The school year is flying by, and as we move into the summer months, we’re already looking forward to the May half-term holiday. We’ve compiled some of the best activities taking place in Manchester and the North, both indoors and outdoors, so you can be sheltered in the rain and bask in the sun on those rare sunny days!
From steam train journeys with wizards and dinosaurs, to flying with dragons and running freely around the RHS Bridgewater Garden, here’s a selection of things to do and see in Manchester and the surrounding areas, including stately homes, museums, parks and children’s theatre shows.
Here are our picks
Head to RHS Garden Bridgewater for a buzzing hive of bee-themed activities, where you can explore and discover the power of the Superbees, while also spending some time outdoors in beautiful, lush nature with your family.
Manchester Day, 19 June 2022, free entry - Find Out More
Manchester Day is back! Join fellow Mancunians for a free, fun-filled event, celebrating the culture, diversity and creativity of Manchester, featuring an outstanding parade and stunning displays taking place throughout the city centre.
Here’s one for a rainy day… Visit the National Football Museum to explore the history of football, practice your football skills and learn everything there is to know about the world of football.
Explore some of the North’s most stunning buildings and learn about the families that once lived there. Stroll through the picturesque grounds, take in the fresh air and let the kids run free. Take a look at the guide for our picks of Stately Home in the North.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE - Visit now
Step into a digital forest world full of hands-on fun and make shapes with interactive tech that responds to your every move. Whether it’s your first or seventeenth time at Eureka – there’s always something new to experience.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 4LG - Visit now
Looking for a glorious day out with the family? Head to the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield this half term, where you’ll find modern and contemporary sculptures situated in 500 acres of the 18th century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire.
Goodtime Games, 212 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW - Visit now
A haven for those of us who love food and getting competitive over a board game, Goodtime Games is the latest arrival to Burton Road. Serving up delicious vegan and vegetarian food alongside a plethora of table top fun.
Half-term is an egg-cellent time to start the day slowly and treat yourselves. Enjoy a breakfast out with your family at at some of our top-picked breakie and brunch places in Manchester.