Whether you are planning a family day out, want to take your children to a museum, are searching for a fun activity for your kids or are interested in events which parents can enjoy themselves, our Events Watch will give you all information you need.

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We hope you’ll enjoy fun and craft fairs, outdoor activities and family walks, country farms and city museums, art clubs and sport classes – all sorts of fun for children and adults that M&D has selected for you this season!

If you have any events that you’d like to promote on the Events pages of the M&D website, feel free to send us information of no more than 80 words or 450 symbols in the format of our listings using the comment box on appropriate month’s page or, if your month is not available yet, post information about your event here, in the comment area at the bottom of this page

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  • May half term – science activities for the whole family at the Bollington Festival

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  • The 3foot People Festival. June 24 – 26. Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. £8.50 adults and children, £3 under 2s.

    Nearly 13,000 pre-school children, parents and carers are expected to be overwhelmed with wonder as they experience this unique boutique festival, in Chelmsford.

    The festival will be full of activities and performances to enthuse both children and adults alike, including arts and craft-making sessions, a enormous sandpit, a mini farm, storytelling, and much more. The beautiful village of tents, tepees and domes will host an array of playful activities to inspire and entertain.

    The festival will also include parenting information and advice area, on site cafés, bottle warming and food heating facilities, and a nursing and nappy changing tent.

  • Kristin McCarthy, All Star Tennis

    May 11, 2014 1-5.15pm

    Join us for Community Tennis Day – Fun for the whole family on Sunday, 11th May from 1-5.15pm at Wandsworth Common for everyone who likes to play or watch tennis.

    The fun filled day provides plenty of opportunity for adults and juniors of all levels to play and also watch some great exhibition games. Danny Sapsford, a former British Davis cup regular who competed in all four grand slams will share his experience and tennis tips. All those attending also get a chance to win a picture of the 2013 Wimbledon championship signed by Andy Murray that will be auctioned off alongside other auction prizes.

    Tickets include coaching, exhibition match and a drink. All are invited to watch the action and get the chance to win the unique Andy Murray memorabilia. For further information go to or email:


    10 a.m until 12 noon at The Tytherington Club, Dorchester Way, Tyhtherington, Macclesfield, SK10 2JP

    Grab some fantastic bargains at our nearly new sale, lots of quality baby and children’s items up for grabs. If you want a clear out of your pre loved baby and children’s item then why not book a stall. A great family event with children’s entertainment and goody bags for first 50 families attending.

    Entry Fee: £1 per adult, children free
    Pre loved Stalls: £12
    Plenty of free parking on site
    Email: for further details

  • Amy Tarrant

    Newby Hall Tractor Fest 2014

    A two-day vintage transport gala weekend showcasing hundreds of tractors, cars, lorries, stationary engines and motorcycles.

    Back by popular demand will be the MARCH OF THE TRACTORS – a parade of tractors from Newby Hall to Ripon’s historic market square.

    Also featuring vintage tractor pulling, free tractor and trailer rides, interactive exhibits and working machinery, as well as food outlets and trade stands.

    WHEN? 7-8 June 2014 – 10am-5pm

    WHERE? At Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire (all weekend) and Ripon market square (Saturday 7 June only, 5pm-6pm) for the March of the Tractors.

    COST £9.50 adults, £8.50 seniors, £7.50 children – includes entry to the garden and adventure garden.

    WHO? Organised by the Yorkshire Vintage Association in association with Newby Hall & Gardens. For more information,


    When: 23RD – 25TH AUGUST (10am – 5pm)

    Where: Pensthorpe National Park, Fakenham Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN

    Pensthorpe Natural Park is celebrating its own historic landmark event when its popular Mediaeval Spectacular returns for its 10th year in August.

    Living history encampments will transport visitors back in time with Minstrels, jousting, a puppet show and a Mediaeval market.

    Visitors will get to meet characters from the past such as the Archer, the Alchemist, Falconer and Nun. Live period music and a hog roast will set the scene to authentic Mediaeval life.

    Entry to Mediaeval Spectacular is included in the regular Pensthorpe admission price which also includes access to WildRootz; the new outdoor activity development to connect children with the natural world.

