Visit Manchester Craft & Design Centre this Christmas to see our exhibition, Exploring Wonderland; enjoy some festive live music; and shop in comfort, under our stunning Victorian glass roof. You’ll find original, handmade gifts that have been MADE right here for you by some of the most talented designer-makers in the region.
And, when you’re done with all that, take a break from your Christmas shopping and enjoy hot, spiced cider and a festive tart at Oak Street Café Bar. Situated at the heart of the Centre, it’s the perfect spot for relaxing and taking in the authentic sights and sounds of our working studios.
Sat 21st Nov, 2 – 5pm
Free family-friendly launch event: Join us for festive refreshments, live music and Alice-inspired activities as we mark the start of our Christmas season with the launch of Exploring Wonderland. Find out more
21st Nov 2015 – 14th Feb 2016
Exploring Wonderland: An exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, curated by the Manchester Jewellers Network. Find out more
Tue 24th Nov, 1.30pm
Craft Unravelled: A free 20-minute talk and tour of our historic building, from fishmarket beginnings to centre for contemporary craft and design. No booking required. Find out more
Sat 5th Dec, 2-5pm
Hey Clay! FREE drop-in workshop. Have a play with clay and make a Christmas decoration. In association with the Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative
Sat 12th Dec, 10am – 4pm
Glass Fusing Workshop: Join Exploring Wonderland exhibitors Gemma Truman and Michelle Keeling to experiment with coloured glass and metal inclusions in this glass fusing and cutting workshop. Find out more
Every Saturday in December
Live music and festive activities every Saturday afternoon in December. Watch this space for more details coming soon.
Sat 5th Dec, 4 – 5.30pm
Christmas carols from the Northern Quarter Boys Choir
Sat 12th Dec, 1 – 4pm
Our very own Kathryn Edwards of Studio 25 will be performing a live acoustic set alongside her husband Andrew. Enjoy some festive classics while you shop!
Sun 13th Dec, 2-4pm
The Alexandra Flutes will be here playing carols plus some extras such as Troika, Carol of the Bells and the Nutcracker.
Sat 19th Dec, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Levy Uke Up will be helping us to celebrate the festive season with 2 or 3 sets spread across the afternoon.