Z-arts - Manchester's Venue for Children and Families

Creative learning is still at the core of everything we do, both inside and outside the building. We work with schools and communities all over Greater Manchester, spanning the whole curriculum. We strive to be forward thinking in all our projects, making them as relevant, accessible, educational and of course, fun as everyone who takes part in them deserves.

As Manchester’s venue for children and families we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming, vibrant and safe environment for the whole family to enjoy.

Our mission is to inspire and enable generations of young people from Manchester and beyond to use creativity to maximise their potential.

We believe everyone can enjoy creativity, so whatever your age, background or interest, we hope you’ll be able to find something to suit you, whether you’re looking for something for your children to do or you want to take part and get creative yourself.

Why not pop in and see what we’ve got to offer.  Have a coffee and a browse.

Z-arts creates an artistic hub in our large building with twelve public rooms including a 230 seat theatre, gallery, fully equipped dance studio, music studio, café, rehearsal and workshop rooms.

We also rent office space for cultural organisations or individuals.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Laura Stevens
Contact Position
Marketing Manager
0161 232 6089 0161 232 6089
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Where to go

335, Stretford Road
M15 5ZA
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Referral not required
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Z-arts is open 9am – 9pm Monday – Saturday, dependent on what events and activities we have on. Our year round programme of children and family theatre means that sometimes we are open on Sundays. In these cases, our Free Art Cart activity is on for an hour before the show, and the building will be open 1 ½ hours before a show starts.

Our full address is:

335 Stretford Road
M15 5ZA

Telephone: 0161 226 1912
Email: info@z-arts.org

Z-arts is within walking distance of Manchester City Centre and many of the surrounding neighbourhoods. We encourage people to get here on foot, by public transport or on your bike. We believe in minimising our impact on the environment and we are currently campaigning for better public transport links for Hulme.



Z-arts is easily accessible from Manchester City Centre.

Situated on Stretford Road in a prime location overlooking Hulme Park, we are a 15 minute walk from Oxford Road Station.

Directions are available from Google Maps by typing in Z-arts as your destination and your location as your journey origin



Z-arts has cycling racks situated outside the main window. There is room to lock-up at least 8 bikes and we are currently looking into securing more cycle storage.


Public Transport

Bus to Z-arts

The following bus services run regularly at ten minute intervals from Piccadilly Gardens and take 10 minutes to get to the Hulme Library stop which is two buildings down from Z-arts: 250, 256, 263

Train to Z-arts

Main stations: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.

Piccadilly Station is just a five minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens bus rank where you can catch one of the regular bus services that will take you to Z-arts.

Oxford Road Station is also serviced by the 150 and 163 bus services and is just a 15 minute walk away from Z-arts.

Directions are available from Google Maps by typing in Z-arts as your destination and your location as your journey origin.

For information on train services, routes and timetables, please visit the following links:


Or call +44 (0)8457 484950



Close to M60 for all motorway routes. There is ample street parking around Z-arts, as of Monday 14th December 2015 there will be Pay and Display parking enforcements. For the Satellite Navigation, our postcode is M15 5ZA.



We have wheelchair access with ramps and lifts as well as on street parking. If you have any specific needs or would like more information please contact us on 0161 226 1912 or emailinfo@z-arts.org

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