We offer a range of events to suit the more culturally minded among you, including local venues such as Manchester Art Gallery and the Museum of Science and Industry. If the idea of exploring what's just beyond Manchester, we have opportunities for you to enjoy a day out in cities such as York and Chester, home to some of the most iconic buildings in the country. You will meet some fantastic people at these events, too, with many of our members embracing their cultural side every bit as much as they love socialising.
social circle testimonial from Caroline

York Minste Cultural Experience

I had always wanted to visit York but it was just one of those places I had never gotten around to visiting. When I saw Social Circle were organising a day there, I had no excuses. I had a wonderful day, visiting such monuments as York Minster. Don't get me wrong, I still love a drink or two on a Friday night, but I love the odd cultural experience, too.

social circle testimonial from Pauline

Manchester Art Gallery

I have always been an art lover and the chance to go and see some of the amazing paintings they have at Manchester Art Gallery with some new friends was too good to pass up. I may love art but I also love a glass of wine so the promise of drinks afterwards didn't hurt either. We had a really interesting chat about an exhibition we had just seen over some fine Prosecco. What a great night!

social circle testimonial from Heather

Manchester Museum

There are some great museums in Manchester but it's not half as much fun going on your own so it was great to see the Manchester Museum on the calendar. I hadn't been there for years and really enjoyed meeting new people while walking through the exhibits. Throw in some tasty lunch at the museum cafe and it really was a fantastic day.


Types Of Event


Art Galleries

We pay regular visits to Manchester Art Gallery, typically with a drink or two afterwards so our members can both appreciate the art adorning the walls and catch up on socialising afterwards. We also visit other local galleries, such as the Whitworth Art Gallery.


There are some great museums in Manchester, such as the Manchester Museum, one of the finest natural history museums in the UK. There is also the People’s History Museum at Spinningfields. Perhaps the most popular among our members is the Museum of Science and Industry.

Days Out

Not that there is a shortage of things to do in Manchester but it's nice to visit nearby cities occasionally. Our members enjoy visits to such cultural cities as Chester and York, where history, religion, and famous battles pervade the local landmarks.

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Upcoming Events

Music Talk

20/06/2018 , 6:30pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
TALK Manchester music from the Renaisance to the present day. A free illustrated talk by John Alker at Central Library.

Central Library Walk

22/06/2018 , 2pm
Meet: Outside Central Library, St Peters Square M2 5PD
This beautiful circular library, the Corporation wedding cake, is an architectural, social and educational gem.

Cottonopolis Walk

23/06/2018 , 1pm
Meet Queen Victoria statue, Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RG.
Explore Manchesters grand district of textile warehouses, the cotton exchange and beyond.

Discover Bowdon Walk

24/06/2018 , 11:30am
Meet Outside St Marys Church, Stamford Road, Bowdon WA14 2TR
Discover a historic Cheshire village of great beauty, where Napoleons defeat in 1813 was celebrated in great style and where croquet gave way to tennis.

Gothic Manchester Walk

24/06/2018 , 12pm
Meet: Manchester Cathedral main entrance, Victoria Street M3 1SX
Manchesters Gothic architecture, lost graveyards and turbulent history are a chilly but romantic setting for mysterious happenings.

Factory Records Walk

30/06/2018 , 1pm
Meet: Manchester Visitor Information Centre, 1 Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RG
It was all about the music, not the money.

Catholic Manchester

01/07/2018 , 2pm
Meet: Manchester Visitor Information Centre, 1 Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RG
For over 1200 years Catholics have made an impact on Manchester.

Bridgewater Hall Guided Tour

04/07/2018 , 11:30am
The foyer of The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, City Centre, M2 3WS.
Your chance to see behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall.

Historic Manchester Pubs Walk

05/07/2018 , 1:30pm
Meet: Outside Central Library, St Peter’s Square M2 5PD
Iconic pubs in the city centre.

Drinking Horns at the Ready

07/07/2018 , 12pm
Meet: Outside Central Library, St Peters Square M2 5PD
Uncover the weird and whacky drinking past and rituals of Manchesters historical secret drinking clubs.

Victoria Park Posh Homes Walk

08/07/2018 , 10:30am
Meet Outside Victoria Baths females entrance, Hathersage Road M13 0FE
This gated estate of fine buildings once housed Manchesters Whos Who.

Mamma Mia

10/07/2018 , 7:15pm
Meeting outside The Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT.
Join the ultimate feel good party at MAMMA MIA.

Discover Withington Walk

15/07/2018 , 11:30am
Meet: Outside Withington Library, 410 Wilmslow Road, Withington M20 3BN
Walk through Withington village, once home to physicist Ernest Rutherford.

Original Midland Hotel Tour

15/07/2018 , 1:30pm
Meet: Midland Hotel reception, 16 Peter Street M60 2DS
Explore this iconic grand hotel, where Rolls met Royce, celebrities partied and the watchword has always been elegance.

Manchester Bee Tour

22/07/2018 , 2pm
Meet: Manchester Town Hall steps, Albert Square M2 5DB
Manchesters symbol represents hard work, energy, community and solidarity.

Fame at The Palace Theatre

23/07/2018 , 7:15pm
Meeting outside The Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT.
Featuring the Oscar winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and rappers.

Manchester Football Walk

25/07/2018 , 1:30pm
Meet: Outside Central Library, St Peters Square M2 5PD
Red or Blue? There are tales for all on this tour of the citys football related sites.

Victorian Slums & Squalor

29/07/2018 , 1pm
Meet: Victoria Railway Station, by the historic wall map M3 1WY
Industrial Gorton boasts one of the most beautiful (former) churches in the country; a world heritage site, no less- Gorton Monastery.

Cultural Cambridge

25/08/2018 , 9.00 am
Christ's College Cambridge offers adults only accommodation in one of the UK most historic university buildings. Rooms come with free WiFi and many overlook the scenic college gardens. The accommodation is in the heart of Cambridge city center, and has immediate access to the high-street shops of St Andrew Street. A wide selection of restaurants and historic pubs can also be found within a 5-minute walk.
Escape to one of Europes most culturally, tranquil and majestic Cities. Be inspired by the many beautiful Museums, art galleries, architecture and Historical Sites, or lie back and enjoy a punt as you pass by some of these cities historic landmarks.