Manchester Family Arts Festival

This half term there’s 17 days of eye-boggling arts for all the family with over 1500 events taking place at 700 venues across the UK. Here in Manchester we’ve some of the very best activities for you and your family to explore, at all your favorite venues.

The Bridgewater Hall

Explore music and storytelling at The Bridgewater Hall this half term.  Enjoy The Pied Piper…and other stories starring international clarinet soloist Emma Johnson alongside a     recorder orchestra of Salford schoolchildren; create your own horrible historical Hallowe’en harmonies at Gunpowder, Arson and Spots, or join in with Be Hear Now musical discovery sessions for young people with special educational needs and their families


The Edge

The Edge in Chorlton is a little Theatre with big ambitions. Tickets for all events except the dance workshops are only £7 / £5 concessions. For the Festival, we have performances of Luna, Nobody Rides the Unicorn and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, as well as half term storytelling from the first ever Storyteller Laureate, puppet-making and dance workshops (Tickets £5 / £3 concessions) for young people and their families aged 0 – 100.


Manchester Museum

Bring along the whole family for fun filled activities from magic carpet stories to the world of frogs. On Saturday 26 October, hop along to Manchester Museum for not only a mind boggling, but eye boggling day of family arts festival fun, as we celebrate the re-opening of the Museum’s Vivarium (Live Animals) gallery.


People’s History Museum

Enjoy storytelling sessions for under 5s, Living History and craft activities for all the family at the People’s History Museum this Half Term. Help find Mr Ordinary’s Prize on 29 October, construct a vision of future Manchester on 30 October, or hear Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story on 31 October. The Big Build craft table is open every day.


Whitworth Art Gallery

As Whitworth Art Gallery has now closed its doors, to carry out major development work, we present a series of surprise ‘Pop Up’ experiences across the partner network venues. Will you and your family stumble across some arty fun? For clues on where we’ll be and when, find us on Facebook or Twitter, The gallery will re-open in summer 2014.



This Half Term Z-arts host 10 world class shows as part of the Big Imaginations Children’s   Theatre Festival. Bring your family and discover what a 5 year old thinks is the meaning of life in STATik, warm yourself in the Bedouin desert with Moonbird and brave a Halloween telling of Spooky Tales. All shows are supported by Art Cart, a free hands-on session brining the drama out of the theatre.