Summer Holidays in Manchester start on the 19 July 2019! Eeek … school’s out for six heady weeks of adventures to be had. Indoor, outdoor, free, ticketed …. whatever you fancy. Look no further for your ultimate guide for cultural things to do together to make long-lasting memories (and also achieve precious hours of relative sanity this hols). Here is our first lot of highlights but we’ll be updating this each week so keep checking back.
To make that budget go further take a look also at our round up of the best free things to do with kids in Manchester.
Here are our picks
The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.
Try on’ sunglasses from different eras and cultures, bask on an indoor beach, pose in a giant sunbeam and experience a solar storm in this mega new exhibition guaranteed to keep you out of trouble come rain or shine.
Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector, 10 July–31 August 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now
Head back to the nineteenth century for super adventuring at Quarry Bank. Become a factory inspector in this new trail by children’s author Philip Ardagh.
The best family festival in the UK? We think so. Adventure together into a wonderland of the best outdoor theatre, music, comedy, literature and other curious creative escapades. With midnight feasts, pillow fights and the bonkers Tribal Tournament be sure to snap up a ticket fast.
Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris’ spell book is brought to life in a special new artist trail which brings to life the language of the natural world.
, 15 February–15 October 2019, free entry
Not only one of Britain’s most picturesque national parks, the Lake District is also brimming with culture. Here’s what not miss this summer.
People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER - Visit now
Head to Manchester’s Left Bank for the Doodle Den and other sessions exploring creative disobedience as part of the museum’s programme marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.