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Things To Do May Half Term Manchester 2023

Things to do May Half Term Manchester
20 May 2023

Discover things to do and what’s on in Manchester this May half term for families and kids. 

The May half term is upon us and that means looking for ways to entertain the kids.

Depending on where you live in Manchester the kids may have one or two weeks off. Although some school holidays may vary most will be off on the following dates.

Areas on May half term for 1 week from Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June 2023:

  • Manchester 
  • Trafford 
  • Salford 
  • Oldham 
  • Bury
  • Wigan
  • Rochdale 
  • Bolton 

Areas on May half term for 2 weeks from Monday 29th May to Friday 9th June 2023:

  • Tameside 
  • Stockport 

Whether the kids are off for one week or two, you will be glad to hear that there are some great things to do, places to go and events right across Manchester and Greater Manchester to get you out and about. 

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

Plus we have put together a big list of events in Manchester over the Bank Holiday weekend here

Spring Escape – Trafford Centre 

Swing ride at Trafford Centre Fun fair
Credit Trafford Centre

27th May to 4th June 

Head to the Trafford Centre for a May Half-Term fun fair.

There will be an array of rides for all ages from the Starflyer and Waveslinger to Funhouse and Bumper boats. 

You will also find food and drink stalls selling some fun fair favourites. 

Detials of the Spring Escape Fun fair at Trafford Centre here. 

Peppa Pig’s Aquarium Adventure, Sealife Manchester

Peppa Pig Sealife Adventure Credit Sealife Centre Manchester
Credit Sealife Manchester

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2023 

Join Peppa on an interactive trail through the at Sealife Manchester.

Make your way through the aquarium and help spot seahorses, fishy friends and crabs and learn lots along the way.

Plus you can meet Peppa herself at the end of the trail. 

Tickets start at £20.50 for adults and £17.50 for children when booked online. 

Check out more details about Peppa Pig’s Aquarium Adventure here. 

Fun Fair at Debdale Park 

Manchester Fun fair Michael Mulhearn rides
Credit Michael Mulhearn Fun Fairs

27th June to 4th June 2023 

The fun fair is back at Debdale Park over the first week of May Half term. 

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. 

Full details and times of the fun fair at Debdale Park here.

Seaside Carnival, Knowsley Safari

Baboon at Knowsley Safari Park

27th June to 4th June 2023 

Less than an hour’s drive from Manchester Knowsley Safari is a popular school holidays day out. This May half term they have lots of extra fun in-store with their Seaside Carnival event. 

Enjoy acrobatic skills workshops, pier-themed game stalls, giant striped deckchairs, and lots more all included in the ticket price. 

There will also be seaside favourites including the Coconut Shy, Bottle Ring Toss, Beat the Buzzer and Ball in a Bucket will keep you entertained you can even collect stamps for prizes (11.00 am to 4.00 pm each day)

Of course, you will also be able to enjoy all the usual fun of Knowsley including their foot and car safari and lots more.

Ticket to Knowsley Safari cost from £22.50 for adults and £19.50 for children with discounts available when booking on line.

More details about Knowsley Safari’s Seaside Carnival here. 

Totally Jurrasic, Walkden 

Totally Jurassic Walken - Credit Totally Jurassic
Credit Totally Jurassic

27th May to 2nd June 2023

Dino fans will adore the new Totally Jurrasic attraction in Walkden. 

Featuring over 100 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.

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

Entry also includes a complimentary family photo. 

More details about Totally Jurassic Here. 

The Library Of Enchantment Escape Room, Z-arts

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

Saturday 27th May to Saturday 10th June 2023

Head to Z-arts in Hulme for a fun family escape room over the holidays 

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 in advance. 

More details about the Library of Enchantment escape room see here. 

Tiger Who Came To Tea Trail 

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

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 11th June 2023 

Go on a trail around Tatton Park as you 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.

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 drone displays and navigating Lego space rovers , to dog robots and more there to do for all ages. 

