Event Diary

Important events

Living History Open Day, Wythenshawe Hall, Northenden, Manchester, M23 OAB 1200-1600, on 26 January 2015 - 26 January 2015
Wythenshawe Hall was home to the Tatton family for over 600 years, and  is now owned by Manchester City Council.  On Sunday 26 Jan, there is a FREE Living History Open Day.  Along with guided tours, children can create and decorate memory boxes to take away and also try their hand at writing with old fashioned dip ink pens.

Experitots - 123 Let's Count, Museum of Science and Industry. 1030 - 1200, on 30 January 2015 - 30 January 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

Cinderella and Prince Charming Fun afternoon at Funtime Kids, on 30 January 2015 - 30 January 2015
From 4-5.30pm come along to Funtime Kids in Cheadle and meet Cinderella and Prince Charming. Have your photo taken with a real Princess all the way from Disneyland. Have a browse around our princess stalls selling dresses and accessories. Face painting, nail painting, glitter tattoos and hair spray available for a small charge per item. Bouncy castle too (additional charge applies)

NCT Baby First Aid Course, The Hub, Altrincham, 1000-1230 & 1400-1630, on 31 January 2015 - 31 January 2015
The two and a half hour session will be relaxed with the opportunity for parents to practice techniques and ask questions.  You will learn about:  Unconscious baby or child (breathing or not breathing);  Choking; Bleeding; Burns; Meningitis & Raised temperatures.  Refreshments will be served free of charge.  The course costs £25 per person, or £45 per couple. (Concessionary rates are available - so please do ask).  Young babies/well-behaved children are welcome, (but we suggest you arrange alternative childcare to aid concentration).  Any questions please email Trafford.1staid@gmail.com    

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 31 January 2015 - 31 January 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

The Makers Market - Knutsford Artisan Market 11.00 - 16.00, on 01 February 2015 - 01 February 2015
The Makers Market presents Knutsford Artisan Market - Princess Street , Knutsford. Finest food,  drink, art, design and craft market, supporting emerging and established local artisans and producers,independent artists ans designers. The event will feature specially selected specialists,whosoure, grow, rear, bake,make and create the products they sell , which  ensures their goods are unique, original and designed to inspire.

Middlewood Way Chainsaw Carving Demonstration, Macclesfield. 1100 - 1500, on 01 February 2015 - 01 February 2015
Come and see Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington create a wood carving using a chainsaw. The carving will later become a fixture on the Middlewood Way. Meeting point: 400 metres North of Holehouse Lane on the Middlewood Way (SJ927794). Nearest car park Rushmere Close, Whiteley Green, Adlington near Bollington, SK10 5SR (SJ927789) Information: 01625 383700 (Easy walking grade / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen, Buxton Opera House, 1300, on 01 February 2015 - 01 February 2015
Disney's Frozen gets the full Sing-a-long-a treatment on Sunday 1st February at Buxton Opera House! Who hasn't been singing Let It Go and wanting to dress up as Elsa?! Join in the full experience with lyrics on screen and sing along with songs from the film. A live host will show you how to use your interactive fun pack. Tickets are priced at £13.50/£15 for adults, £10 for children; family tickets £46 (4 people incl at least 2 children), £33 (3 people incl at least 2 children). Available online or by calling 0845 127 2190.

Toddler Tales, The John Rylands Library. 1030 - 1130, on 05 February 2015 - 05 February 2015
Head along and join in the cosy corner, enjoy and pull up a cushion. There will be great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

Around The World With Carrier Travel, Mottram Hall. 1830-2000, on 05 February 2015 - 05 February 2015
Award-winning holiday specialist, Carrier Travel, are hosting an exclusive complimentary event ‘Around the World with Carrier Travel’  on Thurs 5th February 2015 at Mottram Hall.The Cheshire-based travel agency will be joined by a wide range of tourist boards, luxury hotels and tour operators from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, The Americas, Europe, the Indian Ocean and Asia. With live performances by a jazz saxophonist and magician. Guests can meet over 30 holiday specialists under one roof, showcasing the unrivalled experiences you can have at some of the world’s most enticing locations in 2015.The event is in the Garden Lounge, Mottram Hall, Wilmslow Road, Mottram SK10 4QT. The evening will commence from 6:30pm with complimentary drinks and canapés. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Call 01625 583210, email retail@carrier.co.uk  or visit www.carriertravelagent.co.uk/world to reserve your place by Friday 30th January 2015.

