This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2017.

Click here to read a behind-the-scenes account of how we built Tape.

Click here to find out what happened to the installation after the festival.

Is your spidey sense tingling? That’ll be because award-winning artists Numen/For Use have transformed the 1830 Warehouse into a giant spider’s web made from sticky tape.

Inspired by the incredible engineering properties of spider silk, you can clamber up into the rafters and get an arachnid’s-eye view of the webbed world according to our eight-legged friends.

Tape is a free activity, but you will need to book a spot as soon as you arrive on the day or evening of your visit. 

Places are limited and are being booked up quickly every day, so please arrive early to ensure you get a spot and enjoy the other activities taking place at the museum.

Please note: The entrance for the evening sessions is at the end of Liverpool Road, via the Station Building. We will only begin taking bookings for these sessions from 6pm onwards.

In addition, there will be a later than usual start time for the adults-only session on Wednesday 25 October. The structure will be open from 7.30pm–9pm to coincide with our Robots: Late event.

Extra activities

Once you’ve woven your way through our giant spider’s web, head upstairs to the Mezzanine level of the 1830 Warehouse any time between 10am–5pm to meet some real life eight-legged friends.

Paul Carpenter from Life in the Rainforest will be there every day and evening that Tape is on. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with some of his favourite spiders including tarantulas, funnel webs and golden orb weaver spiders. There will also be colouring in activities and microscopic spider-based activities.

On Saturday 21 October, Dmitri Logunov, Curator of Arthropods at Manchester Museum will be talking about spider models, and on Monday 23 October, you can take part in a spider sailing experiment with the University of Nottingham.

If you’re brave enough, you can also take part in a spider phobia experiment with the University of Manchester.

Don’t worry though—If you’re not keen on meeting any real life spiders, they will be housed on a completely separate floor to the Tape installation.


Everyone is welcome to walk around Tape, look at the structure and watch people crawl inside it. However, you will need to be able to climb up a stepladder to access the installation.

Visitors are asked to remove their shoes to enter Tape, therefore we advise wearing socks.

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Thursday 19 October - Sunday 29 October 2017
10am - 5pm (all ages)
6pm - 9pm (adults 18+ only)
Sessions are 15 minutes long

Please note that on Wed 25 Oct the evening opening times will be from 7.30pm–9pm to coincide with our Robots: Late event.

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Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

See venue map and information


Tape is a free activity, but you will still need to book your spot on the day of your visit. Book early at the venue to avoid disappointment.

Age guidance

All ages

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