Our top picks this month bring you most creative, exciting and imaginative family things to do across Manchester and the north.
October is an exciting month in our house, not only do we get the first half term of the year (be sure to check out our essential Half Term Guide), it’s also Halloween! We’ve covered the terrifyingly good Halloween in the City programme, a packed weekend of events across the city centre. Manchester has taken Halloween to the next level with an impressive line up, including a giant rooftop Monster Invasion, a city-wide Trick or Treat Trail, a spooktacular Skeleton Procession, and Room on the Broom storytelling.
If you fancy getting out of the city and enjoying some of the natural beauty that autumn brings, then we suggest the picturesque Quarry Bank Mill and Beningbrough Hall, both of which have lots of indoor and outdoor fun taking place this month.
We’re still loving all things space related, as we continue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landings this year. Jodrell Bank have rolled out more exciting events for autumn, including the return of their popular Girls Night Out, with a Moon special this month.
There’s loads more going on so check out our top picks below and enjoy some quality family time together this autumn.
Check out our free things to do in Manchester guides for more ideas.
Here are our picks
October half-term at Quarry Bank, 19 October–1 November 2019, free entry - Visit now
This half term Quarry Bank invites you to discover what life in the mill was really like, through family crafts and science experiments. Discover how mill work impacted the body, then let the family run wild in the picturesque meadow and woods.
These unique ‘meet the veterans’ events will give your family first-hand insight into the impact war has on people’s lives, from being evacuated during the Second World War, to living through the Korean and Falklands Wars.
The ever-popular Girls Night Out returns to Jodrell Bank to inspire and celebrate women and girls in STEM. This event is a moon special to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Dig out your best Halloween fancy dress and prepare to hone your wizard skills. Enjoy ghastly games and activities in the atmospheric Haddon Hall, including creating potions, wand decorating, broom making and a chance to learn spells.
Join one of the Centre’s Explainers as they take you on a tour of the iconic Lovell Telescope. Find out how it came to be and discover more about the ground breaking research it enables.
, 5 March 2019–1 March 2020, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members
If ever there’s a time to explore Beningbrough Hall, this is certainly it. Check out the packed programme of seasonal events and activities at the National Trust property this autumn.
Festival of light and art Light Up Lancaster returns to the city with installations, projections, performance and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.
Explore the fundamentals of digital design software and be inspired by the work of Shanghai based artist, Cui Jie. You’ll even be able to 3D print your own futuristic building to take home.
The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.
From designing the highest quality furniture, to sourcing the latest fashions in wallpaper, textiles and fittings, Thomas Chippendale created a world of interiors for Nostell. Roll up your sleeves and discover the designer in you with creative family activities every school holiday
Discover how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea, which monarch’s pair of stockings reside in Salford, get up close to incredible art and more.
Rugby League is born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears.
The Explore and Draw stations are open daily and are free to use.
Get creative together and explore and learn about the history of Pontefract Castle through play or crafts. A different activity each month.
With its beautifully charming and quirky style, Little Moreton Hall offers an iconic Tudor manor house, moat, manicured knot garden and plenty of fun activities for everyone.