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Walks and Zooms! Zooms and Walks! Yes, life has opened up and no, we at New Manchester Walks have not joined the European Super League of tour guides, and no, Ed Woodward has not joined New Manchester Walks. Join us for an entertaining, expert, enlightening opening up of Manchester history.
Sat 1 May, Marx & Engels in Manchester (on May Day), 10.30am, Engels statue, HOME.
Sun 2 May, On the Trail of L. S. Lowry, 2.30pm, TfGM Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens.
Mon 3 May, Manchester Architecture Explored and Explained, 2pm from the Midland Hotel.
Wed 5 May, Sylvia Pankhurst Annual Birthday Celebration, 11am, from St Ann’s Church.
Mon 17 May, Southern Cemetery, 12 noon, from the main gates.
Sun 25 Apr, Strangeways – On the Anniversary of the day the riot ended, 11am.
Sun 25 Apr, The Ford Madox Brown Murals at Manchester Town Hall. 2pm.
Sat 1 May, The Pre-Raphaelite Paintings at Manchester Art Gallery, 2pm.
Sun 2 May, The Story of the Liverpool Port and Docks, 11.30am.
Tue 4 May, Ten Manchester Inventions That Shook the World, 11am.
What an opportunity this is, given that you can’t tour the Midland Hotel in person because of Covid and building works, and even when you can go in on a tour you find half the rooms booked out for conferences and meetings, and the guide telling you nonsense like “this is where Rolls met Royce”.
Bob Dylan is 80 this May. Join Ed Glinert on his next Manchester music walking tour, on Sunday 23 May at 2.30pm, to recall the remarkable story of THAT Bob Dylan gig at the Free Trade Hall back in May 1966. Booking on Eventbrite.
Now let’s go back in time to the 16th of May 1966. Bob Dylan…
Thank you everybody for making “Underground Manchester: The Full Tour on Zoom” so successful. Next tour: Wed 24 Feb, 7pm.
This is an ingenious tour devised by Ed Glinert and fellow guides who have spent far too long below the streets of the city but have come up for air long enough to host this tour.
Why are there two groups of guides? Surely you’re all just Manchester tour guides?
We are the official guides of Manchester, the only group of trained guides open to all guides, past present and future. Our group, New Manchester Walks, is run commercially. We believe in taking on new guides, opening up Manchester history, and providing entertaining and informative walks, talks and coach tours, not just in Manchester but beyond – in Liverpool, Knutsford, Haworth, London – using the best possible guides.
You want to get to know Manchester better. Of course you do! It’s the world’s first industrial city (quiet, Birmingham), Britain’s second city (quiet, Birmingham), home of the world’s most famous football team (no, not Real Madrid, come on), the country’s best-loved TV soap (no, not Crossroads), birthplace of the heroic Emmeline Pankhurst, workplace of the equally heroic Alan Turing.
It is also home of the country’s first man-made canal, the world’s first passenger railway, the place that gave us glorious Gothic revival architecture, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a powerful history of political protest and some of the most exciting music the world has ever heard. This is Manchester – THE industrial strength city. Want to get to know Manchester better? The only solution is to book one of our Zooms or walking tours. There is no alternative.
That’s your Christmas present sorted then: New Manchester Walks’ gift vouchers which can be redeemed on any tour. No time limit for use. Just make sure the tour is taking place before you set off from Stretford, Salford or Spitzbergen. To buy a gift voucher, please click “Continue reading” here to go to eventbrite.
* Ed Glinert’s hilarious trawl through the dodgy denizens of No. 10.
Prime Ministers don’t fight duels anymore, so we believe, but George Canning, foreign secretary, went into battle with Lord Castlereagh on Putney Heath in 1809. Neither died, and Canning later became the shortest-lived PM after only 118 days.
At around quarter past five on Monday 11 May 1812 PM Spencer Perceval fell down in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster and cried out: “I am murdered!”. Yes, the only time a British prime minister has been assassinated.
Here in Manchester, we’re appallingly served by the media. The country’s best magazines, such as The Spectator, are 99% London-oriented, while the Manchester Evening News is obsessed with celebrity nonsense, violence and tat. Anyone who wants to read something interesting, fascinating and eye-opening on Manchester has barely anywhere to go –apart from New Manchester Walks. I was hoping the new Mill would be receptive, but I’m not woke enough or young enough. Great stories are being missed.
Seventy-five years ago in August 1945 two atom bombs were dropped on Japan killing more than two hundred thousand people and bringing an apocalyptic end to the world war that had raged since September 1939. Although the bombs were planned and built in America, Manchester, more than most cities, played a crucial role in the entire story, from the…
Next tour is on Zoom: Wednesday 23 June 2021, 8pm. Meet: on your computer, not by the Dockers’ Umbrella! Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite. It’s the greatest urban waterside urban panorama in the country, a mesmerising vista of deep dark docks, baroque towers, skyscraping elevations, exquisite stone palaces and breathtaking brick warehouses. It’s …