Tuesday 20 November 2018

Christmas Activities and Events for Families in Manchester and the NorthWest UK

It's Christmaaaaaaaaaaas.....well, it isn't yet, but if you are looking ahead at what you can do with the family over the festive period, here are loads of ideas for theatre and other events in the Manchester and NorthWest area of the UK.

I'm happy to add anything relevant that is in the NORTHWEST UK and is suitable for families of any age - please send me an email with NW Christmas in the subject heading...

Peter Rabbit Grotto and Alpine Village
intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

Every day from now until Christmas...
The Trafford Centre is beautifully decorated and has tons of events planned which are free for shoppers to enjoy, as well as the Big Wheel and Alpine Village outside and the Peter Rabbit-inspired Grotto.
We were invited to take a look last weekend and you can find my review and photos here - intu Trafford Centre Grotto Review 2018, Alpine Village and Toy Parade.

There are lots of events planned from now until Christmas and you can find them all on the intu Trafford Centre website

Magical Christmas Movie Experience
Mayfield Depot near Manchester Piccadilly Station

November 23 to December 16
The pop-up cinema will showcase some of the best-loved Christmas movies. Cinema goers will enter a magical kingdom through a secret wardrobe, finding themselves in an enchanted forest full of festive surprises. The Greatest Showman for example will feature stilt walkers, fire breathers and a fabulous choir, and Love Actually adds the superb seasonal sound of a live gospel choir as well as some action surprises.
Along with the seasonal blockbusters and family favourites, there will also be an array of festive installations along Temperance Street, close to Piccadilly Transport Hub, as well as a delicious selection of food hosted by some of the UK’s finest restaurants and food trucks, live music and dancers, and a unique bar experience with a selection of exclusive Christmas Cocktails and mulled wines.
All screenings take place under cover of Mayfield’s three railway arches and seating will include giant bean bags. There will also be blankets on offer to snuggle under which will keep audience’s toasty – and which will be donated to the city’s homeless after the final screening.
Doors to the enchanted forest and food court open at 6pm on Thursdays, 5pm on Fridays and from noon at weekends.

Tickets for all the films start from £14.99.
For more details visit


The Greatest Showman - Fri 23-Sun 25 November, Fri 14 December (times vary)
The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long - Fri 23 November 6pm / Sat 24 November 1.30pm
Love Actually - Thu 29 November-Sun 2 December (times vary)
The Holiday - Thu 6 December 7pm, Sat 15 December 9pm
Elf - Fri 7-Sat 8 December / Sat 15 December (times vary)
Gremlins - Fri 7 December 9pm
The Polar Express - Sat 8 December, 1.30pm / Sat 15 December 1.30pm
Home Alone - Sat 8 December 5.30pm / Fri 14 December 6pm
Home Alone 2 - Sun 9 December 1pm
Die Hard - Thu 13 December 7pm
Santa Claus The Movie - Sun 16 December 1pm

Stick Man 
The Lowry

Sat 1 December - Sun 6 January
Scamp Theatre bring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s ‘Stick Man’ live on stage to The Lowry in time for Christmas.
After going for a jog one morning, Stick Man encounters a bounding dog, who just wants to play fetch. This sparks a series of unfortunate adventures, which lead him far from home. As the seasons pass Stick Man meets a surprising friend who might just be able to help him get home. Will he get back to the family tree in time for Christmas? Expect live music, funky moves and a flurry of snow.
This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

Dates: Sat 1 December - Sun 6 January
Times: Sat & Sun; 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm. Mon – Fri; 11am & 1.30pm. No shows on Tuesdays and Wed 26 December.
Tickets: £18. Family ticket (for 4) £54. Babes in arms go free.
Runtime: 60 minutes.

Access Listings
BSL performance: Sat 29 December 2018, 2.30pm. Interpreted by Emma Jane Heap.
Relaxed performance: Wed 12 December, 1.30pm.
Captioned performance: Sat 15 December 2018, 2.30pm. By Stagetext.
Audio described performance: Sat 22 December 2018, 2.30pm. By Anne Hornsby, Mindseye.

