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Things to do August Bank Holiday Weekend in Manchester 2023

A child in a bank over Bank Holiday weekend
5 Jun 2023

Discover what’s on and things to do in Manchester over the August bank holiday with the kids.

For 2023 the August Bank holiday weekend will take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August. 

If you want to get out and about, you will be glad to hear that lots of family events on over the August Bank Holiday weekend for Manchester for 2023.

You will not need to look any further for ‘Things To in Manchester over the bank holiday Near Me’ with our list of what’s on in and around Manchester.

From museum visits to fun fairs and lots more right across Tameside, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford and right across Manchester.

We will be continually updating and adding more events, ideas and things to do this Bank Holiday in Manchester so please keep checking back. 

Power Up, Museum Of Science And Industry 

a child playing video games at Power Up at Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Kids and adults alike can enjoy an ultimate gaming and interactive experience. 

Gaming fans will be in their element with the chance to play the most popular games from the past 40 years. 

Expect the likes of Pong and Pacman, Streetfighter, Mario and Minecraft and more. 

Tickets are required and cost £8.00 for adults and £7.00 for children. 

To book and for more information about the Power Up event see here.

Summer Daze, Trafford Centre

Swing ride at Trafford Centre Fun fair
Credit Trafford Centre

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Summer Daze is back to the Trafford Centre and will be open over the bank holiday weekend

There will be fun fair rides for all ages, entertainment, and some great food on offer. 

Plus don’t forget they also have a giant beach and two splash zones. 

Tickets are required for entry. 

Read More >>> Summer Daze at The Trafford Centre 

Discover What We Thought >>> Review of Summer Daze Fun Fair at The Trafford Centre 

Come To The Beach Fun Fair, Heaton Park 

Come to the beach fun fair summer heaton park

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Come To The Beach Heaton Park Fun Fair will be running across the bank holiday weekend. 

Along with all the fun fair rides from children’s to white knuckle, there will be a huge beach and fun entertainment. 

Plus there will be food and drink on sale

Read More –Come To The Beach Fun Fair at Heaton Park 

Oldham Summer Beach, Alexandra Park 

The summer beach logo on a deckchair

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Oldham Summer Beach is will be open over the August Bank Holiday Weekend

It makes a great day out with inflatables, children’s rides, a huge beach, entertainment and lots more. 

They will be offering unlimited wristbands for £11.99 for half a day and £12.99 for a full day. 

Read More and book >>> Oldham Summer Beach, Alexandra Park 

Farmlife Festival, Cockfields Farm

kids playing in foam at Cockfields Farm in Tameside summer holidays

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

This Bank Holiday make your way Farmfest Festival at Cockfields Farm.

There will be lots of fun activities including circus skills, festival survival games, the dance barn, glitter face paint and a fun foam party. 

Plus they have the new Venga Party Bus Farm Tour. 

If that’s not enough you will also be able to take part in animal activities and all the fun of the farm including their huge bouncy pillow, role-play area and lots more. 

Read More >>>Farmlife Festival at Cockfields Farm 

Discover What We Thought >>> Review of Farmlife Festival Cockfields Farm

Tiger Who Came To Tea Trail 

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Trail at Tatton Park - Image Credit Tatton Park
Credit Tatton Park

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Join Sophie and her mummy, who has had a visit from a big, furry, stripey tiger. The tiger has eaten all the food and drunk all the drinks in the house! Now they need to buy lots more food to eat.

Help Sophie and her mummy with the shopping to find all the things they need on their list.

Discover more about the Tiger Who Came to Tea event at Tatton Park here.

Play Every Day, Dunham Massey 

Dunham Massey Get Ready To Play Event

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Dunham Massey is always a popular bank holiday day out.

Plus for the August Bank Holiday, you can enjoy their Play Everday event. 

Each day they will have something different in-store so that the kids can play every day.

Discover More >>>Summer Holiday Event at Dunham Massey

Summer of Play, Quarry Bank 

Children at Summer of Play Quarry Bank - Credit Quarry Bank
Credit Quarry Bank

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Have fun at National Trust’s Quarry BankT Summer of Play this bank holiday weekend.

There will be a mini obstacle course, hay bale maze and five areas of play –  creative, active, performance, nature and loose parts

The theme for the weekend will be Cuddly Toy Takeover

The activities are free but normal admission applies

Read More and full times and dates >>>Summer of Play, Quarry Bank 

Summer of Play at Lyme Park 

Kids at Summer Lyme Park Summer of Play - Credit Lyme Park
Credit Lyme ParkSaturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

National Trust Lyme Park will also be offering a summer of play. 

There will be two trails to follow, garden games, archery sessions and lots more. 

Some of the activities are included in the price of admission others have a small charge. 

Read more >>>Summer of Play at Lyme Park 

Free Giant Frog Trail – The Great Frogtastic Invention Trail, Stockport

a frog from the Stockport Giant frog trail

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

The Giant Frogs are taking over Stockport again for the summer holidays. 

This year the theme will be inventions and each frog will focus on a different one from burgers to computers and lots more. 

