We continue to be all about the outdoor arts, festivals and totally unique public art experiences this month with a raft of tip top family events to explore.
Don’t miss some incredible new interactive family trails this summer at Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank and Speke Hall.
If festivals are your thing read our full festival guides to the brand spanking new Wild Worlds festival at Chester Zoo – an arts, science, gardens extravaganza that’s deserving of more than one day out. Swot up also on all the top things to do at Just So Festival. Book soon to witness a daring high wire act, a Playground of Illusions, custard catwalk, midnight feast, pillow fights and dancing opportunities galore.
We’re incredibly excited about Switch and Tipping Point at the atmospheric Upper Campfield Market. This family circus double bill from the award-winning Ockham’s Razor and Manchester’s Contact features the critically acclaimed aerial show Tipping Point alongside brand new circus, dance and martial arts show Switch devised by young people from North Manchester.
Here are our picks
Pack your bags for an adventure as you discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank in an interactive trail.
Adventure around the new Midnight Garden trail at Dunham Massey and get involved in all the conservation action at RangerFest.
Spend the summer with six of the bravest and boldest female characters from Victorian history. Track down dinosaurs, create flying machines, get lost in the maze and go wild in the parkland.
Northern Art Carbooty brings you a host of local artistic talent, selling their quality wares at affordable prices. There will also be plenty of free family fun workshops, music, food stalls and live performances.
Outdoor theatrical adventures involving L_ve Hangman, a playground of illusions and an eccentric character flying around in a pestle and mortar … did we have you at L_ve Hangman?
Explore a maze of mirrors and take part in Star Wars inspired sound battles in over 20 new state-of-the-art experiences in this new exhibition.
Explore the story of democracy through a special display of banners that were integral to the women’s suffrage movement, as well as other campaigns for representation at the People’s History Museum.
Investigate the brand new 1918 setting for atmospheric street installation Lark Hill Place, then let loose in Peel Park.
Jump into the secret world of dormice and discover more about this tiny and adorable expert in the art of sleeping!
Discover the extraordinary sounds that plants make and meet artists Jason Singh and Gabric Lenny at their residency.
Experience the stage revival of this tale of outdoor summer childhood adventures in the magnificently redeveloped art deco Storyhouse building or in Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.
Explore the log pile at Dunham Massey – for hours of outdoor fun and fresh air – let your imagination take you wherever you want to go.
Housed in an 18th century stable block, Dunham’s ice cream parlour should be on every summer hit list.
A remarkable journey to unpick the secret behind one of the world’s most popular and enduring art genres, a fresh look at the idea of First World War remembrance, and a city-wide takeover in honour of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday; check out our latest pick of exhibition highlights and must-go events.