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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 measure but they are about to return to the public stage with a host of new plans, safety measure and exciting events.

The first thing to note is that they are planning a staggered reopening, beginning with live participation classes for Bright Sparks members from 20th April, with the reopening of the theatre and exhibition gallery pushed back to May/June. The café won’t be able to open until the next stage in the roadmap, which should hopefully be the end of May. Opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday, 12 to 7.30 pm; Fridays 12 to 9 pm; Saturday 9 am to 1.30 pm.

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

The venue will be operating a keep-left system around the venue, 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.

When summer arrives, you can expect an outdoor Summer of Play programme of activities and performances, details will be announced soon. Z-Arts is currently accepting school bookings for the Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition experience, from June onwards.



  • 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.