Cake International - The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show,1000-1800 EventCity , Eventcity, on 06 February 2015 - 08 February 2015

Boasting the world’s largest display of competition pieces, and an unrivalled range of supplies, exciting features, Workshops and Demonstrations, plus so much more. Ticket into Cake Internaional gains you entry in to Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, at the same venue and time! Buy tickets online www.cakeinternational.co.uk or phone Ticket hotline 01425 277988

Coder DoJo at Radbrook Hall 10.00 - 14.00, on 07 February 2015 - 07 February 2015
What is Coder DoJo ? CoderDojo is a global network of free, volunteer-led, independent, community based programming clubs for young people. These young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and get to show off what they’ve been working on.There is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning with an emphasis on openness, helping others and showing how coding is a force for change in the world. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. Barclays and Hays host coder dojo #6 at Radbook Hall, Charles Babbage Suite, Barclays Technology centre WA16 9 EX ( between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel ) To book a place for your budding coder go here Find out more about Coder Dojo here


Fuel for Your Body, Fuel for Your Car at Pi: Platform for Investigation, MOSI. 1030-1530, on 07 February 2015 - 07 February 2015
No need to book - just drop in. Suitable for all ages. Can we really use water to run our cars? When is a tummy bug a good thing? Find out in this double dose of Pi with Manchester Metropolitan University. Be part of February's Platform for Investigation to examine how bugs can help your health, and how water can be turned into horsepower.

Dragon Tales, The John Rylands Library, Manchester. 1100 - 1200, on 07 February 2015 - 07 February 2015
Head to John Rylands Library to join the hunt for the Library's mythical beasts before settling down for stories!

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 07 February 2015 - 07 February 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Mop-Tops Magical Tale Trail, Royal Exchange Theatre. 1130 - 1230, on 08 February 2015 - 08 February 2015
Prepare to be whizzed away with this mad-cap, bonkers adventure as you join Mop-Top in her quest to save the land of Rum Tum Tush! Mop-Top is trapped outside her story. Can you find the clues to make the magic spell to help open her giant book & start the story? If you can you'll enter an incredible world of dreams, colour, and a whole lots of nonsense! Interactive theatrical entertainment from Mother Hen - Hatching creative ideas for kids... Suitable for children 11 & under. To find out more and book your places please see here.

Jurassic Adventures, The Plaza, Stockport Various Times, on 13 February 2015 - 14 February 2015
A brand new production, set on a magical island, where anything might happen, with a brave cast of amazing actors, a great fun script, superb scenery, and of course DINOSAURS! Get transported to a prehistoric place full of fun, thrills and screams, be amazed and awed by the birth of a baby Dinosaur, but beware of the T. REX mother who wants her egg back! For all the family from age 3+ See here for times and ticket info.

Picnic Tea with Peppa Pig at Land of Play, Units E & F Astra Business Park, Guinness Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, Lancashire M17 1SU,1630-1800, on 13 February 2015 - 13 February 2015
Join Peppa Pig for a picnic tea.  Tickets - £6.50 & this includes picnic tea (choice of sandwich), disco, games & play! Pre book your tickets on 0161 872 9434

Whitworth’s opening weekend, Manchester. From 1000 onwards., on 14 February 2015 - 15 February 2015
It’s official: the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester reopens on 14 February 2015. "And to celebrate the gallery’s development – alongside ten opening exhibitions, new commissions indoors and out, and the remarkable achievements of MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) – we have put together a Valentine weekend’s worth of art, music, talks, walks, performance, literature, family fun and a fire and light show." To find out more about what's will be on, when and how to get involved with your family please see here.

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears, Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Plaza Square, Sale, M33 7ZF,, on 14 February 2015 - 18 February 2015
They only went out for a stroll... to let the food cool down. But when the three bears got home the house was a mess and Baby Bear's porridge had vanished completely! And that was just the beginning!  Broken chairs, unmade beds and a mysterious visitor who takes Baby Bear on a breathtaking adventure that turns his house and his world upside-down!  Stuff and Nonsense return with a thrilling adaptation of everyone's favourite beary-tale! A brilliant mix of ingenious puppetry, music and mischievous moments.  Suitable for the whole family!  Duration: 60 mins (no interval)


Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 14 February 2015 - 14 February 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Reach for the Stars, Eureka!, on 14 February 2015 - 14 February 2015
Back by popular demand, we’re returning to outer space this February half term. Explore the wonders of the universe and find out what life in space is really like…See here for opening hours and ticket prices.

