Little Moreton Hall
Image courtesy of Little Moreton Hall/ National Trust

Summer Holidays: the best things to do with kids

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Summer Holidays in Manchester and the North are here! Eeek… school’s out for six heady weeks of adventuring. 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 during the hols). Here is our first lot of highlights but we’ll be updating this guide regularly so do keep checking back.

Giddy kippers can run off some energy and enjoy adventures of the highest order at Quarry Bank, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Little Moreton Hall. There are also Victorian pastimes, games and a family garden trail happening at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House throughout the summer.

From outdoor family performances underneath the stars to interactive exhibitions for inquisitive minds and busy bodies, we’ve got you covered. You’ll also find all manner of family festivals in our guide too. Just So brings a wonderland of outdoor creative escapades, while Underneath the Stars is a music festival designed with kids in mind.

And to make that budget go further these summer holidays, take a look also at our round up of the best free things to do with kids in Manchester.

Don’t miss 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

Things to do right now

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Activity Until 8 February 2023, from £170.00

Drawing course with Nina Hunter

Music Until 16 February 2023, from £9.50

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Activity Until 17 February 2023, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

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The Singing Mermaid at Waterside
Families Until 19 February 2023, from £14.00

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Activity Until 23 February 2023, from £59.99

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Activity Until 25 February 2023, from £13

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Tour

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts
Families Until 26 February 2023, from £3.00

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