Our guide this month celebrates the unexpected, the ambitous and all the blinking excellent ways that cultural organisations in the north are pushing the boundaries of what creative family events and experiences can be like.
This weekend alone sees a full day of literary hijinks at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival Family Day, the showstopping return of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, and a goosebump-inducing afternoon of fairytale performance from The Hallé Children’s Choir.
Book ahead for an incredible Storyhunters session at Liverpool’s brand new Storybarn – the only interactive story centre for children in the region then experience Alice In Wonderland – the first family show at Chester’s impressive new Storyhouse arts centre either in the remarkable new building itself (which is pulling in the crowds) or at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
Experience the dreamland for curiosity seekers that is the new Wonderlab gallery at Bradford’s redeveloped National Science and Media Museum and prepare for summer festival heaven with our guides to this year’s multi-award winning Just So Festival in Cheshire, and the best family things to do at this year’s bluedot and Cloudspotting festivals. You’re welcome.
Here are our picks
The Sleep Walk at Little Moreton Hall, 28 April–27 September 2017, from £5.00 - Visit now
Adventure through a night of napping Tudor style – experience installations in the house and gardens exploring the “golden age” of sleep quality including why sleeping twice was better than once. Where can we sign up to be a Tudor?