Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

There are some brilliant cultural adventures to book and do now – for February half term see our shiny separate special guide.

Book ahead for Art On The Run, a bonkers art race with limited places this April Fool’s Day and to reserve your spot at the Family Launch Day for Never Going Underground at The People’s History Museum.

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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.


February sees the launch of several hotly-anticipated exhibitions – and a very special announcement about the return of Wonder Women festival 2017.

Writer Simon Armitage. Credit Paul Wolfgang Webster


The shortest month won’t disappoint, kicking off some special centenary celebrations to take us into March for talks, tours and some rather big names.


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?


There’s all sorts happening on North West stages right now, from blockbuster productions that push the boundaries between theatre and film to small-scale shows that give intimate insights into the lives of real people.

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