jul 2022 W.H. Lung
Gorilla | 16 July 2022

The sparkling synth pop and Motorik Krautrock of Manchester-based three-piece W.H. Lung head to Gorilla this summer.

Jul 2022 Trailblazers! Women of Greater Manchester
Manchester Central Library | 18 July 2022

Trailblazers! Women of Greater Manchester is a mini-festival at the Central Library celebrates histories of Greater Manchester women.

Jul 2022 Salaam Festival
HOME | 19 – 24 July 2022

Salaam Festival is a Manchester-based biennial festival that explores the future of Muslim art and culture through the production of original work and presents artists across disciplines and genres.

Jul 2022 Arōōr/ǎ
HOME | 21 – 25 July 2022

Arōōr/ǎ is an Afro-Futurist project that tries to imagine the possibilities of a Somali future. Part of Salaam Festival at HOME.

Jul 2022 The Singh Twins – Jallianwala: Repression & Retribution
The Whitworth | 22 July 2022

Manchester Museum is excited to be hosting a private screening of The Singh Twins’ film Jallianwala: Repression & Retribution

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

Jul 2022 South Asian Heritage Month Festival
The Whitworth | 22 – 23 July 2022

Manchester Museum is celebrating South Asian Heritage Month with an unmissable two-day festival featuring film, music, workshops and more.

Jul 2022 Kamaal Williams and Yazz Ahmed
Manchester Academy | 22 July 2022

An exclusive double-bill at Manchester Academy with two of the most exciting contemporary jazz artists, Kamaal Williams and Yazz Ahmed.

Jul 2022 Muguwa
HOME | 22 – 24 July 2022

Muguwa (rope, Luganda) explores the duality, fluidity and anchoring within man’s journey. Part of Salaam Festival at HOME.

Jul 2022 Taboos & Untouched Topics
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

Join Our Shared Cultural Heritage for a poetry workshop exploring taboos and untouched topics within South Asian culture and community.

Jul 2022 A Celebration of Bengali Folk Musical Heritage – Curated by Anindita Ghosh
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

A tribute to, and celebration of Bengali folk music, that has shaped the cultural identity of Bengali communities both in South Asia and the diaspora, including the UK.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

Jul 2022 Writing workshop with Anita Sethi
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

Join Anita Sethi and explore themes of place, nature, journeying and how writing can bring a sense of belonging.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

Jul 2022 Manchester Museum: Meet the South Asia Gallery Collective
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

Get an insight into Manchester Museum’s ground-breaking South Asia Gallery, its development, vision and goals.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

Jul 2022 Wiki
Yes | 24 July 2022

Carrying the torch for NYC’s master MC’s; representing for the freaks, wierdos and underbelly culture.

Jul 2022 Behind the Scenes Tour
Manchester Central Library | 28 July 2022

Explore the areas not normally accessible to the general public at Central Library and discover how they tell the story of this iconic building.

Jul 2022 Contact Young Company X GOBSQUAD: While We Were Waiting, Something Changed
Contact Theatre | 28 July 2022

CYC team up with Gobsquad to create an outdoor, immersive experience this summer at Contact.

Sep 2022 Vir Das: Wanted
HOME | 1 September 2022

A show about freedom, a journey into foolishness, and a perspective that takes you across the world.

Sep 2022 Manchester Psych Festival
YES | 3 September 2022

Manchester Psych Fest is an all-day celebration of psychedelic music and art, returning to the Oxford Road Corridor in September.

Sep 2022 Katy J Pearson
Gorilla | 22 September 2022

Katy J Pearson heads to Gorilla, performing live on 22 September in support of her new album, “Sound Of The Morning”.

Sep 2022 Sophie Hagan: Fat Jokes
Contact | 23 – 24 September 2022

Sofie Hagan returns to her craft of devastatingly brilliant joke writing and storytelling with Fat Jokes at Contact.

Sep 2022 12 Last Songs
HOME | 24 September 2022

12 Last Songs constructs a fleeting portrait of society. There are no actors. It’s a live exhibition of people taking place over 12 hours.

