Steam, Sweat and Spinners at the Museum of Science and Industry
Saturday 11th – Sunday 26th February at the Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
Mostly free (certain events charged)
Step back in time this half term and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian Manchester with this family friendly holiday programme. See the power of steam with our Engine Demonstrations, join the Cotton Mill Circus and light up your day with the Magic Lanterns.
Goo in the Loo
Mezzanine Level, 1830 Warehouse. 11am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1pm. £1.50 per child (tickets available from the 1830 Warehouse information desk). Recommended for ages 7 and over.
Find out just how smelly Victorian Manchester was and get messy with make-your-own goo. It’s slippery, slimy and absolutely sludge-tastic.
Outside in the Upper Yard. 17 – 26 February. 10am – 5pm. £2 per person, per ride. Recommended for ages 7 and over. Some rides will be subject to height restrictions.
See the world from the top of the Big Wheel, win at Hook-a-Duck, and ride a magical carousel horse – have all the fun of the fair Victorian style.
Cotton Mill Circus
Air and Space Hall. 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm. Free ticket required (available from the Air and Space Hall Information Desk). Recommended for ages 8 and under.
Roll up! Roll up! Calling all lion tamers, strongmen and magicians! Help the kids of the cotton mill turn their grim jobs into a colourful circus through stories and fun, especially for our youngest visitors.
Magic Lanterns Workshop
Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse. 2.30pm – 4.30pm (drop in). Recommended for ages 7 and over
What did people do before TV? Make a magic lantern to entertain and amaze your family and friends.
Victorian Photo Booth
Power Hall. 10am – 4pm. All ages
Are you an engineer or a mill worker? How about a rich industrialist or a street urchin? Strike a pose in moustaches, flat caps and bonnets for your own Victorian selfie.
Railway platform, Upper Yard. 11, 12, 18 and 20 – 26 February. 11.30am (Except Sundays) 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm. Adults £4, Children £3, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £12 (tickets available from the Great Western Warehouse Information Desk). All ages.
Hop on the 1830 Express and take a ride on the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway.
Power Hall. 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Recommended for ages 7 and over.
How does your kettle help power a revolution? Find out with our noisy, smelly steam engines and see how Manchester kick-started the modern world.
Textiles Gallery, Great Western Warehouse. 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm. Recommended for ages 7 and over
What’s a flying shuttle? Where’s a Devil Hole? And who’s a scavenger? See our textile machines in action and discover what life was like in the mills that made Manchester.
The Revolution Manchester Show
Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse. 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Recommended for ages 7 and over.
Manchester built our world. We’ll show you how with explosions, flying machines, and even dancing, but we’ll need your help to do it.