North West family theatre: October and November shows

October half term is a funny one really. It can be too cold to take the tent out on a final trip of the year, too close to Christmas to really spend very much, and many parents have nigh on exhausted their annual leave allowance for the year after the summer break. We tend to spend October half term doing day trips and free activities. It’s the beginning of autumn so great weather to get wrapped up and explore the local forest, maybe do some Autumn craft activities with the kids or go on a walk to visit a local friend or relative. November is an unpredictable time too – you never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next. It’s definitely time to either brave the elements or wimp out and find something significantly warmer to do as a family.

If you’d rather be indoors, here’s what’s on at theatres around the North West this October and November.

Wind in the Willows, The Lowry Theatre

October half term
Wind in the Willows, Lowry Theatre

The Wind in the Willows is something I loved as a child and I’m excited to be taking them to see the stage production at The Lowry later this month. I hope they love it as much as I do. I think I’ll find some books too so they can continue their (hopefully) new found fondness of lovable rogue Mr. Toad and his friends.

Listings Info
The Wind In The Willows
Thu 27 October – Sun 6 November
Times: 7:30pm, Sat 29 Oct, Sun 20 Oct, Wed 2 Nov, Sat 5 Nov & Sun 6 Nov, 2pm
Tickets: £21 – £45.50 (Conc £3 off)
Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

Book tickets for The Wind in the Willows here

The Railway Children, The Epstein Theatre

The Railway Children
The Railway Children at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Another timeless classic, The Railway Children is on stage at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on 25th and 26th October. Reacquaint yourself with Roberta, Peter and Phyllis as they settle into their new life in Yorkshire after their father is falsely imprisoned.

Listings Info

The Railway Children
Date: Tuesday 25th – Wednesday 26th October 2016
Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm
Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions £9, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £34
Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ

Telephone 0844 888 4411, Online at or book in person at the theatre box office, opening hours are Monday to Thursday 2pm–6pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm–6pm

Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups, Z-Arts


Journey into the world of AnimaLand where beatbox, rap and graffiti come together. This interactive show is aimed at chilren aged 5-10 years old. This immersive, high-energy performance features spoken-word artist Maxwell Golden and graffiti artist Mr Dane. Set within a purpose-built graffiti installation, an original children’s book is brought to life and interwoven with freestyle hip-hop improvisation.

Listing Info

Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups
Date: Saturday 19th November
Time: 11.00am & 2.30pm
Tickets: Adults from £8, Concessions from £6, Family Ticket £25
Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA

Book tickets online here

What do you do together as a family when the nights raw in and the temperature drops?


  1. I love going to the theatre. I haven’t taken my youngest yet, but have taken the boys. It is such a great family day out. I went to see The Women in Black with my husband last year, it was excellent x

  2. We LOVE The Wind in the Willows here. We saw the York Theatre Royal’s production a couple of years ago and it was magical. The Lowry one sounds fab too!

  3. I think you’re right about October half term being a frugal one. We’ve not really made many plans yet – in comparison to the summer when we were never at home!

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