Our top picks this March bring you the best family things to do across Manchester and the north. Spring is almost in reach and we all deserve some quality family time together exploring the places and things we love.
If a certain hungry tiger is popular in your house then head to Z-arts, where
is receiving rave reviews. Children can get up close to some of Judith Kerr’s best-loved characters. The Tiger that Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat.
Over at Oldham Coliseum you can cheer on
Zog in his mission to win a golden star! Join Zog at Madam Dragon’s school to learn all the things that dragons need to know.
In Barnsley the Cooper Gallery launches a vibrant new exhibition aimed at the under 5s, based on the much-loved children’s book, ‘
by Tim Hopgood. A multi-sensory experience, the exhibition aims to inspire in young children the same sense of excitement the owl experiences in the story. Wow! Said the Owl‘
For the slightly older dinosaur lover in your life check out the
Dino Ranger Day at World Museum Liverpool next month. Awake your inner palaeontologist and discover how the theories surrounding these fascinating beasts have evolved over time.
Lots to look forward to and we’ll make sure you hear about it all. Read on for more details.
Check out our
free things to do in Manchester guides for more ideas.
Here are our picks
A Healthy Profit Exhibition at
Quarry Bank, Cheshire, Until 19 April 2020, free entry - Visit now
A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank offers an important look at one chapter in the continuing story of capitalism’s impact on the human body.
The Tiger that Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat at
Z-arts, Manchester, Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00 - Book now
In this immersive exhibition children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.
Spring Family Fun at
Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield, Until 19 April 2020, free entry - Visit now
You’re always guaranteed half term fun at the Science and Industry Museum and this holiday is no exception with a packed programme of engineering themed activities.
Easter at Haddon Hall at
Haddon Hall, 10–13 April 2020, free entry - Find Out More
This beautiful stately home, in the heart of Derbyshire, will be hosting Easter bonnet competitions, egg and spoon races and visits from the Easter Bunny.
Wow! Said the Owl at the Cooper Gallery, Until 20 June 2020, free entry -
Explore this vibrant new, multi-sensory exhibition for the under 5s, based on the much-loved children’s book by Tim Hopgood.
Imperial War Museums
Story Seekers at
Imperial War Museum North (IWM North), Manchester, Until 19 April 2020, free entry - Visit now
Ever fancied taking an adventure in to a museum’s collection and getting closer to the objects they look after? This is your family’s chance to get hands on with real artefacts.
The Elves & The Shoemaker at
Waterside Arts, Manchester, 15–17 April 2020, from £7.50 - Book now
Enjoy this hilarious re-telling of a much-loved classic tale. A delightful treat for all the family, full of laughs and surprising puppetry.
Image courtesy of ATG
Back To The Future The Musical at
Manchester Opera House, City Centre, Until 17 May 2020, from £19.95 - Book now
Turn your flux capacitor on and set your destination to the Manchester Opera House. Your future depends on it.
Image courtesy of World Museum Liverpool
Dino Ranger Day at
World Museum Liverpool, City Centre, 25 April 2020, free entry - Find Out More
Live out your long lost palaeontologist dream by being a Dino Ranger for the day! Surely the best thing about having kids is getting to attend events like this?!
‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.
These lively mornings of crafts and singing are fun, creative sessions for toddlers.
Visit The Piece Hall in Halifax for a series of People Play inspired early years mornings complete with songs, stories and a craft activity.
Drop into The Piece Hall Welcome Centre and collect a sculpture trail map that will take you on a sketching and symbol spotting journey.
Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories.
Stay at home and join National Football Museum online for a packed programme of activities for families this Easter.
Mini Music Makers is a new series of online videos from Manchester Camerata designed for kids aged 5-7, but can be enjoyed by all the family, and include fun games, music-making, craft and singalongs.
This brilliant musical version of the Rudyard Kipling classic comes to Oldham. The perfect treat for the whole family this Easter.
Explore the sights and sounds of the stunning Lyme Park gardens in spring and discover your chocolate prize!
Cinemas might be closed but independent venues and distributors need any help they can get. We look at some films you can stream and places to donate.
Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.
News of books just out and books worth revisiting, even if you can’t get to the events yourself. Plus a fabulous new exhibition about independent publisher Carcanet, on for the next six months…
Discover the best live music coming up in Manchester and the north this spring and, dare we say it, summer!
Bringing opera, dance, fierce experimental performance and new writing, there’s much to enjoy in our guide to the best theatre in Manchester and the North.
We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester.
It’s time to find the best restaurants for the weeks ahead. Here’s our guide to the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North
Expect thrills, informative discussion, politically charged tours and wobbly towns in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
Here’s our guide to
supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.
Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.