If you are looking for something different to do this half term we have put together a few suggestion of places to visit this week and beyond.

Halloween in the City – Monster Invasion – Manchester City Centre 
26th October till 1st November 

Look out, look up, beware.  The monsters are back in town!  Giant monsters take over Manchester’s rooftops and buildings.  The monsters will be on display at seven locations across the city.  

Visitors to the city centre will be able to see some old favourites including Filthy Luker’s iconic giant tentacles, along with new monsters for this year. And those who share their pics of the monsters on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MCRMonsters will be in with a chance of winning a shopping weekend in Manchester!

For information about where the monsters are located then take a look at the Visit Manchester website

50 Windows of Creativity – Art Trail around Manchester City Centre
26th October to 5th December  

This Autumn Manchester will host 50 Windows of Creativity, a showcase of the work of artists and makers displayed in a series of windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the city centre.  The displays will feature multiple art forms from fine art and photography to ceramics, crafts, mosaics and murals. 

The trail map can be collected from Manchester Visitor Information Centre in Central Library or downloaded from the Bee in the City here.

Images of Protest: Black Lives Matter – Peoples History Museum
Now until Sunday 3rd January 2021 

This slideshow features the images of photographer Jake Hardy, who attended the Black Lives Matter protests in Manchester during May and June 2020.  Accompanying the images on display is Jake’s personal story of what it felt like to take part in the protests. 

Register to visit the museum on their website here.

FilmFear cinema season – HOME 
29th October till 6th November 

The FilmFear cinema season returns to HOME and the Film4 channel for the fourth year, with a line-up of horror, dark fantasy, eerie thrillers and uncanny tales for the Halloween period.  With sneak previews, classics and events this year’s season is not one to be missed. 

Book tickets here on the HOME website.

Beauty and the Beasts; falling in love with insects Manchester Museum – open Wednesday to Sunday 11 till 4. 

Bringing together hundreds of insects from the museum’s collection together with the work of scientists and artists the exhibition invites you to encounter the beauty in these beasts.  It highlights that the vast majority of insects are not only harmless but are vital for maintaining earth as we know it.  This is part of the museum’s mission to build a sustainable world.  Insects keep the ecosystems working and are the food of the world but are under threat. 

The exhibition can also be experienced digitally. 

Booking a free timed ticket is essential  www.museum.manchester.ac.uk  

Coming Soon

Grayson’s Art Club – Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 25 November 2020 – Sunday 18 April 2021. 

An exhibition of works selected by Grayson Perry during Grayson’s Art Club, the popular Channel 4 TV series.  The works on display are a very personal visual representations of lockdown. This celebration of creativity in people’s homes chronicled the changing moods of Britain in isolation, providing a unique record of this globally experienced extraordinary time. 

Tickets for Grayson’s Art Club will be available to book on the Manchester Art Gallery website shortly. 

For loads more information on where to visit and what to do check out the Visit Manchester Website, or contact the visitor information team at visitorinformation@manchester.gov.uk or in person at Central Library.

Image courtesy of The Vain Photo’s