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Things to do August Bank Holiday Weekend in Manchester 2024

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15 May 2024

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

For 2024 the last May Bank holiday weekend will take place from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May. 

If you want to get out and about, you will be glad to hear that lots of family events on over the May Bank Holiday weekend for Manchester for 2024.

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. 

Please note this article may contain affiliate links (see here).

Read >>> What’s On Bank Holiday Weekend in Cheshire 


Ad – Kids Adventure Kingdom Party In The Park Denton

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Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2024 

Head to Victoria Park, Denton this May Bank Holiday weekend with Kids Adventure Kingdom. 

There will be lots of family fun on offer including

  • Giant inflatables,
  • A huge assault course
  • Minions Mania Inflatable Play Centre 
  • Children’s rides
  • Entertainment including Dinosaurs and Star Wars on set days
  • Game Stalls
  • Food Kiosks 
  • And lots more. 

The event will be open from 11.30 am to 5.30 pm daily.

The rides and inflatables will cost from £2.50 each with set token bundles.

Plus the event will also be running over the last weekend of May half-term from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June

Read More >>> Kids Adventure Kingdom Party In The Park Denton

Manchester Flower Festival 2024

Phone box at The Manchester Flower Show
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Friday 24th to Monday 27th May 2024

Manchester Flower Festival is back for 2024. 

Along with the flower trail which will see 10 installations around the city, there will also be entertainment, a parade, food and drink zones and lots more. 

Discover more >>> Manchester Flower Festival 2024 

Knowsley Safari Seaside Carnival

Seaside Carnival Knowsley Safari hero
Credit – Knowsley Safari

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2024 

If you fancy a trip out of Manchester, Knowsley’s Seaside Carnival is back for the Bank Holiday Weekend and May Half Term

There will be lots to do for all the family from circus skills and traditional games along of entertainment. 

If that is not enough you will able to check out all the Knowsley animal residents. 

Plus if you book online you can get 25% off tickets.

Read More >>> Knowsley Safari Seaside Carnival

Totally Jurrasic, Walkden 

Totally Jurassic Walken - Credit Totally Jurassic
Credit Totally Jurassic

Saturday 18th May to Sunday 30th June 2024

Dino fans will adore  Totally Jurrasic attraction in Walkden. 

Featuring huge dinosaur models with everything from T-Rex to Stegosaurus, it makes a fun immersive experience. 

There will be a chance to walk around a museum-style exhibition of colossal dinosaur models with lots of photo ops along the way.

Plus tickets include entry to the new Totally Jungle 

Tickets cost £5.95 each, under 2’s are free and family tickets available for £20 all plus a booking fee. 

Read More >>> Totally Jurassic

May Half Term at Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

a boy looking at science experiments at Science and Industry Museum Manchester

Located in Manchester City Centre, the Science and Industry Museum is always a good bet for a free day out. 

This half term they have lots going on from with their Teddy Bear hospital, the chance to meet Operation Ouch’s Dr Chris and Dr Ronx and lots more. 

Plus you can also check out their Power Up event with lots of fun gaming systems to try and Turn It Up Power of Music exhibition. 

Discover More >>> Half Term Events at Science and Industry Museum, Manchester 

Lamb Feeding at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm 

Lamb Feeding Lancaster Park and Animal Farm
Credit Lancaster Park and Animal Farm

April to Mid-June

This May head to Lancaster Park and Animal Farm to try your hand at Lamb Feeding. 

Help bottle feed the lambs who love their warm milk. 

You will also be able to enjoy all the fun of the farm including meeting their animals, play areas and caterpillar rides (additional costs apply to some activities). 

Admission to the farm costs £7.50 per person, under 1’s are free. Bottle feeding costs £3.00 per bottle.

More details about the Lamb Feeding Event at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm here. 

Disney’s Aladdin Theatre Show, Palace Theatre Manchester 

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Wednesday 22nd May 2024 to Sunday 7 July 2024

Catch at show this bank holiday as Aladdin is heading to Manchester.

From the producers of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, Disney Broadway it will be coming fresh from the West End.

Based on the 1992 animated film, the show is filled with unforgettable magic, comedy, breathtaking sets and dazzling costumes.

You can also expect smash hit songs such as “Friend Like Me”, “A Whole New World”, “One Jump Ahead”, “Prince Ali”, and “Arabian Nights”.

Read More >>> Disney’s Aladdin Theatre Show Palace Theatre Manchester 

Heaton Park Fun Fair 

Manchester Fun Fair JW Shaws amusements
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Friday 24th May to 2nd June 2024

The fun fair is back at Heaton Park for Bank Holiday Weekend. 

