Half term

Things to do at half term

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

May half-term is most definitely the best one.  Summer can almost be smelled and there are more outdoor and indoor cultural shenanigans than you can shake a stick at. Whether you are lucky (or unlucky depending which way you look at it) enough to have one week or two, we have scoured the north for our round up of the very best things to do with smaller people.

Look no further than our guides to parks and top picks of places to go rural for some more outdoor days out without leaving the city and our families guide for other longer-term capers.


Here are our picks

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  • 1. The Sleep Walk at Little Moreton Hall

    Wild Rumpus

    The Sleep Walk at Little Moreton Hall, 28 April–27 September 2017, from £5.00 - Visit now

    Adventure through a night of napping Tudor style – experience installations in the house and gardens exploring the “golden age” of sleep quality including why sleeping twice was better than once. Where can we sign up to be a Tudor?

  • 2. Wonderlab at the Science and Media Museum

    Wonderlab, 17 May 2017–3 May 2019 - Book now

    Explore a maze of mirrors and take part in Star Wars inspired sound battles in over 20 new state-of-the-art experiences in this new exhibition.

  • 3. Tread Softly at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    John Benton-Harris, Maidenhead, Berkshire July 1975 (1975), Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.

    Tread Softly at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 25 May–9 September 2017, free entry - Visit now

    Visit this brand new exhibition of artist reflections on childhood experiences including the work of Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Bedwyr Williams then run free together in the 500 acres of glorious parkland

  • 4. People’s History Museum

    Political banners in the People's History Museum
    Image courtesy of the People's History Museum.

    People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER - Visit now

    There is always something stimulating and creative for big and little kids alike at this national museum of democracy. It’s never to early to learn about past struggles and that  ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for’.

  • 5. The Lowry

    The Lowery Theatre and Gallery in Salford Quays Manchester.
    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    Aside from the cracking programme of family shows throughout the year, head up to The Lookout gallery – The Lowry’s dedciated creative family space to make, do, create and chill out.

  • 6. Thomas Legh and Regency Lyme at Lyme Park

    National Trust

    Thomas Legh and Regency Lyme at Lyme Park, 7 March–5 November 2017, from £3.70 - Visit now

    What would you do if you inherited Lyme at the age of 5? Channel your inner regency Indiana Jones exploring the tales of Thomas Legh who travelled the world and wrestled crocodiles.

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