RNCM Christmas Family Day

RNCM Christmas Family Day: The Gruffalo
Information and Workshop Sign-up

Sunday 18 December 2022, 11am – 4pm

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We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our annual RNCM Christmas Family Day featuring workshops and a viewing of The Gruffalo with live orchestra.

There’s a few things we’d like to let you know about ahead of your visit, and we’ll also need some information from you before you arrive to help schedule workshops for your booking.

When You Arrive

Family Day runs from 11am – 4pm. There’ll be a Welcome Desk in reception from 10.30am onwards, and it will be staffed throughout the day.  Please report here on arrival to collect everything you need, including a schedule of the workshops you’ve been allocated, and have your e-ticket(s) ready to show to a member of our team.  Please note that all activities start at 11.15am.

When you’re not in a workshop, you can take part in one of our drop-in activities. Face-painting and creative art activities are available throughout the day on the concourses to drop in and out of whenever you wish. You do not need to book for these.


There are four bookable workshops that will be repeated throughout the day, and each booking (including adults and children) will be allocated to two of these workshops, one in the morning (either 11.15am or 12.05pm) and one in the afternoon (either 2.15pm or 3.10pm). Each workshop lasts approximately 35 minutes, and all members of a booking will be scheduled to attend the same workshops.

Please complete the form below to tell us your preferred workshop choices by Friday 16 December.  We’ll allocate places on a first-come-first-service basis, and we’ll do our best to schedule your top two choices. Activities are suitable for all ages, and we reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

If you’re not allocated your top choices, we may be able to make adjustments on the day at our discretion and subject to availability.

Circus Skills: Brush up on your circus skills with The Circus House.
Singalonga Christmas: Sing along and dance to some Christmas Favourites
Percussion: Create a soundtrack to a scene from an icy film!
Shadow Puppet Show: Join us for an entertaining live show with A Winter Shadow Puppet Show.

Please only complete this form once.

Our workshop sign-up form is now closed, but if you haven’t had a chance to complete our form, don’t worry! We’ll be able to help you sign-up for workshops when you arrive. We’ll do our best to schedule your top choices, subject to availability.

The Gruffalo

This performance is available to everyone and will take place at 1pm in the RNCM Concert Hall. It will last around 45 minutes and will be very relaxed, so if you need to take children in and out that’s absolutely fine. This performance has allocated seating and your e-ticket(s) will have your seat number(s). Please have your e-ticket(s) ready for entry into the Concert Hall.


This is an informal day and Christmas-themed clothing is encouraged!  Please note that we have a buggy park and coat rails, but no official cloakroom. Please keep important belongings with you.


We’ll be taking photographs throughout the day for our own use in publicity material, just let the photographer know if you don’t want to be photographed.


You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink.  Our Café Bar will also be open from 10.30am-4.30pm serving sandwiches, snacks, and cakes. Hot food will be served from 12-2.30pm. Hot and cold drinks, including a festive hot drinks menu, will be available throughout the day, and our bar is open from 12pm.

First Aid / Lost Children / General Questions

Please go to the Welcome Desk or speak to a member of RNCM staff – we will be wearing lanyards and Santa hats! Children must be accompanied at all times.

Accessibility Information

All our venues are accessible, and full details are available here. Please let us know on arrival if you have any particular needs.

Location and Getting Here

The RNCM is one mile south of the city centre, on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street West, opposite Manchester Aquatic Centre. Our main entrance is on Booth Street West.

Our address is:
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Full details about public transport links, parking, and places to stay are available here.

Further Questions

If your query is related to ticketing, please contact our ticketing partners Quaytickets by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0300 303 4212. You may also wish to visit our Booking FAQs if you’re having trouble with your booking.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or phoning us on 0161 907 5200.