Pyronix at Lightpool Festival

Things to do at half term

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

We’re spoilt for choice this October half term in Manchester and across the North. This holiday’s always a good one with indoor and outdoor escapades and haunting happenings galore.

Here’s our guide to top things to do together.

Head outdoors for spectacular sights and sounds at the  Winter Droving and Lightpool Festival across the North.

There are enough mind-boggling ideas, activities and events to fill up your week alone at the Science and Industry Museum and Manchester Science Festival this autumn. With enough cool goings on to occupy even the most cynical of teens we recommend reserving free tickets to Distortions in Spacetime quicksmart.

For indoor contemplation and play head to Eureka! in Halifax to catch their out-of-this-world digital art exhibition before it ends next month.

For three-in-one history, culture, outdoor and Halloween fixes head to Quarry Bank, Speke Hall and Ordsall Hall.

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

Here are our picks

  • 1. Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books at Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Quentin Blake

    Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children's Books at Lady Lever Art Gallery, 19 October 2018–3 March 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Bookworms rejoice! The first exhibition to celebrate illustrator Quentin Blake’s decades-long partnership with author and childhood friend John Yeoman promises literary larks and crazy characters for all.

  • 2. Rocket Returns to the Science and Industry Museum

    Rocket courtesy Science Museum
    Science Museum Group

    Rocket Returns at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield, 25 September 2018–28 April 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Make tracks for Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. A one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return to the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway for the first time in over 180 years.

  • 3. Speke Hall

    Speke Hall
    National Trust Images

    Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD - Visit now

    Explore the weird and wonderful world of the Victorians and their visions this half term at Speke Hall. Hunt down creatures from folklore, discover spooky superstitions and hear some of Speke’s scariest stories.

  • 4. Ordsall Hall

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

    Make potions, follow the Halloween trail and even get to meet a witch. It’s the best time of year to visit the ancient Ordsall Hall, complete with resident ghost.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 2 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Peterloo at HOME

Cinema 9 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Widows at HOME

Families 6–15 December 2018, from £6

Black Beauty at Z-arts

Activity 24 November–15 December 2018, from £4

World of Music at Band on the Wall

PAPER Gallery in Manchester presents Tim Ellis - Cypher
Exhibitions 10 November–15 December 2018, FREE

Tim Ellis: Cypher at PAPER Gallery

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli
Theatre 30 November–16 December 2018, from £35.00

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals 7–16 December 2018, FREE

Lightwaves 2018 at The Quays

Cinema 3 November–18 December 2018, from £6.8

Comedy Genius at Showroom, Sheffield

Re: work at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions 5 November–19 December 2018, FREE

Re: work at The Holden Gallery

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Cinema 7–20 December 2018, from £5.50

The Old Man & the Gun at HOME

MONITOR exhibition, AIR Gallery, Altrincham
Exhibitions 6–22 December 2018, FREE

MONITOR at AIR Gallery