Event Diary

Important events

Christmas Grotto at The Trafford Centre, Various Times, on 03 November 2014 - 24 December 2014

This Christmas join The SnowmanTM and The Snowdog at intu Trafford Centre for our most magical Christmas yet.

For the first time ever, exclusive to intu Trafford Centre, Britain’s only The Snowman and The Snowdog Christmas Grotto will open in Barton Square, complete with an experiential The Snowman and The Snowdog film sequence, gifts and activities, surrounded by all sorts of other festive fun and entertainment.

Plus we’ll be celebrating the start of a very magical Christmas on Saturday 8 November with A Day of Christmas Magic.

Advance booking for the Grotto is available at bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/intutrafford


Spinningfields Ice Rink, Manchester. Various Times, on 06 November 2014 - 04 January 2015
Back for another year the Spinningfields Ice rink, a perfect family attraction this Christmas. The family focused sessions are the first three sessions of the day when all the skating penguins are on the ice and the staff will also provide hands on assistance. There is no separate kiddies rink due to space restrictions at Mancheste Ice Rink, however they do provide skates for all ages and they have got great skating aids! Manchester Ice Rink welcomes all ages and ability of skaters, whether you’re a pro or a first timer, you will be sure to enjoy the experience in this stunning Manchester City Centre location. The 525sqm of real ice rink is one of the largest rinks in the Greater Manchester area and can hold up to 220 skaters. Sessions last for 1 hour – this includes time to get your skates on too so you can expect to have 50 minutes on the ice. We advise that skaters arrive 15 to 20 minutes before their session at the skate exchange. See here for tickets pricing and opening times. Also more details here for food, parking and disability access.

Selfridges Ice Rink, Trafford Centre, Various Opening Times, on 13 November 2014 - 04 January 2015
We are fast approaching that time of year once more and we've heard the great news that the Selfridges Ice Rink will be back at the Trafford Centre this year. It is always a very busy attraction enjoyed by people of all ages, so why not take advantage of the booking system and make sure no ones left disappointed. It's a perfect family activity to help get everyone in the christmas spirit! The Selfridges Ice Rink, which holds 120 skaters, is truly a winter wonderland taking its cue from Selfridges' Christmas 'Storytelling' theme featuring rich forest greens and sparkling gold bringing the magic of enchantment and fairy tales to life. The bespoke covered ice rink guarantees a great skate whatever the weather while the hot drinks will ensure everyone stays warm and cosy. Open from 13 November to 04 January, the all-new covered ice rink is ideal for professionals and novices alike. With Christmas lights, music and trained ice marshals for if you need a few skating tips, we've got everything set for you to enjoy an unabashedly festive day out. After leaving the ice, celebrate your skills – or calm your nerves – with a warm drink and festive treat: the perfect place to enjoy this wonderful Christmas spectacle.  

Manchester Christmas Markets, various Times, on 14 November 2014 - 21 December 2014
The Manchester Christmas Markets are back! These are a great day out whether you love a yummy bratwurst, Warm Mulled Wine or a browse through the stalls there is something for everyone and its the perfect way to really enjoy the Christmas spirit! The array of over 300 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Europe. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Treat yourself to anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella to French profiteroles. Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. The Christmas Markets are located in different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere: Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann's Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | Corporation Street. The stalls at each location will open at 10am. Closing times will be 7.30pm in November and 8pm in December, with the bars at each of these locations open until 9pm. Albert Square will be the exception to this rule, and will be open from 10am to 9pm every day for the duration of the market season.  

Santa's Grotto at Manchester Arndale, Various Times, on 20 November 2014 - 24 December 2014
Santa will be waiting to greet you in his fabulous Manchester Arndale Christmas Tree Star Grotto this Christmas so make sure you don’t delay in seeing the main man from Thursday 20 November. Make sure you put your request to Santa when he sets up in his Christmas Tree Star Grotto adjacent to Build-a-Bear Workshop in Halle Square.  Book online to see Santa from just £4.50 per child (plus booking fee).

Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys Manchester! Trafford Centre. Various Times, on 29 November 2014 - 24 December 2014
Join Father Christmas and his lovable elves at The Finest Toy Shop in the World! for fun, magic and theatre at this very special time of year. I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys! is an extra special experience where children will enjoy up to 1 hour with Father Christmas, take part in seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks and receive a special gift bag from Father Christmas to take home. During this group session each little guest will hear magical stories of Christmas, sing festive songs, enjoy Christmas games and activities, write their own Christmas wish list and have a special chat with Father Christmas himself all surrounded by the finest toys in the world! Find out more here.

A breath of festive fresh air! in Formby. 1000 - 1600, on 30 November 2014 - 28 December 2014
Need a break from Christmas preparations, or how about walking off the Christmas calories by heading out to the coast at Formby. With its coastal pine woodlands, red squirrels and miles of sandy beach, it’s the perfect place to get a breath of fresh air. There are also downloadable walks from Formby’s website to try over the festive season: Formby’s Woodland Walk, Red Squirrel Walk or Undiscovered Formby. On 28 December join  a guided walk led by Formby’s rangers to find out more about this special coastline.  See Here for more information.

‘Wander through a Winter Garden’ at Dunham Massey, 1100 - 1600, on 30 November 2014 - 24 December 2014

Dunham Massey is home to Britain’s  largest winter garden: with over 700 different species of plants and 1600 shrubs set against a backdrop of rich evergreens, the garden is punctuated by glorious splashes of colour from winter iris and the silvery glow of the silver birch grove. The Winter Garden was opened in 2009 and designed with the help of Roy Lancaster, OBE. In early spring, hundreds of thousands of snowdrops carpet the garden, followed by equally as many daffodils, iris and other spring bulbs.

Address: Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ, Telephone: 0161 941 1025, Email: dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information See Here.

Santa's Snow Grotto at the Chill Factore, on 01 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Santa will be settling into his new home on the snow from the 8th November; he will then be here every weekend throughout November and everyday in December... Right up until the evening of Christmas Eve. After all, Santa is in for a very busy night that night.... All visits to Santa will be combined with some play time in the snow, which is bound to really get your children into the festive feel and they can thrill in their very own winter wonderland. For more information about a visit to Santa in the snow see here.

Santa Specials At East Lancashire Railway, 0900-1700, on 06 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Kick off your Christmas holiday in style with the East Lancashire Railway’s incredibly popular Santa Specials running from 6th-24th December! Soak up the magical atmosphere at this event which has become an annual tradition for many families in the North West. Let the steam train take you on a journey through a winter wonderland along, passing through beautifully decorated stations. Santa and his helpers will be onboard handing out gifts to children and a mince pie and festive tipple to the grownups. Visit http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk  or call 0161 764 7790 for more information and to book tickets. Tickets must be pre-booked. Book early to avoid disappointment.

James & the Giant Peach, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, various times, on 12 December 2014 - 03 January 2015
James Trotter’s Mum and Dad were eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, so he lives with his Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker – truly the most hideous Aunts in England.  Then a mysterious old man gives James a bag of very, very strong magic - perhaps his life will get better after all.  But James drops the bag and the magic spills under an old tree. All appears to be lost until, on the tree, a single peach begins to grow… and grow…and grow and soon extraordinary things start to happen. Running time – 1 hour 45 minutes including interval  Please note: Tuesday 23rd December at 2:30pm will be a Relaxed Performance - aimed at children with autism, learning disabilities and sensory and communication disorders who will benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere. For this performance we have lowered the sound levels, dimmed the lights so the auditorium will not be in complete darkness and provided a chill-out area

Wilmslow Football Acadamy Christmas Soccer Camp, on 15 December 2014 - 02 January 2015
Our holiday camp starts Monday 15th December to Friday 2nd January (excluding 25th, 26th December and 1st January). Venue: Wilmslow Prep School Sports Hall, Grove Av., SK9 5EG All boys and girls from 5 to 12 welcome Full day 9.00-3.30 £20 Half day 9.00-12.30 or 12.30-3.30 £10 Early drop off at 8.00 am £3 extra Late pick up at 4.30 pm £3 extra HALF PRICE SIBLING DISCOUNT! Fridays are Sarafina Pizza Fridays. Every child attending all day has a free pizza for lunch!

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.