There will be a whole of rides for the whole family, from Waltzers and Bumper cars to inflatables and lots more. 

Read More >>> Fun Fair at Heaton Park

Fun Fair at Debdale Park 

Manchester Fun fair Michael Mulhearn rides
Credit Michael Mulhearn Fun Fairs

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2024 

The fun fair is back at Debdale Park to celebrate the bank holiday weekend

There will be fun fair rides for all ages from adrenaline junkies, to families and children’s rides. 

You can also expect side stalls, food and treats. 

Plus rides will cost a maximum of £2 per ride and will be open longer over the weekend dates. 

Read More >>> Fun Fair at Debdale Park

40% Off Kid’s Tickets at Gullivers World 

Gullivers World Warrington Credit Gullivers Theme Park Resorts

Saturday 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Enjoy a fun Bank Holiday Weekend at Gullivers World with 40% off kid’s tickets. 

The offer is valid for visits over the bank holiday and half term from 25th May to 2nd June. 

However, you need to book tickets in advance by Tuesday 21st May 2024 using  Gulliver’s discount code

Read More and for the Discount Code >>> Gullivers Half Term Discount

Half-Term Activities at Peoples History Museum

Half term activities peoples history museum
Credit – Peoples History Museum

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June  2024

The Peoples Museum has lots of fun planned for the Bank Holiday weekend. 

  • Banner Bingo, Daily, Free – Go on a quest to find images featured in the banners in the galleries to match those on your bingo card. Get a line and shout BINGO, get a full card and shout HOUSE. Suitable for over 5’s. 
  • Radical Women’s Trail, Daily, £1.50 – Discover radical women who campaigned for equality on this interactive trail. Suitable for over 12’s.
  • Little Suffragettes Trail, Daily, £2.50 – Discover how women have campaigned for equality, from the women of Peterloo, to the Pankhursts, to the present. Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.

The Museum is open daily except Tuesdays from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Read More >>> Peoples History Museum 

Bank Holiday Activities at Lyme Park 

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Saturday 25th May to 16th June 2023 

This half-term Lyme Park has lots of fun in-store for Bank Holiday weekend.

From the chance to join the bug ball , win the game of I-Spy, Meet the bees and lots more. 

Read More >>> May Half Term at Lyme Park 

Wild West At Cockfields Farm 

Credit – Cockfields Farm

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June 2024

What better way of enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend than a trip back in time to the Wild West. 

You can expect Wild West Games in ‘The Ranch’ a fun hoedown Disco, Marshmallow toasting at ‘The Pit’ and more.

Plus you can enjoy all the fun of the farm including their indoor roleplay centre, bouncy pillow, animal activities, tractor ride, carousel and more. 

Read More >>> Wild West At Cockfields Farm 

Bank Holiday Weekend at Quarry Bank 

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

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2024 

This half-term Quarry Bank has lots to offer for families and kids over the bank holiday weekend. 

From an indoor trail and outdoor trail, learn how to make clothes, an owl walk and more. 

Read More >>> May Half Term at Quarry Bank 

Family Gardening Festival at RHS Bridgewater, Salford 

Half Term Activities RHS Bridgewater Gardens

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2024

Have fun at RHS Bridgewater this half term with their Family Gardening Festival event.

There will be trails, crafts, planting stories and more.

Discover more >>> May Half Term RHS Bridgewater Salford 

Bank Holiday Weekend Fun at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey Events

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June 2024

Head to Dunham Massey this May half-term for some great family fun.

Enjoy the Here To There Trail around the Dunham Massey House as you go on the hunt for suitcases hidden around.

There will also be Summer of Play events throughout the holiday

Read More >>> Dunham Massey Half-Term Events

Family Fun Weekend at Winstanley Park, Wigan

Family Fun Day Winstanley Park
Credit – Winstanley Park Events

Saturday 25th May to Monday 27th June 2024

Join Winstanley Park for a three-day family fun weekend. 

There will be face painting, fun fair rides, character visits, dinosaurs, clay pigeon shooting, donkey rides, inflatables and more. 

Plus you will be able to enjoy live music, business stalls and food and drink on sale. 

The event will run 10.00 am to 5.00 pm each day. Tickets are required and cost £2.00 when booked online and £2.50 on the gate. 

Read More >>> Family Fun Weekend at Winstanley Park, Wigan

Free Activities at Kargo MKT, Media City, Salford 

Free activities at Kargo MKT
Credit – Kargo MKT

Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2024 

Kargo MKT have the following free activities planned for Bank Holiday weekend. 

