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Z-arts / Lesley Chalmers

Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA – Visit Now

Z-arts was formed in 2000 as a ‘creative space for young people’ with a priority on providing participatory activity. The venue specialises in children’s and family theatre with at least one performance each month. Like all cultural and performance spaces, they have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions but they have recently returned to the public stage with a host of exciting new events and activities – all approached with public safety in mind.

Following a series of postponements, Z-arts’ much-loved exhibition The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat is back open, and running throughout the rest of the year. Join the Tiger for tea and hear the tale of his surprise visit to Sophie and her mummy. Open the door and take a trip into the real-life world of Mog the Forgetful Cat. Meet Katinka with the magic tail and see if you can find the Crocodile under the bed.

In October, join the Teach Rex gang and their life-like dinosaur friends in an interactive puppet show, featuring great music, a dance, and even an opportunity to get up close and personal with the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex! This immersive production sends its audience on an awe-inspiring journey into the anatomy of the most amazing creatures that have ever roamed our planet.

Families can also laugh out loud with award-winning poet Dommy B and his show of goblins, zombies, and mushy peas; open their eyes to untold stories from inspiring Black women in Aleiah’s Adventure across Manchester; and get lost in puppetry and dance inspired by Indian heritage in the magical tale of Sita and Sue.

a creative space for young people with a priority on providing participatory activity

All of the above is being delivered with safety in mind. The venue is operating a keep-left system, with clear signage to cater for the visitors who may have English as a second language. There’s also a wealth of other safety measures, including hand sanitiser stations, contactless payment, a new eco-friendly anti-viral cleaning system, signage and Perspex barriers at reception, plus all facilitators will wear PPE and undertake regular lateral flow tests.

  • 335 Stretford Road
  • Manchester
  • M15 5ZA
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: 12:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed: 12:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Thu: 12:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Fri: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am – 1:30pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Services and Facilities

Café Z is your one-stop destination for food, drinks, cakes, sandwich, snacks and sweets another addition to the wonderful facilities at Z-arts. The Café is generally open from 9.30am to 5pm weekdays and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, but opening times vary dependent on performances.


We have wheelchair access with ramps and lifts as well as on street parking. If you have any specific needs or would like more information please contact us on 0161 226 1912 or email info@z-arts.org

Commercial and hire services

The Z-arts building is a vibrant and creative venue with a large variety of rooms and spaces which are available for hire. The building celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011 and the history and heritage of the building can be seen in each space.

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