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. Here’s our pick of the top things to do this month on the Oxford Road Corridor.

More Things to Do

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 Dec 2021 Completely A Hustling Place
Manchester Central Library | 21 October – 31 December 2021

Completely A Hustling Place is an exhibition at Central Library from Venture Arts that offers an exciting and immersive showcase of creativity and studio output over the past year.

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.

From Nov 2021 Below The Bridge
The Thirsty Scholar | 27 November 2021

Below The Bridge is an all-day live music event featuring the best new bands and singer-songwriters from across Manchester.

Until Dec 2021 John Powell-Jones: CYBERJUNK
Castlefield Gallery | 17 October – 19 December 2021

John Powell-Jones’ first major solo exhibition CYBERJUNK includes 3D and 2D animation, life-size characters, a comic book, ceramics and tufted wall hangings.

Until Nov 2021 The Queer House: Pink Lemonade
Contact Theatre | 23 – 27 November 2021

After a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and a revival at the Bush Theatre early in September, Mika Onyx Johnson’s The Queer House: Pink Lemonade comes to Contact.

From Nov 2021 William Doyle
YES | 29 November 2021

Mercury Prize-nominated artist William Doyle performs at YES following the release of his new album Great Spans of Muddy Time, on which he continues his unique exploration of pop, art-rock, ambient and idiosyncratic compositions.

Until Dec 2021 Speakers’ Corner: Sisterhood
Contact Theatre | 27 September – 6 December 2021

Speakers’ Corner: Sisterhood is a free exhibition at Contact – part celebration of sisterhood and part show of colourful individuality.

Until Dec 2021 House of Gucci
HOME | 26 November – 10 December 2021

HOME screen House of Gucci, the latest film from Ridley Scott featuring an all-star cast including Adam Driver, Lady Gaga and Al Pacino.

Until Jan 2022 The Nancy Rothwell Award
The Whitworth | 8 October 2021 – 9 January 2022

The Nancy Rothwell Award has encouraged and celebrated biological specimen drawing since 2014 – promoting the value of observation, creativity and artistry in science learning and discovery.

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They were our top pick of things to do this month, but there’s always lots to do in and around Oxford Road.

Oxford Road Corridor is Manchester’s innovation district with knowledge and culture to be discovered around every corner, from the historic Central Library in St Peter’s Square to the sprawling campuses of The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, both adorned with beautiful architecture and surrounded by landmarks, historic parks and contemporary green spaces.

There is a rich cultural heritage on Oxford Road Corridor with many of Manchester’s famous music venues here, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated evening at a world-class concert hall or an all-night rave, you can find a venue that suits your mood. For fans of the stage, there is a wide-ranging choice of theatre and performance on offer, from the contemporary and cutting-edge to huge musicals and family favourites. Likewise, the museums and galleries offer on Oxford Road Corridor is unrivalled in Manchester, with impressive historic and contemporary spaces that suit families looking for adventurous days out and culture buffs keen to see a mix of famous and emerging visual arts.

With hidden gems and heritage to uncover too and a huge variety of food and drink options available, there’s are always exciting things to do here on the Oxford Road Corridor.

Museums & Galleries

External shot of The Whitworth Where you will find The Whitworth Café
The Whitworth

The gallery in the park which has gained global attention with contemporary exhibition programmes giving new life to international collections.

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

A truly hands-on experience celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer.

External shot of The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the place where the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union – later known as the suffragettes – took place.

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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
HOME

Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture has something for everyone with five cinemas, two theatres, art gallery, bookshop and restaurants.

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

Food & Drink

Exterior of The Eighth Day Shop & Cafe
The Eighth Day Shop & Cafe

You can stop by on your lunch for a quick takeaway sandwich or burrito to take back to your desk or enjoy across the road in All Saints Park, or you stay longer and pick from a menu of mains in their downstairs cafe.

Shot of bee sculpture in HATCH Mancheseter
Hatch

Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.

A sandwich prepared at TAKK University Green
TAKK University Green

Takk at University Green is an Icelandic inspired, independent coffee shop that offers tasty, artisan, single-source coffee and delicious brunch, snack and vegetarian options.

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Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

The Refuge

The Refuge, at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, is a luxurious, modern restaurant, housed in a magnificent, Alfred Waterhouse designed, Victorian brick and terracotta building offers 10,000 sq ft of drinking and dining for everyone and anyone with the instruction “Come As You Are”.

A dish from WOOD Manchester
WOOD Manchester

WOOD Manchester offers one of the cities best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef UK winner Simon Wood.

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Seoul Kimchi

Seoul Kimchi is an intimate restaurant on Upper Brook Street that serves Manchester’s most acclaimed Korean cuisine.

The bar area of The Font in Manchester
The Font

The Font Manchester is a cracking bar found just off Oxford Road on New Wakefield St where it’s been for over 20 years.

Interior shot of Temple Bar in Mancheter
The Temple

Originally called The Temple of Convenience owing to its former life as a public toilet block, this is a tiny bar with some of the finest bathroom graffiti in town.

An image of a sign outside Sandbar on the Oxford Road Corridor
Sandbar

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

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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.

Cocktails at Bunny Jackson's
Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint

Bunny Jackson’s is a late-night music venue, dive bar and American diner on First Street. Expect cocktails, cold beer and chicken wings.

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.

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.

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.

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Holiday Inn Express

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