The Woodland Theatre at Just So Festival

Summer Holidays: the best things to do with kids

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

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). We’ll be updating this each week so keep checking back.

Check out 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

  • 1. Ordsall Hall

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

    With a constantly-changing programme of history events and activities including costumed characters and storytelling this summer, Ordsall Hall is the perfect place for a spontaneous day out – and it’s within easy reach of central Manchester by Metrolink tram.

  • 2. Just So Festival 2018 at Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire

    Image courtesy of Just So Festival / Wild Rumpus

    Just So Festival at Rode Hall, Cheshire, 17–19 August 2018, from £20.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 3. Salford Museum and Art Gallery

    Salford Museum and Art Gallery in the crescent Salford
    Tom Jeffs

    Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WU - Visit now

    Venture down the Lark Hill Place Victorian street installation together to meet intruiguing characters and experience Victorian toys, objects and sweets then run free in neighbouring Peel Park.