Rising Up Manchester Families and friends will march on 1 June to raise awareness in the loss of wildlife and the need to protect it (All Saints Park at 1pm).

Let’s get noticed and take our message to the streets in a riot of colour, sound and people at the Carnival of Creatures 💚🦋🐝🐌🐞🦊🐸🐰🐠

But first! To help you get ready and get involved there are lots of fabulous free creative drop in family sessions at these wonderful Manchester venues: Manchester Museum, People’s History Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and Hulme Community Garden Centre. Sessions suitable for all ages but younger ones will need your help. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Full details below

Hulme Community Garden Centre – Mon 27 and Wed 29 May 12-3pm
Come and make a fabulous headpiece for the Carnival of Creatures from recycled and natural materials.
Hulme Community Garden Centre / 28 Old Birley St / Manchester / M15 5RG

Manchester Art Gallery – Tues 28, Wed 29, Thurs 30 & Fri 31 May 1-3pm
Artists Carly Bainbridge and Jayson Gylen are on hand to help you make a parade-worthy prop to bring on the Carnival of Creatures. You can also make a placard demanding action on climate breakdown to display on the front railings, let’s make people listen! And as part of the Get Together and Get Things Done exhibition families will be invited to join a collaborative project to show the power we have when we get together. There will also be a climate scientist on hand to answer questions. Manchester Art Gallery / Mosley St / Manchester / M2 3JL

People’s History Museum – Wed 29 May 1-3pm
Join artist-led session to make beautiful things for the ‘Carnival of Creatures’ using fabric pens and patch making techniques.
People’s History Museum / Left Bank / Spinningfields / Manchester / M3 3ER

Manchester Museum – Sat 1 June 11am-12.30pm
It’s a jam-packed session with nature, art, face painting, a chance to make wings to wear in the Carnival of Creatures, storytelling and play. Plus come and meet Rising Up! Manchester Families.
Part of Manchester Museum’s Heritage Futures Studio where we are asking people to help us imagine, design and begin to create the future together. Manchester Museum / The University of Manchester / Oxford Road / Manchester / M13 9PL

Carnival of Creatures Parade

Saturday 01 June / 1pm meet, leaving at 1:30pm / All Saints Park, Manchester

Join Rising Up Manchester Families and friends on this march to celebrate nature and raise awareness of the huge loss of wildlife and the need to protect it.


It’s going to be full of fun and beauty with fancydress, parade puppets, music and play.

All ages. Parade/march – let’s get noticed and take our message to the streets in a riot of colour, sound and people 💚🦋🐝🐌🐞🦊🐸🐰🐠

Please bring adequate water and be equipped for the weather – sunscreen, hat or umbrella (umbrellas can be used in the most fabulous and creative of ways as part of costumes).

We will march/parade/dance/sway up Oxford Road, turning right onto Portland Street entering Piccadilly Gardens at the far side. The parade is timed at 30 minutes for the lead of the parade but total time will depend on how big the parade is on the day.

Parents of babies – come and meet us in All Saints Park from 12:30. We can have a picnic, meet each other, we’ll bring cake and things to pimp our buggies into bees and other insects. We’ll have a Bee My Baby section in the parade.

Parents of all ages – we can hang out/play/eat sandwiches in the park until it is time to join the parade

Visit Rising Up Manchester Families for more info.

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