Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

Stretch your mind, imaginations and even limbs with our guide to the top family things to do and book now.

Snap up tickets for stellar theatrical adventure  The Story Giant at Liverpool Everyman and prepare to nap like a Tudor in the Sleep Walk adventure at Little Moreton Hall.

We have fallen in love with the story of Regency adventurer and all round top guy Thomas Legh. Read our preview and head to Lyme Park to find out more about his swashbuckling life and act out some heroic deeds of your own.

Book ahead and get in training for Art On The Run, a bonkers woodland art race with limited places this May and get planning for street performance like no other at Liverpool’s Rita Riot / Rita Dreaming / Rita Requiem event by international performer Meow Meow as part of the city’s mega Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations.

Finally, prepare for summer festival heaven with our guide to this year’s multi-award winning Just So Festival in Cheshire and the best family things to do at this year’s bluedot.


Here are our picks

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Food and Drink

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.


This month, we round up some of the disreputable treasures and genuinely ambitious pieces of film art that are screening around Manchester and the North.


The newly announced Manchester After Hours programme gets the top spot in our Exhibitions guide this month, hotly followed by another major arts announcement.

Hot Shorts at David Gaffney book launch.


Spring is well and truly in the air, and there are plenty of prose and poetry events blossoming this month across the North West, and the chance for budding writers to scribe some site-specific stories.


Why not try some new music in 2017? Whether it’s a residency in a former mill, an original take on a film soundtrack or award-winning classical music in a new concert hall, our picks have it covered.


All the buzz right now is about Manchester International Festival, which has its strongest theatre and dance programme to date.

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