Event Diary

Important events

Spooky World, Fun by day. Applejacks Adventure Farm. 1100 - 1600, on 10 October 2014 - 09 November 2014
Billed as ‘more spooky than scary’, this is a great event for all the family with pumpkin carving and a ‘Spooky Show’, plus ghoulish characters waiting to make you jump! As well as all the Halloween activities, the usual attractions such as corn cannon, archery, jumping pillow and roller skating are included in the entrance fee. Applejacks Adventure Park, Stretton Road, Warrington, WA4 4NW More info here

Scarecrow Trail, Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB, on 18 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
For just £1 you can follow the scarecrows dotted around the site and hidden in each of the shops and activities. Write the name of each scarecrow on the form and then hand it back into where you bought it from. You will then be entered into  a free prize drawer to win some great things from the shops taking part. This years theme is ‘farmyard’ so look out for everything from tractors to animals.  Why not find the hidden pumpkins too! This is a smaller trail which if you fill in the names of each hidden pumpkin on the form you can receive a sweet treat from The Chocolate Box on the day of playing. Each pumpkin has its own name tag but they could be anywhere around the site!


The Crocky Horror Show, Crocky Trail. 1730 Onwards, on 21 October 2014 - 01 November 2014
This year the Crocky Trail are once again putting on a fantastic scarefest for Halloween!  The trail has been transformed into a nightmare full of live actors, terrifying sets and props and also includes death defying stunt riders, performing their mesmerising Wall of Death stunt show. The Crocky Dungeon is full of ghoulish shrieks and surprises that will have the whole family jumping with fright and giggling with delight! This is a fantastic event, most suited to families with children over 10, those younger that are going should avoid the Crocky Dungeon! Shows start from 6pm, finish at 9pm and take place on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th, 30th Final nights, with fireworks October 31st and November 1st 2014. Mums in the Know readers can claim an early bird booking discount of 20% off by using the code MITKHORROR when booking online, simply click here to find out more and get booking! Offer ts&cs- Not to be used with any other promotional offer. Offer expires 24th October.Redeemable Online Only. Not valid on Gate.

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

Jolly Jacks Multi Sensory, Dizzy Rascals, Poynton 10.00-12.00, on 23 October 2014 - 23 October 2014
Multi sensory play sessions including free play in the play centre. Under 18 mths 10am-10.45 & 14mths and above 11.15-12.00.  Each session costs £5.5o.

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

Self-lead scavenger hunt, Coombes Valley. 0900 - 1700, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014

This trail will require the assistance of specialised sorcerers to collect natural ingredients and magic words hidden around the enchanted trail. Explore the brand new Fairy Village, Den building area and Storytelling Circle before returning to the Mud kitchen and conjuring a magic potion saving Coombes! And don’t forget to claim a spooky Halloween treat! £4 per child with 20% off for members, children bring your adults for free! Available 9:00 – 5:00 every day throughout the half term. 


Half Price Entry to Knowsley Safari Park, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Here’s our MITK Liverpool offer for HALF PRICE entry for the fabulous Knowsley Safari Park over the half term. Valid from Saturday 25th October up to and including Sunday 2nd November 2014. You can show the voucher on your phone or print out! Just click here to get your voucher

The Big Family Play Date, The Lowry. Various Times., on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Pop up versions or activities from a selection of venues from the Salford and Trafford Family Network showcasing elements of their venue on one specifc day over the Festival. This event is great for families because A chance for families to try new activities in familiar environments or to see familiar events in different spaces. Suitable for children of all ages. This is a free event. Suitable for ages: All

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!