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo, 1600 - 2000, on 18 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

The Magical Lantern Experience is a trail to a spectacular animal lantern display where you can make your Christmas wish and hang it on our Giant Wishing Tree and say ‘hello’ to Santa. Visit the Fruit Bat Forest and the Elephant House and soak up the festive atmosphere around the zoo with our friendly festive characters.. Find out more about the event and how to book tickets here.


Christmas Movies at Manchester Drive in Cinema, Various Times., on 19 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Try something different this Christmas and head to the Magical Drive In Movie Spectacular in Manchester, from the 19th - 24th December there will be a variety of family christmas films playing across the dates at various times too. The films playing are - Frozen Sing a long, Elf, Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, It's a Wonderful Life, Gremlins, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas. For more information about show times and booking tickets see here - https://christmasmovies.co.uk/bookings/timetable

The Nutcracker Mansion, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 19 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Head to Tatton Park this christmas for the wonderful Nutcracker Mansion. The Nutcracker has been superbly brought to life with the help of Spring Bank Flowers Design and Tatton’s in-house florist team. In keeping with tradition the Christmas mansion will be decked with beautiful natural material from the parkland and gardens and a changing live music programme including a harpist, flutist and choirs will entertain. The Christmas mansion is open Tuesday 25th November - Sunday 7th December (closed Monday 1st December) and Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December and Friday 19th - Sunday 21st December : 11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Adult £9, Child £5.

Car entry charge of £5 applies. Mansion entry prices apply to NT members.

For further information on all events this Christmas (including Father Christmas at the Farm, Christmas Concerts and Stableyard Carols) call 01625 374400 or visit our website at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk


THE FC (FATHER CHRISTMAS) GROTTO! National Football Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 19 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Get ready to take a ride up to the top floor of the National Football Museum, where Santa’s squad are getting ready for Christmas. Kids will have the chance to meet the big man himself, and tell him what’s on their transfer list this season! There’ll be chance to take your own photos and every child who meets Father Christmas will be given a gift to take home. Entrance to the FC Grotto is £5 per child. Suggested age range for children attending is 3-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult (no charge). Tickets will not be available in advance, please speak to staff during your visit about availability and likely waiting times.

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.

11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Adult £6, Child £5. Car entry charge £5. Prices apply to NT members

For Further details about the event please see here.


Nature Discovery activities, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars. Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

An Audience with Father Christmas at 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? This year why not visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, the event includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. Booking is Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Meet in the Courtyard of Lyme Hall. Suitable for all ages. The main hall is not wheelchair accessible; please contact us if you would like a private audience with Father Christmas in a wheelchair accessible room.

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For more information and to book your tickets now, see the website here.  

Christmas at Rufford Old Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire is offering  ‘A Magical Christmas’ on  weekends 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21 December.  Staff and volunteers will be donning Victorian costume, whilst a huge musical organ and Punch & Judy will be entertaining visitors in the courtyard, decked with Christmas lights.

For the first time there’ll be donkey rides for younger visitors (20 – 21 Dec), Father Christmas will be visiting with his sleigh each weekend, and you can try making origami Christmas trees and Christmas cards to take home. Sit and listen to a special Peter Rabbit Christmas story and a Lancashire Christmas Tale or follow Rufford’s special Christmas trail around the garden.

Normal admission charge applies, and it is £4 visit to Father Christmas (includes gift)

All the rooms in Rufford Old Hall (bar the sitting room) will be open for the first time over the three festive weekends, and you can see what kind of food our Victorian  and Tudor ancestors would have celebrated Christmas with – as well as enjoying some 21st century festive delights in the team room!

For information on visiting times, prices and contact details please see here.

More Information: Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821254, ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk


Christmas at Little Moreton Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

Step back in time to a traditional Wassail welcome as you arrive at 16th century Little Moreton Hall for Yuletide celebrations. We have live period music and Tudor decorations in the Great Hall, a brilliant 16th century jester who will amaze with his dexterity and juggling skills; Yuletide tales will be spun by our storyteller and children can try their hand at Christmas crafts. The Tudors loved their food and Yuletide is no exception: a feast of festive food will be laid out on the table in the Great Hall, whilst you can enjoy 21st century seasonal food in the form of home made mince pies; cakes, hot chocolate and other festive goodies in Mrs Dale’s Pantry.

