Manchester’s cultural venues join together for Free Family Fun Day

Manchester Family Arts Network brings second family fun day for children and families to Manchester’s Central Library this November

This Saturday (26 November 2016) a selection of the best arts and cultural venues from across Manchester will come together to showcase the cities cultural offer for children and families.

The venues will be hijacking Manchester’s Central Library’s on Saturday 26th November to bring you an afternoon of free family fun from 12-4pm.

Central Library will transform into an action-packed arts hub filled with creative arts activities including a film screening of the Jungle Book, a chance to explore the National Football Museums’ archive, football themed fancy dress, colouring-in, poetry writing and foam printing with the People’s History Museum.

The Whitworth will bring a mini Frost Fair to the library with creative activities to get involved in throughout the day, whilst Z-arts will take audiences on a journey exploring family and heritage through creative arts.  Audiences will be able to hear tales from living history characters including a Belle Vue circus ringmaster, a Victorian schoolma’am and a mill worker from Islington Mil, with live storytelling from children’s performer Emily Capstick.

All this in four hours and even better it’s all FREE. No need to register just come along and get inspired. Find out more online using the hashtag #mcrfamilyfun.

Family Arts Networks are an initiative of the Family Arts Campaign. Manchester’s Family Arts Network is a group of venues from across Manchester that are collaborating to ensure that all Manchester families can get involved in creative events and activities.

The Network has expanded to include 23 venues and for the Family Arts Festival 2016, over 70 events across 24 days.  Events include storytelling, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, digital and films – so there really is something for everyone.

Z-arts is the lead venue for the Manchester network which includes: Central Library, National Football Museum, Hallé, HOME, Into Film, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Manchester Literature Festival and Children’s Book Festival, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre, The Edge, The Whitworth.


For further information, images, or for interview / press review ticket requests, please contact Laura Stevens at or 0161 226 1912

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