The Co-operative College is delighted to offer an immersive visit to the 'birthplace of the co-operative movement', Greater Manchester. What better way to help celebrate Co-op Fortnight 2024?

The area has a proud history in politics, science, music, art and sport. Today the city combines this heritage with an eclectic social and cultural scene, making it one of the most exciting and diverse places to visit in the UK right now.

Participants can expect two days of hands-on co-operative experiences, networking and heritage - co-ordinated and delivered by our knowledgeable and experienced College staff. 


Thursday 27 June

  • Interactive learning session from Co-operative College tutors
    • Including walking tour of Manchester's co-operative quarter
    • Opportunity for participants to collectively explore, share and build co-operative knowledge
  • Keynote speaker
    • Hear from an industry expert from either the co-operative, social enterprise, or sharing economy sector
  • A visit to one or more Manchester-based co-operative enterprises
    • Discover the diversity of UK co-operatives
    • Presentation and question-and-answer session with committed local co-operators

Friday 28 June

  • A visit to the Rochdale Pioneers Museum
    • Housed in the building where the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society started trading in 1844, the site is regarded as the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement
    • Museum includes a re-creation of the original shop, containing its rudimentary furniture, scales, and items sold in the store
  • Interactive learning session with a Co-operative College tutor
    • Explore the history of the global movement in more detail
  • Depart the museum at 2pm to arrive into Manchester city centre for 3pm


Standard rate  £325 plus VAT

VAT is charged at 20% 

Cost includes:

  • Full day of activities on Thursday 27 June
  • Lunch and dinner on Thursday 27 June
  • A visit to the Rochdale Pioneers Museum with return transport to Manchester city centre on Friday 28 June
  • Lunch on Friday 28 June
  • A dedicated Co-operative College host/guide for all activities

Please note that the cost of this package does not include accommodation or travel to or from your home destination.

Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation options, further details can be found on the Visit Manchester website. The Co-operative College's preferred hotel is the AC Hotel Manchester City Centre.

Terms and conditions

Payment: All bookings require payment at time of submission.

Payment terms: Payment is due in full upon completion and submission of the booking form. We advise early booking to avoid disappointment. Your booking will not be confirmed until payment is received.

Advertised programme: Please note that the programme of activities is correct at time of publishing, however, the organisers reserve the right to alter or modify the advertised programme if necessary, should circumstances beyond their control necessitate. Any alterations to the published programme will be communicated to attendees prior to the event.

Cancellation policy:

  • From 22 April 2024 until 24 May 2024: the booking fee will be 50% refundable
  • From 25 May, 2024 onwards: no refunds will be made
  • If you are unable to attend, you may nominate someone else to attend in your place. Requests to change attendee name should be made by email to [email protected]
  • No refunds will be granted to non-attendees
  • All refund or change of attendee requests must be made by the original attendee or credit card holder.

Debit/credit card is our preferred payment option, however, if you would rather receive an invoice, please email [email protected], quoting 'Open Manchester visit' in the subject line and we will be in touch to find out your booking requirements to allow us to issue an invoice. Please note your booking will not be confirmed until payment is received.

Please note that the cost quoted below includes VAT at 20%.

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