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Whats On In Manchester this Bank Holiday Weekend For Families 2020

boys playing outside
22 Aug 2019

Get out and about this August Bank Holiday weekend 2020 in Manchester with these great family friendly events. 

From Manchester City Centre to  Salford, Tameside to Trafford and Stockport here are top weekend events to go to. 

Plus as the weather is looking good  the more of the sun check out our guide to Outdoor Pools and Splash Zones around Manchester here and a list of Manchester’s Closest Beaches here and our top tips for visiting Lytham St Annes Beach here. Or if you fancy a trip to the cinema check out where you can find the cheapest tickets here. 

Events on in Manchester All August Bank Holiday Weekend. 

The Makers Market, Salford Quays

The Makers Market Salford

Browse a huge range of stalls selling unique gifts, art and delicious food at The Lowry Outlet in Salford this bank holiday weekend.

See here for details.

Free Goose Green Musical Festival, Altrincham (24th and 25th August).

Green Goose Festival 2019

Enjoy a free music festival this August Bank Holiday Weekend in Altrincham with music, food and children’s activities. 

See here for details. 

Giant Frog Trail, Stockport

Stockport frog trail

Discover the 19 individually designed giant frogs hidden around Stockport Town Centre . 

See here for details and how to download the trail map.

Free Bear Hunt Trail in Salford Quays 

bear hunt lowry

Head to the The Lowry Theatre to follow the trail to find the hidden bears. 

See here for more details. 

Barton Beach and Funfair at City Airport, Eccles

Barton Beach city airport

This summer the barton beach and fun fair is back. They have a large indoor sandpit, children’s fun fair, donkey’s and more. