Untill 9 October

Manchester Food and Drink Festival, 20th year anniversary
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 14:00 – 16:00

Guided Walk around Alderley Edge
Find out about ancient copper mines. Learn more about the mysterious places such as Devil’s Grave, Goldenstone and the ‘Druids Circle which provided inspiration for the novel the Weirdstone of Brisingamen and of course enjoy the beautiful woodland and fantastic views across the Cheshire Plain.
There will be just one walk but you may choose between a 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 hour walk.
Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4UB

4 October 12:45 – 14:15

Bramhall Hall – family tour
Take a fun tour of Bramall Hall to find out all about the lives of the people who used to live here. There will be plenty of opportunities to get ‘hands on’ as we go around the Hall.
Price:£3 (under 5s free)
Bramall Hall
Bramhall Park, Bramhall, Stockport.
Tel: 0161 474 2020

6 October 10:00-12:00

Bramall Dragon Club – at Bramall hall
An exciting developmental discovery session. Enjoy the stories, play and explorer visits to the Hall, park and gardens with dragon hunts, creepy crawly trails and wild woodland walks.
For ages 2 – 5 years,
booking essential, for booking call on 0161 474 2399
Bramhall Hall
Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall,, Stockport
Tel: 0161 474 2020

6, 13, 20, 27 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

7 October 10:00 – 11:30

Early Birds in Bramhall
Early opening for families with autism, offering the opportunity to explore the Hall when it’s quiet. Enjoy family trails and activity boxes. Staff will be on hand to help you to learn about the Hall.
Bramall Hall
Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall,, Stockport
Tel: 0161 474 2020

7 – 8 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

7, 14, 21, 28 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 10:00 – 16:00

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

15 October 11:00 – 15:00

The Secret World of Tatton’s Fungi
Join fungus expert Fungal Punk Dave and a Tatton Ranger, on a guided walk of Tatton’s Parkland. Young or old, two or four legged, all are welcome on this fun and unique walk, where you will discover the mysterious fungal world. Participants need to bring a packed lunch and dress for the outdoors! It is important to note that the purpose of the foray is to learn about the species found and not to collect for culinary use. Also you will be walking through an area closed off to park visitors containing dead wood habitat and where we are undertaking important survey work.
Price: £10 per person
This event must be pre-booked.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire
Tel: 01625 374428

20 – 28 October 13.00 – 16.00

The Witch’s Potion trail
Toe of Bat, Pixie Wings, Dragons Blood and smelly things all mixed up but some forgotten… Help the witch find the ingredients for her malodorous mixture. If successful you might receive one of her terrifying treats!
Suitable for ages 3-12,
Price: £1 per child Adults: standard admission applies.
Bramall Hall
Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall,, Stockport
Tel: 0161 474 2020

29 October 11am – 12.30pm

Relaxed Playhouse!
Visual art activity for children with additional needs aged 5-11 and their families (Runs on last Sunday of every month). Led by an experienced visual artist this laid back activity will offer families the opportunity to spend time together doing something creative and having fun.
For children with additional needs aged 5-11 and their families.
Free, booking essential
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000


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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