This February half term, travel back to the Victorian era to find out how steam, sweat and spinners created our modern world, and how Manchester was at the start of it all.
With fun shows and workshops, Steam, Sweat and Spinners is our annual celebration of all things Victorian and beyond.
And don't forget to pick up your People Power Trading Cards—collect a different card featuring a worker or inventor at each activity and discover who's the sweatiest of them all (eww!)
Science SHOWDOWN: Revolutions
Time: 11.30 and 13.30
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older
Whether it's wheels or people, revolutions have changed our world. This show pits the digital against the industrial, and asks you which one has changed your life the most with action-packed experiments, amazing demonstrations, and more than a few laughs.
Time: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00 and 12.30
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older
Price: Free, but booking required at the front desk
Go like clockwork at this tinkering inspired workshop where you can make your own mechanical toy to take home.
Shows, demonstrations and activities
Roll up, roll up and take a spin on our Victorian style fairground rides this February half term. Book in advance and get 6 rides for the price of 5.Tickets on sale
Manchester Mills demonstrations
Go back in time this half term, to the working mills of 150 years ago. Experience the deafening sounds of the machinery and find out what life was like for thousands of mill workers in one of our daily shows.
Age: Recommended for ages 4 and older
Can you get the birdy in the cage? Try it by making this Victorian optical illusion toy that uses spin to fool the eye and create a little bit of magic in this fun and easy drop-in workshop.
Power Packs for Early Years Engineers
Age: Toddlers aged 2–4
Do you have a budding engineer in your family? Pick up a Power Pack from the front desk (and meet one of our friendly Explainers in the Power Hall at 14.00 for a tour to help little people explore our giant engines and trains.
Please note that there is only a limited number of Power Packs available.
Victorian photo booth
Age: Suitable for all ages
Strike a pose and Victorian-ise yourself in our photo booth. From bonnets to beards, put your best handlebar forward and see what you would have looked like on the fashionable streets of Victorian Manchester.