Untill 10 October

Manchester Food and Drink Festival
The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester’s Town Hall, entrance will be completely free and this year you can expect an even bigger and better Festival site and programme! Chow down on the finest street food the UK has to offer, sample some mighty fine exhibitors and all to the soundtrack of some of the city’s best DJs and musicians.
Free entry.
Albert Square, Manchester (+ other venues)
0161 228 0315

1 October 11:00 – 16:00

Panasonic Roadshow
Grab your camera and make the most of the stunning autumn colour as the Panasonic Roadshow arrives at Dunham. Meet photography experts from Panasonic, try the latest Lumix cameras, have a photo portrait taken or join a photo walk.
Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Limited quantities of Lumix cameras are available for loan for the duration of your visit.
A credit card is required to hire a Lumix camera.
Dunham Massey
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Tel: 0161 941 1025

1 – 2 October

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to greet you at the East Lancashire Railway!
This fun filled day out for all the family includes:
Rides on Thomas
Meeting The Fat Controller, Percy, Mavis, Bulgy and Diesel
Unlimited Travel on Steam and Diesel trains
Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including, Tabletop Games, Colouring, Thomas Films
Live Scenarios, including the Troublesome Trucks up to no good
Magic Shows, Circus Workshops, Punch & Judy, Face Painting
The East Lancashire Railway
Bury Bolton Street Station,
Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EY
Tel: 0161 764 7790

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October 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.
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

2 October 09:00 – 17:00

Tatton Apple Day
A scrumptious Sunday at the Farm and in the Gardens to celebrate the wonderful apple. Join in games and children’s activities. In the gardens taste delicious varieties from Tatton’s
historic orchards. Apple goods on sale in the shops and restaurant.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire
Tel: 01625 374400

6 October 18:30 – 23:00

An Evening with historian Michael Wood – VIP tickets
Join one of Britain’s most popular historians and broadcasters, Michael Wood, for dinner and a light hearted look at the challenges and joys of bringing history to life on the small screen.
A small number of VIP tickets are available for £50 which includes an invitation to an exclusive pre-event drinks reception and a seat at Michael’s table for dinner. All proceeds from the event will go to support our plans to transform Quarry Bank and share more of its stories.
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

7 October 10:00-12:00

Bramall Dragon Club – at Bramall hall
A new indoor/outdoor adventure session. Enjoy explorer visits to the Hall, park and gardens with dragon hunts, creepy crawly trails and wild woodland walks.
For ages 2 – 5 years,
Bramhall Hall
Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall,, Stockport
Tel: 0161 474 2020

7 October 1.15-2pm, 2.30-3.15pm

Baby Friday
Baby art club. You and your baby can explore our collection with visual artist, Rose Miller.
For babies who aren’t yet walking
Free, booking required, book 1 week in advance
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888

7, 14, 21, 28 October 10am – 10.45am & 11am – 11.45am

Under 5s First Steps
Weekly active dance workshop where your little one can explore their creativity and have tons of fun! In this season we will wriggle, jiggle and jump as we explore stories, rhythm and music through our bodies. Everyone welcome, come and have a go!
Suitable for ages 2½ – 4½ .
Tickets £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents)
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

8 October

Bramhall’s Got Talent
From singers, dancers and other talented acts, everybody is welcome to join the fun
The event will cater for the whole family.
Many of the the local shops will be offering special deals on the day of the competition.
Bramhall Village Square

14 October 10.15-11.15am, 11.30am-12.30pm

Mini art club
Explore artworks, create and get messy.
Come and join visual artist Jessica Wild on a journey inspired by Boris Nzebo.
For children aged 1-4 with their carers.
Free, booking required, book 1 week in advance
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888

15-16 October 13:00 – 15:00

Family Weekend
Each month a different artist is invited to introduce a transformation into the Clore Art Studio. Join artist Rose for weekend, inspired by Boris Nzebo, and create bold textured images!
For children aged 5-11 with their carers. Drop in, no need to book.
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888

22 October 10:00 – 17:00

A Frightsome Halloween
“Witches are easily the most dangerous of all the living creatures on earth.” – The Witches (Roald Dahl). This half-term be spooktacularly entertained by a park full of Roald Dahl Witchy mischief…and plenty of mice!
Down at the haunted Old Hall you’re invited to the Spooktacular Halloween Party at The Witches’ Hotel Magnificent. Our very own witchspotters will be on hand and there’ll be spooky storytelling in the eerie barn. Step in to the Mansion and find mice in the staterooms and bustling servants quarters. Down at the Farm it’s time to stop your cackling and collect your conker from the Witches’ Tree. Go hunting for witches in the huge mysterious Gardens.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire
Tel: 01625 374400