All aboard! Whistle Stop Tour, Ardwick. Various Times, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Families, passengers and rail enthusiasts are being invited to a behind-the-scenes look at a working train depot, as Siemens opens its recently electrified maintenance facility in Ardwick as part of Manchester Science Festival on Saturday 25 October. From seeing a train on jacks ready for maintenance to sitting in a driver’s cab, there will be plenty to learn, see, touch and interact with, all under the expert guidance of staff including apprentices and technicians. Siemens employees will be hosting stalls, a cake sale, raffle and a narrow gauge steam train ride on the day to raise money for the National Autistic Society which the depot has a long-standing relationship with. Entrance to the ‘Whistle Stop Tour’ open day is free via pre-booked tours at www.siemens.co.uk/whistlestoptour

Halloween at Stockley Farm, Arley . 1000 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Head in to the scary straw maze and play trick or treat with the Wicked Witch, Take part in our fancy dress competition for your chance to win a prize. Carve your own petrifying pumpkin (small charge) and let us clear up the mess! Help to dress up our ponies in creepy (yet cute!) Halloween costumes. Feeling a little spooked out? Cuddle up to our small pets during our Pets’ Corner sessions. So much to do and you can also make use of a MITK Discount Voucher which admits one child for FREE! Stockley Farm, Stockley Working Farm, Arley, Northwich, CW9 6LZ More info and voucher here 

Simon Dunn Halloween Chocolate Workshop, 1100 - 1500, on 25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014
Come and join us between 11:00 am  to  3:00 pm at The Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre for a chocolate experience day with a spooky twist! Fancy dress is recommended! 1 hour workshops throughout the day to create your own chocolate goodies to take home – fun for both children and adults! (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult but the adult does not have to participate) For tickets visit - https://genesisuk.org/events/the-simon-dunn-halloween-chocolate-workshop/ - or call the office on – 0161 291 4400 £8.00 per person or £25.00 for a group of 4 (price includes all of your own goodies to take home!)

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 - 31 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.

Funkikids Market at Funtime Kids, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Funkikids Market will take place on Sunday 26th October from 10:00-12:00 and is open to both buyers who are looking for a bargain and sellers who are looking to showcase their business specialising in Children’s goods or preloved items. Included in the normal admission price to the soft play centre itself, buyers can access the Market and enjoy perusing up to 20 stalls ranging from Mums who are looking to declutter their homes to small businesses selling their Childrens goods. Children will not get fed up trawling the stalls as this Market is with a difference! The beauty of this being held at Funtime Kids means the Children are able to go off and play and leave Mum in peace to indulge in some retail therapy! For enquiries or to book a table email funkikidsmarket@yahoo.co.uk

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.

CoderDoJo at Barclays, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Coder DoJo is for 5-17 year olds who want to learn to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games . This is a free event but tickets need to be booked and are allocated on a first come first served basis. This date is a girls only event but watch out for dates of others ! It is at Barclays Radbroke Hall, Knutsford .For more info on CoderDOJO http://wilmslowdojo.com/

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.

Waterside Sinfonia, Sale High School - Norris Rd, Sale M33 3JR, 1930, on 26 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
In a very special concert to mark Waterside Arts Centre's 10th anniversary, the leader of Manchester Camerata, Adi Brett, leads and directs an ensemble made entirely of professional musicians living in Sale, a town which is rapidly becoming home to some of the North West's finest professional musicians.  This is one of the ten special W10 events to celebrate Waterside Arts Centre's 10th Birthday.  Tickets £10 / under 16s £5

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.

Halloween Spooktacular, Red House Farm,, on 27 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Halloween with a twist; we avoid the fright aspect and instead focus on offering a fun, safe and friendly place to visit, where children can join in the festivities of Halloween without any of the tears or the nightmares!  Includes all the very best activities with the maize maze, barrel train ride, giant inflatable slide, bouncy castle, trampoline & climbing wall. We will also be offering pumpkin carving and additional craft activities!   On Friday 31st October, Jennie from Parsley Pie Art club will be running great art and craft sessions throughout the day with a specific Halloween theme (additional charge applies).  Get dressed up, and enjoy some wholesome family fun!  £6.95 per child (all main activities) / £3.50 (pumpkin carving and activities) / £9.95 combo ticket (main activities + pumpkin carving) / Adults and toddlers (2 and under) go free

