Event Diary

Important events

Snowdrop City, Manchester City Centre. Various Times, on 13 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
This September come into Manchester and plant a snowdrop to mark the centenary of the First World War. Over 100,000 bulbs will be planted across the city to mark this important anniversary. Come along to our drop-in planting sessions in the city centre over the week and plant a bulb. The dates and locations of the planting sessions are:

  • Sat 13 Sept - Manchester Cathedral (and 50 things activities). The north side opposite the National Football Museum (formerly Urbis). Post code: M3 1SX.
  • Sun 14 Sept - St John's Gardens. Behind Deansgate; near to MOSI and the old Granada Studios. Post code: M3 4AP
  • Mon 15 Sept - Parsonage Gardens. Behind House of Fraser, off Deansgate. Post code: M3 2LF.
  • Wed 17 Sept - Sackville Gardens. Between Canal St and Whitworth St. Post code: M1 3WA.
  • Fri 19 Sept - Manchester Science Park. Lloyd St N, Post code: M15 6SE.
  • Sat 20 Sept - The Northern Quarter. Meeting point on Thomas St by the Dustpan and Broom statue. Post code: M4 1NA.
  • Sun 21 Sept - Manchester University. Opposite Manchester Museum on Oxford Rd. Post code: M13 9PL.

Tatton Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, 1100 - 1700, on 19 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Features fifty leading antiques and fine art dealers from across the UK including antiques, traditional and contemporary art, sculpture and decorative pieces. Prices range from less than £25 to more than £25,000. Exhibits are vetted for quality and authenticity. Open 11am - 5pm. Adults £5.00, children under 16yrs free of charge. Coopers Fairs Tel: 01278 784912 or visit: www.cooperevents.com for your FREE TICKET.

The Ramsbottom Festival, Bury, on 19 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Enjoy fantastic music and family fun with camping at Burrs Country Park for this weeekend’s festival in Ramsbottom. Family entertainment is a real highlight this year and special outdoor workshops and experiences run by Bury Collective will be ramping up the fun for children aged 3 upwards. When are the gates open? Friday 19 September 17.00 - 21.00 Saturday 20 September 12.00 - 22.00 Sunday 21 September 12.00 - 22.00

Wilmslow Art Trail, on 20 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Wilmslow is going to be showing off the wealth of its creative talent this September with the first ever Wilmslow Art Trail. Taking place over a weekend in September – 20/21st – 30 local artists and craftspeople are taking part and will be demonstrating their talents around the town. Other Wilmslow Art Trail events will be taking place, including the opportunity to see Art Trail artist Lindsay Hill painting a pet portrait in Barkers – and of course the Artisan Market will be on too. So there really will be something for everyone! Put the date in your diary and come along and join in the fun. Maps can be picked up from participating venues around Wilmslow nearer the time, or email wilmslowarttrail@outlook.com for a digital copy to print at home. For further updates on participating artists and venue opening times, please go to Twitter: @WilmslowArt or Facebook: Wilmslow Art Trail.

Superhero Weekend, Eureka! 1000 - 1700, on 20 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Grab your cape, pop your underpants over your trousers and fly down to Eureka! to join forces with Spiderman and Captain America as they battle an insidious foe. Our heroes will be running regular Superhero Training sessions and recruiting super-powered allies (aka. our visitors!) to help them defeat an enigmatic supervillain. Also, back by popular demand, the weekend will welcome Mark Pearson from Bradford and his amazing Iron Man outfit. Iron Man will be meeting visitors and posing for photos at regular times throughout both days. Fancy-dress positively encouraged!

Harvest Festival at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1000 - 1800, on 20 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
A chance to celebrate the annual harvest by joining in with the farm's very own harvest festival. See the steam engine running, have a go at scarecrow making and spinning, Make your own corn doll, sheep racing and woodturning demos. Harvest Blessing 2pm with the Preston Brook brass band. Please feel free to bring your own pets to be blessed!

Autumn Craft and Food Fair, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1700, on 20 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Celebrate Autumn and buy local food, and gifts, pick up some terrific bargains and be inspired by the stunning gardens at Lyme. Parking applies. NT members free. No additional charge to fair. STOCKPORT SILVER BAND SAT & SUN

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. 1200 - 1220, on 20 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

Baby Nearly New Sale, Altrincham Leisure Centre, Oakfield Road, Altrincham, WA15 8EW1000-1200, on 21 September 2014 - 21 September 2014

Our themed table top sales attract many buyers. Goods are sold and re-cycled for use by other families, and our sellers keep every bit of the money they make on the day. All items sold are nearly new and in very good condition. These may include: ***PRAMS / COTS / MOSES BASKETS / HIGH CHAIRS / CAR SEATS / TOYS / CLOTHES***

Funkikids Market at Funtime Kids, on 21 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Come along to Funtime Kids from 10:30-12:30 on Sunday 21st September to shop at Funkikids Market for new and preloved Childrens clothes, books, toys and more! Only £1 admission per person and if you choose to stay on for a play at the centre £1 will be refunded per payable child from the entry fee. Sellers book a table for only £10 by emailing funkikidsmarket@yahoo.co.uk

Village Fete and Bark in the park at Abney, on 21 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Abney Hall Park Sunday 21st September 2014 11am-4pm Local independent stalls, dog show, dance troops, bouncy castle, facepainting, bbq, licensed bar, music and fun

WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY, National Football Museum. 1100 - 1700, on 21 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Explore the sights, sounds and smells of match days in the past! Come and share your football memories at our inter-generational family fun day with the Sporting Memories Network. Tour the galleries with our Memory Makers, interview older friends and relatives about match days in the past and help our poet in residence, Paul Cookson, to perform some of your memories! Artist Graham Kershaw will also create a piece from your discoveries.

St Ann's Hospice Mad Hatters Tea Party, on 21 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Sunday 21st September 2014, 1pm - 3pm at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Portway, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 1QW. Magician, entertainment and children’s games £5.00 per adult £2.00 per child Includes tea, coffee and cake. For more details please contact Helen Laycock 0161 498 3631 or email hlaycock@sah.org.uk

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 23 September 2014 - 23 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Adventure Babies FREE TRIAL, Dean Row Village Hall, 1200, on 24 September 2014 - 24 September 2014
Bring brilliant books to life for your baby through interactive storytelling, sensory games, messy play and fibre optic lights. Free trial for MITK readers on Wednesdays in Wilmslow. email emma@adventurebabies.co.uk to book your place. Dean Row Village Hall, Wilmslow SK9 2BR. More info here.

