Want to know what's on in Manchester? Here's a list of things to do next month (that are actually worth doing)

2023 12 19 Barrioke
EastEnders fans won't want to miss this Image: Barrioke/Facebook


Considered one of the 'coolest men on TV', Shaun Williamson, AKA Barry from EastEnders is taking over Band on the Wall for an extra special evening of karaoke and laughs. Shaun will host the event, providing plenty of banter and entertainment as well giving some guests the opportunity to jump on stage with him for a sing-along.

Where: Band on the Wall
When: 13 January
Price: From £13.95
Tickets & more info: botw.ticketline.co.uk 

2023 12 19 Suga Kuchen Bread Class Room Forty 10 January
Is there anything better than fresh bread? Didn't think so. Image: Room Forty

Bread making workshop for beginners

There's nothing more comforting than the smell of fresh bread (apart from perhaps the taste of it with melted butter whilst its still warm from the oven). Learn your sourdough from your spelt and watch as your bread-making skills rise, thanks to the help of the pro's who'll show you how it's done.

Where: Suga Kuchen
When: 10 January
Price: From £65 (+ booking)
Tickets & more info: eventbrite.co.uk

2023 12 19 Jazz Sabbath
Black Sabbath songs, like you've never heard them before Image: Jazz Sabbath

Jazz Sabbath feat. Adam Wakeman

Like Black Sabbath? Like jazz? Well, you'll love this then. Expect jazz interpretations of the iconic heavy metal band, helmed by Black Sabbath's very own Adam Wakeman. Calling all Children of the Grave, this is one you won't want to miss.

Where: Band on the Wall
When: 30 January
Price: From £18
Tickets & more info: bandonthewall.org

2023 12 19 Magic At The Midland
An evening of magic and mystery Image: Magic at The Midland

Magic at The Midland

Be amazed with bamboozling tricks from Steve Price - one of the UK's top magicians. Set in Manchester's historic The Midland hotel, this venue provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of entertainment. Keep your eyes peeled, you won't want to miss a thing...

Where: The Midland Hotel
When: 13 January
Price: £24.50
Tickets & more info: eventbrite.co.uk

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A look inside Gorton Monastery Image: Confidentials

Manchester Camerata Winter Baroque by Candlelight

Set in the stunning Great Nave of the Monastery, guests can enjoy an intimate celebration of baroque music performed by Artistic Partner, Daniel Pioro. Expect the same grandeur of the baroque greats like Bach, Vivaldi and Rameau, all performed by candlelight for a warming and inviting evening of winter entertainment.

Where: Gorton Monastery
When: 28 January
Price: From £25.95 (+ booking)
Tickets & more info: manchestercamerata.co.uk

2023 12 19 The Nutcracker
Sprinkle some magic into your January Image: ATG Tickets/Nerubashenko Ballet

Nerubashenko Ballet presents The Nutcracker

A spectacular show for all ages, 'The Nutcracker' is a traditional festive delight full of charm and wonder. Be entranced by some of the world's best classical ballet dancers as they perform to Tchaikovsky's famous score. 

Where: Opera House Manchester
When: 20 January
Price: From £24.25 (+ booking)
Tickets & more info: atgtickets.com

2023 12 19 Food Sorcery Sushi
Learn the art of two Japanese favourites Image: Food Sorcery

Sushi & Gyoza Making Class

We all love sushi and gyoza, but making these dishes at home can be difficult. If you want to learn how to become a sushi-making pro, then Food Sorcery Didsbury is the place to go. During your session, you'll learn how to make popular types of sushi like makizushi and uramaki, as well as Yaki-Gyoza, Japan's most popular style of gyoza. Plus, you'll get to eat it all after - win, win. 

Where: Food Sorcery, Didsbury
When: 3 January
Price: £95
Tickets & more info: foodsorcery.co.uk

2023 12 19 Manchester River Cruises Swing Rat Pack
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing Image: Manchester River Cruises

Swing & Rat Pack on the River

Singer Russel Shaun is bringing cool swing and Rat Pack vibes to Manchester's waterways. Enjoy drinks on arrival and light snacks throughout the night as you sail through the city. Expect renditions of the greatest hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett.

Where: Manchester River Cruises
When: 20 January
Price: From £35 (+ booking)
Tickets & more info: manchesterrivercruises.com

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Kickstart 2024 with a bang Image: Pexels

Viennese New Year at The Bridgewater Hall

Start off 2024 with a waltz or two at The Bridgewater Hall's Viennese New Year celebration. This annual event from The Hallé transports you straight to the dance floors of Vienna.

Where: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
When: 6 January
Price: From £15.50 (+ booking)
Tickets & more info: bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Know of anything interesting coming up? Let me know on Twitter: @Harley__Young or drop me an email: harleyy@confidentials.com

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