Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

We continue to be all about the outdoor arts, festivals and totally unique public art experiences this month with a raft of tip top family events to explore.

Don’t miss some incredible new interactive family trails this summer at Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank and Speke Hall.

If festivals are your thing read our full festival guides to the brand spanking new Wild Worlds festival at Chester Zoo – an arts, science, gardens extravaganza that’s deserving of more than one day out. Swot up also on all the top things to do at Just So Festival.   Book soon to witness a daring high wire act, a Playground of Illusions, custard catwalk, midnight feast, pillow fights and dancing opportunities galore.

Look ahead to Vintage By The Sea and Head For The Hills festivals too for a final summer fling.

We’re incredibly excited about Switch and Tipping Point at the atmospheric Upper Campfield Market. This family circus double bill from the award-winning Ockham’s Razor and Manchester’s Contact features the critically acclaimed aerial show Tipping Point alongside brand new circus, dance and martial arts show Switch devised by young people from North Manchester.

Top quality and bonkers public art must-sees this month are Bee In The City in Manchester and Lost Castles in Liverpool.

Enjoy!

 

Here are our picks

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Families 17 May 2017–3 May 2019,

Wonderlab at the Science and Media Museum

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.

Annual Banner Changeover 2018, courtesy of the People's History Museum
Education 20 January 2018–6 January 2019, FREE

Annual Banner Changeover 2018 at the People’s History Museum

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.

Families 6 February–31 December 2018, FREE

Lark Hill Place 1918 at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Investigate the brand new 1918 setting for atmospheric street installation Lark Hill Place, then let loose in Peel Park.

Families 26 May–30 September 2018, from £13.18

The Dormouse Garden: Wild Worlds at Chester Zoo

Jump into the secret world of dormice and discover more about this tiny and adorable expert in the art of sleeping!

Families 26 May–30 September 2018, from £13.18

The Awekids Grasslands Village: Wild Worlds at Chester Zoo

Discover the extraordinary sounds that plants make and meet artists Jason Singh and Gabric Lenny at their residency.

Swallows and Amazons at Storyhouse
Families 1 June–26 August 2018, from £19.50

Swallows and Amazons at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Experience the stage revival of this tale of outdoor summer childhood adventures in the magnificently redeveloped art deco Storyhouse building or in Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

Log Pile at Dunham Massey
Families 11 July–5 September 2018, FREE

Log Pile at Dunham Massey

Explore the log pile at Dunham Massey – for hours of outdoor fun and fresh air – let your imagination take you wherever you want to go.

Families 11 July–5 September 2018, FREE

Dunham Massey Ice Cream Parlour

Housed in an 18th century stable block, Dunham’s ice cream parlour should be on every summer hit list.

Families 11 July–30 September 2018, from £Dunham Massey admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Deer Park at Dunham Massey

Doe a deer a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun …… wide vistas, ancient trees, roaming deer and open grassland. Summer bliss.

Culture Guides

Julian Opie, Julian (2013). Part of Heads Roll at Graves Gallery, Sheffield

Exhibitions

A remarkable journey to unpick the secret behind one of the world’s most popular and enduring art genres, a fresh look at the idea of First World War remembrance, and a city-wide takeover in honour of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday; check out our latest pick of exhibition highlights and must-go events.

Theatre guide Figs in Wigs: Often Onstage at HOME

Theatre

Everything has been a little sedate in Theatreland over the summer…but now it’s time to yawn and stretch and get ready for the eclectic new season. Make a brew and check out our packed guide to performance in the North.

Cinema

Pop-up cinemas, outdoor screenings and essential retrospectives — we’ve got it all this summer.

Writer Nicholas Royle. Photo by Danny Moran.

Literature

We have our sights on the top-notch prose on the horizon, poetry is popping up all over the place from bars to galleries, and Manchester Literature Festival is making announcements. Hurry – events have been selling out!

Music

This month’s music guide features some of the country’s most exciting jazz artists, as well as a cutting-edge events series wherein music, art and science collide.

Things to do right now

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Families 27 July–26 August 2018, from £23.60

The Tempest at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

big feast summer in stoke on trent
Exhibitions 1 August–30 September 2018, FREE

Summer in Stoke-on-Trent

Wild Worlds festival at Chester Zoo
Families 26 May–30 September 2018, from £20

Wild Worlds Festival at Chester Zoo

Families 20 July–5 September 2018, from £Dunham Massey admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Midnight Garden at Dunham Massey

Families 5 May–28 October 2018, from £Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Journeys of the Imagination at Quarry Bank

Families 11 July–30 September 2018, from £Dunham Massey admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Deer Park at Dunham Massey

Families 26 May–30 September 2018, from £13.18

The Dormouse Garden: Wild Worlds at Chester Zoo

Bee In The City
Exhibitions 23 July–22 September 2018, FREE

Bee in the City