Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

This month’s picks mostly celebrate the mighty fine outdoor and indoor theatrical experiences across the region. Also check out our half term guide for more creative adventures.

The change in seasons ain’t going to stop us heading outdoors for The Enchantment of Chester Zoo, a theatrical adventure story to break a scorcerer’s spell and the glorious and totally bonkers Winter Droving in Penrith.

We preview shows from the magnificent Big Imaginations Festival of children’s theatre which can be seen at venues across the North and celebrate incredible solo physical theatre shows  There and Back Again at The Met and Why The Whales Came at The Lowry.

David Gibb‘s show at Manchester Folk Festival is musical storytelling for kids at its best while there’s a whole lot of drama to be asborbed at this year’s mega Manchester Science Festival. Don’t miss the chance to visit brand new exhibition on the story of Cosgrove Hall Films at Waterside Arts Centre.

For those that like to plan ahead, we preview two alternative Christmas shows at Contact and HOME, as far away from tedious Panto as you can possibly imagine. You’re welcome.


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