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All August the Whitworth is exploring the art of play, events are FREE and drop-in

PLAY TIME | Scrap Studio

All this summer the Whitworth will be exploring the art of play.

Have a wander and find things to do both indoors and out. With our Scrap Studio, sketching stations, Whitworth Minecraft, and a sensory area for babies, there’s something for all the family in a gallery where art meets nature.

All events are FREE and drop-in

Scrap Studio
Tuesday to Thursday
Throughout August

The Clore Garden Studio will be packed full of open-ended, recycled equipment to be pulled out and played with in the Art Garden and Park. With old tyres, large reels, huge tubes and pipes, big boxes, crates, and much more, there’s a world of possibilities to explore and create with.

Scrap Baby
Tuesday to Thursday
Throughout August, 1-4pm

Sensory play using objects from our Shop of Creativity. We’ll be modelling how low-cost recycled objects can be used for open-ended play for babies and their grown-ups.

Whitworth Minecraft
Tuesday to Wednesday 1–5pm
Thursday to Sunday 10am–5pm

Play our specially designed Whitworth Minecraft arcade machines in our School of Creativity space. 

Quiet Mornings
Wednesdays 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 10-11.30am

Multi-sensory, open-ended play for families with additional needs. Our School of Creativity will be closed off to allow the opportunity to play in a quieter environment.

A Grand (parents) Day Out
Fridays 5 & 19 August, 1-3pm

Bring your grandchildren for these afternoons of scrap-themed activities with our Age Friendly group, the Artivists.

National Play Day
Wednesday 3 August, 11am-3pm

On top of our Playtime games and interventions come along and join in the ‘Our Year Play Day’ event organised by Manchester Play Network and Manchester City Council. A city-wide extravaganza of fun for children and young people of all ages, which will see Whitworth Park buzzing with free play, games, activities, arts and crafts, free food and goodies!

Black Gold Arts
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 August

Black Gold Arts – Whitworth Takeover, is a two-day outdoor music and arts festival that showcases the very best, live music, DJs, dance, performance, fashion, and a catwalk – we are serving it all for FREE!

All events are FREE and drop-in

Click here to download the PLAY TIME events flyer! 


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Playtime – Winner of ‘Best Event’ at Fantastic For Families award 2019.