Back to the future half term in manchester
Back To The Future The Musical, image courtesy of ATG

Things to do at half term

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor

Easter holidays are on their way and it’s time to enjoy some quality family time together as we welcome the return of spring!

Whether you’re looking for music, theatre, exhibitions, crafts, science, art or outdoor adventure, we’ve got you covered. There’s a world of fun activities awaiting you across Manchester and the north.

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

Here are our picks

  • 1. POSTPONED -The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

    Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition

    The Tiger that Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts, Manchester, Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00 - Book now

    In this immersive exhibition children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.

  • 2. Back To The Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House – CANCELLED

    Back to the future half term in manchester
    Image courtesy of ATG

    Back To The Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House, City Centre, Until 17 May 2020, from £19.95 - Book now

    Turn your flux capacitor on and set your destination to the Manchester Opera House. Your future depends on it.

  • 3. A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank

    A Healthy Profit Exhibition at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
    Paul Harris

    A Healthy Profit Exhibition at Quarry Bank, Cheshire, Until 19 April 2020, free entry - Visit now

    A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank offers an important look at one chapter in the continuing story of capitalism’s impact on the human body.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. 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.

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.