Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

Our guide this month celebrates the unique artistic, scientific and riotous experiences to be had across the north. Look no further than our Summer Holidays and Summer Festivals guides to keep you on your toes and out of trouble too this long holiday.

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From the quiet contemplation of the open road, to breakneck genre movie thrills and a Polish art-house classic – we round up the best cinema showing near you this month.


From Miami to Morecambe, and Pop Art to Nail Transphobia – this month’s top picks seem grouped by a shared sense of energy and vibrancy.

Lemn Sissay.


There’s plenty to see and do this autumn in live literature land – not least because Manchester Literature Festival is back in town, and tickets are selling like hot cakes so you need to get in there quick-sharp!


As the festival season draws to a close, live music returns to the city’s concert halls and venues. Why not check out Manchester Folk Festival – new in 2017 – plus major events like Transformer and Manchester Psych Fest…


The new season brochures are out, which means lots to look forward to on the theatre front – including plenty of cabaret acts and a Chekhov classic.

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