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 24 September 2014 - 24 September 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 25 September 2014 - 25 September 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Address: Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB For More Information see here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend/

Experitots, MOSI. 1000 - 1130, on 26 September 2014 - 26 September 2014
This month's focus is Light and Colour - These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! *£3 for one adult + one child *£2 for each additional adult / child Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Magic Carpet, Manchester Museum. 1030-1130 & 1130-1230, on 26 September 2014 - 26 September 2014
Check out these fantastic story making and activity sessions based at Manchester Museum. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings) Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free, under 5s and their families/carers

The Baby & Toddler Show, Manchester. 1000 - 1700, on 26 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
The UK's biggest & best, The Baby & Toddler Show is at EventCity, Manchester on 26-28 September - over 150 top brands and unique products at the best prices alongside expert advice to give new and expectant parents in the North West everything they need to give their baby the best start. Every aspect of parenting, birth and feeding, sleeping, nutrition, finance and more is covered at our free expert advice workshops. The show is bump and baby friendly with easy access and free feeding and changing facilities.

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning, on 26 September 2014 - 26 September 2014

Macmillan Cancer Support Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning  The Riflemans Arms, Wilmslow , 10.30-12.00

The Ryleys School Open Event 1400-1600hrs, on 26 September 2014 - 26 September 2014
We have Open Events on Friday 26th September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, when the school is in action, and on Saturday from 10.00am – 12.00pm for busy, working parents. If these times are inconvenient, our door is always open; simply call to make an appointment to visit at any time and we will be delighted to personally show you around our warm and friendly school. For more information visit www.theryleys.com or call 01625 583241.

Blackpool’s World Fireworks Championships, from 1930 onwards, on 26 September 2014 - 26 September 2014
Blackpool’s World Fireworks Championships where the skies above Blackpool will once again light up this September as fabulous fireworks return to the resort. All displays subject to suitable weather conditions. Displays start at 8.30pm with build up from 7:30pm . All displays are subject to suitable weather conditions. 19th September – Canada 26th September – Celebration Display from UK team Titanium and Winner Announcement

Springboard Poynton, on 27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
A music festival featuring both local and visiting acts of all shapes,  sizes and genres, Springboard Poynton truly is designed to be a melting pot of tastes and culture. More information soon.

Denzell Book Festival, Denzell Gardens, Bowdon, WA14 4QF,, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
The 4th Denzell Gardens Book Festival, focusing on the children in our community, inspiring young readers with a brilliant line-up of writers, pop-up drama and storytelling, arts and crafts, competitions and more.  This year, the organisers have worked closely with Urmston Bookshop to secure a brilliant group of writers, poets and illustrators who have wonderful stories to share with the families of Altrincham.  More info to follow on our home page soon!  

The Ryleys School Open Event 1000-1200hrs, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
We have Open Events on Friday 26th September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, when the school is in action, and on Saturday from 10.00am – 12.00pm for busy, working parents. If these times are inconvenient, our door is always open; simply call to make an appointment to visit at any time and we will be delighted to personally show you around our warm and friendly school. For more information visit www.theryleys.com or call 01625 583241.

Big Saturday: Discover the Pacific, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014

A day of discovery and exploration for all ages. Inspired by the Museum’s Living Cultures collection, September’s Big Saturday will take you to the South Pacific. Make your own Hawaiian flower lei to wear as you explore the Museum and learn about the fascinating cultures and diverse environments of the Pacific. Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

Old Time Fun Fair, Brookside Garden Centre, Poynton, on 27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Kids will love the fun of the fair at Brookside Garden Centre. With rides from the 1930's to the 1960's, traditional games and music from summer long ago. London Road North, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1BY

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

What a Performance. Imperial War Museum. 11.15, 12.15, 13.15 and 14.15, on 27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Discover special, family friendly performances dramatising stories including that of an anti-war campaigner from the First World War and a protestor from Greenham Common. Ideal for ages 7+.

Autumn Fair, Quarry Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
A weekend of activities for all the family, including the chance to celebrate autumn with local food and crafts. Normal admission charges apply.

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. 1200 - 1220, on 27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

Join the Pemberley Walk, Lyme Park. 1400 - 1600, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
Explore the filming locations of the BBC's 'Pride and Prejudice', including Darcy's lake. No extra charge, but the last part of the tour is in the garden, so a garden ticket will be required. Vehicle charge applies. NT members FREE. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wilmslow and Alderley Big weekend, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
The Big Party on the pitch at Lindow cricket club, Upcast Lane, Wilmslow. Live music, funfair, arts and crafts, BBQ, beer tent. Tickets £10 adults £5 children  

Cycletta Cheshire, Tatton Park., on 28 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Macmillan Cycletta is the UK's leading series of women-only bike rides, set in spectacular, family-friendly venues. Macmillan Cycletta aims to inspire women to cycle. The events are sponsored by Olympic Gold Medalist, Victoria Pendleton, who works hard to encourage women to take up cycling for fitness and fun. Entering is the perfect way for women to get involved in sport and raise important money for charity. Come and join Victoria and the other women on wheels. For more information and how to register, visit: http://humanrace.co.uk/events/cycling/cycletta-cheshire Timings to be announced.

Wilmslow and Alderley Food and Drink Festival, on 28 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Continuing with big weekend at Lindow Cricket Club,  the 28th is going to be The Food and Drink Festival. It is free entry with food and drink from around the world. Live cookery demonstrations, fairground rides and much more. For more information follow the title link.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030 -1115, 1130 - 1215 & 1300 - 1345, on 30 September 2014 - 30 September 2014
Check out these fab sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions). Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 30 September 2014 - 30 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Adventure Babies FREE TRIAL, Dean Row Village Hall, 1200, on 01 October 2014 - 01 October 2014
Bring brilliant books to life for your baby through interactive storytelling, sensory games, messy play and fibre optic lights. Free trial for MITK readers on Wednesdays in Wilmslow. email emma@adventurebabies.co.uk to book your place. Dean Row Village Hall, Wilmslow SK9 2BR. More info here.