Little Moreton Hall, Nr Congleton - ‘Yuletide Celebrations’ More Information: 01260 272018, littlemoretonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Normal admission charges apply, for further information about the events please see here.


The Secret in the Sky, MOSI. 1100 - 1530, on 20 December 2014 - 04 January 2015

Free

Daily 11:00 - 15:30 (Session times: 11am - 12 noon, 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm)

No need to book - just drop in. Suitable for all ages.

In the city at night, something is missing, but what? Using fluorescent materials and UV lighting, we'll discover the answer. Be a part of the mystery in this unique, awe-inspiring combination of craft activity and story time.


Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1500, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. As part of the Roaring Twenties winter exhibition, each weekend we will have a themed special event. Get behind the scenes of the BBC's 'The Village', set in the roaring twenties. See stunning costumes, vintage motor cars and enjoy the sounds of the jazz age. Take in the locations used for filming on a guided walk 2-3pm. £7 per car, NT members free access to the estate. Your visit to the exhibition will start in the ticket office. You will be given a map to direct you around the exhibition rooms. The rest of Lyme Hall will be closed for winter conservation. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information please see here.

Circuit City*, MOSI. 13:40 - 14:10, on 20 December 2014 - 04 January 2015

Free - No need to book. Just drop in

Suitable for all ages.

History has thrown up some bizarre electrical inventions, and we're going to use them!

Following the first electrical circuit to light up Manchester, we'll use three crazy inventions to test the different rules of electrical safety, in this fun, surprising and interactive science show.

*Circuit City has been created with Support from Electricity North West


PI: Glow in the Dark Platform for Investigation, MOSI. 1500 - 1630, on 20 December 2014 - 04 January 2015

Free – no need to book. Just drop in.

Suitable for all ages

Join us on the Platform for Investigation as the winter nights draw in, and learn all about the fascinating science of luminescence.

As the winter nights draw in, take part in glow in the dark science, and discover the wonders of glow sticks. How do they work? How can they be used to write a top secret luminous letter to Santa? Help us set off an exploding glow in the middle of the Power Hall.

Be part of our illuminating experiments this Christmas.


Wilmslow Methodist Church - Christmas Services 10.30 and 19.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Join Wilmslow Methodist Church for a  day of Christmas Services Family Nativity service 10.30 and  Candlelit carol service 19.30,

Wilmslow United Reform Church, 10.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Christmas Worship and communion

Dean Row Unitarian Church, 11.15, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Carol Service

Light Painting, MOSI. 1100 - 1630, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

Suitable for ages 7 and older.

Ever tried to paint in the dark? Imagine the mess! That's exactly what we're going to do, but we won't spill a drop - and that's because we'll be painting with light.

You'll be able to take away the painting you created during the workshop, and we'll equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to create your own long shutter-speed light pictures at home.

  Tickets are free but booking is essential. For more information and booking please see here.

The Worlds Greatest Christmas Party, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Introducing Mr Yipadee, Joe Chambers from Cbeebies Rhyme Rocket and International Superstar - Santa for a fun & interactive Christmas Party at Funtime Kids from 1:30pm on 21st December. Including singing, dancing, musical games, storytime and meet and greet with the stars of the show. Contact Funtime Kids on 0161 376 5035 or email info@funtimekids.co.uk to book your place, limited numbers, booking essential

St Bartholomews Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 18.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Head down to Wilmslow Parish Church for this great true Christmas service.

St Annes Fulshaw, 18.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Carol Service

St Johns Lindow Nine Lessons and Carols 18.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Join in this traditional christmas service

Star Reach Academy Christmas Play In 2 Days, The Ryleys. 1000-1600, on 22 December 2014 - 23 December 2014
Star Reach Academy are offering a really fun 2 day camp this holidays- Christmas Play in 2 days! Children will develop a Christmas Pantomime and star in a live performance at the end. The workshop will help develop stage craft, acting skills, improvisation, enhance performance, help cultivate their creative ability and develop their use of expression and imagination. The club also includes lots of drama exercises, techniques and games, and most importantly we focus on HAVING FUN! Price- £70 per child. Please email info@starreachacademy.com or ring 0330 2231 513 to book your child's place or for more information.