There will be 19 huge frogs in the trail which will be free. 

Read More >>>The Great Frogtastic Invention Trail Stockport

Merseybay Free Outdoor  Beach, Stockport

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

The Merseybay Beach is back in Stockport for the bank holiday weekend. 

There will be a big beach area complete with buckets and spades along with deckchairs, plus children’s rides. 

Read More >>>Merseybay Free Outdoor Beach

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, Science and Industry Museum

The doctors of Operation Ouch Exhibition Science and Industry Museum
Credit Science and Industry Museum

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 
This Bank Holiday join Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx as you are shrunk, swallowed, squeezed through and then spat out of Dr Xand’s digestive system in this interactive exhibition. 

There will be lots to see and do as you learn all about what happens to food in your body.

More info and to book tickets >>> Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, Science and Industry Museum

Fun Swimming Sessions At Tameside Pools

a swimming pool with a large red slide

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Get the kids active and having fun at Active Tameside’s fun swimming sessions.

From Swim Slide and Waves sessions at Hyde Leisure to Inflatable Fun and more there are sessions running on Saturday and Sunday

Read More : Fun Swimming Sessions in Tameside pools over the weekend here.

Pirate Treasure Hunt at Sealife Manchester

Sealife Manchester Pirate Treasure Hunt
Credit Sealife Manchester

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 
Head to Sealife Manchester for a pirate adventure this August Bank Holiday.

You can go on a swashbuckling treasure hunt through the aquarium to help the Captain find all the lost booty that is hidden around the filling in the pirate map as you go.

As you make your way around you can learn all about our ‘treasures of the ocean’. Plus you may win a prize at the end. 

If that isn’t enough there will also be a special Captain’s Colouring Station, there will be a chance to learn some new knot-tying skills and try your luck at pirate bingo. 

Of course, you will also be able to check out SEA LIFE Manchester’s fishy residents including Sharks, Turtles, Japanese Spider Crabs, Rays, Clownfish and much more! 

The activities are included in the admission and tickets cost from £15.50 for children and £18.50 for adults.

Book tickets to Sealife Manchester for the Pirate Treasure Hunt here.

LEGO® DREAMZzz™, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester 

LEGO® DREAMZzz™, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester  - Credit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester
Credit LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester is giving you the chance to enter the world of your wildest dreams this summer. 

LEGO® DREAMZzz™ will be bringing a brand new 4D Movie ‘Z-Blob Rescue Rush’.

You will be able to dive into a thrilling journey to enter the 4D world of your wildest dreams!

Follow a bunch of ordinary school children who transform into five brave heroes. Discover if they will be able to use the power of their imaginations to rescue Z-blob from the clutches of the Nightmare King? 

Plus you will be able then use your imagination to dream as you go on a creature hunt, build activities and along with exclusive giveaways.

The activities are included in the admission price which cost from £17.50.

To book tickets to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester over the summer see here.

Julia and Axel – Thirty Years of Favourite Stories Exhibition, The Lowry

Artwork from Julia Donaldson Books Julia and Axel - Thirty Years of Favourite Stories Exhibition, The Lowry 
Credit Axel Scheffler

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 
Celebrate the acclaimed partnership between Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler with a bank holiday trip to this new exhibition.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s are the creators of the world’s best-loved, and best-selling children’s books, including The Gruffalo, Zog, Room on the Broom, The Smeds and the Smoos, and most recently, The Baddies.

The family-friendly exhibition will feature several of Julia Donaldson’s personal writing notebooks; containing the very first ideas and creative thinking behind her picture book stories.

There will also be Axel Scheffler’s artwork, showing the process of his illustrations from sketches and works in progress. You will be able to check out full-page final illustrations that readers are familiar with seeing in the finished books.

Throughout the exhibition, there will be lots of fun opportunities for children to be creative themselves as they are guided to write their own stories, draw pictures, dress up, and play fun games inspired by the books.

The event is drop-in and free . 

For more details about the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s exhibition and The Lowry see here. 

Movies for Juniors at Cineworld Ashton 

cineworld movies for juniors

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 
A bank holiday trip to the cinema makes a lovely treat for everyone.  The kids are occupied for an hour or two and you can sit back and relax well in theory.

Over teh bank holiday weekend Cineworld Ashton is offering the chance to watch a Movies for Juniors kids films for just £2.50 per (person plus a booking fee) 

The film change each week on Fridays meaning you can make it a weekly trip.

Discover what films are showing this week >>>Bank Holiday Weekend £2.50 Movies for Juniors at Cineworld Ashton 

Starwash Disco Roller Rink Trafford Centre

Someone skating at Trafford Centre Roller Disco - Credit Trafford Centre
Credit Trafford Centre

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2023 

For a fun indoor activity over the bank holiday weekend The Trafford Centre roller rink is the place to go.

Kids and adults alike will be able to pop on their skates and dance away at the Starwash Disco Roller Rink.

Tickets are on sale now.