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 01 October 2014 - 01 October 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 02 October 2014 - 02 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Address: Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB For More Information see here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend/

Official Launch of Crookilley Crafts Emporium, Bramhall Village Square, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
The official launch of Crookilley Crafts Emporium in Bramhall Village Square! Meet the crafters, take part in crafting sessions, adults and children. Special offers and activities on the day too. Part of Bramhall's Got Talent being held in the Village Square.

Xplorer Event, Lyme Park. 1000 - 1200, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
Family fun exploring the park, find the markers and complete the challenge! Using a simple map, families can be active in the outdoors, be closer to nature and learn new skills too! Dogs on leads welcome.

Terra Nova School Open Morning 1030-1200, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
Terra Nova School is opening its doors from 10.30 – 12.00 on Saturday 4 October. Visitors will be able to take a tour of the school, accompanied by its Year 7 and 8 pupils, as well as take time to talk to its staff and Headmaster, Mark Mitchell. Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided during the course of the morning. Please contact Melanie Machin on 01477 571261to register your interest or visit www.tnschool.co.uk/information/events-open-days/.

Genesis Craft Fair and Fun Day, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
The Genesis Craft Fair – Saturday 4th October, 11am – 3pm Held at The Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital. Various local craft makers and craft stalls in attendance, Face painting, Children’s bran tub both boys and girls, Genesis raffle, Hot and cold drinks and refreshments including tea and scones can be purchased on the day. £2 per adult/free for under 16’s - All proceeds raised on the day and through ticket sales go directly to Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention – helping us to create a breast cancer free future for the next generation. To purchase your tickets please call the Genesis office on 0161 291 4400 or visit us at the welcome desk in The Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre. Tickets can also be purchased on the door in the day. If you are interested in having a stall at the event then please contact –natasha.rowson@genesisuk.org or call 0161 291 4000. Stalls cost £20 with an additional £5 charge if a table is required.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Grandparents Weekend, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 04 October 2014 - 05 October 2014

Lots of fun activities happening at Manchester Museum this weekend - Take the whole family for fun drop-in activities. Enjoy Drawing Den activities in the Museum’s Discovery Centre and collect a family scrapbook and fill it with favourite things from your visit. Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. 1200 - 1220, on 04 October 2014 - 05 October 2014
Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

Womens Health Event, Alexandra Hospital. 1400-1600, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
Women are invited to come along to the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle on 4th Oct between 1400-1600 and learn more about women’s health issues. There will be consultants and nurses on the day providing one to one advice and talks, and there will also be a Cancer Research UK stand to raise money for charity. Tea and cake will be available throughout the afternoon, and Key 103 DJ, Chelsea Norris will be there to open the event and chat to guests. Women can book a free mini consultation with one of the hospital’s 8 consultants that will be there on the day. Call 0808 1010 344 to book a consultation or visit http://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/Alexandra.

Kiddy Cook Apple Day, Tatton Park. 1000 - 1200, on 05 October 2014 - 05 October 2014
To celebrate National Apple Day, aspiring young chefs pick apples and seasonal fruit and vegetables in Tatton’s Walled Garden with a servant from the past. Then cook in the Victorian Mansion to create a culinary delight to take home. Book with Nikki Geddes on 07976 619648 or email Hale@kiddycook.co.uk Maximum age 12 years. Price is £12.

See, share, make and tell...Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 05 October 2014 - 05 October 2014
Come along to the Manchester Museum for our Meet the Artist event and enjoy the opportunity to create some artworks of your own, enjoy gallery tours and be inspired by the Museum’s objects, their stories; and share stories of your own. Older adults and their family members welcome. Price: Drop-in, free, older adults and their families

Tatton Apple Day, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1700, on 05 October 2014 - 05 October 2014
A scrumptious Sunday at the Farm and in the Gardens to celebrate the wonderful apple. Join in games and children's activities. In the Gardens, taste delicious varieties from Tatton's historic orchards and enjoy free 1-hour talks on pruning, training and caring for your own apple trees. Apple goods on sale in the shops and restaurant.

Pop, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1430, on 05 October 2014 - 05 October 2014
With his faithful teddy bear, deckchair and fantastic basket of tricks, Christian Lee is all set for a lovely day at the seaside…until the day takes a turn and things don’t quite work out as planned. Join our hapless hero and be astounded in this totally word-free clown and magic show that follows his exciting adventures at sea.  Mr Bean meets Charlie Chaplin in this mind-blowing feast of illusion, comedy and a MASSIVE balloon! The most fun-filled show for children and families around!  Ages 3 - 8 and their families.  Running Time – 50 minutes, no interval.  Tickets £8/£6

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 07 October 2014 - 07 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Adventure Babies FREE TRIAL, Dean Row Village Hall, 1200, on 08 October 2014 - 08 October 2014
Bring brilliant books to life for your baby through interactive storytelling, sensory games, messy play and fibre optic lights. Free trial for MITK readers on Wednesdays in Wilmslow. email emma@adventurebabies.co.uk to book your place. Dean Row Village Hall, Wilmslow SK9 2BR. More info here.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 09 October 2014 - 09 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Address: Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB For More Information see here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend/

FREE Nursery Taster Session Terra Nova School 1000-1200, on 10 October 2014 - 10 October 2014
Why not let your little ones experience the Nursery at Terra Nova School for free? Explore the magical outdoor play areas, meet the dedicated teachers and experience a setting full of heart and fun on Friday 10 October 10.00 – 12.00. Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided during the course of the taster session. Please contact Melanie Machin on 01477 571261to register your interest or visit www.tnschool.co.uk/information/events-open-days/.

Cello Babies, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1030, 1200 & 1330, on 10 October 2014 - 10 October 2014
Welcome to a tiny world of sound...A baby's first experience of the world is the sound they hear from the womb.  Babies tune into the musicality of their parent's voice and imitate what they see from the day they are born. Cello Babies allows babies and toddlers to tune into the sounds around them, helping them communicate, explore, create and make sense of the world.  10.30am: Babies not yet walking  12.00: Toddlers 1.30pm: Mixed  £5 per child, adults free.

Crafty Swap Shop, Crookilley Crafts Emporium, Bramhall Village Square, on 11 October 2014 - 15 October 2014
Many crafters have lots of crafting accessories, patterns and tools etc that they know they will probably never use. Bring them along to the shop between 11th and 15th and swap them for something you may want! For those who also want to perhaps pick up something, pay a donation for your item and all money will be given to a local charity. Call 0161 440 0094 or crookilleycrafts@gmail.com for more information.