 

Christmas Party, Dizzy Rascals, Poynton 15.30-18.30, on 22 December 2014 - 22 December 2014
Christmas party including; treasure hunt, present from Santa, lucky dip, meet Else &Anna from Frozen, chocolate fountain, fancy dress and buffet.  £10 per child, under 12 months free, £2.50 per adult includes a hot drink and a mince pie.

Wilmslows Pop up Cinema at Bang and Olufsen 12.00 and 16.00, on 23 December 2014 - 23 December 2014
Bang and Oulfsen based at Bank Square, Wilmslow will be opening their doors for a private screening of The Polar Express.There are 2 showings at 12.00 and 4.00. This is a free event organised by Ella Brookbanks and B&O home cinema retailer. Mulled wine,  Mince pies  and soft drinks will be on offer. Bring your favourite teddy and pillow to make it  extra cosy if want !For more info on this free event please call Ella on 07770 225 993    

The Hallé Present The Snowman at Bridgewater Hall, 1330 & 1600, on 23 December 2014 - 23 December 2014
Bring all the family along to the big screening of The Snowman on 23rd Dec at 1330 & 1600, the animated classic by Raymond Briggs. The film will be accompanied live by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s beautiful score – including the magical song ‘Walking in the Air’. The first half of the concert features Ian Stephens’ orchestral take on Michael Rosen’s children’s masterpiece, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, presented by the irrepressible Tom Redmond. Get into the Christmas spirit with this magical concert. Ticket prices and booking fees Adult £22 Child (aged 17 and under) £14 Family Ticket (4 people, minimum 1 child) £60* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. * Please note, Family Tickets can only be purchased through the Box Office, not online. Visit website for more info here-http://www.halle.co.uk/  

Christmas Eve at St Bartholomews Church 16.00 , 17.30, 23.30, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Christmas Christingle services followed by Midnight Christmas Communion Enjoy this traditional festive service , 2 services at 4.00 and 5.30 . For you night owls head down for the Midnight Christmas Communion

Christmas Eve at St Annes Fulshaw Church, 16.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Family Crib Service

Christmas Eve Wilmslow Methodist Church 16.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Family Christingle Service at 4.00

Christmas Eve Wilmslow United Reform Church 16.00 and 23.30, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Join the URC for this family service. Stories round the tree at 4.00. Midnight Candlelit Communion Service 11.30

Christmas Eve Dean Row Unitarian Chapel 20.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Christmas Eve service

Christmas Eve Sacred Heart and St Teresas Church 9.00 and 23.30, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Start your Christmas Eve morning wiyh Morning mass at 9.00. Carols followed by Midnight Mass at 23.30

Chritmas Eve at St Johns Church Lindow - Kids Carols 16.00 - 17.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Take the Kids to St John's Lindow on Christmas Eve for an hour of Chaos and Carols. Themed this year as a quiz show 'The Time is Right' ! For all ages though aimed at under 11's

Nature Discovery activities, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 27 December 2014 - 30 December 2014
Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars. Price: Drop-in, free, all

An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park, Various Times, on 27 December 2014 - 28 December 2014

Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? This year why not visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, the event includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. Booking is Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Meet in the Courtyard of Lyme Hall. Suitable for all ages. The main hall is not wheelchair accessible; please contact us if you would like a private audience with Father Christmas in a wheelchair accessible room.

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For more information and to book your tickets now, see the website here.  

Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1500, on 27 December 2014 - 28 December 2014
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. As part of the Roaring Twenties winter exhibition, each weekend we will have a themed special event. Get behind the scenes of the BBC's 'The Village', set in the roaring twenties. See stunning costumes, vintage motor cars and enjoy the sounds of the jazz age. Take in the locations used for filming on a guided walk 2-3pm. £7 per car, NT members free access to the estate. Your visit to the exhibition will start in the ticket office. You will be given a map to direct you around the exhibition rooms. The rest of Lyme Hall will be closed for winter conservation. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information please see here.

Light Painting, MOSI. 1100 - 1630, on 28 December 2014 - 28 December 2014

Suitable for ages 7 and older.