22 October 12:00 – 12:30,13:00 – 13:30, 14:00 – 14:30

The Extraordinary Enticement of Exotic Plant Adventures
This event takes place at Manchester Central Library.
Join the Eminent adventurer Professor Jigget as he recites the very explorations that have lead to the discovery of several botanic wonders. Hear his tales of derring-do as he recounts his adventures and demonstrates how to successfully identify the exotic plant species which can now be found in gardens such as those at Quarry Bank. Mixing the science of botany with the skill of storytelling and items from the historic archive, some of which are held within the Manchester archive.
Meeting point:
Children’s Library of the Central Library,
St Peter’s Square, Manchester
Tel: 01625 527468

22 October 9.15am–10.45am

Open doors
A series of creative, sensory activities especially aimed at children with autism.
Each month different themes and ideas are explored with museum’s volunteers.
Aimed at children and young people aged 5-16 and their families or carers.
To find out more please contact Sarah Marsh on 0161 235 8869.
Free, drop-in
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888

24 – 28 October 10.30 – 16.00

Hunting for Infection
One week only, hunt for the areas of infection in the Apprentice House and discover more about the gruesome parasites which invaded the children who worked at the mill. Plants are also at risk from infections and invasive species. Learn how fast these can spread through the environment, by playing games to stop them in their tracks.
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

24 – 30 October 11.00 – 16.00

A week of spooky craft activities, trails and scary stories.
Little Moreton Hall
Congleton, Cheshire
Tel: 01260 272018

25 – 28 October 1pm – 3pm

Life lines: October half term workshops
Come along to a very colouful half-term workshop. Find your connections to Boris Nzebo’s exhibition Urban Style and get creative in Clore Art Studio.
Lines, layers and colour; how will you connect?
For ages 2-11 with parents or carers.
There will be a quiet room available for children with autism.
Free, drop-in
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888

28, 29, 31 October

Spooky Goings On at The East Lancashire Railway
Roll up roll up for the ride of your life on the East Lancashire Railway’s Halloween Ghost Trains! The spooky circus is steaming into town with a host of creepy clowns, hilarious haunters and giggling ghouls.
Be amazed and entertained by:
* Witches, wizards and werewolves welcome, show off your best fancy dress
* Take a thrilling steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back
* Meet hilarious haunters and giggling ghosts and ghouls
* Make like a mad scientist at Bury Transport Museum’s
The East Lancashire Railway
Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY
Tel: 0161 764 7790

29 – 30 October 11:00 – 16:00

Halloween weekend
It’s spooky fun for families at Quarry Bank this Halloween weekend, enjoy a special story telling session in the Apprentice House and have fun with a family craft activity and Halloween trail in the mill (£1 per trail),
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468


5 comments to October

  • 6, 13 October 10am – 10.45am
    Mini Movers & Groovers
    Join us at the Pavilion Arts Centre for our new Monday morning activity for under 5s.

  • October:
    Seaside Puppet Making, Write like a Tudor, Ancient Greek Stories, Silk Moth Mobiles, Jumping Witches and Ghosts, Sketching Workshop
    . . .

  • 26 October, Kids & Dogs Halloween Pageant
    31 October, Tall Tales: Halloween Story-telling for kids with Richard O’Neill

  • Every youngster’s favourite muddy puddle jumping little pig is arriving at Market Place Shopping Centre this half-term.

  • Celebrating Capability Brown – add your own stitch!
    Tuesday 25 October, 10am-12noon, drop-in
    The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ
    Join in with the celebration of Capability Brown’s 300th birthday by embroidering a leaf to decorate our tree. Learn a new stitch and sew more leaves to make your own card to take home. Suitable for all ages and abilities, all materials provided.
    Free activity included in museum admission price

    Jumping Spiders and Flying Bats!
    Wednesday 26 October, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT
    It’s that spooky time of year, so make some spider and bat surprises at our drop-in craft session!
    £2 per activity pack

    Beatrix Potter Fungi Magic
    Thursday 27 and Friday 28 Oct, 10am-12noon
    The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ
    2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle and much more, but did you know her first drawings were of mushroom and toadstools? Make your own fairy ring of fungi to help celebrate.
    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years
    Booking essential, call 01625 613210

    Fantastic Collage – Teenage Art Workshop
    Thursday 27 Oct, 12.30-3.30pm
    The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ
    Create your own art to take home! Use a variety of materials to create a colourful base, then discover a magical technique to make your main image mysteriously emerge from the background.
    £6.50 per person, 12-16 years
    Booking essential, call 01625 613210

    Bonfire Night Activities
    Wed 2 November 1.30-3.30pm, drop in
    The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT
    Remember, remember, the fifth of November is fast approaching, so be inspired to create your own artistic bonfire scenes.
    £2 per activity pack.

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