The Food & Living Gift Fair, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1700, on 11 October 2014 - 12 October 2014
It's a new title for a long-running date at Tatton Park, the Food and Living Show. This year, there will be more food to discover from the producers. Try free samples to help decide what to take home. Find those gifts for friends and family, design and make a décor for your home, all inside the Tenants Hall. It's a perfect setting whatever the weather!

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 11 October 2014 - 11 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. 1200 - 1220, on 11 October 2014 - 12 October 2014
Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030-1115, 1130-1215 & 1300-1345, on 14 October 2014 - 14 October 2014
Try out these fab sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions). Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free, babies who aren’t walking yet and their families/carers

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 14 October 2014 - 14 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 16 October 2014 - 16 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Address: Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB For More Information see here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend/

Experitots, MOSI. 1000 - 1130, on 17 October 2014 - 17 October 2014
This months focus is 'Who Am I?' - These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! *£3 for one adult + one child *£2 for each additional adult / child Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Angel, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1900, on 17 October 2014 - 17 October 2014
A story of unexpected friendship by Kevin Dyer  Angel is the story of Bill who returns an old woman’s shopping bag on an afternoon when she had nothing better to do and finds her life is never the same again.  The old woman, Miriam, lives between then and now. She keeps her watch in the fridge, plays guns with bananas and has an imaginary dog called Satan. She may be losing her marbles, but she definitely isn’t losing her sense of humour.  This brilliantly funny and heart-warming new play about childhood and ageing is a fantastic piece of new writing for audiences aged 10 years and above.

 

FROZEN event, Brookside Pottery, Brookside Garden Centre, Poynton 10.00-12.00, on 18 October 2014 - 18 October 2014
Your child will glaze a frozen themed item - choose from a princess photo frame,  castle money box, hand mirror, hair brush or crown trinket box.  There will also be light refreshments, a chance to win a hamper of FROZEN  goodies and  to meet a special guest from the Kingdom of Arenelle! Arrive 10 am for a 10.30 start.  The event will last approx 1.5 hours. Costs £27.50. Limited to 20 children so booking essential with a £15 non refundable deposit required per child . Call 07946637499 to book . Mention Mums in the Know and receive 10% off the event.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 18 October 2014 - 18 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Cheadle Hulme Family Market, on 18 October 2014 - 18 October 2014
18th October 11-4pm FREE admission. FREE goodie bags, market stalls, clothes, tutus, gifts, painting, PEPPA at 11.30 & 3pm and a Frozen theme and Meet Olaf + More!!!!!! At the shopping centre, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5BB, Free parking for 3 hours

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. 1200 - 1220, on 18 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

CBeebies Chris and Pui Roadshow, Parr Hall, Warrington, 1400, on 19 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
See Chris and Pui from ‘Show Me Show Me’ live on stage! CBeebies’ favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family. Poor Old MacDonald has recklessly lost his animals! Please help Chris and Pui find them and meet Incy, Humpty, the Duke of York, King Cole and – “oh my woolly word!” – Little Bo Peep along the way. You are invited to bring your teddies or favourite character toys but please hang on to them! Sing, laugh and join in with Chris and Pui. For more information visit: www.chrisandpui.com (Chris and Pui appear in ‘Show Me Show Me’ on CBeebies) *Family Ticket only available via Box Office - please drop into Pyramid or call 01925 442345 to book

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 21 October 2014 - 21 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 21 October 2014 - 21 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Autumn Deer Walk, Tatton Park. 1600 - 1800, on 21 October 2014 - 21 October 2014
Triggered by shortening daylight hours and cooler weather, the rut marks the time of year when male deer compete to mate with females, resulting in much posturing, bellowing and wallowing. Take a guided walk with our Rangers, to witness this special time of year in the Park. Minimum age 8 years. Cost £8.

Autumn Deer Walk, Tatton Park. 1600 - 1800, on 22 October 2014 - 22 October 2014
Triggered by shortening daylight hours and cooler weather, the rut marks the time of year when male deer compete to mate with females, resulting in much posturing, bellowing and wallowing. Take a guided walk with our Rangers, to witness this special time of year in the Park. Minimum age 8 years, cost £8.

Manchester Science Festival 2014, Manchester., on 23 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
A burst of creation, experimentation and wonder. This is science. Manchester Science Festival fuses art and science, creating stunning installations, experimental theatre and intriguing exhibitions that will engage and inspire the most curious of minds across Greater Manchester. Join the 3D printing revolution, build the world's largest fractal, discover a dress of glass and flame and enjoy comedy, theatre, music and more. See the full festival programme on the Manchester Science Festival website

3D Printing, MOSI. 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00, on 23 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
From replacement body parts to space exploration vehicles or even an entirely 3D printed house, the possible uses of this new technology are seemingly endless. Join our Explainers in the 3D printing exhibition to see a real 3D printer in action and let them be your guide to one of the fastest growing areas of science in the world today.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 23 October 2014 - 23 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Address: Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB For More Information see here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend/

North West Food Lovers Festival, Tatton Park. See Times Below., on 24 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Times - 1200 - 1700 on Friday. 1000 - 1700 on Saturday and Sunday 140 speciality food and drink producers, cooking demos from Sunday Brunch Star, Simon Rimmer and Cheshire’s own Dave Mooney, as well as a host of chefs from across the Northwest. We also have free kids cooking classes to turn your little ones in to master chefs and a wonderful food court area for you to be able taste, try and buy the very best local ingredients in what promises to be a wonderful family weekend of tasting pleasure and fun. Book your tickets here - https://nwfoodloversfestival.co.uk/tickets/?ee=1

Salford Scifest, Media City. 1000 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Be inspired by science with a weekend of hands-on science fun delivered by staff and students from the University of Salford at their MediaCityUK campus.  Make seedbombs, see flashes and bangs, find out about diseases and how they spread, hear about DNA and much more.

Digital Retro, Media City. 1000 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Today our homes contain several computers from PCs, and laptops to tablets and smart phones. However, in the 1980s the home computer revolution truly began and we got our hands on machines built by companies such as Sinclair, Commodore, Amstrad, Acorn and Dragon. Our exhibition brings these machines back to life. Play retro games on the real thing, learn how to write programs and even try your hand at our gaming high score challenge. Then contrast these early machines with new developments in home computing using devices such as the Raspberry Pi.

