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Things to do at half term

Creative Tourist

Are you looking for fun and creative activities to keep your family entertained this October half term in Manchester and the North? There’s a huge range of activities taking place, and with Halloween falling on the last Sunday of the half term holiday, you won’t be disappointed by the seriously spooktacular events happening throughout the week.

Whether you’re looking for festivals, exhibitions, crafts, science, art or outdoor adventure, there’s a world of fun activities awaiting you across Manchester and the North, so you and your family can spend some quality time together, whatever the weather!

For more family activity ideas for half term in Manchester, you can also check out our guide to free family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Pizzaluxe Manchester Arndale

    Pizzaluxe Manchester Arndale
    Dominic Fung

    Pizzaluxe Manchester Arndale, Food Court, Manchester Arndale, Manchester, M4 2HU - Visit now

    Are you looking for a new, delicious and reasonably priced place to eat out with your family during October Half Term? Already popular in Leeds and London, Pizzaluxe has just arrived in Manchester and is calling families of all ages for a truly tasty pizza experience.

  • 2. Lucy McKenzie at Tate Liverpool

    Lucy McKenzie at Tate Liverpool
    Lucy McKenzie, Untitled 1997

    Lucy McKenzie at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, Until 27 February 2022, from £9 - Book now

    Celebrated as being among the most singular artistic voices of her generation, Lucy McKenzie’s first UK retrospective is being held at Tate Liverpool, bringing together over 80 of her works from the last two decades.

  • 3. RHS Garden Bridgewater

    RHS Garden Bridgewater
    Courtesy of RHS Garden Bridgewater

    RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road (Off Leigh Road), Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M28 2GU - Visit now

    As autumn creeps in and the days get colder, it’s time to get your hats and gloves on and head to the RHS Garden Bridgewater, where you and your family can be at one with nature and see the colourful beauty of autumn within the walls of a 154-acre garden.

  • 4. Goodtime Games

    goodtime games
    Goodtime Games

    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. 

  • 5. Z-arts

    Z-arts / Lesley Chalmers

    Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA - Visit now

    With Halloween themed craft sessions, spooky storytelling and Bonfire Night music-making, Z-arts’ online programme has got every event covered this half-term.

  • 6. Lyme Park

    Julie Anne Workman via Wikimedia Commons

    Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR - Visit now

    Things may be a little different this half term, but with autumn upon us and loads of outdoor space to run wild in, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at Lyme.

  • 7. Ordsall Hall

    Ordsall Hall

    Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Lane, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 3AN - Visit now

    With a pumpkin painting workshop and a spooky scarecrow trail, there’s nowhere creepier than Ordsall Hall at Halloween…

  • 8. Leeds Art Gallery

    Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 3AA - Visit now

    Founded in 1888, Leeds Art Gallery houses a world-class collection of 19th and 20th century British painting and sculpture, presented alongside a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions. Best of all however, don’t miss its incredible Victorian Tiled Hall café, perfectly formed lending library, and the stunning glass ceiling that was ‘re-discovered’ and restored to its former glory in 2017.

  • 9. World Museum Liverpool

    Exterior of World Museum Liverpool, home to Dino Ranger Day

    World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EN - Visit now

    Family-focused and hands-on, it’s all here at The World Museum with treasures from around the world, the bottom of the ocean and even outer space.

  • 10. National Science and Media Museum

    National Science and Media Museum, Leeds
    National Science and Media Museum

    National Science and Media Museum, Princes Way, Bradford, BD1 1NQ - Visit now

    Explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives at The National Media Museum in Bradford – the first UNESCO City of Film.

  • 11. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 4LG - Visit now

    Explore Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s award-winning 500 acres in all weather with additional family events this half-term.

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