Manchester Family Arts is a network of arts and cultural organisations who have come together to make it easier for families to find out about creative events in Manchester.

It can be hard to know where to start when looking for family friendly arts and cultural activities in a city like Manchester, so we aim to talk about events all in one place and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Kai Savage & Justin Fletcher in The Tale of Mr Tumble. MIF15. Credit Robert Day. 8029 annot

This makes it much easier to find great things to do across the city with your family; whether you’re interested in theatre, crafts, interactive exhibitions, workshops, music or anything in between!

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Manchester Family Arts was established in 2013, and we’re made up of 16 partner organisations, which you can find out more about here.

EdgeTo join in the fun, keep an eye out for new events on social media and interact with us using our hashtag #mcrfamilyfun!



Manchester Family Arts is part of the Family Arts Campaign supported using public funding by Arts Council England. It aims to develop the range of arts events and activities available to families – the quality as well as the overall experience.

The Family Arts Campaign is a large scale, national collaborative programme led by the visual and performing arts sectors to increase levels of arts engagement by families. The Campaign focuses on three main areas of work:

The first Family Arts Festival took place in October 2013, and so far each festival has entertained tens of thousands of families across the UK with its ambitious and diverse first year programme. Over 1,000,000 family members have participated so far. Events span all forms of performing and visual arts, and leading figures from the arts including Lord Lloyd Webber, Zoë Wanamaker and Ed Vaizey all expressed their support for the festival in its first year.