With a summer staycation on the cards for many this year there’s lots on offer in and around Manchester – take inspiration from our top picks below…. There's something for every occasion! Click on the blue links to find out even more.
5 RAINY DAY IDEAS*
- Science and Industry Museum
Codebreaking, puzzle challenges, interactive experiments, BBC Children’s favourites and a special Manchester Science Festival Family Weekender - summer at the Science and Industry Museum is back with a bang.
- National Football Museum
The latest exhibition focuses on those players and managers who have contributed significantly to the game of our lives: breaking records, winning trophies, and paving the way for future generations, on and off the field.
- Laser Quest Trafford Centre
Experience the best in Laser Tag entertainment or try ValoClimb, the ultimate climbing challenge storming the UK – a mixture of gaming and bouldering.
Laser Quest Trafford Centre (lqtc.co.uk)
- The Play Café and Family Hub
Looking for something to do that's family orientated? With 8 Themed Pods, Activity / Classes Studio, Holiday Clubs, Baby and Toddler "Social" ..... the Play Cafe and Family Hub has something for babies, toddlers, older children and Grown Ups too. Each play pod has a large table with benches or chairs and we offer a great menu with affordable, simple, quality options including Healthy, Vegan, Sweat Treats and Child designed kids options.
The Play Café and Family Hub
- Visit your local library
The Summer Reading Challenge is here! Join the Wild World Heroes for a summer of reading fun.
5 FREE/ LOW COST DAYS OUT
Z-Arts are excited to announce a sizzling season of free shows, workshops, and activity over the summer. From Hulme Park to Homeground, there is plenty for everyone to get involved with.
Z-arts Presents a Summer of Play! - Z-arts
- Wythenshawe Games
In place of the usual Wythenshawe Games is a programme of sports & activity throughout the summer holidays, at venues around Wythenshawe. There will be activities for all ages, families, children, older people, plus inclusive sports. The Summersonic sessions for young people will also be a part of Wythenshawe Games on the Move. All sessions must be booked in advance, they cannot accept any drop-ins. All activities are free and you can book on as many different ones as you like!
Wythenshawe Games on the Move | Sports & Activities for all ages in Wythenshawe
- A Fairy Tale Adventure - Friends of Longford Park
Something magical is going on in Longford Park... You’re in luck! From June to September you can immerse yourself in an audio world of magic.
Friends of Longford Park (FOLP) | Facebook
- Force of Nature at Manchester Museum
Get close to nature and explore our collections this summer with free, family friendly activities with Manchester Museum. From fascinating fossils and walk on the wildside nature trails, to up close and personal encounters with Stan the T-rex and immersive sound installations, our summer season is bursting with nature in all its glory. All events are free, must be booked in advance.
- Simply Cycling
Welcome to Simply Cycling! Your all ability cycling community.
Simply Cycling - Have Fun – Make Friends – Get Fit (simply-cycling.org)
5 FAB FAMILY DAYS OUT
- Dino Kingdom, Wythenshawe Park
An epic outdoor, prehistoric exploration, featuring 100 life-like moving and roaring dinosaurs and creatures to uncover, plus state-of-the-art 3D and AR technology bringing dinosaurs ‘back to life’ with unforgettable interactive experiences and enjoy a thrilling fairground rides for all the family.
- BeWILDerwood, Cheshire
BeWILDerwood Cheshire is an outdoor family adventure park. Think huge slides, zip wires and wonky wooden play structures high up in the trees! Get lost in muddled mazes, brave the broken bridge and see the story of BeWILDerwood come to life at the Storytelling Stage – plus lots, lots more! Based on the curious characters and books by author and creator Tom Blofeld BeWILDerwood is magical day out for the whole family!
- Barton Beach Fun Park
Over 20 attractions for all ages to enjoy. Including giant sandpit and deck chairs, Thrill seeker rides, Funfair, Inflatables/bouncy castles, Baby play zone, Onsite toilets, Onsite parking.Theme days - Have your photos taken with a super hero and princesses, also live entertainment on stage. Situated alongside the runway with great views of the light aircraft and helicopters
Summer Barton Beach | City Aiport, Eccles (visitcityairport.co.uk)
- Secret City, Trafford Park
Secret City is still in full swing with some great family friendly screenings coming up, including Coco, Moana. Onward, Raya and the Last Dragon and more. With a fabulous outside seating area you can choose whether to watch from your car or drive in to the cinema and hop out and enjoy more of what the park has to offer.
