Family Arts Festival 2016

Sat 22 October - Sun 30 October

Eye boggling arts for all the family

This October half term sees the return of our annual Family Arts Festival to Salford and Trafford offering eye boggling arts for all the family.

This year we have already confirmed two amazing theatre shows in Stick Man and The Wind in the Willows. More events and activities will be confirmed in the lead up to the festival so keep those eyes peeled!

We're very excited to see all your faces, old and new, join us this half term.

Upcoming events at The Lowry & Salford Quays
Alfie White: Space Explorer The Lowry
Sun 23rd Oct

Alfie White is crazy about space – and his dad is training to be the first man on the moon. At least that’s what Alfie tells his schoolmates. In fact, his dad has disappeared without trace – as if swallowed up by a black hole… Together with his best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. But where on earth – or in space – is he? A cosmic tale of adventure and discovery for everyone aged five and up from Tall Stories - the company behind the production of well-loved tale 'The Gruffalo's Child' that delighted audiences at The Lowry in August 2016. ★★★★★ 'A thrilling everyday adventure that is engaging for all ages' - Broadway Baby ★★★★ 'An accomplished piece of children’s storytelling theatre… Holds the children in rapt and often amused attention' - The Stage

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Storytelling Tent The Lowry
Mon 24th Oct - Fri 28th Oct

This half-term make your way to The Lowry’s magical storytelling tent for thirty minutes of enchantment, excitement and adventure. Gather round as our storyteller transports you to faraway lands, distant planets and introduces you to all sorts of creatures though your favourite books. In the Circle Bar. Mon 24 October 11.30am - 2.30pm Tue 25 October 12.30pm - 2.30pm Wed 26 October 12.30pm - 1.30pm Thu 27 October 1pm - 3pm Friday 28 October 12.15pm - 15.15pm

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LEGO & Live Music The Lowry
Mon 24th Oct

Musicians from the BBC Philharmonic join forces with The Lowry again to inspire families to get creative with live music as part of the Family Arts Festival 2016. This free event on Monday 24 October in the Compass Room at The Lowry, is set to ignite the imaginations of creative thinkers of all ages. Musicians from the BBC Philharmonic will perform animal themed classical music to inspire families to build their own versions of wild and domestic animals from all over the world…… out of LEGO!!! Artist Annette Waterfield will create a 3D landscape for families to show-off their creations, with a little bit of help from Alex Bidolak, master model builder from LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester.   There will be four one hour sessions starting at: 10.00-11.00 11.30-12.30 13.30-14.30 15.00-16.00 This one-day event forms part of the Salford and Trafford Family Arts Festival 2016, an annual week of activities presented by The Lowry over the October half-term holidays to bring the arts to life for families. 

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Flying the Nest The Lowry
Tue 25th Oct

Welcome to Hatchling College, an eggciting place to learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder. Sit in a giant nest and get involved in this interactive eggsperience led by our three eggstrodinary professors. Filled with a fantastic mix of music, puppetry, facts and fun, this humorous show brings to life native bird characters in a new and engaging way. A show suitable for children aged 4-9 years including those with SEN and their families. This show builds on the success of HandMade Theatre’s production The Flying Machine. As ever this show aims to engage a diverse audience in a truly unique and interactive theatre experience.

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Stick Man - Live on Stage! The Lowry
Wed 26th Oct - Sun 30th Oct

Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book STICK MAN is coming to The Lowry!  Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.        

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BBC Phil Early Ears The Lowry
Thu 27th Oct - Mon 3rd Oct

The   Early Ears Trio from the BBC Philarmonic will be performing at the Lowry on  Thursday 27 th Oct with three 40 min sessions starting at: 10.00-10.40 11.00-11.40 12.00-12.40 This interactive musical experience is aimed at 4-6 year olds. Children can listen, sing, hear stories, recognise musical instruments and interact with the players through playing simple percussion instruments and conducting/directing the players. The free tickets are available to book from Mon 17 October.

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The Wind in the Willows The Lowry
Thu 27th Oct - Sun 6th Nov

Ratty, Badger and Mole join the exuberant Toad and embark on a series of adventures and misadventures caused by his insatiable need for speed! Imprisoned for theft and with his existence under threat from the inhabitants of the Wild Wood, Toad must attempt a daring escape to defend Toad Hall. Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life in a brand new stage musical with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.  

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Mini Wildlife Cruises The Lowry
Fri 28th Oct

Specially themed cruises around The Quays, each one lasting 50 minutes providing an exciting and exclusive experience for all the family running throughout the day! Sailing times: 10.30am, 12pm, 13.30pm, 3pm.

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