Spooky Bake & Play, Marple Garden Centre, on 27 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Dress up and join the fun in the restaurant for a spooky baking session. You will get to make and decorate your very own spooky gingerbread men, and participate in lots of ghoulish games! Each session lasts for 90 minutes and is suitable for 3-8 year olds.  £4.95 per child and must be booked in advance here.  There is also a small children's soft play area and miniature train. Dooley Lane, Otterspool, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 7HE    

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.

Kids Film Club: Frozen. Harvey Nicholls, Manchester. 1145 onwards, on 27 October 2014 - 27 October 2014
As part of the kids film club series at Harvey Nicholls, let it go with Disney's "Frozen" will be showing this half term. With an 11.45am arrival time the show will begin at 12pm. Prices are - £10.95 for children – price includes admission, film and Children’s lunchbox menu £17.95 for adults – includes admission, film and Afternoon Tea. Add Champagne for £25.95 To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the Second Floor Reception on 0161 828 8898 or email secondfloor.reservations@harveynichols.com

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.

Cartoon Comic Workshop, Macclesfield Library. 1400 - 1530, on 27 October 2014 - 27 October 2014
Head to Macclesfield Library where local illustrator Marc Jackson is running a Cartoon Comic workshop for children aged 7 years and over. £5.00 per child; please book in advance.

Half Term Chocolate Pizza Making, on 27 October 2014 - 27 October 2014
It’s creepy and its choccie, it’s altogether spooky, it’s Halloween Chocolate Pizza Making!  Head down to Gusto in Alderley Edge where Chocolatier Oliver Dunn will be making spooktacular chocolate pizzas. Every child will create their own yummy chocolate pizza to take home ! £15 PER CHILD Limited spaces available Also […]

Hare Hill National Trust, Half Term Fun, Various Times, on 28 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Come and help us celebrate the end of the season with spooky activities at Hare Hill! Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd November, 11-4. And a self-led trail of the garden all week from Tuesday 28th October.

Trampoline Fun at Knutsford Leisure Centre, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Why not join our experienced and friendly coaches who will teach you how to be safe but still have fun on our trampolines. Ages: 6 to 15 years old. Date: Tuesday 28 October and Thursday 30 October 2014 Time: 9:30am to 11:00am and 11:00am to 12:30pm Cost: £5.00 per session (free to everybody junior members) Note: Suitable Clothing including socks, advanced booking.

Wacky Woods Holiday Club, Adlington 9.30-17.00, on 28 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Wacky Woods Adventures run for 4-11 year olds and are a heap of fun with great activities including; den building, nature trails, viking ship building, enviromental art and sculpture, woodland shelter construction, pond dipping and much, much more. Sessions will run Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30 to 12.30 and 14.00-17.00 and each session is £15 with an option to stay all day including campfire lunch for £35.  Book all three days and get lunch for free – saving £15! Click here for booking form.

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

Giraffe's Can't Dance. Hallé St Peter's. 1000, 1130 & 1315, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a funny, touching and triumphant story about a giraffe who thought he couldn't dance but, with a little help from a cricket and the right kind of music, discovered he was a brilliant boogier! With waltzing warthogs, rock ‘n’ rolling rhinos and lions that dance the tango, the Hallé in Manchester's latest interactive concert for families is a fantastically fun introduction to the instruments of the orchestra performed by nine Hallé musicians and a professional dancer. The concerts are most suitable for children aged 3-7 and the music, based on the popular children’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance, has been specifically composed by the Hallé’s Education Director, Steve Pickett.  Performances of Giraffes Can't Dance take place at 10.00 am, 11.30am and 1.15pm on 28 October 2014 at Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF. Prices: £5 for adults/£3 for children (no booking fees). For more info visit the event website by clicking here.

