Whether you’re a die-hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a break to Manchester, enjoy a visit to England’s only national museum for football.
Learn more about the game of our lives, see iconic objects, and sharpen your skills in the museum’s football challenges.
Opening days: Thursday – Sunday
Opening times: 10:00am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
In keeping with current government guidelines, visitors cannot book more than six tickets for any given time slot.
Family discount (£26.50 ticket) will be automatically applied when selecting 2 Adults and 2 Children.
Concession applies to: Full Time Students, 65+ and Unemployed.
The museum receives financial support from Manchester City Council. As part of that arrangement city residents benefit from free admission.
Existing ticket holders can book their time slot free of charge.
Tickets are currently only bookable four weeks in advance.
It's been a strange sort of year, and like most of you we are desperate to return to some kind of normality. That's why we're thrilled to announce that, as it has for over 30 years, the East Lancashire Railway is once again becoming the home of Christmas magic with the return of our legendary Santa Specials!
While it may not be exactly the same as you remember it, our elves have been working their little pointed socks off to ensure that the atmosphere that has enchanted families year in and year out for three decades has remained intact.
Upon arrival, admire the beautifully dressed Bury Bolton Street Station with its many Christmas trees and decorations. Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley - journey time approximately 80 minutes Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with a beautifully decorated train interior Meet Santa and his elves as they provide a gift to every child Receive an activity pack for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown ups NEW FOR 2020: Journey in style with a private compartment coach, limited space available so don't miss out
WILL ENTERTAINMENT BE DIFFERENT
We are working within governemt guidelines (which are subject to change). Please be aware that entertainment from previous years such as the brass band or close up magicians may not be available whilst these restrictions are in place. We strive to offer entertainment and activities that are appropriate for the whole family.
DONT TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!
"A really lovely day out. Our 5 year old loves trains and we have visited other days out on the railway but I have to say this one was brilliant. The staff on board are very good and friendly, we all really enjoyed our day and our gifts." - 07Cinta, Tripadvisor
"Came here with my youngest daughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were exceptional and were right in the groove and the steam train added to the nostalgia. Love it, everyone should try this. highly recommended!" - KarlB, Tripadvisor
"We took our 5 year old granddaughter for the Santa Special. From the minute we stepped into the station the level of enthusiasm from the staff was totally infectious. We handn't a clue what to expect but we loved every single second!" - Donna-Marie, Tripadvisor
"Absoloutely amazing first experience of the East Lancashire Railway, the Santa Special was such a wondeful experience. I went with my husband, in-laws and 20 month old son and he loved every minute. Such a magical time for the whole family!" - Heidi W, Tripadvisor
PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING!
We’ll be doing a few things differently this year to help stop the spread of the virus this Christmas. There’ll be hand sanitiser available throughout your visit and we’ll be managing social distancing by reducing the number of people onboard. However, we still really want you to have a great time and enjoy that festive feeling. Christmas comes just once a year after all!
The first, and most important, thing is that we’ll do our best to provide all of the usual elements of our Santa experience; the train ride, the chance to meet Santa and a present for all children. But, as you’ll appreciate, this year is very different and restrictions may be imposed at the last minute meaning some of these may just not be possible on the day. We hope you’ll understand if this happens and, so long as the station can be open, you’ll be able to visit and collect your child’s gift, hopefully from Santa or possibly one of his elves. In these circumstances we unfortunately won’t be able to offer a refund, but as a charity we hope you will see this as a donation to support us through these difficult times.
If you’ve visited us since lockdown you’ll know that we’ve changed the way we’re selling tickets with each family group being seated in their own compartment, separate from other passengers. For our Santa trains, simply choose the date and time you wish to travel and select one of the available compartments. Then, select the different ticket types for the people travelling with you and ‘seat not required’ for any you don’t need. That stops anyone else from being able to sit with you on the day. You’ll understand that it’s been a difficult year for us so please do consider filling as many of the seats with your family or friend ‘bubble’. Just remember to adhere to any restrictions in place.
Once onboard, Santa will meet and greet each family group as usual, but he won’t be able to enter individual compartments or stop and have a long conversation. He’ll be available for photographs when you return to Bitton rather than part way through the journey like he’s done before. He’s also going to have to make some changes to the gifts he gives out as the virus is causing no end of problems for his elves in Lapland. They’re having real problems getting hold of everything they need to make presents for all the little boys and girls. Therefore, specifically for this year, he wants to give a gift more suitable for all ages. This will be in the form of a high quality plush teddy bear (planned to be bespoke to the railway) for all children aged from 1 to 7 with a couple of presents suitable for our youngest infant visitors as well as older boys and girls aged 8+. We know this is a much more simple arrangement than Santa has previously provided but we hope you understand his reason at this time.
Finally, you’ll be pleased to know that the festive Christmas donkeys will be returning and you’ll be able to see these on the lawn at Bitton, either before or after you’ve travelled on the train. Once you’ve left our elves will then be working hard cleaning and sanitising the train before the next passengers arrive.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to our Santa Specials. It’ll be slightly different, but just as enjoyable!
Please Note: Gallery Visits are limited to 1hr (Except at 3pm where the visit is limited to 30mins)
Days Like These is a new exhibition which shares the stories of Salford in 2020, using paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by some of the 245,000 residents of the city - from empty Salford streets and the joy of reuniting, to the impact on frontline workers and the challenges of being alone. The exhibition wants to reflect the hopes and fears of everyone, then and now, and after you have seen the exhibition, we hope you contribute too.
