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    • By KARL
      Happy Christmas from The Lowry: Arts centre to live-stream performance of The Gruffalo to EVERY primary school in Salford
      The Lowry in Salford has announced plans to live-stream a performance of Tall Stories’ hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in the city. 
      The performance, which will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 11 December, will be available free of charge to all 99 primary schools in the city.
      The first 50 schools to register for the special broadcast will also receive £50 worth of art supplies for their school as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children.
      Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “COVID-19 has caused untold disruption to the academic year and the wellbeing of millions of children– not least of all the opportunity for children to come together to experience live theatre.
      “Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have expected to welcome some 15,000 children to our building this year – visiting one of our theatres, galleries or taking part in our Learning programme.
      “By live-streaming this performance exclusively to Salford primary schools, free of charge, we hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to more than 10,000 children across Salford.”
      The Lowry worked with Salford City Council to contact all primary schools in the city. Any schools wishing to discuss the broadcast should contact: GetCreative@thelowry.com
      The Gruffalo had been scheduled to run on The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre stage from Friday, 12 December to Sunday, 10 January, but has been forced online in light of the impracticalities of widespread touring during the pandemic.
      The Lowry is currently closed in-line with the national lockdown. Live performances are due to resume on Friday, 4 December and the galleries are due to re-open (weekends only) from Saturday, 5 December. 
      Both dates are dependent on the Government announcement on Thursday (26 Nov) of regional tiers and what level will be applied to Greater Manchester.
    • By KARL
      Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
      With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website at www.salfordgov.uk/celebratesafely .
      It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.
      Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.
      The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night.  The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
      Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
       The groups which contributed are:
      Odd Arts
      Art with Heart
      Salford Scorpions
      Salford CVS
      The Lighthouse Church
      Kids Club Screen Stars
      Salford Community Leisure
      Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
      And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS.
      Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.
      For more details and bookings please see https://salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/whats-on/
      Full listing for Salford Community Leisure events:
      October Half Term Football Camp – SCL & Foundation 92 at Salford Sports Village
      Monday 26 to Friday 30 October, from 10am to1pm.
      £10 per day, £42 for the full week, suitable for ages 7 – 12 years.
      A brand-new football camp, operated in partnership between Salford Community Leisure and Foundation 92. Offering children aged 7-12 the chance to get active and out on the pitch for some quality coaching from qualified instructors.
      There are also fun prizes up for grabs throughout the week, including SCFC shirts. Kids will have a great time and parents will have peace of mind, with qualified coaches, state of the art facilities and COVID-19 procedures in place.
      Family Halloween events
      Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
      Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
      £8.95 per person. Book required.
      Bring your little ghouls for an afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Halloween. The spooky selection includes sandwiches, a choice of soft drink, gingerbread skeleton, ghostly traybake and a slice of toffee apple cake.
      Halloween Scarecrow Trail at Ordsall Hall
      Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November, various times. £2 per children
      Join the hunt for a rag-taggle gang of mischievous scarecrows who have gathered in the gardens at Ordsall Hall this October for their annual meet up. Book a 30 minute slot to find 10 scarecrows hidden in the gardens and draw each scarecrow.
      Pumpkin Painting at Ordsall Hall
      Sunday 25 October 2020, 11.30am and 2pm
      £10 per child, suitable for ages 7 and above.
      Get into the Halloween spirit with our annual Pumpkin Painting workshop in the spooky surroundings of Ordsall Hall. Paint a real pumpkin with acrylic paints in a variety of designs, ready to pop outside your house for autumn pumpkin trails.
      Spooky Afternoon Tea in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall
      Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1 November 11.30am and 2pm.
      Adults £15.00 | Children £7.00 | Deposit £15.00
      A frightfully delicious Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Haunted Surroundings of Ordsall Hall, home to most famous resident ghost, Margaret Radclyffe aka The White Lady.
      Enjoy sandwiches, Halloween themed cakes and hot pot of tea or coffee for each booker. We also are offering a “Little Terrors” option for children, which will consist of a smaller portion of cakes and sandwiches and a horrifying slime green soft drink.
      A Halloween Half Term Visit at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
      Tuesday 27 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 11:30am – 3 pm
      FREE, donations welcome | £2 for a spooky trail | Booking required
      Explore the Victorian street,  Lark Hill Place all decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky things to spot! Have a go at our trail – Find Famine!  to spot tiny copies of one of our best-loved paintings ‘Famine’.
      Lark Hill Halloween: The Darkness and Dangers Virtual Tour
      Saturday 31 October 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. £5 per person
      Close the curtains, lower the lights and log on for a virtual tour through to the darker side of Lark Hill Place. Delve into the terrors of yore in this humorous and macabre walk down the street decorated with Halloween objects from within the museum’s collections. With a Museum tour guide to show all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your own home, it’s the perfect socially distanced solution for those looking for some history with their scares.
      Spooktacular Halloween Swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre Thursday 29 October £20
      Spooktacular Open Water Swim in the dark at Salford Quays. 300m and 500m course. Price includes Spooky Halloween Swim Cap, glow stick, hot drink, hot soup/roll. A safety team will be keeping you safe in the water.
    • By KARL
      The Lowry to re-open its galleries at weekends from 1 November : Permanent LS Lowry collection and new 'Days Like These' exhibition on display
      The Lowry will re-open the doors of its galleries next month for the first time since March.
      Opening to the public at weekends from Sunday 1 November, visitors will be able to enjoy the permanent LS Lowry collection and a new exhibition documenting the lockdown experiences of people from Salford entitled 'Days Like These'.
      Both exhibitions are free of charge and will be open 11am – 4pm.
      COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place across the galleries, including: 
      • Compulsory face masks
      • Social distancing in operation
      • Hand sanitising stations
      • One-way system throughout building
      • Timed entry
      • Temperature checks on arrival
      Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said:
      Days Like These features paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by some of the 245,000 residents of Salford – from empty streets and the joy of reuniting, to the impact on frontline workers and the challenges of being alone.
      Contributions are still being accepted. More information about how to submit your work can be found here.
      The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.
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