Family things to do in Manchester and the NorthShekina Rose, Families Editor
The sun is shining, the weather is sweet and it’s really starting to feel like summer in the north of England. Of course we know the score – the rain could pour at any moment, so we’ve gathered some of the top indoor and outdoor events and activities taking place in Manchester and the North for families and young people.
Throughout summer, animal lovers will enjoy a trip to Chester Zoo in a whole new light. Catch up with all your favourite animals and find out what they really get up to in the dark at Into the Night.
For families that love poo – yes that’s you! – journey through the digestive system and enjoy some seriously stinky science at the brand-new exhibition, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You at the Science and Industry Museum, starting July.
Also in July, a less smelly, definitely cuter kind of ‘poo’, Winnie the Pooh, is on his way to the Manchester Opera House. Expect awe-inspiring life-sized puppetry, colourful and imaginative sets and live music that you can’t help but hum along to!
Follow the yellow brick road to Leeds in a brand-new, outdoor adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at Harewood House, taking place on Saturday 22 July, and Manchester Day returns with a re-vamp, in a brand-new, ‘dusk-til-dawn’ format, featuring live music, delicious food and drink, pop-up performances, immersive activities, art installations, crafts and market stalls at the end of July.
More summer highlights include The Snail and the Whale at The Lowry and Starchitects at HOME Manchester. Manchester International Festival returns with family events including Each Tiny Drop at the banks of the River Medlock and Noah’s Flood at Factory International. In early June, curious minds of all ages can enjoy a treasure trove of learning and fun at The University of Manchester’s Community Festival. We can’t wait for the horrific but hilarious Barmy Britainat Stockport Plaza and the tantalisingly tasty Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical, coming to treat us all at The Palace Theatre.