Scarecrow Festival, Tatton Park., on 14 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
Visit the Scarecrow Festival in the Gardens and at the Farm this spring half-term. Over 30 scarecrows will be resident in the Gardens. Find the farmyard scarecrows and have a go at making your own. Closed Monday. Normal entry charges apply; £5 car entry charge applies. For more details and opening times please see here.

Valentine Disco, Silver Blades Ice RInk, Altrincham, 2000-2200, on 14 February 2015 - 14 February 2015
Love is in the air at Silver Blades so why not come with your partner or friends this Valentine's night. Tickets from £8. BOOK ONLINE FOR YOUR FREE MEAL DEAL! Choose from burger /hotdog, served with fries & a drink

Half Term Little Actors, The Lowry Theatre 1100 - onwards, on 16 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
Singalonga Frozen is making an exciting visit to our Lyric Theatre, with lots of Frozen fun to be had by all the family. To celebrate join us as we slip and slide through Frozen worlds to bring Olaf, Anna, Kristoff and friends to life in this fun and interactive drama workshop for Half Term. Places are limited so please book in advance. Aimed at children aged 5+ Must book in advance for more information please see here.

Half Term Little Artists, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - onwards, on 16 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
A magical performance of I Believe in Unicorns, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, is taking place in our Quays Theatre this Half Term. To celebrate, we will be making our own galloping unicorns out of junk! Make them fly, jump and canter with a sprinkling of magic dust! Must book in advance for more information and tickets please see here

Solar System hands on activities, Jodrell Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 16 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
Head along to Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield to try some science experiments for yourself. You will be able to find out about volcanoes on Mars, how gravity varies from planet to planet and why Saturn floats! This session is suitable for children 5 years + Session is included in admission price. Session runs from Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply, click here for more information.

Singalonga Frozen at The Lowry, various times, on 16 February 2015 - 08 March 2015
Singalonga Productions are delighted to announce that Disney’s FROZEN is the new Singalonga must see! A full screening of Disney’s FROZEN with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Anna and Elsa during the film.  Introduced by a live host who will show you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some hand actions and heckles before you sit back and “Let it Go”.  YOU the audience are the stars as you interact with the film. Remember to dress up as your favourite character and be a snow queen, Sven the reindeer or Olaf, the coolest snowman ever!. It's the most popular comedy-adventure to hit the big screen this year and, with the fairydust of Singalonga added, you are guaranteed a great time. Come on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen and put an end to her icy spell. Sooo do you wanna build a snowman….? Age recommendation 5+ To find our more and book your tickets, please see here.

Wild Animals, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200 - 1600, on 16 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
Make a 'wild animal teller' you can take outside to identify animals from their footprints and poo!

February half term – Solar System Science Show, Jodrell Bank. Various Times., on 16 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
Head to Jodrell Banks exciting Solar System science show and watch the demonstrations to discover why Venus is such a dangerous place to go, taking an everyday object to Neptune is not such a good idea and why the Earth is so special. Science shows run Monday to Friday at 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 15.00 and last for 30 mins. Enjoyable for all ages, however particularly suitable for children aged 5+ Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 01477 571766 to reserve places on a session at least one day ahead as bookings close the day before the event. Normal Admission prices apply.

FACEPAINTING, National Football Museum, 1230 - 1530, on 16 February 2015 - 16 February 2015
Kick of half-term with a fun family day out at the National Football Museum and if you're lucky you may even meet museum mascot Pickles the Dog! Our fantastic face painter Vix will be able to paint your face with your team's crest, your favourite animal or even as Pickles the Dog himself!

Deer Feed and Trailer Ride, Tatton Park. 0930 - 1030, on 17 February 2015 - 17 February 2015
Take a trailer ride with the Rangers to watch the winter deer feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their natural setting. Minimum age: 4, £6 Adult, £4 Child. for more details please see here.

