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Things to do at half term

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

May half term is our absolute favourite. Whether you are lucky enough to have two weeks to fill or just one there’s oh so much to do.

Here is our guide to top things to do together in this glorious early summer break.

For more ideas also check out our guide to free family things to do in Manchester.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Swallows and Amazons at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Swallows and Amazons at Storyhouse

    Swallows and Amazons at Storyhouse, Chester, 1 June–26 August 2018, from £19.50 - Book now

    Experience the stage revival of this tale of outdoor summer childhood adventures in the magnificently redeveloped art deco Storyhouse building this half term. Don’t miss the accompanying Wayword festival events too including backstage tours and campfire tales.

  • 2. The Piece Hall

    The Piece Hall, The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1RE - Visit now

    Head to Halifax for a jaunt at one of our favourite places. With The Big Sing on 25 May, Sunday Mixtape on the 27 May and curious costumed characters The Caygills on the 30 May, enjoy the splendour, fountains and playing hide and seek in the colonnades.

  • 3. Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and other Collections at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and other Collections at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 24 March–2 September 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Visit this exhibition celebrating the close relationship between art, games and play then let loose in YSP’s incredible parkland. Interact with sculpture from every angle this with YSP’s new app ‘Sculpture Cam’, get creative together in the Family Sculpture workshops and artist “walkshops” this half term.


  • 4. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester / © Joel-Chester-Fildess

    Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9LW - Visit now

    Explore this beautiful house and garden together with brand new children’s trail led by Cranford the cat.  Forest school teacher Helen Russ also leads outdoor creative activities on 30 May.

  • 5. Lion Salt Works

    Lion Salt Works Museum

    Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Northwich, CW9 6ES - Visit now

    Explore one of the last remaining open pan saltworks in the world in this award-winning interactive museum. Wander down picture-perfect canal-side paths and explore the large play area and Butterfly Garden.