    Prices: £11.25 (adults); £9.50 (seniors); £8.00 (children 3-16)

    Visit or call 01328 851465 for more information and opening times.

  • Following the popularity of our first event held locally in Stockport in 2015 – Sling It North West. Sling It Babywearing will be returning to Greater Manchester on 2nd April 2016 for our first national event.

    We aim to boost the profile of babywearing, raise awareness of the benefits of carrying your baby close in a sling or carrier and the important safety points. To make this event accessible to all it will be free admission.

    Sling It babywearing and platinum sponsor Firespiral Slings will be opening the doors at Greater Manchester’s Salford University Maxwell hall for a day of sling demonstrations, talks and exhibitors. We welcome speakers discussing subjects such as ‘Using slings to provide Kangaroo Care’ and ‘How to set up your own sling lending library’ with many more to be announced.

    The day will include a wrap & carrier fashion show some of which will be available to win in our charity raffle at the end of the day, an exhibition of babywearing art, lots of activities to keep children of all ages happy & we will reattempt to set the world record for most babies being carried in carriers with a minimum of 250 babies.

    It’s a Sling Thing will be running a pop up sling lending library in partnership with local sling libraries offering free sling & carrier hire during the event plus advice & support from qualified babywearing consultants and peer supporters.

    The exhibition hall will feature well known British and European babywearing brands, retailers, artisan makers and Work From Home Parents. Sling It are proud to support Work from home parents by offering affordable exhibition packages from £30

    To keep up to date with the latest information and booking details follow us on facebook; twitter;@slingitnw and on our website;

    To sponsor us or exhibit please email:

  • Saturday 29 October
    Battersea Park Children’s Zoo joins the national Big Draw Festival with Artist in Residence, Beatrice Von Preussen helping visitors to have a go at animal-inspired art.
    10am-4.30pm at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, London, SW11 4NJ. No extra cost other than normal entry charge.

  • Saturday 17 December
    Stick Man
    Can Stick Man find a way to get home for Christmas? Come along and make your very own stick man, then enjoy a showing of the animated film based on the popular children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson. Workshop and film. £2 per child – please book your place by ringing 0161 342 4144.

    1.30pm – 3.30pm at Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge. SK15 2BN

  • Tuesday 21 February
    Jolly Holidays
    Artist led craft activities for all ages. £1 per child.
    11am to 3pm at Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

    Wednesday 22 February
    Home Tweet Home
    Join us celebrating national nest box week and build a birdbox to take home (small charge for materials). Build yourself a woodland shelter, or create a crafty nest for a feathered friend.
    12 noon to 3pm at Cheetham Park, Acres Lane, Stalybridge. SK15 2JR

    Wednesday 22 February
    Meet Tommy Atkins: First World War Soldier
    Have you ever wondered what a soldier wore, what he ate, how he lived, fought and died in the ‘Great War for Civilisation’?
    11am to 3pm at Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

    Thursday 23 February
    Jolly Holidays
    Artist led craft activities for all ages. £1 per child.
    11am to 3pm at Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

  • Wednesday 22 February
    Mad Lab
    Get to grips with technology in a creative way by joining us for Mad Lab’s ‘Make Stuff’ FREE event. Drop-in and get involved with the hands on, fun activities will include coding, crafting, building and making workshops and activities.
    10.30am to 3.30pm at Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

    Thursday 2/9/16/23/30 March
    Little Hands
    An hour of storytelling, crafts and fun for pre-schoolers. £2 per child (£1 for siblings)
    10am – 11am at Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

    Saturday 11th March
    “Reel Kids Film Club” – How to Train your Dragon
    “Reel Kids Film Club” opens with this 2010 Blockbuster, loosely based on the fabulous books of Cressida Cowell. Join Hiccup as he tries to become a dragon slayer…
    1pm at Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity St, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN
    Ticket price: All children £2.00

    Sunday 19 March
    ‘Mad Science’
    Celebrate National Science Week. ‘Mad Science’ brings children the fun, amazement and wonder of all things scientific.
    11am to 3pm at Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

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