March

5 February – 20 April

Chinese Art Lantern Festival at Trafford Centre
Discover the stunning Chinese Art Lantern Festival; a dazzling sea of gigantic lanterns lighting up the sky from 4.30pm – 10pm, plus panda painting, martial art performances and oriental food.
intu Trafford Centre (Overflow car park),
Manchester, M17 8AA
Tel: 0161 749 1717 / 1718
intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/events/chinese-art-lantern-festival

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 10am – 12pm

Wacky Woods Tuesday Morning Toddler Stay and Play
Outside play at most of the weather, play trail, balance and jump off logs, watch worms, build dens, play games, do nature crafts, create muddy morsels in the mud kitchen, make music and tell stories… and also a campfire with hot snacks and drinks.
Suitable for preschool ages
No need to book. Just come when you can.
Cost £5 per child
Wacky Woods
Brookledge Ln, Adlington,
Macclesfield, Cheshire East SK10 4JU
Tel: 01625 573086
www.wackywoods.co.uk

4, 11, 18, 25 March 10am – 10.45am & 11am – 11.45am

Under 5s First Steps
Weekly dance workshops for children aged under 5 and their families. Come along and feel the groove as your little one explores their creativity and has tons of fun! This season we will wriggle, jiggle and jump as we explore stories, rhythm and music through our bodies.
Suitable for ages 2½ – 4½ .
Tickets £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents)
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

4 March 10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12pm

Under 5s Doodle Tots
A colourful art workshop where children aged under 5 and their families can enjoy painting, sticking and making their own works of art. No skills or expertise needed in this relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where you can spend time with your tot exploring a range of materials and having fun getting messy. Don’t worry, aprons are provided!
Suitable for ages 2½ – 4½.
Tickets £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents) The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

5, 12, 19, 26 March 11am – 12.30pm

Lookout, It’s Saturday Playhouse!
A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There’s something new to do every Saturday morning!
Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
Free
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

5 March 12pm-1.30pm

Romeo and Juliet Family Fun Day
Fun for all the family in this unique opportunity to meet the company of Birmingham Royal Ballet, see the costumes, take part in creative activities and even have your face painted!
Free, but places must be booked.
Tel: 0843 208 6000
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

6 March 1pm – 3pm

ComedySportz
This workshop focuses on creativity, play and saying Yes! Kids will learn the basics of comedy improvisation creating characters and scenes in a fun and friendly environment. With an emphasis on character, confidence and team building they will have an experience like no other with the cast of ComedySportz.
Suitable for ages 7 – 11
Tickets: £3
Tel: 0161 833 9833
www.royalexchange.co.uk

11-13 March 10am – 4pm(Fri)/5pm(Sat,Sun)

Baby & Toddler Show
Over 150 top brands and unique products at the best prices with experts ready to give advice to new and expectant parents in everything they need to give their baby the best start
Tickets: £13/£10(Grandparents)/Free(under 15); saving with booking on-line
EventCity (Trafford Centre), Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB
babyandtoddlershow.co.uk

12 March 9.30am – 10.15am, 10.15am – 111m

Baby and Toddler – Storytelling and Play session
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them.
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Tel: 01625 527468
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/

12 March, 10am – 12.30pm

Orienteering Challenge Event at Lyme Park
Challenge yourself to navigate the park in a different way. Test your co-ordination, balance and mental agility on this timed run. 1 hour orienteering challenge, get to as many controls in an hour. Visit the challenge controls and complete the physical or mental challenge to earn extra points. There will be prizes and giveaways.
Under 16’s can have a go at our white and yellow courses
Lyme Park
Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR
Tel: 01663 762023
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

13 March 1pm – 2.30pm

Mask Mime And Movement With High Hat Theatre
Exciting session of masks and mime for young people that will inspire the imagination and help the group to free up the body to express themselves through movement: gesture, mime, face and body language.
Suitable for ages 8 – 11
Tickets: £3
Tel: 0161 833 9833
www.royalexchange.co.uk

18 March 10.30am – 12 noon

Experitots: Senses
These popular creative activity sessions for under-6s feature puppets and storytelling to introduce the wonders of science to knee-high explorers and to help toddlers get the most out of our hand-on science gallery Experiment. This month’s session explores Senses.
£3 for one child and one adult, £2 for additional child
Limited place, booking recommended
Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
To reserve a place: 0161 833 0027
msimanchester.org.uk

19 – 20 March

Shakespeare Week
Join in the national celebration this weekend at Tatton Park and see Shakespeare’s world and works brought to life! Sword fighting, performances, crafts, music, storytelling and more. A fun filled weekend for all the family with lots of activities each day for all ages.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374428
www.tattonpark.org.uk

19 March – 30 October

Cover to Cover: Roald Dahl around the World
A fascinating Mansion exhibition of Roald Dahl book jackets from around the world and throughout time. His first book was printed in 1953 and his stories published over 200 million times and in 51 languages
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

19 March 11am – 4pm

Cheadle Hulme Family Market
Fabulous family Easter & Frozen themed event. Peppa is at 11.30 & 3.30. Meet bugs bunny at the Co-op!!! FREE eggs!!! Come to the Owl Zone located near pet shop. Amazing market stalls, Millie’s trust, children’s activities, local businesses and delicious food.
Free admission, free parking for 3 hours
Cheadle Hulme Shopping Centre
Tel: 07833723716
www.familyeventsuk.co.uk