Alongside is a new display of the best of Salford’s own LS Lowry – an artist known for his paintings of crowded city streets, and vast empty landscapes.
Together they open from 1 November 2020.
The exhibition forms part of the Spirit of Salford initiative – a scheme designed to celebrate the unique personality and pioneering spirit of Salford.
• The Galleries will open on Sunday 1 November and then for weekends only and booking is essential.
• Our opening hours will be 11-4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
• Social distancing measures are in place together with a one-way system
• Visits to the gallery will be via timed entry slots so please ensure you arrive on time (late comers may be declined entry)
• All tickets must be bought in advance and there is a maximum number of 6 tickets per booking.
• All tickets within a particular group must be purchased by one booker and each group must consist of one household or support bubble.
• When you arrive at The Lowry temperature checks and security controls will be in place.
• Face coverings are mandatory at all times throughout the venue and entry will be denied if face coverings are not worn.
• No food or drink will be allowed into the galleries.
• Always follow instructions given by our staff as well as signage and notifications to ensure the safety of everyone in the building and maintain social distancing from all other households or support bubbles at all times.
Do not attend the venue and contact us immediately if you:
• believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
• have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
• have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
• have arrived in England in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules relating to self-isolation; or
• have been instructed to self-isolate.
These measures are designed to keep everyone safe and ensure that everyone has a great time. Please respect our staff at all times as they implement these measures for everyone's wellbeing - and most importantly we hope you enjoy your visit!
Please take a look at our FAQs in advance of your visit. – www.thelowry.com/coronavirus
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive edition of your favourite Holbeck- based interactive gameshow. And here it comes!
We’ve put the decorations up, the band have been practicing Driving Home for Christmas for months and we’ve ironed the creases out of our Christmas jumpers!
And yet Alan isn’t quite feeling it. It’s been a long year and it’s taken its toll on his festive cheer. But the Voice of God has a plan to bring the Christmas spirit back to The Holbeck with a bang!
You Can Bet It’s Christmas will be broadcast LIVE on Slung Low’s Facebook Page and YouTube.
18:00 on the 23rd December
But you can be there live as part of the show! We need to cast the crowd for this live broadcast from the car park of The Holbeck! And we want you!
What does it mean to play the role of the crowd in the show?
You sign up for a slot just like you would if you were booking a ticket to see the show.
Then we email you instructions nearer the time about what you should wear (warm, waterproof clothing) and send you some responses we might want you to practice before you come on down (I say Merry you say Christmas).
No one will have to get on the stage at any time. Covid rules wouldn’t allow it even if you wanted to! You’ll be asked to come along at 17:45 on 23rd December and play the role of crowd for the broadcast. The show will last approximately 75 minutes.
About The Holbeck
The Holbeck is a community club that welcomes everyone, run by Slung Low.
Our address is The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, Holbeck, LS119QX
The show has a limited capacity, so if you change your mind before the event, please let us know by emailing email@example.com to ensure we don’t turn others away unnecessarily.
Please note that these events will be outside and in accordance with the social distance requirements and are constantly monitored.
If you would like to discuss your access requirements, don’t hesitate to give us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The street immediately around the club is permit-holders only but there’s permit free parking on Holbeck Moor Road, which is the road that runs alongside the park just down the road.
Join us after Christmas for a trip onboard one of our steam-hauled trains and enjoy a mince pie served onboard as you travel the line.
To keep our customers safe, each family group will be seated in separate compartments.
Please select a carriage and then click on an available compartment. Choose your first seat and you'll then notice that all the remaining seats in that compartment become highlighted, so that no one else can book them.
Then, just choose the different tickets you need for each of your group from the drop down lists.
For any spare seats simply choose the option 'seat not required'
Rescheduled from Friday 15th May 2020
After a fantastic a sold-out run in London’s West End, the critically-acclaimed international stage sensation Whitney – Queen Of The Night is back for 2021, celebrating the music and life one of the greatest singers of our time. Fans will be blown away by the live band performing three decades of nostalgic hits, including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Higher Love, One Moment in Time, I’m Every Woman, How Will I Know, The Greatest Love Of All, I Will Always Love You and many more.
To celebrate this very special anniversary, we open the 1940s songbook for a tribute to the legendary stars who kept us smiling through our darkest days. Spirit Of The Blitz recaptures the tenacious optimism of war-torn Britain on the long road towards peace.
Sing along to swinging hits like Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, Bless 'Em All, Leaning On A Lamp-Post, and of course, We'll Meet Again.
Starring Andy Eastwood, Maggie O’Hara and Pete Lindup, this feel-good show recreates all your forties favourites, including Vera Lynn, George Formby, Max Miller, Bing Crosby, Anne Shelton and Gracie Fields... A truly heart-warming afternoon of live music and laughter.
For those who remember the 40s, the show is a trip down memory lane; for those who don't, it’s a Sentimental Journey back through time to the glorious melodies and good clean comedy that accompanied a dogged nation's battle for survival.
This unmissable performance is devised and produced by Andy Eastwood, with musical direction by David Carter.
Meet Thomas and The Fat Controller, take a train ride and enjoy so much more! Advance booking is recommended. Click below to book your tickets now...Book Tickets