Sep 2022 Hear Me Now Manchester Book Launch
Contact | 26 September 2022

Celebrate the book launch of 101 brand new monologues written for actors who are either from the Global Majority and/or deaf and disabled. Contact and HOME are proud to have been a part of Hear Me Now Audition Monologues (Volume 2) book! This book launch will feature performances and panel discussions from Manchester’s vibrant artistic […]

From Sep 2022 Kin
HOME | 27 September – 1 October 2022

Prepare to be moved to the core by Gecko’s hypnotising beauty, compelling global soundtrack, and unbarred emotion. Look inwards and ask ‘Who am I, and where do I belong?’

From Sep 2022 Indy Man Beer Con 2022
Victoria Baths | 29 September – 2 October 2022

Manchester Yogis takeover Victoria Baths once again to celebrate happiness, love & yoga at Manchester’s 4th International Festival of Yoga.

Sep 2022 Spoken Movement: Family Honour
Contact | 29 September 2022

A brilliantly unique meeting of hip hop and theatre, Spoken Movement’s Family Honour asks how far one would go to uphold family expectations.

Sep 2022 Not Your Circus Dog: Not F**kin Sorry
Contact | 29 September 2022

Join the Not Your Circus Dog collective in an evening of shameless sexy punk crip cabaret.

Sep 2022 New Dawn Fades: A Play about Joy Division & Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music | 29 – 30 September 2022

A new production of New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester celebrates its 10th anniversary at RNCM.

Sep 2022 Black Angel: Newvision
Contact | 30 September 2022

Black Angel: NewVision is an exhibition that looks at the present and towards the future representation of LBT Black and Asian women.

Oct 2022 Neighbourhood Festival
Gorilla, YES, The Ritz | 1 October 2022

One of Manchester’s favourite multi-venue festivals is back! Neighbourhood Festival will be taking over Manchester city centre this October.

Oct 2022 English National Ballet: Swan Lake
Palace Theatre | 5 – 8 October 2022

The world’s most famous ballet returns to cast its spell in English National Ballet’s stunning production.

Oct 2022 Outbox: Groove
Contact | 5 October 2022

Be immersed in lights, lasers and video, and era-defining and defying original beats. Prepare to leave it all on the dance floor… get ready to GROOVE.

Oct 2022 Roma Havers: LOB
Contact Theatre | 5 October 2022

LOB is a tennis, poetry bonanza about moving through sporting spaces as a queer body, written and performed by Roma Havers.

Oct 2022 Black Angel 25
Contact | 8 October 2022

Late night late 90s pioneering club night Black Angel returns to Contact to celebrate their 25th birthday.

Oct 2022 SOAK
Yes | 9 October 2022

Northern Irish singer-songwriter SOAK comes to Manchester, performing at YES in support of their latest album If I Never Know You Like This Again.

Oct 2022 With My Ear to the Wall
Contact Theatre | 9 October 2022

With My Ear to the Wall is a tactile audio installation of tumblers, placed to the wall. Inciting empathy, curiosity and a sense of closeness, With My Ear to the Wall is an opportunity to eavesdrop on the tender insights of the lives of strangers. Created with local people.

Oct 2022 Beautiful
Palace Theatre | 11 – 15 October 2022

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

Oct 2022 Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester
Victoria Baths | 13 – 16 October 2022

Victoria Baths welcome back the excellent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester, a must-attend event for craft lovers.

Oct 2022 GZA – 25th Anniversary of Liquid Swords
Manchester Academy | 17 October 2022

Wu-Tang Clan MC and hip hop legend, GZA, heads to Manchester Academy to honour the 25th anniversary of his seminal album, Liquid Swords.

Oct 2022 Amy Vreeke: Glowing
Contact | 18 October 2022

Candid, ferocious, funny and loud, Glowing debunks the myths that pregnant women are having the time of their lives and new mothers spend their days softly singing nursery rhymes to sleeping babies.

Oct 2022 Blak Whyte Gray
HOME | 20 – 22 October 2022

Fuelled by an emotional energy, this triple bill pairs the concentrated physicality of select hip-hop dance styles with the rhythmical groove of music and moves evoking Africa.

From Oct 2022 Disney’s The Lion King
Palace Theatre | 27 October – 24 December 2022

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award-winning musical is a unique theatrical experience you can experience at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

Nov 2022 The Cherry Orchard
HOME | 2 – 19 November 2022

Vinay Patel reimagines Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for 2022 and beyond, in a world premiere production directed by James Macdonald.