20 March 1pm – 2pm

Around the World in 60 Minutes
Backpacks on, maps at the ready…become an intrepid explorer with the Royal Exchange on a round-the-world trip in 60 minutes, visiting exotic countries and experiencing different cultures by stepping into someone else’s shoes.
Suitable for ages 5 – 8
Tickets: £3
Tel: 0161 833 9833
www.royalexchange.co.uk

25 March 10am – 12noon, 2pm – 4pm

Easter Scavenger Hunts at Wacky Woods
It’s more than just an Easter Egg Hunt! Follow the clues around the wood to fill your Easter Basket… first, make your Easter Basket from natural materials: ivy, honeysuckle and willow. The clues will lead you to Easter goodies around the woods. Play on the play trail and join us round the campfire for hot chocolate and marshmallows.
A fun family event for all ages.
Wacky Woods
Brookledge Ln, Adlington,
Macclesfield, Cheshire East SK10 4JU
Tel: 01625 573086
www.wackywoods.co.uk

25 March 12noon – 5pm, 26 – 28 March 10.30am – 5pm

Easter Crafts and Country Shopping Fair
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a special bank holiday day out at Tenants Hall packed with Gifts for everyone, specialist food producers plus craft, fashion and home furnishings.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 March 2016 to Sunday 2 October, 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Danny the Champion of the World in the Gardens. Roald Dahl Events at Tatton.
Oodles of countryside carryings-on as you join Danny and his dad on a thrilling adventure to trap pheasants. Beware!…the gamekeepers are out to catch you!
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 – 28 March

Charlie’s Chocolate Easter
Oompa Loompa-tastic! It’s a magical chocolatey Easter at Tatton Park. The year long Magic of Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures starts Good Friday when you’re invited to go on the most incredible journeys with Danny the Champion of the World, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox Children (ages 15 and under)- grab your golden ticket for your very own super scrummy tummy-tickling choccie bar and you could be in for a superlicious surprise! Top off the day with spellbinding magic shows, captivating puppet theatre plus a Stableyard full of chocolatey treats to eat and buy Opening hours: Gardens 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm); Farm 12pm -5pm (last entry 4pm); and Mansion 1pm-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 – 28 March 10.30am – 4pm

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Quarry Bank
Take part in this year’s trail (£2) to get your chocolate Egghead.
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Tel: 01625 527468
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/

25 – 28 March, 10.30am – 4pm

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Lyme Park
The Easter Bunny has been up to his old tricks again. He’s hidden his precious choccy eggs and has left a set of clues around Lyme’s garden. Bring the family to hunt down the clues and claim your chocolate prize at this years Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Entry into the garden to follow the trail requires a garden ticket which is free for National Trust members. There is an additional charge for the Easter Egg hunt of £1 per trail sheet.
Lyme Park
Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR
Tel: 01663 762023
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

25 – 28 March, 10am – 4pm

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails at Dunham Massey
Complete the Easter trail and children receive a Cadbury’s chocolate Egghead as a reward. The Earl & the Countess are coming to Dunham for a picnic to celebrate their wedding but the food is hidden all over the garden! Can you save the day and follow the trail to find the food? It’s hungry work, so there may even be a chocolate reward at the end… Don’t forget to get your tickets from visitor reception before heading to the garden.
Garden ticket required.
Dunham Massey
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Tel: 0161 941 1025
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

25 March – 2 October, 12 noon – 5pm

Fantastic Mr Fox at the Farm. Roald Dahl Events at Tatton.
Cunning Mr Fox is the most fabulous fox ever. Go down to the Farm and see if you can find him in his den before the cruel and dim-witted farmers do. Gazillions of fun activities as you pick your way through Farmer Boggis’ chicken house and Farmer Bean’s apple cider cellar.
CLOSED MONDAYS.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 March – 2 October, 1pm – 5pm

Matilda in the Mansion. Roald Dahl Events at Tatton.
Enter the Mansion and the curious world of Matilda Wormwood. Follow the mischief-making trail as you explore her cunning plots and practical jokes. Go letter-collecting to uncover one of Matilda’s favourite books. Discover whether you’re a genius like Matilda or a nit-wit! Delve into a library full of stories and “allow words to wash around you, like music”.
CLOSED MONDAYS.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 March – 2 October, 10am – 7pm

The Enormous Crocodile out in the Parkland. Roald Dahl Events at Tatton.
The Enormous Crocodile likes nothing more than a nice juicy child. Dare to go deep into the jungle where he’s lurking (Dairy Wood Way, signposted from the main car park).
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 March – 10 April, 10am – 5pm

Easter Egg Trail at Staircase House
Followr fun Easter Egg Trail and explore Tardis’ like historic Staircase House.
Cost: £Free with standard admission, Adults £4.75, Concessions £3.50, Kids go free!
Staircase House, 30 Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
www.stockport.gov.uk

27 March, 2pm – 5pm

Kids Easter fun day at Horse and Jockey
FREE Easter fun day for children. Crafts corner, Easter egg hunt, face painting, balloon modelling
Horse and Jockey, 9 The Green, Chorlton, M21 9HS
tel: 0161 860 7794

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  • Museum of Science and Industry

    The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War

    28 March – 17 April 2016

    June 1915. Britain is facing a munitions crisis.
    Lloyd George calls for help. Manchester’s makers respond.
    The race is on.

    Marking the 100th anniversary of the Ministry of Munitions, The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Maker’s Join the First World War unearths hidden stories of innovation, invention and ingenuity.

    From shell production and sprinkler systems, to Ferranti fuzes and aerial cameras, Manchester’s makers waged war from the shop floor and turned their factories into weapons of mass production.

    Visit our WWI theatre jukebox, design your own defence technology and find out why British victory could have been determined by a seagull.

    msimanchester.org.uk

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