Henry VIII is Coming to Town! Tatton Park, 1030 - 1230, on 17 February 2015 - 17 February 2015
An interactive storytelling session, followed by Tudor living history activities. Go behind the scenes of a Tudor Royal Tour. Hear about sports, games and entertainment enjoyed by King Henry VIII. Then experience what life was like in Tudor England for yourself, through a range of hands on activities. For families with children aged between 5 and 11. In association with Historic Royal Palaces, London.  For more information and details about entrance fees please see here.

MAKE YOUR OWN TRENCH FOOTBALL GAME, National Football Museum. 1100 - 1400, on 17 February 2015 - 17 February 2015
Head along to The National Football Museum and make your own Trench Football Game inspired by our latest exhibition The Greater Game.

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING - ‘FROM WHERE I’M SITTING, MFANWY TRIPPIER’, National Football Museum. 1000 - 1700, on 18 February 2015 - 18 February 2015
Discover the real life stories of those featured in our exhibition The Greater Game: Football & the First World Warbrought to life in our new interactive storytelling sessions. This session brings to life the fascinating story of Myfanwy Trippier, female footballer and Land Army volunteer. Sessions run throughout the day on level 3 - timings to be announced shortly. 

Frozen Sing-a-Long & Craft Activities, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF,, on 19 February 2015 - 19 February 2015
FROZEN SING-A-LONG + Craft Activities + Competition!  Take part in Frozen –related craft activities, see a screening of newly released Frozen Sing-a-long and sing your hearts out!  PLUS! Prizes for the best Frozen outfit!  Frozen craft activities : 10am & 1.30pm (Family Club charges apply to the craft activities: 50p per child for Family Club members. Non Family Club members £2 per child.  Drop in but limited spaces available. Please call Box Office for more information 0161 912 5616). Film screenings: 11am & 2.30pm Film Only: £5 each.

I Believe in Unicorns, The Lowry Theatre. Various Times, on 19 February 2015 - 22 February 2015

Tomas didn’t like books or stories. He was happier clambering in the mountains like a goat or tobogganing with his Dad. That was until the Unicorn Lady came to town and reeled him in with her irresistible magic tales. But then disaster struck and put everything that mattered most in Tomas’ life in terrible danger…

I Believe in Unicorns is a spellbinding and moving story, from the book by Michael Morpurgo (author of War Horse), adapted by Daniel Jamieson. Presented by Theatre Alibi, who last worked with Michael Morpurgo on the West End hit Why the Whales Came, this is a wonderful show for all the family to enjoy.

For more information and to book tickets please see here.


Chinese New Year, Manchester. Various Times, on 19 February 2015 - 25 February 2015
There will be lots happening across the city this year to celebrate Chinese New Year -  The celebrations take place in St. Ann’s Square, Chinatown and Albert Square - with thousands of lanterns, a spectacular light show and explosive art. Plus: street food, music and martial arts, fireworks and the Dragon Parade. As the dark streets light up, welcome in the Year of the Ram. Find out more here.

HALF-TERM SKILL SESSION, The National Football Museum, 1200 - 1300, on 19 February 2015 - 19 February 2015

Join in with a special edition of our popular Skill Sunday sessions this half-term and learn fun footy skills with coach Colin from Halton Street Soccer & Futsal CIC. With special appearances from the pooch who likes to perfect his skills, Pickles the Dog! Sessions start at 12:00 & 13:00 - booking on the day; recommended to turn up early as session numbers are limited.

STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE – TERRY DEARY’S, ‘THE WAR GAME’, The National Football Museum, 1000 - 1700, on 20 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
Accomplished storyteller John Kirk presents an immersive reinterpretation of, ‘The War Game’, a story by one of Britain’s most prolific children’s authors Terry Dreary. "Christmas?  In a war Christmas Day is the same as any other day."  But for once Charlie Embleton was wrong. Albert Watson and Charlie Embleton thought that Christmas Day would be the same as any other in the trenches, but in 1914 soldiers from two countries put down their guns and played one of the most amazing football games of all time. This 30 minute storytelling event is presented to coincide with the commemoration of The Great War with the permission of Terry Deary. Suitable for children (7+). Three 30 minute sessions with times and booking information to be confirmed soon.

