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Summer of Fun at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Summer is here again so bring everyone along for family fun over the school holidays. The kids can make their own creative craft in our Servants Hall plus there is dressing-up, colouring, hands-on activities and our popular Cranford the Cat trail around this magnificent historic house. Visit the beautiful garden and, if the weather is good, try some Bridgeton-inspired child-friendly games like croquet and boules on the lawn. Plus explore the summer flowers and QR code trail in the garden. You are welcome to bring a picnic and can find fun facts, play games, tell jokes and find out ways you can help to support wildlife and reduce your carbon emission at home.

Family doing craft

Family craft activities are included in admission and this summer we have a theme of Games and Toys. There’s a new craft every two weeks so the kids can try their hand at mask-making, optical illusions or puppets. Your ticket includes 12 month entry and kids go free with a paying adult so banish boredom and visit as many times as you like!

The craft activity is available 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm) on open days between Wednesday 17 July – Sunday 1 September* and included in admission. Adults are £7.50 per person and under 16s are free with a paying adult. Booking is advised as it helps us make sure you have the best time possible – although you can just turn up and pay on the door.

Family dressed up

We love to welcome families at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House:

  • Buggies and prams are welcome throughout the House and garden (we have a lift and ramped entrance), there are baby change facilities and the House is breastfeeding-friendly. We also have a ‘do touch’ policy so the majority of items in the House can be touched and chairs sat on.
  • Drinks (including cordial with free refills), cakes and snacks are available to buy from the Tea Room. We have a limited food offer so you are welcome to bring a picnic.
  • We also have a small shop with pocket money items from £1 upwards including quill pens, cat toys and erasers. We also have a small selection of second-hand children’s books on sale.

We are approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road.

The House is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11am-4.30pm (last entry 3pm). *Craft is unavailable on Sunday 11 August due to our popular second-hand book sale.

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Possibly the best second-hand book shop in Manchester

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