From Semophore to Smart Phone, Media City. 1000 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Can you imagine life without a smartphone? How did we communicate before we all had mobiles? Try sending messages using semaphore flags or Morse Code, learn more about radio communications, see the latest 4G mobile phones and discover how we access the Internet. If you remember when phones had dials - or even if you were born into a world of wi-fi - you’ll love phoning a friend on one of our working retro telephones. Play around with past and future telecommunications and meet the engineers that make it all work in this exciting hands-on exhibition.

Marvels of Television, Media City. 1000 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
See how things have changed from the first black and white sets to today’s television which offers high definition pictures streamed via the Internet. Visit our state of the art digital studios to find out how computers can make you disappear, watch the latest in ultra-high definition 4K TV and learn more about how television pictures are delivered to you. Meet the engineers responsible for getting TV programmes to us in an exhibition that explores past and future developments in television technology.

Hubble, bubble, toil & trouble, Eureka! 1000 - 1700, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Join the witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls for a week of Halloween fun.

Ghosts in the Garden, Tatton Park. Normal Opening Times Apply, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Go ghost hunting in the gardens this half-term but be prepared to be (slightly) scared as you track them down. There will be spooky story telling in the eerie Tower garden at weekends. A visit to the Gardens at this time of year isn't complete without the gardener's amazing annual display of autumn vegetables. Save money by buying a Totally Tatton Ticket allowing entry to 3 of the following attractions over half-term (the Gardens, Mansion, Farm and haunted Old Hall). Adult £11, Child £5.50, Family £27.50. Single entry Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16. Opening times for various parts of Tatton Park differ, see here to plan your visit - http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/visit/times_and_prices.aspx

Xplorer Event, Lyme Park. 1000 - 1200, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Family fun exploring the park, find the markers and complete the challenge! Using a simple map, families can be active in the outdoors, be closer to nature and learn new skills too!

PI: Particle Interaction, MOSI. 1030 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Learn about the Higgs boson, the particle associated with the origin of mass, from Birmingham and Manchester researchers involved in its discovery.  Take part in activities that include: mass generation using magnets; a table-top accelerator; fully functional particle detectors; and dice games that simulate particle-physics experiments.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Big Saturday: Science Spectacular, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Calling all budding scientists! Come and take part in a range of challenging science quests. Find out how to make square bubbles, help us build an erupting volcano, and see if you can put a fly in a headlock. With more than 40 interactive experiments and demonstrations you don’t want to miss out on our annual family science fun day. Part of Manchester Science Festival, supported by Siemens.

Captain #HookedOnMusic, MOSI. 11:00 12:00 13:00 and 14:00, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Music plays with our emotions, memories and expectations in a fascinating way. Join MOSI’s resident expert, Captain #Hooked, to explore how music moves, soothes and inspires us. Then, share your favourite songs, dance and discover the musical hooks in our desert island playlist.

The #HookedOnMusic Quiz Show, MOSI. 11:30 12:30 13:30 and 14:30, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
How good are you at remembering the world’s catchiest tunes? Can you tell your ABBA from your Elbow? Join our Quiz-Master and take part in a frantic, funny and fast-paced gameshow.

Science Spectacular, Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. 1100 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Calling all budding scientists to take part in a range of challenging science quests. Find out how to make square bubbles, help us build an erupting volcano, and see if you can put a fly in a headlock. You’ll also meet our newest dinosaur, Gorgosaurus, and discover why he has x-appeal. Don’t forget to chat with our scientists and engineers – they are behind some of the world’s most amazing discoveries.  Look out for Science buskers and walking tours exploring the Science of Oxford Road, linking the Science Extravaganza and Science Spectacular events down the Manchester corridor.

Fright Fest - Crow Wood Spooky Trail, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1500, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Seek out spooky crows and creepy crawlies this Halloween, on a self guided trail around Crow Wood. Get in touch with your inner goblin this Halloween'Are you brave enough to follow the spooky trail around Crow Wood? Grab one from the Information Centre or Coffee shop. All ages welcome. Vehicle admission applies, NT members park free.

The Jungle Disco, MOSI. 11:30 12:30 13:30 and 14:30, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
The residents of Animal Island have gotten a bit lazy and a little out of shape. Join Roary the Lion, the King of the Jungle, for this hilarious, energetic and interactive storytelling session and help get the inhabitants fit ready for the Big Jungle Disco.

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. 1200 - 1220, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

Hallowe'en Hauntings at the Old Hall, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1700, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
I'll bet you're not scared when you visit the Horrendously Haunted Old Hall. So drag along those fearful friends and groaning grown ups and show them how brave you are. Meet our spirits and spectres. Which is real and what is not? Will you get the feeling of being watched? Are the ghosts fiendishly friendly or terrifyingly terrible? Are they especially spiteful or simply simperingly soft? It's up to you to find out, if you dare, by helping us haunt the hall. BE WARNED – YOU COULD BE REALLY SCARED! Some people may find the haunted hall ever so frightening but that's half the fun. Isn't it? Solve the Horrible History Mystery and Quiz. Story telling. Face Painting and Mask Making. Adult £6, Child £4.50, Family £17. Open 12pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Save money by buying a Totally Tatton Ticket allowing entry to 3 of the following attractions over half term (the Gardens, Mansion, Farm and haunted Old Hall) Adult £11, Child £5.50, Family £27.50.

Solve the Mansion Mystery Week, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Don your deerstalker, pick up your magnifying glass and solve the case of the missing Mansion treasure. Follow a trail of clues, sharpening your detective skills as you go, but be wary of dead ends! Steel yourself for some surprises along the way. A fun family quiz throughout the week. Save money by buying a Totally Tatton Ticket allowing entry to 3 of the following attractions over half-term (the Gardens, Mansion, Farm and haunted Old Hall) Adult £11, Child £5.50, Family £27.50. Single entry Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16.

3D Glasses Workshop, MOSI. 1400 - 1630, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Let us take you on a journey to the 3rd Dimension. Make your own 3D glasses and use them to see the world from an unusual and fascinating perspective.

