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Greater Manchester's cultural calendar is jam packed with festivals year-round. From the colourful city centre celebrations of Chinese New Year in January, Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival in March, Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in June, Manchester Children's Book Festival in July and the annual autumn festivals of food, science and literature, all offer a great atmosphere for a family day out.
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Whether it’s giant fossils, industrial history or modern art, Manchester’s museums and galleries have days’ worth of fascinating fun for free. Try natural history at Manchester Museum, dressing up to learn about struggle for British democracy at the People’s History Museum or see giant steam-powered machines and vintage vehicles at MOSI.
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Suitable for all ages up to 11, the free monthly art club is designed for you to play, create and enjoy the gallery as a family. There are lots of free fantastic art materials to use and art club artists and volunteers on hand full of ideas to help out so no previous experience is necessary.
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