Steph Smith, who manages the Hale, Altrincham and Sale area for Mums in the Know, chooses five great things to do with the kids over the next week.
1. Puss in Boots at The Little Theatre (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December)
The Trafford Margs Operatic Society present a fun-filled pantomime. Shows at 7.30pm Wednesday to Saturday and matinees at 2.30pm on Saturday and 12.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday. To purchase tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07980 931 345.
The Little Theatre, Oxford Rd, Altrincham, WA14 2ED
2. Fairy Tales on Ice (Saturday 13th December)
Come along for a fantastically festive show. Doors open one hour before show times. Tickets: Family of 4: £22 / Child – £5.50 / Adult – £8.50. Click here to book.
Silver Blades Ice Rink, Altrincham, WA15 8EW
3. Christmas Card Workshop with Local Creation (Sunday 14th December)
Local arts group Space for Creation will be running a Christmas card making workshop at Local Creation as part of Altrincham Forward’s Christmas programme of events.
Running from 12-4pm (no need to book in advance – just turn up), the workshop is a must for all fans of the distinctive linoprint style, and is a great opportunity to spend a few hours with the experts, experimenting with printmaking and producing some really special handmade cards. Adults will learn to print on lino and children will try out the same techniques on foam. The price is £5 per adult and £4 per child to make 3 cards each.
1 Central Way, Altrincham, WA14 1SB
4. Christmas at Speke Hall (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December)
Speke Hall in Liverpool is turning back the clock for a Victorian themed Christmas weekend. This ancient Hall will be decorated in the rich greenery of holly and ivy so beloved of the Victorians, together with a huge Christmas tree in the Tudor Great Hall. Father Christmas will be visiting and there are Christmas craft activities for children. It’s £3 to visit Father Christmas. For more information, call 0151 427 7231, or visit here. Normal admission charges apply.
Times: 11am to 4pm. Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, Merseyside L24 1XD
5. Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December)
The Magical Lantern Experience is a trail to a spectacular animal lantern display where you can make your Christmas wish and hang it on our Giant Wishing Tree and say ‘hello’ to Santa. Visit the Fruit Bat Forest and the Elephant House and soak up the festive atmosphere around the zoo. Find out more about the event and how to book tickets here.
Times: 4pm-8pm. Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1LH