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Conferences and events in Manchester in autumn/winter 2021


After 18 months of virtual conferences, Zoom meetings and long days staring at screens, in-person conferences are now returning, cautiously but optimistically. Events like these offer a long-overdue chance to catch-up with colleagues and peers face-to-face, and reflect on how our industries might have changed since the start of the pandemic.

In autumn and winter 2021, Manchester is host to a variety of conferences and events, from the Conservative Party Conference to the Manchester Art Fair. Many events are now being hosted in a hybrid format meaning that anyone who cannot attend in person can join online from the comfort of their own home.

But if you are attending a conference in Manchester in-person and are looking for a home away from home, CitySuites Aparthotel is perfect for business stays and short stays. Close to the centre, our serviced apartments offer a comfortable base with in-room mod-cons and luxury facilities. All the conferences listed in this article are held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex which is just a 15-minute walk from CitySuites or 10 minutes in a taxi.

CitySuites is proud to offer preferential corporate rates for group bookings, so please contact us directly if you would like to enquire about this.

Accountex Summit North

Dates: 20-21 September 2021
Location: Manchester Central

From 20th-21st September, Accountex Summit North returns to Manchester Central, bringing together more than 1,300 finance and accountancy professionals looking to transform the way they do business. There will be 80 global brands exhibiting and over 20 free CPD seminars for attendees to check out. Tickets for the event are free, so if bookkeeping is your bag then don’t miss out on this great event where you can stay up to date with the technology and tools that are driving the industry forward.

Conservative Party Conference

Dates: 3-6 October 2021
Location: Manchester Central / Online

In 2021, the Conservative Party Conference will be held in Manchester from the 3rd to the 6th of October. After a successful online conference in 2020, this year’s conference will be a hybrid event where guests can attend either in person at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, or tune in to the various sessions virtually via the online platform.

The main conference will be hosted in a secure zone which you will need tickets to, including the prestigious Business Day which takes place on 4th October. There will also be Fringe Listings outside of the secure area.

CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition

Dates: 3-4 November 2021
Location: Manchester Central

The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is taking place at Manchester Central from 3rd-4th November 2021, bringing together HR professionals from a range of industries. Attendees can join the event in-person in Manchester or online from the comfort of their own homes. Either way, the conference gives the opportunity to reconnect with others in the people profession. Particular after such a turbulent time due to the pandemic, the event will demonstrate how HR professionals can use this as a chance to boost responsible business, from hybrid working to inclusivity to creating a productive working culture.

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British Academy of Audiology Annual Conference 2021

Dates: 18-19 November 2021
Location: Manchester Central

After pulling together a fantastic event programme in a short space of time, the British Academy of Audiology Annual Conference 2021 will take place at Manchester Central from 18th-19th November 2021. With research updates from experts, new policy overviews, and other innovations, the BAA Conference has three parallel tracks of sessions across two days, with a mix of keynotes and guest speakers. Sessions will cover important topics, including paediatric assessment, tinnitus and hyperacusis, leadership, and health policy updates. There will also be a learning disabilities clinic where attendees will be able to see expert resources and take back ideas for their own clinic.

Manchester Art Fair

Dates: 19-21 November 2021
Location: Manchester Central

Selling a range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures and photography, the Manchester Art Fair is taking place from the 19th-21st November 2021. With an ambitious art selection from UK and international artists and galleries, previously showcased artists have included Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, and L.S Lowry.

Part of Manchester Art Fair is The Manchester Contemporary, a carefully selected, bold collection from the UK’s regional artists and galleries. This unique artist-focused event will also show a series of international presentations that can only be seen in Manchester. Tickets for Manchester Art Fair include entry into The Manchester Contemporary.

4th Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference (DEMEC)

Dates: 6-7 December 2021
Location: Manchester Central

The Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference, taking place in Manchester from 6th-7th December 2021, provides an opportunity for those in healthcare to share their expertise and best practice in medical education and training. The aim of the event is to support and develop the educational leaders of now and the future, allowing them to collaborate and develop innovative practices. Attendees, whether they are attending DEMEC in-person or online, should leave the two-day event feeling motivated and inspired.


Dates: 9 December 2021
Location: Manchester Central

digitech21 is an event for those in the public sector who are technology specialists, taking place at Manchester Central on 9th December 2021. Building on the success of their events in 2018 and 2019, this year’s conference will see around 500 delegates attending in person, and many more joining virtually. The event will hope to demystify an increasingly complex technology landscape while showcasing a range of best practice case studies in the public sector. There will be an opening plenary, following by series of 20-minute seminars in a parallel track format. The event is free to attend if you have a public sector email address, so don’t delay in signing up below.

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CitySuites is a leading aparthotel in Manchester city centre. We have a range of serviced apartments available, including studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Before, or perhaps after, a busy day of attending a conference in Manchester, you can energise in our 24-hour gym or relax in our luxury spa pool area. We are located just five minutes’ walk from the Manchester Arndale shopping centre and 10-minutes from Deansgate and Spinningfields.

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