To find out more or book tickets, see The Lowry Website. To book accessible tickets please call 0161 876 2183 or email the access line.

Winter Wonderland Grotto Experience
St Luke's 'Bombed Out' Church, Liverpool

Saturday 1 December – Sunday 23 December 2018
One of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks will be transformed into a magical, immersive, Christmas attraction for 2018. St Luke’s “Bombed-Out” Church, situated at the top of Bold Street, will be turned into a Winter Wonderland Christmas spectacular full of festive characters, workshops, and fun activities, including a special appointment with Santa.
The Winter Wonderland ticket price includes Santa’s Workshop where youngsters can make their own bauble or Christmas card to take home; art sessions at Mrs Claus’s Art Studio; build and dress up a snowbuddy in hats and scarves in the Snowland; storytelling in Storyland with characters; show off fun dance moves in the Silent Disco; and not forgetting a trip into Santa’s Grotto with a gift and framed photograph with Santa to take home. Adults are also treated to a hot drink and mince pie.

The grounds of St Luke’s will also be a hive of festive activity throughout December and will be open to the public free of charge. Highlights include luxury food and drink outlets, Christmas market, artisan stalls selling specialised gifts and under cover areas with live entertainment.

Winter Wonderland Two Hour Timeslot Tickets: Children £18.99 / Adults £12.99 / Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) £59.99. Book online at TicketQuarter, by phone 0844 8000 410 or in Person at Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office – Kings Dock

Quote SANTA1 when booking for a 20% discount for the first 2 weeks of on-sale - valid for sessions booked for the first 2 weeks of December only (WEEKDAYS ONLY).

Salford Community Leisure Venues
Salford’s programme of 2018 Christmas activities

2nd December - 22nd December.
This Christmas Salford offers many exciting festive events and activities for everyone to enjoy across its two museums, 8 leisure centres and 16 libraries. Full details of all this year’s events can be found at

Monton Voices Choir at Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Sunday 2 December, 1.30 – 3.30pm
This free Christmas concert takes place in the unique setting of the gallery.

Ghostly Christmas Stories in the Great Chamber, Ordsall Hall
Sunday 2 December, 1.30-3.30pm
No booking required, free event. Join us in the Great Chamber (said to be one of the most haunted rooms in Ordsall Hall) for an afternoon of family friendly ghost tales.

Arts Centre Christmas Concert – St Philip’s CE Church
Monday 3 December and Wednesday 5th December from 6.30pm.
£5 for adults and £3 concessions. Under 5s free. Come along to the first MAPAS Christmas Showcase performance to hear what Arts Centre members have been working on this term. Featuring Brass Band, Guitar, Choir, Jazz, Community Band and the Saxophone Quartet & Big Band.

Arts Centre Christmas Concert – Moorside High School
Thursday 6 December December from 6.30pm.
£5 for adults and £3 concessions. Under 5s free. Come along to the first MAPAS Christmas Showcase performance to hear what Arts Centre members have been working on this term.

Carol Playing at ASDA Swinton
Saturday 8 December at 10am and 22nd December at midday.
These are free events. Join MAPAS at ASDA in Swinton for some festive music performed by members of the Arts Centre.

A Very Jolly Christmas at Blackleach Country Park
Saturday 8 December, 10am-12pm
£1 per child, no booking required. Follow the jolly Christmas trail around the park, listen to some Christmas stories and decorate a yule log with the ranger. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas Grotto at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 9 & Sunday 16 December, 1 – 3.30pm
Come and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto at the stunning (and very festive) Ordsall Hall and receive a gift. £5 per child, booking required. Book via Salford Community Leisure website or Eventbrite. 

Carols & Choirs at Christmas – St Peter’s CE Church
Monday 11 December at 6.15pm.
This is a free festive celebration for primary and secondary school choirs to gather and perform a selection of massed items along with an individual song from each choir.