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 

LEGO City City of Champions LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester, Trafford Palazzo 

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre City of Champions event
Credit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 11th June 2023

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre for a fun half-term event. 

The City Minifigure team as they set epic LEGO City Missions for you to complete across the Centre.

There will be missions and chances to earn stickers, test your stunt skills, find messages in the street art and have fun with family brick-building games and competitions (competitions only until the first week of the holidays and weekends).

PLUS, enjoy a meet and greet with the character mascots!

Tickets cost from £17.50 per person. 

More details about the LEGO City City of Champions at LEGOLAND Discovery here.

Manchester Flower Festival 2023

Phone box at The Manchester Flower Show
Credit Manchester Flower Festival

Friday 26th to Monday 29th May 2023

Manchester Flower Festival is back for 2023. 

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 all the details of the Manchester Flower Festival 2023 here. 

Heaton Park Fun Fair 

Manchester Fun Fair JW Shaws amusements
Credit J.W. Shaw Amusements

Saturday 27th May to 4th June 2023 

The fun fair is back at Heaton Park for May Half Term.

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

Check out all the details and times of the fun fair at Heaton Park here. 

Wythenshawe Park Fun Fair 

carousel fun fair cliffhanger

Saturday 27th May to 4th June 2023 

Carousel Fun Fair will be bringing their rides and stalls to Wythenshawe Park for May half term. 

The fun fair will feature lots of different rides for all ages, plus inflatables and even a waterslide. 

There will also be stalls, food and the chance to meet and greet dinosaurs. 

Carousel will be offering unlimited wristbands for just £11.99. 

More details about the fun fair at Wythenshawe Fun Fair here.

Half Term at Quarry Bank 

Quarry Bank credit Quarry Bank

Saturday 27th May to 4th June 2023 

This half-term Quarry Bank is giving little ones a chance to learn about the nocturnal birds and animals that live there. 

There will be trails, stories, crafts and lots more fun to be had. 

Full details about the activities at Quarry Bank this half term here. 

Half-Term Activities at Lyme Park 

Events at Lyme Park credit lyme park

Saturday 27th May to 4th June 2023 

This half-term Lyme Park has lots of fun in-store, from the chance to become a history detective in the house, to storytelling nature walks and even try your hand at weaving. 

Check out everything going on at Lyme Park this half term see here. 

Sow Awesome Event at RHS Bridgewater, Salford 

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2023 

Half Term Activities RHS Bridgewater Gardens

Have fun at RHS Bridgewater this half term with their Sow Awsome events.

There will be trails, crafts, planting, a fun plant themed show, stories and more.

Check out the full details of the Sow Awsome Event at RHS Bridgewater.

Get Ready to Play Event at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey Events

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2023 

Head to Dunham Massey for a fun Get Ready To Play Event. 

Taking place in the North Park Kids natural play Log Pile, make use of picnic benches in dappled shade, and find the Play Hub in the North Park for fun with all things nature – from leaves and trees to mini beasts and more!

More details about the Dunham Massey Half-Term Event here. 

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. 

Admission to the farm costs £6.50 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. 

Heaton Park Half Term Fun 

Heaton Park events

Heaton Park is always one of our top picks for a day over the school holidays. They have a free animal centre, two big playgrounds, boat rides and lots of space to run around in and more. 

Plus this half term they have a whole host of events with “Seven Days of Stuff To Do”. There will be a fun trail, crafts, films, outdoor games and more. 

Discover More >>> Heaton Park Half Term 

Camelot at Cockfields Farm

Camelot Event Cockfields Duel

Monday 29th May to Sunday 4th June 2023

What better way of enjoying the half term than a trip back in time to the medevil times of Camelot. 

Learn how to become a Jester and the ways of the knights. Watch as two knights dual for the princesses hand, try your hand at archery and much 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. 

Details of how to book tickets for Camelot at Cockfields Farm here. 

Sheep Shearing at Tatton Park 

Sheep Shearing Tatton Park - Credit Tatton Park
Credit Tatton Park

28th to 29th May 2023

Join local sheep shearer David Norcott will be shearing some of the Tatton Park flock daily.