Wacky Woods Preschool Group, Adlington 10.00-12.00, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Expect nature walks, play on the play trail, cook up wonders in the mud kitchen, play hide and seek, storytelling and singing. They always have a campfire for pancakes and crumpets too! The session is designed for the children to have fun, explore and enquire about the woodland environment and for adults to share in this special nature time. Costs £5 – no need to book For more information tel 01625 573086 or email:info@wackywoods.co.uk

Spooky Crafts Alderley Edge Library 1030hrs, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Join us on Tuesday 28th October at 10.30am for an hour of spooky stories, rhymes and crafts. £2.00 per child

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.

Emily Brown & The Thing, The Lowry. 1130 & 1330, on 28 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
What’s really troubling the Thing – and will anyone ever get any sleep? Find out in this brand new magical, musical show by Tall Stories, creators of the hugely popular Gruffalo stage show, and based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton. Showing from 28th Oct- 2nd Nov 2014 with performances at 1130 & 1330 at The Lowry. Click here for details- http://www.thelowry.com/event/emily-brown-and-the-thing

Spooky Stories, Dunham Massey, 1200 - 1530, on 28 October 2014 - 29 October 2014

Join storyteller Helen Stewart in the dairy for spooky halloween tales for all the family.  Stories at various times between 12 noon and 3.30pm. House and garden ticket required.  More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk


Spooky Trip Down the Mines, Alderley Edge 1900-2130hrs, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived worked and DIED there.....Do you dare??? You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. Some ladder climbing and crawling involved. Suitable for adults and children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773) Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club Booking: Book online for Spooky Trip 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)

Warhorses and Poppies, Cheshire East Reflects, Poynton Library. From 1000, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
We have a special children's craft event on Wednesday 29th October at 10.00am, as part of our First World War memorial events. Make a warhorse finger puppet to take home and a poppy for the library wall display. Suitable for ages 5 years and over. £2.00 per child. Please book as places are limited.

Kids Cookery Club, Cheshire Cookery School, The Cheshire Cookery School (Part of COD Electrical) LM Business Park, Norman Road, Altrincham, WA14 4EP, 1000-1500, on 29 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
This fab club for kids aged 6 - 13 years.   Each day  the children will learn about ingredients, baking, cooking from around the world, bread & pasta and more.   The Children will eat what they make for lunch (and take anything left over home if you’d like). Lunch & drinks are provided on all days.  Book individual days for £45 each or book 3 days at a special discounted rate of £110.  Contact Lisa on 0161 928 5120  or email info@thcheshirecookeryschool.com to book places.  For more info, visit the website here: www.thecheshirecookeryschool.com.

Toddler Mornings, Dandy Farm, Adlington 10.00-12.00, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Take your little ones to pet the little horses, brush, groom and put ribbons in their manes and tails, paint their hoofs with glitter and get real hands on experience with these beautiful little horses. The smallest horse,  Angel, is only 29 inches high and she absolutely loves children – what a wonderful and safe way to introduce your preschoolers to horses.  There is also a chance for tots to ride on Whitney on both dates. Older siblings welcome too. The sessions only cost £10 and tea & coffee are available for all parents and carers.  To book - Email Sarah-Jane at dandyfarm@gmail.com or call Mobile:07832 127 433   Home:01625 569004 Dandy Farm American Miniature Horses UK, Mill Lane, Adlington, Cheshire, SK10 4LF

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.

Printmaking & Patterns Big Draw Family Activity, Elizabeth Gaskells House. 1100-1600, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014

Come to the newly restored Elizabeth Gaskells House in Manchester on 29th October between 1100-1600 to enjoy Printmaking & Patterns as part of the Big Draw Festival. visitors will take part in a pattern treasure hunt around the house. They will then work with print artist Jacqui Symons and create their very own monoprints. Facilities: Tea room, baby change, lift, space for buggies, family friendly. Activity suited for age group 4-16, with younger children welcome, booking not required. Normal admission applies (Children under 16 free, must be accompanied by an adult. Adults £4.95, Concessions, £3.95 – tickets are valid for a year.) More info here.


