This month we have rounded up some really unique creative adventures around the region. The mega Robots exhibition continues at the Museum of Science and Industry with a special families day where you can interact and play further with some new robotic friends on 20 January.
We’re lucky to have two live classical music experiences for mini maestros at the RNCM and Stoller Hall, meanwhile Bear & The Butterfly at Waterside (for younger ones) and Airplay at The Lowry are thrilling examples of physical-led theatre that will lead you to look at the joy in the world afresh.
We can’t be more excited for the extraordinary The Little Matchgirl (and other happier tales) directed by Emma Rice which has won rave reviews for being a tapestry of storytelling of the highest order.
Festivalgoers rejoice and book now for Just So Festival (one of our top picks for 2018) – its tremendous programme includes a “Playground of Illusions” and circus experiences of the highest order near its stunning lakeside beach. If you can’t wait that long for your festival fix no fear as the folk behind Cloudspotting Festival bring a brand new free one day family festival Snowmoon in the heart of the Ribble Valley.
Here are our picks
Laugh, gasp in awe, “ride the wind and dream” in this modern spectacle that aims to bring to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen.
Live classical music and art combine to demonstrate how music can be one of the most incredible ways of telling a story. One of the best introductions to the joys of live music we can think of.
The best family festival in the UK? We think so. Adventure together into a wonderland of the best outdoor theatre, music, comedy, literature and other curious creative escapades. With midnight feasts, pillow fights and the bonkers Tribal Tournament be sure to snap up a ticket fast.
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.
The Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto is the plaice to be this Christmas as The Little Mermaid swims into town.
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.
Meet some of the University of Sheffield’s friendliest robots —play with cute companion MiRo bots, learn how to do some simple coding on a Pi-Top and have a go at programming a Nao, the tiny humanoid droid that can walk, talk and dance.
Celebrate the launch of Wonder Women 2018 with a feminist takeover at Manchester Art Gallery, inspired by the radical Manchester-born artist and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton (1844–1933).
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.
A series of installations at Quarry Bank Mill recapture the lost voices of the many women who were still denied the vote following the Representation of the People Act in 1918.
A one-woman-performance at the Working Class Movement Library that captures the lesser known life of Sylvia Pankhurst the artist, through a rare collection of over 250 slides.
Join with women of all ages and backgrounds for a day of conversation, creativity and banner making inspired by the objects and themes within the Feminist Webs Archive.