More details and how to book >>>The Trafford Centre Disco Roller Rink 

Discover what we thought >>> Review of the Trafford Centre Roller Rink 

PLAYTIME Free Fun at The Whitworth, Manchester 

Play time logo Whitworth

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2023 

The Whitworth in Manchester has lots of free fun in-store over the bank holiday weekend. 

Kids can head to the School of Creativity, where you will find two specially designed Whitworth Minecraft arcade machines which are free to use and are drop-in. 

Plus babies can enjoy drop-in, open-ended sensory play space where they can explore and spend quality time with their grownups. 

Read More >>>Bank Holiday Weekend at The Whitworth 

The Library Of Enchantment Escape Room, Z-Arts, Hulme 

Z-escape- The Library of Enchantment - Credit - Lizzie Henshaw

Z-arts are giving you the chance to enjoy a fun family escape room this Bank Holiday.

Aimed at children over 6 years and their adults, the escape room will feature clues, puzzles and challenges with the aim to try to escape the room within the hour. 

Booking required, and places and like to go quickly – check out our review of The Library Of Enchantment Escape Room, Z-arts here. 

More details and how to book The Library Of Enchantment Escape Room, Z-arts here. 

Fairy-Tales World Of Play, Z-Arts Manchester 

Fairy Tales Z-Art Manchester

Saturday 26th August 2023 

Step into a fairy tale town and through into the woods to discover a world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves.

Discover a fairy tale role-play world where children can step into the stories that they love.

Trip trap over a bridge (but watch out for the troll!), join in the palace disco with the musicians of Bremen, sit in a giant’s footprint, visit the market and help Jack win some magic beans, and much more.  

Tickets cost £9.45 each and booking is required. 

More info and to book tickets to the Fairy Tales World of Play, Z-Arts in Manchester here. 

Bolton Steaming Museum Steaming Days

Bolton Steaming Museum Steaming Days
Credit Bolton Steaming Museum

Sunday 27th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Discover 30 old stationary steam engines, some of which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England and lots of which are unique being only one of its kind in the world!

Watch as some of these amazing machines run on their steam.

There will also be an activity sheet for the children, and hot & cold drinks and snacks on sale in the Engine View Cafe.

Admission is free. 

More information about the Steaming Days at Bolton Steam Museum here. 

Zog Live Show, Lowry Theatre 

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Zog Live Stage Show Credit Freckle Productions
Credit Freckle Productions

Watch the larger-than-life Zog on the stage at The Lowry Theatre. 

The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions (the team behind Zog and the Flying Doctors and Stick Man) is back and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before!

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the show follows Zog as he starts at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.

Zog tries hard and manages to bump, burn and roar his way through years one, two and three.  Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with the knight, Sir Gadabout the Great! 

More information and how to book tickets for Zog at the Lowry here. 

Free Heritage Bus Rides, Museum Of Transport Manchester 

Free Hertiage Bus rides Credit Museum of Transport
Credit Museum of Transport

29th May 2023

The Museum of Transport will be running its free Heritage Bus Rides on Bank Holiday Monday. 

The bus will run from the Museum of Transport, to Queens Road Metrolink, Corporation St, Shudehill, Queens Road Metrolink and back to the Museum of Transport.

The buses from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

The museum will also be open, tickets for which cost £6 for adults and children under 16 years are free.

More information about the Free Heritage Bus Rides, and Museum of Transport Manchester here.

Manchester Museum 

Manchester Museum Dinosaur for Families

Manchester Museum has opened up its doors again and makes a great bank holiday day out. 

They have a lot to see and do for kids and families including the famous Stan the T-Rex, an interactive dinosaur department, a Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition and lots more. 

If you are planning a visit we have make sure you check out our top tips and review of Manchester Museum for families here.

Best Beaches Around Manchester 

Best beaches Near Manchester

Fancy a trip to the seaside over the bank holiday? 

We have put together a list of the best beaches around Manchester. 

Whether your after a quiet spot to walk along, or one with lots of attractions you will find the best beach to your family just a drive away in our guide. 

Discover the best beaches around Manchester here.

Outdoor Pools and Splash Zones around Manchester 

lytham st annes splash zone

Fingers crossed summer will bring the sun. However, if it does get too hot an outdoor pool or splash area will make an ideal day out. 

There are some great play fountains, splash zones, paddling pools and even full-on outdoor swimming pools around Manchester. 

Most of these great summer days out cost nothing or very little to enter, but lots do require booking. 

Discover >>> Splash Zones and Outdoor Pool Manchester

Free And Cheap Days Out In Manchester

Manchester cheap days out Putt Stars Rochdale

It is not always easy to entertain the kids over the school holidays, especially when you’re on a budget. 

To give you a helping hand we have put together a list of the best free and cheap days out in Manchester for families. 

Discover our top picks of free and cheap days out in Manchester here. 

Things To Do in Manchester City Centre with the Kids 

Things To Manchester City Centre for Kids

If you looking for a day out but are not sure where to go Manchester City has lots of things to do for kids

From child-friendly activities, playgrounds, adventure activities, gaming and lots more there is something for all budgets and ages. 

Read More >>>Best Things To Do With Kids in Manchester City Centre



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