Henry VIII is Coming to Town! Tatton Park, 1030 - 1230, on 20 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
An interactive storytelling session, followed by Tudor living history activities. Go behind the scenes of a Tudor Royal Tour. Hear about sports, games and entertainment enjoyed by King Henry VIII. Then experience what life was like in Tudor England for yourself, through a range of hands on activities. For families with children aged between 5 and 11. In association with Historic Royal Palaces, London.  For more information and details about entrance fees please see here.*Most events are subject to Tatton Park car entry charge and normal attraction entry charges where applicable.

Build a Bird a Home for National Nest Box Week, Cheshire, CW11 4YB. 1000 - 1450, on 21 February 2015 - 21 February 2015
National Nest Box Week – Build a Bird a Home. Meet the Salt Line Ranger and build a wooden bird nesting box to take away and put up at home or give to someone else as a gift. Time slots are available to book in 40 minute intervals starting from 10:00am. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4. Meeting point: Salt Line, Alsager Road, near Hassall Green (between Sandbach & Rode Heath), Cheshire, CW11 4YB (SJ775582) Booking: Book online for Build a Bird a home via Eventbrite by 19th February Information: 01260 297237 - (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Easy walking grade / There is a charge for this event)

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 21 February 2015 - 21 February 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Manchesters Chinese New Year Celebations 11.00 - 17.00, on 22 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
Celebrations start in the city centre from the first day of The Year of the Ram - Thursday February 19 - and continue throughout the weekend. The red dragon is returning to Manchester for the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside of London and this year is set to be the most extravagant yet. At midday on Sunday 22nd February, Albert Square will come alive with martial arts and dance displays followed by the Dragon’s dramatic appearance at 12.30pm outside the Town Hall. From 1pm follow the magnificent Dragon Parade through the city’s streets to Chinatown’s NCP car park where it will be greeted with firecrackers and New Year addresses from The Chinese Consul-General of Manchester, the Lord Mayor of Manchester and community leaders. In Chinatown, you’ll find traditional lion dancers, martial arts displays, spectacular Chinese acrobatics, arts and crafts, workshops and a funfair with over 20 rides on Charlotte Street – culminating in the spectacular fireworks finale at 6pm. From 11am – 5pm, Chinatown and Albert Square will host over 60 stalls offering a variety of gifts, arts and crafts and a mouthwatering variety of delicious food.

Nicobobinus, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 & 1400, on 22 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with this family musical adaptation of Terry Jones’ much-loved children’s tale about the boy ‘who could do anything’, presented by Red Ladder and DumbWise. In a land where dragons are locked in boiler rooms and mountains move like the oceans,Nicobobinus and his best friend Rosie embark on a wild, globetrotting adventure to cure him of a golden curse. A cast of five actor-musicians bring this epic tale to life, with original songs, instrumental acrobatics, moving sets and a bucket-load of Monty Python-esque wit, offering genuine family theatre for children aged 6 and upwards and their grown up chums! To find out more and book your tickets online, please see here.

The Dragon Parade & Fireworks, Manchester. 1230 - 1800, on 22 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
Follow the spectacular parade (featuring a 175-foot dragon) from Albert Square to Chinatown, where you’ll find traditional lion dances, food, a funfair, fireworks, family workshops and martial arts displays. Free Event - (Dragon performance 12.30pm, Albert Square. Parade starts at 1pm, Albert Square. Fireworks at 6pm, Chinatown)

The Chuckle Brother Chuckles of Oz, The Plaza, Stockport 14.00, on 22 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
Dorothy, The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are among the familiar characters who join the Wizards (Paul and Barry) for this sensational new version of the familiar Wizard of Oz story. Click here for tickets.

Experitots - Our World. Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. 1030 - 1200, on 27 February 2015 - 27 February 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 28 February 2015 - 28 February 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Storytelling, Dunham Massey. Various times between 1100 - 1500, on 28 February 2015 - 01 March 2015
Join storyteller Helen Stewart in the dairy for tales of the First World War for all the family. Stories at various times between 11am and 3pm. Places limited, please collect a timed token from visitor reception on the day. House & garden ticket required. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk, Normal Admission Charges Apply Wrap up warm it may be cold in the dairy. Meet at the dairy after collecting your timed token and House & garden ticket.