Nov 2022 Manchester Art Fair
Manchester Central Convention Centre | 4 – 6 November 2022

One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs, Manchester Art Fair, returns to Manchester Central on the 20th and 21st of November.

Nov 2022 Poppy Ajudha
Yes | 6 November 2022

South London singer-songwriter Poppy Ajudha brings her unique jazzy vocal tone and melodies to YES this April.

Nov 2022 Tim Burgess
Gorilla | 10 November 2022

The Charlatans frontman and all around local hero Tim Burgess plays Gorilla in support of latest release I Love The New Sky.

Nov 2022 Scottee: Class
HOME | 23 November 2022

Award-winning artist Scottee uncovers what it is to be embarrassed about where you’re from, how you can pretend to be posher than you are and why you should never answer the door.

Nov 2022 Phoebe Green
YES | 26 November 2022

Alt-pop artist Phoebe Green makes a stop at YES on her first headline tour.

Dec 2022 Duckwrth
Gorilla | 3 December 2022

Duckwrth is an American rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles. Don’t miss this rare Manchester visit on 3 Dec 2022.

Dec 2022 There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories
HOME | 9 – 23 December 2022

A magical mix of puppetry and music as we discover more about our animal friends and what we can do to help.

Dec 2022 Rob Newman
HOME | 9 December 2022

Fresh from his BBC Radio 4 series Rob Newman On Air, the a comedian’s new show comes to HOME.

Dec 2022 Bourgeois & Maurice: Pleasure Seekers
HOME | 16 – 17 December 2022

Gloriously unhinged yet bizarrely life-affirming, this brand new show is a high-energy homage to hedonism in all its filthy, fabulous glory.

Feb 2023 Marty and the Party
HOME | 23 – 25 February 2023

Marty and the Party is an adorable and cheeky show for young audiences and their grown-ups.

Mar 2023 Too Much World at Once
HOME | 3 – 11 March 2023

A lyrical, theatrical journey that spans continents and lives, Too Much World at Once is an urgent coming-of-age story for our times.

From Mar 2023 Of All The Beautiful Things In the World
HOME | 24 March – 15 April 2023

Yusra Warsama takes Lorca’s classic ‘The House of Bernada Alba’ as inspiration for this powerful new production, as she exports Lorca’s language to a Moss Side home.

Apr 2023 The Bodyguard
Palace Theatre | 3 – 15 April 2023

The international, award-winning smash-hit musical The Bodyguard returns to The Palace Theatre.

From Jun 2023 Economics the Blockbuster
The Whitworth | 1 June 2023 – 1 January 2024

Economics the Blockbuster is a major new research and exhibition project, developed in collaboration with Alliance Manchester Business School.

Jul 2023 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical
Palace Theatre | 4 – 23 July 2023

The smash-hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on Roald Dahl’s classic story.

See what’s on

Sunday Roasts

Sunday Roasts are one of the UK’s more fiercely guarded traditions, something loved by locals and a must-try for visitors. Luckily, some of the best Sunday Roasts in Manchester are plated right here on the Oxford Road Corridor.

Museums & Galleries

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.

External shot of 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.

External shot of Victoria Baths
Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is located just outside of the Oxford Road Corridor, but it’s an iconic treasure that’s well worth a visit.

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.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

Live Music

Green Spaces

Flowers in bloom at All Saints Park one of the green spaces on Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

Trees in bloom at Whitworth Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor taken by Friends of Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

A view of people gathering on the grass at Brunswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

University Green

University Green is a modern home for retailers and food and drink outlets as well as a tree-lined green space for the public to enjoy.

A view of the green lawns at Symphony Park
Symphony Park

Circle Square is home to Symphony Park, a beautifully landscaped new space green space designed for socialising, entertaining, relaxing and exploring.

Alan Gilbert Square

The outdoor area directly in front of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, the University of Manchester’s 24/7 study and learning space, provides green spaces for students to enjoy during breaks from teaching and learning.

Where to stay

The lobby of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

Midland Hotel Lobby Manchester Oxford Road Corridr
The Midland Hotel

The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.

Image of the chandelier at Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road
Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.