As the autumn season arrives and live entertainment returns to Manchester and the North, there are so many activities to do with kids of all ages. Here’s our round-up of some of the best family activities and fun days out taking place across the region in the coming weeks.
Are you and your family interested in learning about Manchester’s fascinating medieval history? Chetham’s, Manchester’s oldest buildings, are celebrating their 600th anniversary with a two-day family-friendly festival, jam-packed with medieval-style activities, delicious food and drink, live music, dancing and entertainment.
For book-lovers and budding readers, prepare to be entertained and inspired at the Children’s Bookshow interactive workshop at HOME, presented by picture book author and illustrator Jo Empson. You can also head to The Lowry to see the stage adaptation of What the Ladybird Heard, which will leave you in stitches!
Everyone’s favourite blue steam train is on his way to Lancashire for a visit! Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller are coming all the way from the magical island of Sodor to see you and your family for a special day out in October.
Here’s one for the football fanatics and a rainy weekend in Manchester. Prepare for a day of football discovery, penalty shoot-outs, interactive play and much, much more, with family activities at the National Football Museum.
Here are our picks
What the Ladybird Heard is coming to The Lowry! Based on the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo) and Lydia Monks, this delightful stage adaptation of What the Ladybird Heard will take you and your family on an exciting and hilarious farmyard adventure with our favourite Ladybird.
Are you ready to get creative and build new, colourful worlds with your pre-schooler? Come along to the interactive parent-child Little Play Squad Sessions at Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre, Manchester, designed for parents and children aged 2-5.
The National Football Museum in Manchester boasts a variety of football-themed activities for people of all ages. Prepare for a day of football discovery, penalty shoot-outs, interactive play and much, much more.
Doodle Den: Playful Protests at People's History Museum at People’s History Museum, City Centre and online, Until 31 December 2021, free entry
Hunker down with blankets, cushions and whatever takes your fancy to create a Doodle Den and use the People’s History Museum’s online resources to creatively explore important topics including climate change, LGBT+ Pride and migrant rights.
Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.
Explore themes of identity and migration, and partake in a series of family-friendly creative workshops taking place throughout this summer.
British Textiles Biennial 2021 has an impressive list of headliners, including Maxine Peake, Lubaina Himid and fashion designer Patrick Grant.
Using state of the art LED screen technology, Horizons will fill the M&S Bank Arena with images of far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the Big Bang.
Horizons is a celebration of our civilisation, of our music, art, philosophy and science; an optimistic vision of our future if we continue to explore Nature with humility and to value ourselves and our fellow human beings.
Taking place during Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display, Lightpool is a celebration of spectacular art works and live, illuminated performance across the iconic town.
An incredible wonderland of outdoor arts, masquerade and pint carrying competitions in Penrith.
Festival of light and art Light Up Lancaster returns to the city with installations, projections, performance and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.
Adventure around nine new magical, illuminated worlds after dark including an Ice Kingdom and meet Father Christmas.