Things to do with kids in Manchester

Sadler's Yard Summer Jam

Looking for things to do with kids in Manchester? The summer holidays are well underway and we have gathered together some of the best things you can do with the kids this summer in and around Manchester.

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Refract:19 at Waterside
Festivals 18–27 July 2019,

REFRACT:19 at Waterside Arts

Activity 20 July–12 September 2019,

Summer Holidays at Quarry Bank

Exhibitions 20 July 2019–5 January 2020, from £6

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

Sadler's Yard Summer Jam
Families 10 August 2019, 11:00 am–6:00 pm, FREE

Sadler’s Yard Summer Jam 2019

Exhibitions 23 March–1 September 2019, Lyme admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) £2.50 for trail

The Lost Words at Lyme

Rocket courtesy Science Museum
Exhibitions 25 September 2018–8 September 2019, FREE

Rocket Returns to the Science and Industry Museum

School Holiday Drama Workshops
Education 30 July–1 August 2019, from £18

School Holiday Drama Workshops at The Met

Culture Guides


Escape to the cinema this month. We round up the best new releases, special one-off screenings and retrospectives showing near you.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield


Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars


All the most creative experiences for your family; inside, outside and in to space! The best family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Guy Garvey


August is quiet, but the books are back in September with one-off reading events, some much-anticipated launches and the return of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference as we gear up for Manchester Literature Festival in October.


Manchester’s Autumn months are always chock-a-block with great gigs, and this year is no exception.

Theatre in Manchester


We’re gearing up for the new theatre season – our guide this month features all the best performances happening now and over the next few weeks.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

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Tours and Activities

Challenge yourself to try something different this summer with our guide of Manchester based Tours and Activities. You’re bound to find something new to do in the city.

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