Baby Week

Following the success of Manchester’s first Baby Week in summer 2022, Baby Week is returning to Manchester Art Gallery on the 12 June 2023.

There is a programme of activities and events for expectant-parents, parents, and babies. We hope the programme will bring our Start Well Strategy to life by promoting the importance of the early days of a child’s life – and how this period is critical for their lifelong learning, health, and development.

Events will be taking place across Manchester, in our Sure Start Children’s Centres and in other cultural and leisure venues.

There is something for everyone and it’s all FREE!

Refreshments and snacks provided throughout. Buggy store available.

We launch Baby Week with a range of stalls and activities at Manchester Art Gallery. Just drop in!


  • Cracking Good Food – Cook and Taste using readily available, nutritious ingredients which can be bought within budget using Healthy Start Vouchers to create family-friendly recipes. The demonstration will be led by a registered Nutritionist. Book on arrival.
  • Manchester International Festival – Shake Rattle and Roll / Afro Cats – fun, music and dance with your little ones. Drop In.
  • Artist led Creative / Messy Play session for little ones. Drop In.
  • Reform Radio offering interactive Story Sessions for parents and their toddlers. Book on arrival.
  • Theatre – Make Me a Tree theatre production for 0-2 year olds. Book on arrival.
  • Relaxation and Mindfulness sessions for busy mums and dads – babies and toddlers welcome. Drop In.
  • Active Mums Club – Parent and Baby Yoga – A gentle stretch and flex for both parents and babies. Book on arrival.
  • Active Mums Club – Mums Bums and Tums – A postnatal rehab fitness session, babies welcome. Book on arrival.
  • Baby Sensory Play for babies to explore and enjoy. Drop In.
  • Resonance Centre – Baby Yoga – A gentle stretch and flex for both parents and babies. Book on arrival.
  • Sure Start Children’s centre Baby Massage sessions. Book on arrival.
  • Football Museum – lots of fun physical activity with babies and toddlers. Book on arrival.
  • Children and Parents Service – Baby and Me Bonding sessions. Drop In.
  • Award Winning Dance Like a Mother (Baby-wearing Dance) suitable for babies from 8 weeks to 2 years (12 weeks post c-section). Expect lots of awesome tunes, laughter and lovely sleepy cuddles with your little one. Trained Instructors provide & fit you with a carrier, or help you with yours (please note some carriers are not suitable for class. Advise available on the day) and twins also welcome. No fitness or dance ability needed…join them for some mood boosting moves! Book on arrival.
  • First Aid – Taster sessions – find out about First Aid courses available. Book on arrival.

Stalls include:

  • Aliya Porter – Prompting Pre and Post Natal Metrician
  • Health Visiting – lots of advice and guidance relating to your child’s health and development
  • Oral Health – dental health advice and guidance
  • Midwifes; Immunisations advice and guidance, Smoking Cessation advice and guidance, Infant Feeding advice and guidance, Vitamins in Pregnancy advice and guidance, Vitamins in Pregnancy advice and guidance
  • Neighbourhood Community Development
  • Come and meet our Thriving babies Team
  • Football Museum – promoting what goes on in the museum
  • Child Friendly City Initiative – come and find out more
  • Public Health Team – lots of advice and guidance relating to you and your child’s health and wellbeing.
  • Mums Matter – come and find out more about this initiative.
  • Dad Matters – advice and support for Dads
  • Manchester’s Parent / Carer Forum (SEND)/ SPACE/Henshaws  – advice and guidance relating to special educational needs
  • Sure Start Children’s Centres – find out what is on offer and what support is available
  • Family Hubs – find out more about Manchester’s Family Hub programme
  • Dance Like a Mother – Award winning baby wearing dance

See what’s on near you and get involved via Baby Week 2023