Something For The Weekend: Fri 4 – Sun 6 July

Here's One We Made Earlier1. Here’s One We Made Earlier

The story of BBC Children’s broadcasting; past, present and future.

Sat 19 July – Sun 12 October

Bill & Ben, Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy, Teletubbies, Crackerjack, Newsround, Blue Peter…
our childhoods have been defined by the broadcasts we first encountered as children.

This major exhibition explores the story of over 90 years of BBC Children’s broadcasting, from 1922, when the BBC launched Children’s Hour, right up to the present multi-media moment.

Fun, engaging, interactive, and full of famous presenters past and present, Here’s one we made earlier will reflect shifting perceptions of children in society, from toddlers who were asked to ‘sit comfortably’ in front of the family wireless, to today’s children who take centre stage on air and online.

2. Family Fun Day

10am – 3pm


On Saturday 19 July we launch the exhibition Here’s One We Made Earlier with a free family fun day in partnership with the BBC.

Get hands on with activities and games, watch live performances from CBeebies’ Swashbuckle pirates Cook and Line, meet CBBC’s presenter Katie Thistleton and enjoy an exclusive screening of the new CBBC drama Harriet’s Army (tickets apply).

There will be drop in arts and crafts stands, swashbuckle games to enjoy outside and you might even meet the stars of upcoming CBeebies show The Furchester Hotel!

Be the first to see the exhibition and join the fun from 10am to 3pm.

3. 24/7 Theatre Festival247-theatre

18 – 25 July

24:7 is a unique theatre festival that continually brings innovative drama to the people of Manchester.

In 2004, the first Festival took place in bars and clubs around Manchester city centre. With no finance but limitless determination, we managed to attract 1,600 audience members in one week. Since then, tens of thousands have taken their seats for an hour of great entertainment.

With over 20 different performances to choose from just on this weekend you can take your pick!