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February half term: Get a move on!

We have an amazing journey in store for you this February half term. So, get a move on for fun, thrills and laughs!

Climb aboard our Rocket Racers workshop and design your very own train of the future, take a pit stop at the Science Showdown for some live experiment fun, park up at The Great Bridge Build Off and use your skills to bridge a gap between two cities, and for our younger visitors, make sure you collect one of our Early Years Engineers Power Packs from the front desk (though be quick, as availability is limited!)

Plus, be sure to roll up for all the fun of the fair at our Victorian Fairground, and don’t forget to say hello to Stephenson’s Rocket, one of the world’s first train engines, along the way.

There’s also the chance to get a job in a cotton mill in our textiles demonstrations, see the machines that made Manchester great in our Power Hall and lift a Mini, create a hurricane or watch your own skeleton ride a bike in our hands-on gallery, Experiment.

Hands-on workshops

Rocket Racers

Time: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00 and 12.30
Location: Room 1 Learning Loft, New Warehouse
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older

The next train to depart platform 1 is… yours. Create and build your very own train to travel down our track, just like Stephenson’s Rocket. Big wheels, small wheels, no wheels—it’s up to you as we design the train of the future. Is yours a winner like Rocket, or more of a milk float? 

This activity is free, but booking at the front desk is required (limited availability).

The Great Bridge Build Off

Time: 14.30–16.30
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

It's time for your technical challenge. The carriages are loaded, the engine is warm, the driver is ready, but we need you to build the bridge for our train to go over. Collect your materials and build your bridge within the time limit.  Then we’ll put your creation to the test—will it support our train and its cargo?