SAYO SPARKY Christmas Festival – Clarendon Leisure Centre
Saturday 15 December, 12-4pm
Some charges will apply for specific activities, no booking required. Enjoy family time and bring the children along to enjoy the festivities including Free magic show and party games (1.30-2.30pm), gift stalls, Santa’s Grotto, giant inflatables, festive face painting, glitter tattoos, tombola, Christmas arts and crafts, aqua blast pool slide (12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm).
Do you sell gifts or have unwanted items? Then why not book a stall for just £5. Please contact Clarendon Leisure Centre on 0161 736 1494 for further information.

For full details of all events and more, please visit You can book online, via Eventbrite, by phone or by calling in to some venues.

Father Christmas
Waterside Sale

4th December -31 December
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Pins and Needles presents another Raymond Briggs favourite: Father Christmas.
Children of all ages will delight in Briggs’ grumpy but loveable Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve.  Watch as he prepares his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night. But things don’t run smoothly and he soon encounters soot-covered chimneys to squeeze through and treacherous weather conditions, all while plenty of mischief is had by his cheeky pets, Cat and Dog.

With plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry, this critically acclaimed adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much loved book is a delightful festive treat for children to enjoy.

Pre-book your milk and cookie packs for any show for £2 each - when you arrive, please present your voucher at our cookie collection station where your packs will be waiting.
If you would like to add packs to tickets you have already purchased, please call box office on 0161 912 5616 and we can arrange this for you.
Come along in your pyjamas, bring your favourite bedtime bear.
Sat 8 Dec at 18:00 - BSL interpreted performance
Fri 21 Dec at 11:00 - Relaxed & BSL interpreted performance

RUNNING TIME - 50 minutes, no interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION - 3 - 11 years and their families.

Tickets  £16.50 / £14.50 / £12.50 / £10 - find out more and book on the Waterside website.

If you have any questions regarding access information or wish to discuss any special requirements prior to your visit please call box office on 0161 912 5616 or email and we will be happy to help you.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Octagon Theatre Bolton at The University Of Bolton Stadium (formerly the Macron/Reebok - Bolton Wanderers Ground). 

Tue 4th December – Mon 31st December
The wonderful world of Oz arrives in sunny Bolton and will transform the Premier Suite at the University of Bolton Stadium into the technicolour land of Oz.
The classic tale will be told by Alexander Bean, Matthew Ganley, David Heywood, Helen Sheals, Anne O’Riordan, Sufia Manya, Thom Petty alongside two teams of 12 young people. Presented with original music by actor musicians the talented cast will take us on a musical journey down the yellow brick road.

For more information or to buy tickets go to the Octagon Bolton website

LHK Productions’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Fri 7 December – Wed 2 January.
Leading the all-star cast is The Queen of Clean, How Clean is Your House? star Kim Woodburn as the Wicked Queen, supported by Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo, as the Fairy and Derek Acorah, Britain’s best loved and most entertaining medium, is the fairest of them all as the Magic Mirror.
A timeless tale and one of the nation’s favourite pantomimes, follow the story of the beautiful princess Snow White, as she tries to escape the clutches of her evil step mother, who’s one aim is to become ‘the fairest of them all’.

Please Note: Kim Woodburn will not be appearing in any of the 10am performances. Derek Acorah will appear by the power of video projection and does not appear in person.

Tickets: Opening Night Ticket Offer: Fri 7th Dec All Tickets £13, Special Offer Wed 26 Dec, 5pm & Mon 31 Dec, 5:30pm – All Tickets £15.50, most performances Adult £18.50/ Concession £16.50/ Family £63. Relaxed Performance: Fri 14 Dec, 1pm
*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy

To book tickets please call 0844 888 4411 or online at or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 12pm - 6pm Monday - Saturday.

The Village Screen Pop Up Christmas Cinema
Victoria Baths, Manchester

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 December
Nothing heralds the arrival of Christmas more then watching a classic festive film, and this year The Village Screen Pop-up Cinema will be decking the halls of Manchester’s Victoria Baths to deliver the ultimate seasonal cinematic line up.
The Edwardian grandeur of Manchester’s water palace will be the backdrop for enjoying these classic films at their best, on the big screen!  The Gala pool with its period detailing and ornate tiles make a stunning setting for a memorable festive treat to enjoy with family or friends.
Ahead of each screening, there will be a DJ playing and the venue will be festooned with twinkling lights to add extra festive sparkle. Some of the North’s finest street food vendors will be in attendance so that you can enjoy a bite to eat and a pop-up bar will be serving a selection of drinks throughout the evening.