Join the Pemberley Walk, Lyme Park. 1400 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Explore the filming locations of the BBC's 'Pride and Prejudice', including Darcy's lake. No extra charge, but the last part of the tour is in the garden, so a garden ticket will be required. Vehicle charge applies. NT members FREE. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

The Flash Bang Show, G51, Chemistry Building, University of Manchester. 1600 - 1700, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
An extravaganza of sound and vision that will definitely catch your attention and your enthusiasm. Exciting experiments, featuring sudden colour changes, chemical clocks, fizzes, whizzes, fireworks, flashes, welding, melding, crashes and bangs, give you a basic introduction to the world of atoms, molecules, solids, liquids and gases. You’ll also find out about cutting-edge Manchester research into hydrogen-storage materials, and even witness a live graphene synthesis. Suitable for all ages (although very young children with sensitive ears might not like the louder explosions). Doors open at 1530.

Pumpkin Festival & Trails, Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Spooky fun for all the family at Cholmondeley with our Pumpkin Festival and Trail.

Fright Fest- Jumping Jack-o'-lanterns, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 26 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Carve a lantern in the Timber Yard to scare the ghosts away. Why not come along and carve out a pumpkin with us? Will you create a scary face or a haunted house to scare your ghosts away? £4.00 per child. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Vehicle admission applies applies, NT members park free.

PI: Interactive Textiles. MOSI. 1030 - 1600, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
From water-repellent raincoats to bullet-resistant body armour – interact with textiles used in fashion clothing and protective wear and uncover the science behind their functionality. The University of Manchester will be showcasing new developments at the intersection between material science and computer science, with hands-on demonstrations of novel technologies. Discover how you can digitally evaluate fashion on touchscreen devices, how 3D body scanning can solve problems of clothes sizing and fit, and how 3D virtual product development enables faster time-to-market with less material waste. Take a glimpse into the future with an early prototype of a potential haptic device that could replicate the tactile sensations you experience in a physical store setting.

The Queens Knickers, The Lowry. 1300 and 1500, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Get your knickers in a twist with this classic comedy for wise young children, based on the book by Nicholas Allan. What would you do if you lost the Queen's pants? Dilys, the Queen's maid, guards HRH's smalls as if they were the crown jewels. But one day the knickers go missing, causing a national state of emergency and a diplomatic incident of catastrophic proportions. A celebration of the garments we all wear, but never show, this children's classic is inventively told by two elastic actors. It’s all about knickers but it definitely won’t be pants!

Wonderful Women in Wool, People's History Museum, 1500 - 1630, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Women scientists are missing from our history books. Could this be a stitch-up? Forget bronze or marble - see monumental Mancunians, from botanists and mathematicians to social campaigners, sculpted and staged in colourful crochet. Help the Warp and Weft duo play a crafty part in setting the record straight by adding tassels and colours to make a powerful new community banner about female scientists. No experience needed.

Food Glorious Food, MOSI. 1000 - 1600, on 27 October 2014 - 27 October 2014
Whether it is exploring the dyes in our sweets, seeking out the metal lurking in our breakfast or finding out what puts the pop in our fizzy drinks, local scientists from Waters Corporation will help you take a closer look at the wonderful world of food.

PI: Ion Attack, MOSI. 1030 - 1600, on 27 October 2014 - 27 October 2014
Come along to learn about atoms, molecules and isotopes. In the interactive mass spectrometer you can ionise CO2 molecules by knocking electrons off them, fire these molecules past a magnet and watch them be separated and collected. The final area of the stall will show examples of how these experiments are used in the real world.

Ice Age Science: Mammoths, mega boulders and microscopes, The University of Manchester. 1100 - 1300, on 27 October 2014 - 31 October 2014

Meet the scientists at The University of Manchester who study ice age animals, plants, and landscapes. Take part in fun activities including cave painting and ice age Top Trumps. See fossils from the Museum’s collections to learn about ice age giants such as the mammoth and woolly rhino. Use microscopes to see fossil pollen from ancient plants. Take a guided tour to hear the fascinating story of the giant boulder in the Old Quad behind the Museum. Part of Manchester Science Festival, supported by Siemens.
Price: Places limited, Book in advance on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, some spaces available to sign up on the day, free, all ages

Woolly Animals, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 27 October 2014 - 31 October 2014

Visit 'Siberia: At the Edge of the World' and discover the science on how some animals survive in such a cold climate. Be inspired by bears and mammoths and create some animals of your own. Part of Manchester Science Festival, supported by Siemens. Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

Science Busking. MOSI. 1100 - 1600, on 27 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Get hands-on with some simple science demonstrations which explore some very complex ideas. Find out more about Siemens, Electricity North West and Waters Corporation, who all work in our local area, and see how their science, research and technology is relevant to our everyday lives.

Spectacular Stars, Jodrell Bank. 11:30 12:30 14:30 and 15:30, on 27 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Discover how stars are born, why they are different colours, what a star is made from and what happens when a star dies. The show will include a gravity defying live demonstration and there might even be a few loud bangs.

Autumn Spooktacular at the Mill, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 27 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Decorate your own trick or treat bag at this free craft activity and follow the Halloween trail through the Mill. 50p per trail.

Crime Scene Investigation: Playing With History. Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives. 1400 - 1530, on 27 October 2014 - 27 October 2014
A unique event featuring two Manchester-based historians, a team of software developers, two interactive lectures and a brand new computer game. Discover the role of bloodhounds in the hunt for Jack the Ripper and find out how CSI was “invented” in the late nineteenth century, before seeing one of the first demonstrations of a prototype video game that enables players to participate in an imagined historical murder investigation.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030-1115, 1130-1215 & 1300-1345, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014

Head to Manchester Museum for these fantastic sensory play and interactive story sessions perfect for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions). Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free, babies who aren’t walking yet and their families/carers

Half Term Film: Mary Poppins, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1100, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.  Tickets £5.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Emily Brown and The Thing, The Lowry. Various Times., on 28 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Something is keeping Emily Brown awake… One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to find the Thing’s cuddly… his bedtime milk… his medicine… But nothing seems to help him settle. Book Tickets Here.

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Solar System, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014

Venture into the fascinating world of planetary science and learn about the formation and history of our Solar System. Hold and study real pieces of Mars, 4.5 billion year old meteorites, and even bits of the Moon collected by the Apollo astronauts! You can take part in a meteorite impacting experiment, plan your own space mission, see how volcanic eruptions reshape the surface of a planet, and watch a comet being created right in front of you. Part of Manchester Science Festival, supported by Siemens. Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

Farm Conker Championship, Tatton Park. Starts 1130, on 28 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
The perfect event for autumn half-term. The New Conker Class is open to novices keen to `have a go’ and test their conker playing potential. Conkers supplied for this class. Seasoned Conker Class is recommended for those with some conker playing experience. Please bring your own seasoned conkers which must be pre-strung. Conker fun starts 11.30am when you can choose and individualise your conker. First competition starts 1.30pm. Save money by buying a Totally Tatton Ticket allowing entry to 3 of the following attractions over half-term (the Gardens, Mansion, Farm and haunted Old Hall). Adult £11, Child £5.50, Family £27.50. Single entry £6, Child £4, Family £16.

