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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.