  • Coral Cove Creations, Saturday 25th May 2024, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm –  Join the Kids’ Crafty Club to create an underwater canvas using lots of different art supplies!
  • Free Baby Dino’s Party, Saturday 26th May 2024, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm – Get ready to meet adorable baby dinosaurs, play games, and enjoy a morning of roarsome fun! – SOLD OUT
  • Free Haka Dance Class For All Ages Monday 27th May 2024, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm – Experience the power and beauty of the traditional haka dance. 

The sessions are free but booking is required. 

Read more and book >>> Kids Activities at Kargo MKT 

Power Up, Museum Of Science And Industry 

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

Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2024 

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 children. 

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

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 25th to Monday 27th May 2024

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.

If that is not enough you can also meet Dr Ronx on Saturday 25th 2024. 

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 25th to Monday 27th May 2024

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.

Movies for Juniors at Cineworld Ashton 

cineworld movies for juniors

Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2024

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 the 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 changes 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 

The Selfish Giant, Waterside Sale

The Selfish Giant The Lowry
Credit – The Selfish Giant Show

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 202

Follow the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde in a new show.  

Discover how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.

Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her huge snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls.

One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever.

Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show.

There are 2 shows each day and will run for 60 minutes. It is reccomended for children aged 3 to 8 years and tickets cost £11.35 for children and £13.50 for adults. 

Read More >>> The Selfish Giant, Waterside Sale 

Dino Discovery at The Hive, Moss Bank Park Bolton

Dino Discovery at The Hive, Moss Bank Park Bolton

Saturday 25th May 2024 

Head to the Hive for a prehistoric adventure! 

You will go in search of dinosaurs, play in the swamp, help to dig for dinosaur fossils and more! 

Tickets cost £8 per child, which includes one accompanying adult. Any additional adults are charged at £3.00 per adult.

The 100-Story Hotel at Z-arts

The 100 Story Hotel at Z-arts - Credit Z-arts

Saturday 25th May 2024

Enjoy Z-arts brand new world of interactive play and storytelling at The 100 Story Hotel.

Here you will discover Rob Biddulph’s unique characters located at the most unusual hotel.

At The 100 Story Hotel there are all sorts of guests; lions and tigers, dinosaurs and bears. Plus the porters are penguins, the housekeeping team is headed up by a handy octopus – and Clive the polar bear is the concierge.

There’s just one problem at this wonderful establishment – although the hotel is usually full of 100 amazing stories, one story has just gone missing! The hotel desperately needs your help to find the naughty culprit. Can you follow the clues and track them down?

The 100 Story Hotel at Z-arts is aimed at families with children aged 1 to 8 years. Tickets cost £9.50 and the experience last for 50 minutes. 

Tickets must be booked in advance. 

Read more and book tickets >>> The 100 Story Hotel at Z-arts here.

Half-Term Fun at Elizabeth Gaskell House 

a child at the Half Term activities at Elizabeth Gaskell's House Manchester

Sunday 26th May to Sunday 2nd June 2024 

This May Elizabeth Gaskell House has lots of fun in store. 

Children will have a chance to make their own crafty masterpiece, there will be dressing-up, colouring, hands-on activities and the popular Cranford the Cat trail around the historic house will be back. 

The Easter event will be run on 11.00 am to 4.00 pm (last entry 3.00 pm) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from Sunday 31st March to Thursday 11th April. 

The event is included in the admission which costs £7.50 for adults and free for children under 16, when accompanied by an adult.

Read More >>> May Half Term Elizabeth Gaskell House

Bolton Steaming Museum Steaming Days

Bolton Steaming Museum Steaming Days
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Sunday 26th to Monday 27th May 2024

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.

Rude Science, The Lowry 

Rude Science The Lowry
Credit – Rude Science

Sunday 26th May 2024 

Join BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates’ for a revolutionary, high-tech, highly-explosive new show.

Packed with outrageous science stunts expect enormous bottoms, snot cocktails, vast whoopee cushions, pee-powered fireworks, ear-wax-oozing mannequins and lots more. 

The show will run at 1.00 pm and tickets cost £17.50 for children (under 16s) and £19.50 for adults.

Read More >>> Rude Science, The Lowry 

Free Heritage Bus Rides, Museum Of Transport Manchester 

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

Monday 27th May 2024

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 run from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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 is here.

Manchester Museum 

Manchester Museum Dinosaur for Families

Manchester Museum 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. 

Read >>> Review and Top Tips Manchester Museum

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 you’re 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. 

Read >>> Best beaches around Manchester 

Outdoor Pools and Splash Zones around Manchester 

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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

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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 >>> 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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