The nights may be drawing in but there are oh so many reasons to get out. This month’s guide to top family things to do together is about both embracing spectacle and quieter moments. We can have it all, honest.
At Manchester’s mighty Science and Industry Museum don’t miss the chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return for the first time in almost two centuries. Back where it all began when the first railways changed the world. It’s exciting stuff. A whole 10 days of mindblowing events and family things to do await also at Manchester Science Festival.
If spectacle is your bag, this is the month for you. Hands down one of the best events of the year, the Winter Droving is the perfect Lake District escapade. Masquerade, phenomenal street performance, live music and the finest Cumbrian food and drink. Elsewhere in the region, Lightpool in Blackpool and Light Up Lancaster will be providing luminary free adventure galore.
For some calmer family things to do, literary lovers should head to Lady Lever Art Gallery for Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books and Quarry Bank too for The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition.
Here are our picks
Bookworms rejoice! The first exhibition to celebrate illustrator Quentin Blake’s decades-long partnership with author and childhood friend John Yeoman promises literary larks and crazy characters for all.
Make tracks for Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. A one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return to the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway for the first time in over 180 years.
A headline event for Manchester Science Festival, this super-charged new exhibition tells the story of mankind’s quest to understand, unlock and master the power of electricity.
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.
Explore a maze of mirrors and take part in Star Wars inspired sound battles in over 20 new state-of-the-art experiences in this new exhibition.
Explore the story of democracy through a special display of banners that were integral to the women’s suffrage movement, as well as other campaigns for representation at the People’s History Museum.
Investigate the brand new 1918 setting for atmospheric street installation Lark Hill Place, then let loose in Peel Park.
Pack your bags for an adventure as you discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank in an interactive trail.
The Bluecoat’s popular Baby Book Club returns with a course of 10 weekly sessions for parents and carers with babies aged from 3 to 12 months.
Until the 4th of November, the magnificent stately home at Lyme park will be filled with a newly commissioned sound installation recounting the scandalous events of Ellen Turner’s abduction and the subsequent trial.
See the best stand ups on the circuit without having to leave your baby at home.
Step into a black hole in Marshmallow Laser Feast’s brand new groundbreaking experience.
More spoken word nights are emerging to join our favourite regulars, there are lots of launches and one-offs and workshops and conferences and even walking tours, and tickets are selling like hot cakes for Manchester Literature Festival, the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and Chester Literature Festival.