Tickets:  Pool level tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £13 for students and seniors (60+) and £10 for children. Balcony level tickets are priced at £13 for adults, £11 for students and seniors (60+) and £8 for children. Online booking fees apply.


Friday 7 December
Die Hard (Doors at 18.30, film at 20.30) Minimum age for event: 16

Saturday 8 December
The Muppets Christmas Carol (Doors at 14.00, film at 16.00) Suitable for the entire family
Home Alone (Doors at 18.30, film at 20.30) This event is suitable for the entire family

Sunday 9 December
Elf (Doors at 14.00, film at 16.00) This event is suitable for the entire family
Love Actually (Doors at 18.30, film at 20.30) Minimum age for event: 16

Find out more and book tickets on The Village Screen website

Black Beauty
Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester

8 Dec, 9 Dec, 14 Dec, 15 Dec - times vary

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Z-Arts' Christmas production of 2018 is an uplifting and hilarious re-telling of Black Beauty. Andy and Andy have fallen on hard times. When they discover their beloved copy of Black Beauty in the cosy horse trailer they call home, they saddle up with their horse Hamish and reenact portions of this classic, page-turning adventure!
Blending storytelling, puppetry and music, this production is a fun adventure full of friendship, courage, hope and heroes. A festive treat for the whole family that is sure to warm your heart on the coldest winter’s eve.
Presented by Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company.

Tickets from £5 - £9 (Hulme residents £5 / Bright Sparks Family Members £6).
Relaxed performance Sat 15th Dec at 2.30pm
BSL interpreted performance Thurs 6th Dec at 7pm and Sat 8th Dec at 2.30pm

To find out more, book tickets and support their Festive Appeal to provide tickets for children who wouldn't otherwise be able to go, see the Z-Arts website

Urban Narnia Family Festive Rave
Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester

Saturday 8th December, 2pm - 4:30pm
Playhouse Project (a crew of ex ravers and DJs that are now parents) present a Free Family Rave under the moody Mancunian Way…welcome to Urban Narnia at Hatch. A winter wonderland with urban attitude, a place where the surreal meets the sublime, Christmas cheer meets nano-brewed beer, and the darkest of spaces are given the brightest of touches
Families can expect festive fun and merry mischief as Bad Santa and the Naughty Elves host this Christmas bonanza featuring bubble and snow machines, Christmas crafts, inflatables, giant balloons, glowsticks, face painting and a very special DJ set by Lil' Fee.
Urban Narnia’s amazing independent food and drink brands will be serving up the fodder including Cayuco, T'Arricrii, Mac Shac, Japanese Junk, Cottonopolis, Ol and Electrik Box.
Urban Narnia’s fabulous festive shopping experience will be open as usual featuring Grafficks, Stutter and Twitch, Nordic Muse, Laura Jordan Gallery, Abacus and Venus, making this weekend the perfect time for families to enjoy festive fun, shopping, eating and drinking all in one magical venue.
Urban Narnia will be open all day and free to enter as usual on the 8th December.

The Play House Project Festive Family Rave is a FREE event but attendees must register here

Salford / Ramsbottom / Atherton / Sale
ComedySportz Improvised Pantomime

8/14/15 December 
A Totally Improvised Pantomime? Oh Yes It Is! The team behind hit family friendly comedy show ComedySportz will once again be treading the boards with their totally unscripted pantomimes. There will be brand new twists on your favourite pantomime characters as heroes and villains will go on a one-of-a-kind adventure using only audience suggestions and a sprinkling of fairy dust.

If you’re bored of seeing the same old pantomimes every year then you don’t want to miss this alternative family friendly festive treat!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a night out without the kids the group will also be performing an adults only version of the show as part of their regular Improv Mullet night at The Kings Arms, Salford on the 1st December.