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.

Autumn Crafts, Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
A hands-on afternoon workshop to make autumn and Halloween crafts and decorations with natural materials. The event will be partly outside so bring suitable cold weather clothing and boots. Suitable for children aged between 5 and 10 years old. Booking in advance is essential. Time: Information on booking Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745) Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton Booking: Book online for Autumn Crafts via Eventbrite Information: 01625 374833 (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone between the ages of 5 and 10 / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access)

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.

Inflatable Swim Knutsford Leisure Centre 1330 & 1430hrs, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Come to our inflatable swim with our new 15m inflatable, challenge yourself and see if you can make it from start to finish without falling off. Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014 Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm 6 – 10 years and 2:30pm to 3:30pm 11 years and above Cost: £3.20 children £4.00 adults Note: Ages are recommendations only, normal admissions policy applies

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?

Children's Crafts, Bollington Library. 1400 - 1600, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Head to Bollington Library for an afternoon of children's craft session at 2.00-4.00pm. £2.00, payable on the day.

Spooky Trip Down the Mines, Alderley Edge 1900-2130hrs, on 29 October 2014 - 29 October 2014
Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived worked and DIED there.....Do you dare??? You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. Some ladder climbing and crawling involved. Suitable for adults and children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773) Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club Booking: Book online for Spooky Trip 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)

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.

Mini Pony Club Days, Dandy Farm, Adlington 10.00 -15.00, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Mini Pony Club is a great way for children to have a hands on experience with these gorgeous gentle little miniature horses . The children learn how to be safe around the horses, how to lead them groom them. In the morning, the children have lots of fun making horse feeds and filling the hay-nets, dressing the horses up with bows and ribbons.  In the afternoon the children get to ride the horses with full supervision and help from the experienced girls who work along side the children and horses. Suitable for children 5 years upwards, however younger children can come if accompanied by an adult. It is also possible to arrange earlier drop of or later pick ups for working mums and dads.  Children are fully supervised at all times. For more details click here. Call: 01625 569004.  Cost:£40.00 per day including lunch

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.

Autumn Story and Craft at Wilmslow Library, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Make the most of half term by coming along to our autumn themed story and craft session Suitable for children aged 3 to 8, all children must be accompanied by an adult for this event £2 per child, tickets available from the library desk

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/

Halloween Ghost Trains, East Lancashire Railway. 1730-2100, on 30 October 2014 - 01 November 2014
Get ready for spooky surprises and frightening fun as ghosts and goblins join you for a ride on the East Lancashire Railway’s Halloween Ghost Trains! Hop aboard one of the Ghost Trains for a steam powered journey through spooky tunnels and abandoned stations for an evening of family friendly entertainment. There’s funny monsters and spooks, poltergeist parades, a haunted steam train ride, creepy craft workshops, a terrifyingly tasty BBQ and much more! Dare you take a ride into the unknown? Visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk or call 0161 764 7790 for more information and to book tickets click here. Train times start from 1730 to 2100.

Spooky Fun, Macclesfield Library. 1730 - 1830, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
"Join us on Thursday 30th October at 5.30-6.30pm for spooky crafts and stories. Tickets £3.00 or two for £5.00, in advance."

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

Toddler Mornings, Dandy Farm, Adlington 10.00-12.00, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Take your little ones to pet the little horses, brush, groom and put ribbons in their manes and tails, paint their hoofs with glitter and get real hands on experience with these beautiful little horses. The smallest horse,  Angel, is only 29 inches high and she absolutely loves children – what a wonderful and safe way to introduce your preschoolers to horses.  There is also a chance for tots to ride on Whitney on both dates. Older siblings welcome too. The sessions only cost £10 and tea & coffee are available for all parents and carers.  To book email Sarah-Jane at dandyfarm@gmail.com or call Mobile:07832 127 433   Home:01625 569004 Dandy Farm American Miniature Horses UK, Mill Lane, Adlington, Cheshire, SK10 4LF

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.