Pi: Elemental Energy. MOSI. 1030 - 1600, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Ever wondered how electricity works and where energy comes from? Are you intrigued by Arduinos or keen on Raspberry Pis? Come and join the Catalyst team from Lancaster University on a journey of discovery. Catch Nature’s awesome powers with bespoke energy detectors, spot the difference between energy sources by playing with the ping-pong power game, gaze into the future of energy supply by observing the dance of a future-teller energy machine, or tune to the pulse of natural power by interacting with our energy forecasting app. All these tools were designed, developed and built in partnership Tiree Development Trust and the community of the Island of Tiree, Scotland, UK as part of onSupply, aCatalyst project.

Science @ Central, Manchester Central Library St Peters Square. 1100 - 1600, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
A day of scientific exploration at Archives+. Enjoy a packed programme of free activities including scientific experiments with Science Boffins, a chance to view and handle special collections such as Vesalius’s Anatomy from 1555, develop your computing skills through ‘Makey Makey’ sessions and have a go at some of our family friendly activities. You can also speak to a specialist on the preservation of archives and rare books.

Spooky Science, Quarry Bank Styal. 1200 - 1600, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Experiment, explore and create in our Spooky Science Lab.  A ‘scientist from the past’ will carry out some dramatic science experiments for you to watch and introduce you to a menagerie of lizards, snakes and spiders. Dare you touch a tarantula or stroke a snake? You can also get creative with hands on craft activities and a Halloween trail around the mill.

LEGO Mindstorm NXT Programming, Manchester Museum. 1300 - 1530, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Learn how to programme using LEGO Mindstorm NXT robots and see you if you can complete our programming challenges. Robogals Manchester is a chapter of an international student-led organisation that aims to increase women in STEM subjects by running robotics workshops in the Greater Manchester area.  Free Event, booking advised.

Get Strapping, Bolton One BL3 5AB. 1400 - 1600, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Have you ever been injured playing sports? Have you ever seen footballers or tennis players with strapping on their arms or legs? At this workshop you will learn why this is done and get the chance to do it yourself. Practice on mum or dad or a friend. Are you better than the experts? Will you be the physio at the next World Cup or the Olympics?

Electric Dreams, MOSI. 1000 - 1600, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Electricity is all around us, and we rely on it now more than ever, but do we ever really think about it? Join staff from Electricity North West in a day of electric exploration to make or break a circuit, build a model pylon and generate your own power. An electrifying way to think about how we get power from A to B come wind, rain or shine.

Pi: chemistry. MOSI. 1030 - 1600, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Make a bath bomb to take home with you and learn how chemists can determine structures, make them in a lab and then add the synthetic compound to every day products. See if you can smell the difference between organic and synthetic compound smells and try your hand at solving a murder mystery using an infra-red spectrometer. Chemistry and chemicals are all around us so come and get involved with this fascinating subject.

The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, M2 3WS, 1330 & 1600, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Join us for this family showing of the acclaimed films The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, who will play René Aubry’s enchanting scores.  The films feature the voices of Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.  Showing at 1.30pm & 4pm.  Both films are approximately 30 minutes long with a 20 minute interval. Tickets (plus booking fee): Adults £20; Child (aged 16 and under): £12  Family ticket (4 tickets, minimum one adult): £52 Family ticket not available online. Please visit/call our Box Office on 0161 907 9000.  

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Address: Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB For More Information see here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend/

Magic Carpet: Frogs, a tadpoles tale, Manchester Museum. 1030-1130 & 1130-1230, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014

Story making and activity sessions, for toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings). Join us for ‘Frogs, a tadpole’s tail’, and find out more about the life cycle of frogs, and how they grow from being a tadpole and how they survive; as well as an opportunity to visit the Museum’s Vivarium where you can see some live animals.
Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free, under 5s and their families/carers

Fright Fest - Terrfiying Tales in the Cage, Lyme Park. 1200 - 12:45, 1330 - 1415 and 1430 - 1515, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Get your knees knocking and spine tingling with Terrifying Tales in the Cage, told by a professional storyteller. Have knee knocking, spine chilling fun in the medieval Cage, with tales told by a professional storyteller. We promise not to lock you in over night! Booking essential, 3 sittings at 45 mins each. £2 per child. Vehicle charge applies, NT members park free.

The Snowflake Sisters Grand Halloween Ball, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Come and join The Snowflake Sisters for their Grand Halloween Ball! 31st Oct 5:00-7:00 at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre Food for the children, Live Performance, Spooky Activities, Disco Tickets £15 - one child and one accompanying adult Email: Kerri.davies@Hotmail.co.uk for tickets

Christmas Shopping Fair, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1700, on 01 November 2014 - 02 November 2014
It's an early chance to look for those special Christmas gifts for all the family and ideas for presents not usually found in High Street shops

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 01 November 2014 - 02 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Halloween at Knowsley Safari Park. 1700 - 1930, on 01 November 2014 - 01 November 2014
Join us on Saturday the 1st of November for an evening of truly creepy wild encounters. Get up close and personal with our beautiful owls, fruit bats and a Flight of the Talons Halloween special. Tickets include food and drink. The event begins at 5pm and finishes at around 7:30pm. TICKETS ARE £10 PER PERSON FOR MEMBERS AND £12 PER PERSON FOR NON-MEMBERS,

NCT Nearly New Sale & Christmas Fair, The Grammar, Marlborough Road, Bowdon, WA14 2RS, 1100-1300, on 02 November 2014 - 02 November 2014
In addition to our usual high quality nearly new sale, there will be a number of local craft stalls selling hand made gifts. Grab a bargain and start Christmas shopping! Open to NCT members from 10.30.  Entry is £1.50.  Prams are welcome in the sale room from 12pm (although they can be left in the foyer prior to 12pm). Sale Sling Library will be on hand to lend slings if needed.  Registration for sellers is open now (until 19 Oct) - a sellers pack is £3 & contains all the information you need and your labels.   Label all your goods and then take them to the venue at the designated time. We will then do all the rest! After the sale, either collect your unsold items (or leave them to be donated) and we will send you a cheque for your sold items minus our commission.  Items accepted for sale include: Clothing (baby, child and maternity); Toys, books and Cds/DVDs (no soft toys please); Nursery furniture; Baby and maternity equipment and Prams and Pushchairs.      