Watch as the sheep get help to shed their woolly coats ready for summer.

The event will happen at 12.00 each day.

Normal farm entry charges and opening times apply.

Details of the Sheep Shearing Event at Tatton here. 

You Choose…., Lowry Theatre 

You Choose Lowry Theatre
Credit Nonsense Room Productions

31st May to 2nd June 2023 

Head to the You Choose production where every show is unique!

Based on the brilliant book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt Nonsense Room Productions You Choose is an interactive musical show for all the family where you choose what happens!

There will be a series of games and challenges each show will be unique with different characters, locations, costumes and much more every time!

The show is suitable for ages 2-7 and tickets cost from £7.50.

More details and how to book You Choose at the  Lowry Theatre here.

Wizarding Adventure, East Lancashire Railway, Bury

A wizard at East Lancashire Railway Wizarding Adventure
Credit East Lancashire Railway

1st June 2023

Little witches and wizards can enjoy a fun adventure at East Lancashire Railway. 

There will be a chance to take lessons in the basics of broomsticks, practice potion making, learn to talk and tattle with a tawny owl and lots more.

Plus there will be lots of photo ops along the way. 

Booking required. 

For more information and how to book Wizarding Adventure at East Lancashire Railway here.

The Dino Adventure, East Lancashire Railway, Bury

Dino Adventure East Lancashire Railway
Credit East Lancashire Railway

2nd June 2023

Dino fans can enjoy a fun dinosaur adventure this half term.

Learn all about and meet adorable dinosaurs from the expert handlers in this fully interactive experience that is both educational and entertaining for all the family.

Earn your diploma in dino know-how and begin your training as a palaeontologist of the future.

The event includes a round return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall hauled by a dino-proofed steam train, a dinosaur experience with expert rex wranglers and triceratops tamers, dinosaur-themed activities and lots of photo opportunities.

Aimed at dino fans from ages 5 – 12, all any age is welcome. 

More details and how to book tickets to the Dino Adventure, East Lancashire Railway here. 

We Invented The Weekend, Free Festival, Salford Quays and Media City

We Invented The Weekend Festival
Credit We Invented The Weekend Festival

3rd and 4th June 

Enjoy a fun free festival in Salford at We Invented The Weekend.

There will be a whole of events and activities for the whole family. 

From creative fun, to sports, dance lessons, the chance to learn a new instrument and lots more. 

All the activities are free, some require booking in advance. 

Check out the details of the We Invented The Weekend event here.

The Snail and the Whale ©, Lowry Theatre

Snail and the Whale show Tall Stori
Credit Tall Stories

3rd to 5th June 2023

The Snail and the Whale live show is heading to the Lowry Stage. 

Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book.

This heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from Tall Stories. 

Tickets cost 

More details and to book tickets to The Snail and the Whale show at the Lowry Theatre here.

Best Beaches around Manchester 

Best beaches Near Manchester

If the weather stays nice, a trip to the beach makes a great day out. 

There are some great beaches not too far from Manchester. From quiet choices such as Formby to Lytham St Annes to lively choices such as Blackpool and Rhyl we have put together a list of the best and closest beaches near Manchester

Discover our top picks in our guide >>> Best Beaches Near to Manchester 

Outdoor Pools, Paddling Pools and Splash Zones around Manchester 

lytham st annes splash zone

There is nothing better on a hot day than cooling down with a good old paddle or swimming in an outdoor pool or splash zone.

There are lots of great options around Manchester from fountains and splash areas to full-on lido’s.

Lots of the outdoor pools and paddling zones are open for the May Half term. 

Discover our top picks in our guide >>> Best Outdoor Pools Manchester 

Cheap and Free Things to do around Manchester 

Manchester cheap days out Putt Stars Rochdale

Looking for a day out on a budget, we have put together a list of fun things to do around Manchester for free or cheap. From cinema trips and swimming, to adventure golf and lots more. 

Check Them All Out >>> Cheap and Free Things to do around Manchester


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