Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

This month it’s all about stretching your mind, imaginations and even limbs with our guide to the top family things to do and book now.

Explore and make sense of some of the amazing things the human body does with some bonkers experiments as part of British Science Week at Manchester Museum’s full day of free activities this Saturday.

Book ahead and get in training for Art On The Run, a bonkers woodland art race with limited places from the team behind The Just So Festival this May and to snap up tickets for stellar theatrical adventures 5 More Minutes at Z-arts and The Story Giant at Liverpool Everyman.

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 adventures of your own.

Here are our top 10 picks

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Culture Guides

Benjamin Myers by Julian Germain Dunelm.


March sees talks and tours, birthdays and anniversaries, writers’ conferences and development days, and some rather big names on the literature scene.


Why not try some new music for the new year? How about a residency (or two) in a former mill, an original take on a film soundtrack, or the cream of Manchester’s current music scene coming together for an action-packed all-dayer?

The Suppliant Women


This month we’ve got something very old, a couple of things rather new, something borrowed from the Americans and something dressed in Oldham Athletic blue.


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.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words – so, perhaps, can an object be, as our current selection of the very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North proves.

Destination Guides