Hansel and Gretel. The Lowry. 1100 and 1400, on 02 November 2014 - 02 November 2014
You're sure to be tempted by this deliciously scary story of a tango dancing witch and her irresistible recipe for an edible house. Follow two brave and resourceful children as they take the path deep into the woods in this atmospheric, funny and free-spirited retelling of one of the most popular and powerful of all fairy tales, presented by Red Earth. Join us to taste the shivery delights of a classic tale well told.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 08 November 2014 - 09 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Handforth Craft Fair, on 08 November 2014 - 08 November 2014
Exotic animal corner, FREE & FREE ADMISSION!!!! 12-3pm Honford Hall, South Acre Drive Handforth SK9 3HN. Come and see the Parrot, Meet Bumble the owl, snakes, tortoises and a skunk, local crafters, gifts, meet iggle piggle 11.30 & 2.30 and fireman sam 1pm!

Styal Remembers, Quarry Bank. 1300 - 1500, on 09 November 2014 - 09 November 2014
Explore how Styal memorialised their fallen soldiers after the First World War, and hear oral histories from descendants of the villagers. Free event but please book in advance as there is limited capacity. Booking Essential 01625 445 845. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Christmas Gift Fair, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1700, on 15 November 2014 - 16 November 2014
It's an early chance to look for those special Christmas gifts for all the family and ideas for presents not usually found in High Street shops.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 15 November 2014 - 16 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Deer Club, Lyme Park. 1130 - 1230, on 15 November 2014 - 15 November 2014
What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer. The first rule of deer club is' always talk about deer club. The second rule of deer club is' don't forget your wellies! What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer and discover much more. Vehicle charge applies. NT Members free.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 22 November 2014 - 23 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Deer Club, Lyme Park. 1130 - 1230, on 22 November 2014 - 22 November 2014
What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer. The first rule of deer club is' always talk about deer club. The second rule of deer club is' don't forget your wellies! What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer and discover much more. Vehicle charge applies. NT Members free.

Experitots, MOSI. 1000 - 1130, on 28 November 2014 - 28 November 2014
This months focus is 'Things That Move' - These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! *£3 for one adult + one child *£2 for each additional adult / child Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Tatton's Christmas Gift Fair, Tatton Park. See Times Below, on 28 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Opening Times - Friday 12pm - 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4.30pm Tatton's Gift Fair features innovative and unusual present ideas for friends and family. It is held in the Tenants' Hall adjacent to the Mansion and admission is free. This is part of Tatton's Christmas season which is centred round the mansion which is themed this year on The Nutcracker. Opening on Tuesday 25th November, the Nutcracker Mansion features scenes and characters from the ballet, there will be classical music to enjoy plus baking and decoration demonstrations.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

Deer Club, Lyme Park. 1130 - 1230, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer. The first rule of deer club is' always talk about deer club. The second rule of deer club is' don't forget your wellies! What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer and discover much more. Vehicle charge applies. NT Members free.

Match, The Lowry. 1300 and 1500, on 30 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Head to The Lowry for a heart-warming, magical and life affirming tale for all the family. Experience beautifully inventive storytelling, puppetry, song and live music in this spellbinding production. Incredibly uplifting and raw, playful and tender, Match is pure delight for younger audiences.

An Audience with Father Christmas, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies - Child £6.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

A Victorian Christmas, Quarry Bank. 1100 - 1500, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Join the festive fun at our traditional Christmas weekends. Meet our Victorian characters and find out more about customs from the past. Tell Father Christmas what's on your Christmas list. Enjoy Christmas carols, stories and shopping and finish your day with a warming mince pie.

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

Slavas Snowshow, The Lowry. Various Times, on 09 December 2014 - 13 December 2014
Here's another fantastic show at The Lowry especially for Christmas - Don’t miss the show that’s been delighting and exhilarating theatregoers around the world. Slava’s Snowshow introduces a joyous dream-like world, unlike anything you have ever seen;  a world in which a cobweb envelops the audience and one tiny piece of paper begins a heart-stopping blizzard of snow.

Experitots, MOSI. 1000 - 1130, on 12 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
This months focus is 'Celebrations' - These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! *£3 for one adult + one child *£2 for each additional adult / child Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Christmas is Coming, St Anne's Hospice Festival Choir, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester M2 3WS,1930, on 12 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
  Join St Ann’s Hospice for their annual concert of Christmas music and carols with favourites for all the family to sing, including 'O Holy Night', 'Lullay', 'It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year', 'Ding Dong! Merrily High on High', 'Carol of the Bells' and 'Sleigh Ride'.  Tickets: £25 - £20  Concessions available.  Tickets half price for under 16 year olds.  All proceeds going to St Ann’s Hospice.

An Audience with Father Christmas, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies - Child £6.

A Victorian Christmas, Quarry Bank. 1100 - 1500, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Join the festive fun at our traditional Christmas weekends. Meet our Victorian characters and find out more about customs from the past. Tell Father Christmas what's on your Christmas list. Enjoy Christmas carols, stories and shopping and finish your day with a warming mince pie.

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

Christmas at Lyme, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. Vehicle charge applies, NT members park free.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt. The Lowry. Various Times, on 17 December 2014 - 11 January 2015
A lovely classic at The Lowry perfect for a Christmas family treat - Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.

Jack & the Beanstalk, The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Barrington Rd, WA14 1HZ, various times, on 19 December 2014 - 04 January 2015

The Garrick has built up a reputation over the years for its sell out traditional family pantomime, and this year will be no exception with plenty of laughs, songs and audience participation in this GIANT of a favourite adventure packed story. Jack, the cow, the beans, the stalk and a glamorous wedding are all here in this wonderful new version of the popular tale. Matinees 1:30pm / Early Evenings 5:30pm / Evenings 7:30pm.  Adults/Full Price £15.00 / Concessions £13.00 / Children under 16 (including babies & infants) £10.00.  There is an additional £2.00 transaction fee for each individual payment made by telephone 0161 928 1677 or Book Online

An Audience with Father Christmas, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies - Child £6.

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

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