Ramsbottom Civic Hall
8th December Show Starts 4pm (1hr)
£5 Adults £4 Children

The Way Theatre, Atherton
8th December Show Starts 7pm (1hr)
£5 Adults £4 Children

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
14th December 7pm
15th December 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
£7.50 Adults £5.50 Children

Find out more on the comedysportz website. 

Peter Pan
St Helen's Theatre Royal

Saturday 8 December 2018 – Sunday 13 January 2019
Regal Entertainments bring Peter Pan to St Helens Theatre Royal. Starring Brookside and Coronation Street actor Louis Emerick as Captain Hook and special guest star, Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff as Tinker Bell.
With a sprinkling of fairy dust get ready to join Wendy, John and Michael as they leave St Helens behind, flying past the second star to the right and straight to Neverland, to enjoy daring adventures battling the evil Captain Hook and his hapless henchman.
The action will once again jump right off the stage - get ready to be amazed with the welcome return of the magical interactive 3D scene, which proved to be a highlight for audiences during last year’s production of Snow White.

For more information or to book tickets, please visit:

The Forest of Forgotten Discos!
Contact Theatre at Hope Mill Theatre

Tues 11 December to Sunday 23 December.
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As Contact’s permanent home on Oxford Road continues its building transformation, the company is delighted to be concluding its 2018 In The City Part 2 Season at the acclaimed Hope Mill. This year’s Contact family Christmas offering (with integrated sign language and visual storytelling) puts the FUN into funky for everybody aged 5-105! There is a mystery in the forest – everyone has forgotten about dancing and bright lights and disco. Even Alexa the virtual assistant from the Amazon Rainforest - who normally knows everything - does not understand why this is the case. That is until 7 year old Red, who is afraid of nothing and nobody, explodes on to the scene. Red thinks that dad’s new girlfriend will ruin Christmas and so has run away from home to make a new life in the forest.

The Forest of Forgotten Discos! is a fun, heart-warming story that can be enjoyed by everyone this festive season - with sign and integrated visual storytelling. Tickets are on sale now priced £13/£7 – booking is available at or by phone on 0161 274 0600.

Doctor Dolittle 
The Lowry

Tue 11 December 2018 – Sat 5 January 2019
Times: 7.30pm. Wed, Thu & Sat 2pm.
You’ve never seen anything like it! Doctor Dolittle returns to the stage in Leslie Bricusse’s acclaimed family musical. Based on the popular 1967 film with Rex Harrison, this spectacular new stage show stars Mark Williams (Father Brown, The Fast Show, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love and seven of the Harry Potter film series) as Doctor Dolittle.
Joining his exciting journey are the hilarious Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street, Ackley Bridge, Les Misérables) as his trusty side-kick Polynesia, with Brian Capron (Coronation Street, Grange Hill, Where The Heart Is) playing both the vivacious Albert Blossom and the mighty Straight Arrow and Adele Anderson (Fascinating Aïda) playing Lady Bellowes and Poison Arrow.
Join the eccentric Doctor, his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail, that holds the secret of life and making the world a happier place. With help from the Pushmi-Pullyu and his trusty sidekick Polynesia the Parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well!

Audio Described performance: Sat 15 December 2018, 2pm with a Touch Tour at 12.30pm.
Captioned performance: Sat 22 December, 2pm.
Relaxed performance: Fri 4 January, 7.30pm.
BSL performance: Sat 5 January 2019, 2pm.

Act one: 65 minutes Interval: 20 minutes Act Two: 55 minutes. Under 2's not admitted. 
Tickets: £19.50 - £47.50. Conc £3 off (selected performances). Find out more on The Lowry website.

The Tin Soldier
Ordsall Hall, Salford

Thursday 12 December, 6.30-8.30pm
Toy soldiers, goblins and ballerinas… all the ingredients for a perfect family show filled with puppetry, multimedia and live music, this is a Christmas story not to be missed. Adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and performed by Folksy Theatre.

Adult £12 / Child and Concessions £10 / Family Ticket £38, booking required.