SpookyWoo Spectacular, Altrincham, 1200-1900, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
A massive empty shop unit in Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter, next to Rackhams (4 George Street) will be converted into a ‘graveyard’ for this Halloween spectacular! Admission is just 50p. There will be a range of entertainment, games, competitions and activities aimed at children, hot food at The Graveyard Grill (a.k.a. Oxford Road Cafe), magical potions / fresh fruit cocktails on tap at The Bubbling Cauldron (a.k.a. 24 The Downs), cakes & goodies from Fab Patisserie & Lulu Macaron and Trick or Treat sweeties from Candy Creations and Gummy Worm. Trafford Sound will be filling the ‘graveyard’ with haunting sounds and mystical music and we will be entertained by a variety of amateur and professional entertainers.  Click here for more info.  


Family Fun Afternoon: Bugs and Pests, John Rylands Library. 1300 - 1600, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
As part of Manchester Science Festival, join us for minibeast crafts.

Woodland Wizardry: A Coombes Halloween, Coombes Valley. 1500 - 1800, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014

Calling all witches, wizards, sorcerers and spell casters, Coombes need your help! Head along to this ultimate annual family Halloween event dressed in your best witch’s or wizard’s robes and enjoy the brand new cosy Yurt while making broomsticks and wands before venturing into the magical woodlands. Where there will be the chance for spooky stop-offs around the brand new Natural play trail, the enchanting Fairy village, Storytelling circle and mighty Den building area. Collect the magic ingredients needed for a magical potion and learn about the fascinating wildlife at Coombes. Don’t forget some special Halloween goodies for successful witches and wizards! £5 per child with a special ‘adults go free’ offer and 20% off for members. For more information and to book contact coombes.valley@rspb.org.uk or phone: 01538 384 017.


Funtime Kids Halloween Fancy Dress Party, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
4pm-6pm Spooky Party Games, Disco with Absolute Kids, Creepy Menu all for standard admission price! Guest list only, secure your place by booking in advance to info@funtimekids.co.uk

Halloween Party, Dizzy Rascals, Poynton 16.30-18.30, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
£10 per child 11 mths and under free – includes a bewitching buffet, best costume award, ghoulish games, spooky disco, party bags!! For more information please call 01625404301 or email enquiries@dizzy-rascals.com.

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

Halloween Spooktacular, Antz in Your Pantz, Unit 8, Crown Ind. Est. Canal Road Timperley WA14 1TF, 1800-2000, on 31 October 2014 - 31 October 2014
Join our Halloween party including spooky disco, biscuit decorating, lucky dip boxes, spooky trail and best dressed competitions.  All children will also receive one of our trick or treat party bags .  Prebook your tickets.  Costs: Over 3's £7.50; Under 3's £6.50; Under 1's £2.50

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,

2014 Fireworks & Halloween Spooktacular, Altrincham Kersal Rugby Club, Stelfox Ave, Timperley, from1900, on 01 November 2014 - 01 November 2014
This year sees our first Fireworks and Halloween Spooktacular with fun for all the family. Gates open at 6pm and, for the first time ever, we have TWO fantastic fireworks displays. The kids display will start at 7pm. We also welcome, for the first time, The Villains. A live four piece band who will be putting their rock twist on some classics and some current pop hits too. With the usual fun fair, BBQ and licensed bars its sure to be a great night for all the family.  Adults 12 and over - £8 / Under 12's and OAPs - £5.  More info call 0161 973 9157

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.

