Live music—and the human interaction that accompanies it—is one of the most intense, multi-sensory, and physically involving activities in which young children and their caregivers can engage in together. Studies have found that day-old infants breathe differently depending on whether they are listening to Mozart or Stravinsky, that music soothes premature babies (and their worried parents) in hospital nurseries, and that babies will listen calmly to a lullaby for twice as long as baby talk or adult speech.

Here at The Stoller Hall we understand the importance of first access to music and culture and our family programme of live music and events has been made specifically for little ones and their grown-ups. You can find us in the heart of Manchester city centre where we welcome families of all shapes and sizes.

You can explore our family events here. And if you’re planning a visit then find out more about our family friendly facilities below.

Babes in arms and Group Tickets

Children under the age of 1 will be admitted free of charge to appropriate performances, but must have a ticket. To request a complimentary ticket for your child, please contact us by telephone or when booking at the Box Office counter.

Where possible we will always offer a group ticket for our family performance, available for any 5 people.

Minimum age

The age range the event is suitable for will always be listed on the event page, but you may want to decide what you feel is suitable for you and your little ones. If you have any questions about the event please get in touch by emailing boxoffice@stollerhall.com 

Facilities for families

Baby change facilities are available and breastfeeding is welcome in all public areas (or we have private spaces if preferred). Large, mixed gender toilet cubicles are also available on Atrium level, which may be useful for family groups.

Please note that buggies and prams must be stored in the secure area outside the auditorium, in the Atrium or Stalls Alcove. Stewards will guide you to this space when you arrive.

Chetham’s School of Music

To find out more about studying at Chetham’s, which welcomes young musicians from the age of 8 to 18, please pick up a leaflet during your visit or take a look at the Chetham’s School of Music website.

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