Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts. Alice is shown in a blue dress characters from the story behind her including the white rabbit and the Queen of Hearts. Part of our half term in Manchester activities
Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts

Things to do at half term

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor

You’ve made it through the first half term of the year (hopefully avoiding chicken pox, head lice or tonsillitis!), so make the most of this well deserved school holiday. As ever, there’s a huge range of creative, fun activities on offer for you to enjoy some quality time together as a family this half term in Manchester.

Don’t try and do too much. It’s tempting when you see how much the north has to offer, but take the time to find out what will spark the interest of your little ones and pick your personal favourites…

We’re particularly excited about a new staging of Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts. Not least because there’s an opportunity to meet the characters from the story after the show!

This could be your last chance to check out Digital Dimensions at Eureka! as it closes in early November. This immersive and highly interactive exhibition introduces children to cutting edge technology, such as motion-tracking projections, touch-triggered 3D shapes and luminous touch-sensitive pillars of light.

There’s lots on offer from The National Trust locally as well, with The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Dunham Massey, a new exhibition and trail at Quarry Bank Mill and an apple celebration week at Beningbrough Hall.

For more half term Manchester ideas also check out our guide to free family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Here are our picks

Things to do right now

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Activity 7 May–7 December 2019, FREE

National Football Museum Guided Tours

Cinema 22 November–12 December 2019, from £7.50

Marriage Story at HOME

Cinema 29 November–12 December 2019, from £9

Knives Out at HOME

Music 15 October–12 December 2019, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Cinema 29 October–12 December 2019, from £3.30

Cities of Seven Hills at Film Unit, Sheffield

Cinema 15 November–12 December 2019, from £7.5

The Irishman at HOME

2084 at Manchester Central Library
Theatre 22 November–14 December 2019, from £15.00

2084 at Manchester Central Library

Table laid with Tudor festive treats as part of Yuletide event.
Families 29 November–15 December 2019, FREE

Yuletide at Little Moreton Hall

Activity 26 November–17 December 2019, from £12

Mayfield Depot Station Tour