A Night Of Debauchery ! Cocktail Night at Belle Epoque, on 03 November 2014 - 03 November 2014
To celebrate the launch of the new cocktail menu head down to Knutford's Belle Epoque. More info and Tickets for this event here or email info@thebelleepoque.co

Ladies Night and Shopping Night at the Riflemans !, on 04 November 2014 - 04 November 2014
Ladies Pamper and Shopping night at the Riflemans.  £5 to include mince pie and glass of mulled wine! Email: Valerie kilbycaterers@hotmail.co.uk for information or reserve your ticket

Jolly Jacks Multi Sensory Play, Dizzy Rascals, Poynton 10.00-12.00, on 06 November 2014 - 06 November 2014
Multi sensory play sessions including free play in the play centre. Under 18 mths 10am-10.45 & 14mths and above 11.15-12.00.  Each session costs £5.5o.

Toddler Tales, John Rylands Library. 1130 - 1030, on 06 November 2014 - 06 November 2014
Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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!

Cheshires Biggest Charity Bonfire and Fireworks Display !, on 08 November 2014 - 08 November 2014
Wilmslow Bonfire and Fireworks Night is a charity event organised by Wilmslow and District Round Table in accociation with the Ladies Circle, Imagine FM 104.9 and other local organisations. Gates open at 5pm . Bonfire Lit at 6.30, Childrens Fireworks Display 7.00 with the Main Display at 7.30 Food and Drink will be available and there is a small funfair For more info and where to buy advance tickets from http://www.wilmslowfireworks.co.uk/

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.

Manchester High School For Girls Open Event, 0930-1230, on 15 November 2014 - 15 November 2014
Manchester High Sch00l welcome parents to their whole school Open Event on 14th October from 0930-1230. The school intake girls from age 4 right up to 6th form and this is a fantastic opportunity to view the school, sample the facilities and meet the staff. Please contact the Registrar for more details on 0161 224 0447 or email Mrs Kay Joynes at registrar@mhsg.manchester.sch.uk  

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.

Wilmslow Prep Open Day, 1000-1200, on 19 November 2014 - 19 November 2014
To fully appreciate the School, its warmth, atmosphere and caring environment we strongly recommend that you join us for one of our Open Mornings or events. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher, the staff and of course current pupils and hear first hand what makes Wilmslow Prep so special. We’d be delighted to welcome you to the School. To register your interest or to make a general enquiry visit our website here- http://www.wilmslowprep.co.uk/open-events/

Manchester High School For Girls Open Event, 1000-1230, on 21 November 2014 - 21 November 2014
Manchester High Sch00l welcome parents to their whole school Open Event on 21st November from 1000-1230. The school intake girls from age 4 right up to 6th form and this is a fantastic opportunity to view the school, sample the facilities and meet the staff. Please contact the Registrar for more details on 0161 224 0447 or email Mrs Kay Joynes at registrar@mhsg.manchester.sch.uk  

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.

Raglan Rd Preschool & Playgroup Christmas Fair, The Scout Hut, Raglan Rd, Sale, M33 4AW, 1300-1500, on 07 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Father Christmas will be arriving by train to open the fair and will greet children in his Grotto.  There will also be games, crafts, stalls and of course our fantastic raffle.  50p entrance includes a drink and mince pie.  Bring the whole 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.

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

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.

Prince & Princess Party, Ashton-under-Lyne, 12.00 - 16.00, on 14 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Calling all Princes and Princesses! On 14 December 12.00 - 16.00 the Village Hotel Ashton Under Lyne,Pamir Drive, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, OL7 0PG  will play host to an afternoon of fun! With dancing , raffle and games , buffet , a special guest appearance from Father Christmas and the chance to dress it up it is event you will not want to miss. In it's second year, this great party is being held  in aid of Reuben's Retreat and tickets are places are likely to be booked quickly. Tickets cost £12.00 each for both children and parents which includes the delicious buffet.To purchase your tickets and for more information visit www.reubensretreat.org/product/prince-princess-party-tickets/

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.

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.

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