The Makers Market - Knutsford Artisan Market 11.00 - 16.00, on 01 March 2015 - 01 March 2015
The Makers Market presents Knutsford Artisan Market - Princess Street , Knutsford. Finest food,  drink, art, design and craft market, supporting emerging and established local artisans and producers,independent artists ans designers. The event will feature specially selected specialists,whosoure, grow, rear, bake,make and create the products they sell , which  ensures their goods are unique, original and designed to inspire.

Three Wise Monkeys, The Lowry Theatre. 1300 & 1500, on 01 March 2015 - 01 March 2015
When should you tell a fib? When do you keep a secret?  And when do you help your friends make sense of it all? Join Seeno, Hearno and Sayno, three cheeky monkeys on a journey to wisdom, in this exciting, fun packed, laughter filled story. Audience favourite Hiccup Theatre bring their exciting style to this production, juggling live music, puppetry and mischievous storytelling in a brand new version of this classic Japanese proverb. Created by acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning writer Mike Kenny, Three Wise Monkeysis the perfect show for little ones and their grown ups. To find out more and book tickets, please see here.

Down The Mines! Alderley Edge, 1900 - 2130, on 03 March 2015 - 03 March 2015
Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some ladder climbing and crawling involved. Suitable for adults and children over 6Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7. Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773) Booking: Book online for Down the Mines! via Eventbrite Information: 01625 374833 - (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Toddler Tales, The John Rylands Library. 1030 - 1130, on 05 March 2015 - 05 March 2015
Head along and join in the cosy corner, enjoy and pull up a cushion. There will be great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

Terra Nova School Open Day, on 06 March 2015 - 06 March 2015
The best way to experience life at Terra Nova is to come and visit us. We hold two Open Days each year, enabling you to see our outstanding facilities, and we hold taster sessions for all year groups. You will also have the opportunity to meet the pupils, parents and staff, and experience a little of the sense of community we have created here. Our next Open Day takes place on Friday 6 March from 9.00am – 5.00pm. It is a regular school day, so you will see the school in action, take a tour with our Year 7&8 pupils, and meet our team of teachers and support staff. Call us to arrange a visit 01477 571261

First Steps - A Child's Coppelia, The Lowry Theatre. 1300, on 06 March 2015 - 06 March 2015
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s introduction to this delightful story which has been specially adapted for children aged 3-7 years. This hour long, interactive programme features a storyteller who sets the scene, introduces the children to the music and characters and shares some of the technical magic surrounding the staging of this fun tale. This is followed by a performance of Act II of the ballet featuring the full company of dancers and orchestra. With a feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of mischievous fun, this is a fantastic way of introducing young ones to ballet. To find out more and book your tickets, please see here.

Dragons Tales, The Joh Rylands Library. 1100 - 1200, on 07 March 2015 - 07 March 2015
Head to John Rylands Library to join the hunt for the Library's mythical beasts before settling down for stories!

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 07 March 2015 - 07 March 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Fiddlesticks, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1130, on 07 March 2015 - 07 March 2015
Once upon a time: How Music Tells a Tale!   BBC Philharmonic Violinist, Julian Gregory, and friends, return to the Waterside for the ever-popular Fiddlesticks family concerts, with lots of fun and audience participation guaranteed this is a perfect introduction for children to the joy of live music.   Suitable for all ages.

Where Caterpillars Go, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, various times, on 08 March 2015 - 08 March 2015
Follow an inquisitive Caterpillar into a beautiful and tactile garden where together we’ll explore life, growth, wonder and loss through live music and playful movement in this fun and visually striking show.   Where Caterpillars Go is a thoughtful look at the cycle of life, explored within a garden where almost everything is made from paper. Watch seeds fly, fall and sprout, and shoots spiral and uncurl. Chase leaves and butterflies as they flutter by in this lively garden that pops up before your eyes!  A Travelled Companions Production for Children under 5 and their families.  Duration: 45 mins

Pram Fit Taster Class, Congleton, 0930 - 1000, on 10 March 2015 - 10 March 2015
A fantastic way to get back in shape after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley. Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential. Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Nursery Taster Session, Terra Nova School, on 13 March 2015 - 13 March 2015
The best way to experience life at Terra Nova is to come and visit us. We hold two Open Days each year, enabling you to see our outstanding facilities, and we hold taster sessions for all year groups. You will also have the opportunity to meet the pupils, parents and staff, and experience a little of the sense of community we have created here. We also have a Nursery Taster Session on Friday 13 March from 10.00 – 11.30am. Let your little ones experience the magic of our Nursery setting whilst you watch from a safe distance, chat to our staff, and relax with a tea or coffee. Call us to arrange a visit 01477 571261

