Families of Manchester can look forward to an incredible season of events at Z-arts this autumn, with a variety of events and activities that hold arts, nature and creativity at their core. Also coming to Z-arts are two new permanent fixtures: a children’s library for babies through to teens, and a family escape room specially created for ages 8 and up. More details of the new permanent spaces at Z-arts to follow.
While we’re all still clinging on to summer, we can’t deny that the days are beginning to feel shorter as the autumn draws in. The Z-arts autumn season is jam-packed with exciting events themed around creativity and nature, including Grandad Anansi, premiering on 29 September – 1 October, Woodland Tales with Granddad on 6 November and a contemporary take on Pinocchio on 15-16 October, with productions featuring music, puppetry and playfulness.
Half-term week will be taking place between 22-28 October 2022. Watch out… Z-Arts is at risk of invasion by life-sized aliens, zombies and monsters! Head to the Halloween Monster Making Workshop, by author and illustrator Aaron Blecha, where you can climb aboard an alien spaceship, get snapped amongst the monster mayhem, be welcomed into a zombie family, or take part in a monstrous illustration session. Also coming up in half term are two theatre productions: Baby Bear, for the very youngest of audiences and The Chronicles of Atom & Luna, for ages 7+.
It feels a little wrong to mention the C-word (no, not that one, or that one), but there a very special and very festive Christmas awaiting us at Z-arts, with the return of the much-loved Snow Mouse on 16-24 and 28-31 December 2022. In this magical tale, winter is here and the woods are drizzled in snow. Join the furry Snow Mouse and friends in a magical forest, filled with enchantment.
Other highlights of the holiday season include Drag Queen Storytime by Nightbus on 3 December and T’was The Gig Before Christmas with Yemi Bolatiwa and Adam Westly, on 4 December.
The interactive Fairy Tales exhibition also continues throughout the autumn. So if you haven’t yet visited The Three Bears’ BnB, Grandma’s caravan or Hansel & Gretel’s café, make some time in the festive season.
Liz O’Neill, CEO, Z-arts, said: “This autumn, Z-arts is celebrating Mother Nature in all of her forms. Our specially selected shows for children of all ages take place across magical snowscapes, woodlands teaming with life, cosy caves and the bountiful garden of a green-fingered Grandad. We are also very excited to break the news that Z-arts is soon to be home to a brand new children’s library. Launching this autumn, it will be home to thousands of books and a year round programme of family events. Also debuting before Christmas is our new family escape room, where storytelling, adventuring and problem solving collide to create a brand new kind of quest for inquisitive Manchester families.”