White / Slapstick
HOME, Manchester

13th December - 23rd December 10.30am and 1.30pm ( and 4pm on weekends)
Best suited to pre-school children aged 2-4 and their families. 
Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, something’s different – everything isn’t white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue…
White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience.
Runtime 40 minutes, tickets £9 /£7

13th December -22nd December
Suitable for all ages
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Flying violins! Speed skating ballerinos! Winner of the 2017 Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award, Släpstick is an ode to the timeless comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Laurel & Hardy – with a very modern twist.
Släpstick fly in from the Netherlands with a unique mix of virtuoso live music and energetic physical comedy. With a flair for eccentricity and a hint of melancholy, the five world-class performers have mastered over 100 instruments between them. Släpstick is a perfect blend of dazzling musicianship, lung-bursting physical comedy and heartfelt nostalgia in the true ‘slapstick’ tradition.
Runtime 1hr50m, tickets £10-£24

Find out more and book tickets on the HOME Manchester website.

Little Angel Theatre presents SLEEPYHEAD
Royal Exchange Theatre (The Studio), Manchester.

13 December – 31 December 2018
This Christmas Little Angel Theatre (one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England) is bringing their magical production Sleepyhead to Manchester.
Michael Fowkes, a respected puppet maker and puppeteer whose work has appeared on the Muppets and The Moghty Boosh, has created this wonder-filled show to remind us all just how goofy and jolly magic can be, especially at night-time.
It’s been a long day for Dad and he can hardly keep his eyes open. All he wants is for Baby to go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shut-eye too. Dad’s usually got some tricks up his sleeve to help send Baby off to the Land of Nod. But tonight, Baby has other ideas…
SLEEPYHEAD mix in some magic, a pinch of circus and a large dollop of silliness and you have the recipe for a little adventure with a lot of laughs! This is the perfect Christmas show for anyone aged 2 – 5.

Adults - £13.00 / Concessions - £11.00 / Under 13s - £6.50

Mon – Sat 10.30am & 1.30pm
Sun 11.30am & 2.30pm
(Except Wednesday 26th Dec: 2.30pm)

Box Office: 0161 833 9833 or online at the Royal Exchange Theatre website.

What's On In Southport

Southport Outdoor Ice Rink, Town Hall Gardens.
Get your skates on and take a figure of eight around the town’s ice rink. The gardens will also be welcoming a host of food and drink stalls including hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Beauty and the Beast at The Southport Theatre - 14 to 30 December 2018

Cinderella at The Little Theatre - 20 December to 6 January 2019

Jack & the Beanstalk at The Atkinson - 10 to 20 January 2019

For more information and to plan your festive visit:

Lily & The Christmas Snow Bear
The Met, Bury

19th December to 24th December
Little Blue Monster theatre company are back with a magical wintry tale which tells the story of a brave little girl and a lost little bear. Will Lily be able to help the bear get home to his mummy in time for Christmas, while staying away from the naughty hunters?
Lily & The Christmas Snow Bear is brought to life with exquisite puppetry, enchanting music and a magical snowy setting.

A ‘Pyjama Performance’ at 7pm on Thursday 20 December invites children (and parents) to come along in their pjs and onesies, with their favourite bears, for a pre-bedtime theatre treat. Plus there’ll be freshly-baked cookies and milk available at every show.

Recommended for ages 3 and up, but we know that every child is different. If you’d like to bring your very youngest along with older children we offer ‘babes in arms’ tickets for £1.

Tickets cost from £9.50 for children and £11.50 for adults in advance. For more information and to book tickets go to The Met website or call 0161 761 2216

Wednesday 19 December 10am & 2pm*
Thursday 20 December 2pm & 7pm
Friday 21 December 11am & 2pm
Saturday 22 December 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm
Sunday 23 December 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm
 Monday 24 December 11am & 2pm

*Our relaxed performance at 2pm on Wednesday 19 December is suitable for those with younger children that may need changing, extra attention, or to feel free to come and go from the main theatre during the performance. A pre-show touch tour will be available for anyone who needs extra time to familiarise themselves with the stage and the theatre before enjoying the show. House lights will remain on during the show. This show will be particularly suitable for attendees with autism and related needs.

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