Secret City (parknpartymcr.co.uk)
- Seven Sisters Ice Cream Maize Maze
Visit the Maize Maze 2021. Can you find the 7 scooper hero scarecrows and find your way out?
MAIZE MAZE 2021 – sevensistersfarm.co.uk
5 IDEAS FOR TEENS*
- Namco, Trafford Centre
Namco have a Big Drop offer running throughout summer, just £5 per person per game if booked online (Monday to Friday). Check out their midweek Rock n Bowl discos too. Find out more at www.namcofunscape.com or email/call firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 749 1111
- Electric Gamebox
Mix up your socialising with something a little different and get ready for an immersive, digital adventure with friends. Electric Gamebox invites you to step into the Gamebox and enter a fully-private, interactive digital room featuring projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking and surround sound to enjoy a hyper-immersive 60 minute adventure.
Electric Gamebox | Play Immersive Team Adventures
- Code to Exit
Three fabulous escape room experiences
Escape room Manchester 🇬🇧 - Code to Exit Escape Rooms
- Manley Mere – Obstacle course and Aquapark
An obstacle course like no other, suitable for all ages this woodland trail consists of loads of obstacles and activities that are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyones face.
Or try Cheshire Aquapark, a fabulous wet, wild and fun day out with friends or family with the wipeout style water park assault course. Featuring giant trampolines, balancing beams, climbing walls and blast bags to jump and slide off it’s fabulous fun. Aged 7 years and above, under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Home – Manley Mere
Canoe and kayak hire - See the bridgewater canal from a new perspective, whether you fancy a lone paddle or would like to spend some time with friends or family, Grip adventure offer you a unique experience.
GRIP home page (gripadventure.co.uk)
5 PLACES TO CATCH A SHOW OR FILM
- Homeground, Manchester
HOME have launched a brand new, outdoor venue, Homeground, providing a place for people to socialise and enjoy great theatre, art, film, music, comedy and more.
HOME - Family Things to Do in Manchester (homemcr.org)
- Refract21 at Waterside, Sale
A ten day summer programme bursting with experiential performance, music and events to challenge visitors of all ages to see things differently and runs from Thu 22 - Sat 31 July '21.
- Octagon Theatre, Bolton
The Octagon Theatre have announced a whole host of fun family activities to keep you entertained this summer.
- Heartbreak Productions
Heartbreak Productions is delighted to be back with open-air theatre in Manchester. Come and see them this summer at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens for innovative and captivating outdoor performances of The Great Gatsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wonder With Grimm, and Mr Stink.
Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens - Heartbreak Productions
- Ordsall Hall, Salford
Ordsall Hall will this year be hosting a fantastic 3 month programme of outdoor theatre in the grand setting of our spectacular Grade I Listed Manor House. Working with some of the most popular touring companies on the circuit, we will make sure you get to see some of the greatest theatre shows of 2021 and enjoy a memorable day with friends and family in our stunning gardens.
Summer Holidays - SCL (salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk)
5 FAMILY FESTIVALS
- Festa Italiana (27th – 29th August)
The UK’s largest largest, most exciting and vibrant festival of itlaian food, drink and culture.
Festa Italiana (festaitalianauk.com)
- Goose Green Festival 2021 (every weekend in August)
As an alternative to Goose Green Festival this year, Altrincham BID is putting together a programme of music in Goose Green each weekend in August.
Altrincham Unlimited | Facebook
- Bolton Food & Drink Festival (27th – 30th August)
Leading local and regional chefs, cooking demos from culinary experts, artisanal market traders, live music and family entertainment are all on the bill for Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2021, taking place in Bolton Market and across local venues. This year’s festival also sees the return of the Restaurant of the Year award, as well as new accolade, Young Chef of the Year.
Bolton Food and Drink Festival - The Biggest and Best in the North West
- Geronimofest (20th – 23rd August)
Children's Entertainment & Activities, Music, Food Stalls and Camping
Best Family Festival 2021 | Kids Festival | Geronimo Festival
- Film and Food Fest (23rd - 26th September)
This Summer, Adventure Cinema is bringing Film & Food Fest to Manchester! With 4 days of open-air cinema, local street food, live comedy and specially-curated short films.
Film & Food Fest Manchester (filmandfoodfest.com)
*Disclaimer – of course these ideas can also be enjoyed on sunny days and by younger audiences!!
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