Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

There are plenty of indoor and outdoor adventures to be had this month. Yes, some do involve Christmas but we love the fact that there are some tip top classics but not as you know ’em.

First up, we can’t wait to be enchanted at The Whitworth’s Scandi-inspired Frost Fair and be sure to catch Z-Arts’ Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things experience before it ends on 17 December. For the littliest of theatregoers, book now to be wowed by a world that bursts into colour at HOME’s WOW! Said the Owl this Christmas and also enter our uber special competition to win a family WOW! Said The Owl experience at HOME on 17 December including tickets to the show, lunch and a chance to meet the Owl itself.

For classic tales with a twist, Underneath A Magical Moon at Waterside Arts Centre is an intriguing new take on Peter Pan from Wendy’s perspective and don’t miss a musical adaptation of Snow Queen at Manchester’s hottest new venue, Hope Mill

Here are our top 5 picks

Culture Guides

Image courtesy of HOME


Cinemas around the North are putting on their festive hats this month but don’t worry, there’s plenty going on even if you aren’t into the whole Christmas thing.

Intervention 15 by Edward Krasinski


100 artists feature in an exhibition celebrating the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary, Edward Krasinksy is a surprise hit at Tate Liverpool and Manchester Museum looks at a world without bees. Our top exhibitions in Manchester and the North.



Plenty of festive fun, including some seasonal storytelling in Manchester and Liverpool, then much to add to your lily-white 2017 diary…

La Vie Parisienne


As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy.



We’re breaking this month’s theatre picks into grit and glam. Glam because it’s the season of shiny, sparkly things, ­and grit because, well, we’re Northern after all.

Destination Guides

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Families 18 November 2016–14 January 2017 , from £10.00

Cinderella at Bolton Octagon

Find Rudolph
Families 26 November 2016–02 January 2017 , FREE

Find Rudolph

Edward Krasiński
Exhibitions 21 October 2016–05 March 2017 , from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Not for Navigation
Exhibitions 07 December 2016–24 February 2017 , FREE

Not for Navigation at The International 3

Exhibitions 24 November–21 December 2016 , FREE

Tim Isherwood: Please Use The Intercom