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 14 March 2015 - 14 March 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea, Tatton Park, on 15 March 2015 - 15 March 2015
Treat Mum this year to tea and cakes in Tatton's mansion and a visit to the estate's beautiful 50-acre garden. A table will be reserved for you in Lord Egerton's apartment, with stunning views over the Italian terrace and parkland, where you'll enjoy a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes with tea and coffee. Stroll around the award winning gardens during your visit. £20 per person. Price includes car entry. Pre-booking essential: 01625 374456. For more information please see here.

Library in the Landscape Birthday Walk, Tegg's Nose. 1400-1600, on 15 March 2015 - 15 March 2015
Help us to celebrate the 2nd Birthday of the ‘Library in the Landscape’ at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, with a walk to the Library with Tegg’s Nose Country Park Volunteer Librarian Ailsa Holland and Ranger Martin James, followed by refreshments and cake. Booking in advance is essential. (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy to Moderate walking grades / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Refreshment stop - opportunity for refreshments)  

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 21 March 2015 - 21 March 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Experitots - Senses, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. 1030-1200, on 27 March 2015 - 27 March 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 28 March 2015 - 28 March 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails, Dunham Massey. 1100 - 1600, on 03 April 2015 - 06 April 2015
Hop along to Dunham to join in the Easter fun. Complete the Easter trail and children receive a Cadbury's chocolate Egghead as a reward! Don't forget to get your tickets from the visitor centre before heading to the garden (normal admission applies). More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk, Normal Admission Charges Apply

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 04 April 2015 - 04 April 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Lambing Fortnight at the Farm, Tatton Park, on 07 April 2015 - 17 April 2015
Will you be lucky enough to see our lambs being born? This year we have synchronised our ewes to lamb within a 10 day period. Informative talks on the imminent signs of lambing by the farm staff and why not try our sheepy quiz. For more information on entry costs and times please see here.

Storytelling, Dunham Massey. 1100 - 1500, on 08 April 2015 - 08 April 2015
Join storyteller Helen Stewart in the dairy for Easter tales for all the family. Stories at various times between 11am and 3pm. Limited places, please collect a timed token from visitor reception on the day. House & garden ticket required. Meet at the dairy after collecting your timed token and House & garden ticket. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk, Normal Admission Charges Apply

Lookout, its Saturday Playhouse, The Lowry Theatre, 1100 - 1200, on 11 April 2015 - 11 April 2015
Head to The Lowry for the weekly playhouse activities, lots of family fun to be had. A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There's something new to do every Saturday morning! For more information and to check for any changes to schedule please see here.

Storytelling, Dunham Massey. 1100 - 1500, on 15 April 2015 - 15 April 2015
Join storyteller Helen Stewart in the dairy for Easter tales for all the family. Stories at various times between 11am and 3pm. Limited places, please collect a timed token from visitor reception on the day. House & garden ticket required. Meet at the dairy after collecting your timed token and House & garden ticket. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk, Normal Admission Charges Apply

Experitots - Make a Noise, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. 1030-1200, on 24 April 2015 - 24 April 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

Experitots - Things That Fly, Museum of Science and Industry. 1000 - 1230, on 15 May 2015 - 15 May 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

The Lost Festival, Burrs Country Park, Bury. 1600 - 2100, on 22 May 2015 - 25 May 2015
The Lost Carnival is an immersive theatre experience that invites families to step into a world unlike any other. It will appear in Burrs Country Park in Bury on the evenings of 22/23/24/25 May 2015. The carnival will be open from 4-9pm, with the audience entering on timed tickets. Tickets cost £10 per person (under 3s go free). Carnival goers should dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Tickets will go on sale on 20th January. To keep up to date with news of the Lost Carnival, visit www.thelostcarnival.org.uk

Experitots - Materials, Museum of Science and Industry. 1030 - 1200, on 19 June 2015 - 19 June 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

Experitots - Big Machines, Museum of Science and Industry. 1030-1200, on 10 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
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! We focus on a different topic each month. 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.

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