Ever tried to paint in the dark? Imagine the mess! That's exactly what we're going to do, but we won't spill a drop - and that's because we'll be painting with light.

You'll be able to take away the painting you created during the workshop, and we'll equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to create your own long shutter-speed light pictures at home.

  Tickets are free but booking is essential. For more information and booking please see here.

It's a date! Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1500, on 29 December 2014 - 31 December 2014
Make and decorate your own calendar for the year ahead. Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Nature Discovery activities, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 03 January 2015 - 04 January 2015
Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars. Price: Drop-in, free, all

Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1500, on 03 January 2015 - 04 January 2015
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. As part of the Roaring Twenties winter exhibition, each weekend we will have a themed special event. Get behind the scenes of the BBC's 'The Village', set in the roaring twenties. See stunning costumes, vintage motor cars and enjoy the sounds of the jazz age. Take in the locations used for filming on a guided walk 2-3pm. £7 per car, NT members free access to the estate. Your visit to the exhibition will start in the ticket office. You will be given a map to direct you around the exhibition rooms. The rest of Lyme Hall will be closed for winter conservation. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information please see here.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. Various Times., on 06 January 2015 - 06 January 2015
Sessions held 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm. 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: Free, ensure your space and Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm) For more information see here.

Robin Hood Pantomine, Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society, Woodford Community Centre, Woodford 19.00, on 06 January 2015 - 10 January 2015
CHYPS presents “Robin Hood”. The cast and live band are made up of talented 11 – 19 year olds -  the production will be an exciting show for all the family. Tickets start from £8.  Telephone 07910 187583 or use link to book.

Peter Pan Pantomime, MADS Theatre, (Various times), on 07 January 2015 - 10 January 2015
The Prestbury Youth Pantomime Association present Peter Pan at the MADS Theatre. Show performances are from Wednesday 7th January to Saturday 10th January, to include four evening shows and one Saturday matinee. More info here.

Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1500, on 10 January 2015 - 11 January 2015
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. As part of the Roaring Twenties winter exhibition, each weekend we will have a themed special event. Get behind the scenes of the BBC's 'The Village', set in the roaring twenties. See stunning costumes, vintage motor cars and enjoy the sounds of the jazz age. Take in the locations used for filming on a guided walk 2-3pm. £7 per car, NT members free access to the estate. Your visit to the exhibition will start in the ticket office. You will be given a map to direct you around the exhibition rooms. The rest of Lyme Hall will be closed for winter conservation. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information please see here.

Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1500, on 17 January 2015 - 18 January 2015
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. As part of the Roaring Twenties winter exhibition, each weekend we will have a themed special event. Get behind the scenes of the BBC's 'The Village', set in the roaring twenties. See stunning costumes, vintage motor cars and enjoy the sounds of the jazz age. Take in the locations used for filming on a guided walk 2-3pm. £7 per car, NT members free access to the estate. Your visit to the exhibition will start in the ticket office. You will be given a map to direct you around the exhibition rooms. The rest of Lyme Hall will be closed for winter conservation. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information please see here.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. Various Times, on 20 January 2015 - 20 January 2015

10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm. 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 For more information please see here.

Stella Maris School Open Event, 1000-1200, on 24 January 2015 - 24 January 2015
Head along to the Stella Maris open event on 24th January. This great school based in Heaton Mersey offers independent education for boys and girls, 3-11 years. Average class size 14 pupils or fewer. Nursery grant accepted. 100% grammar school entry success. Come along for the opportunity to look around, meet the teachers and find out more about the school. Tel: 0161 432 0532 or visit the website for more info- http://www.stellamarisschool.co.uk.  

Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1500, on 24 January 2015 - 25 January 2015
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. As part of the Roaring Twenties winter exhibition, each weekend we will have a themed special event. Get behind the scenes of the BBC's 'The Village', set in the roaring twenties. See stunning costumes, vintage motor cars and enjoy the sounds of the jazz age. Take in the locations used for filming on a guided walk 2-3pm. £7 per car, NT members free access to the estate. Your visit to the exhibition will start in the ticket office. You will be given a map to direct you around the exhibition rooms. The rest of Lyme Hall will be closed for winter conservation. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For More Information please see here.

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