Exploring Staircase House © Stockport MBC
If you’re stuck for something to do over the Christmas period here are some of the varied events taking place in the museums and galleries around Manchester.
Have you ever wondered how people decorated their houses in the past? If you have and you want to learn about how ancient Christmas traditions evolved over time then Staircase House in Stockport is the place to do so.
Open until January 3 2007 the halls of the house are decked out with boughs of holly, giving visitors the chance to see how our ancestors would have decorated their houses.
If you have children and want to get them using their brains again after days sat in front of the TV then the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester might be your destination of choice.
This year between December 27 and 31 the museum will host festive kids' activities such as storytelling and a snowflake-making workshop. Older children (and adults) who want to get their hands dirty can discover how a steam engine works or how cotton was manufactured.
Star watchers might want to go to the Planetarium which hosts a show designed to help amateur astronomers better understand the skies above them.
From Tatton Park House comes news that brave volunteers are needed to help Cinderella, Jack, Widow Twanky and the Fairy grandmother hunt for Pantoland’s stolen magic. Lifted by the evil Abanezer the magic is essential for Jack’s beans to grow and the Fairy Grandmother to make her spells.
Any children who want to help find the magic should come on December 27 to 31 from 11am to 3pm (last entry 2pm) and for every full paying adult, one child will get into the event for free. Adults £3.50 and additional children £2.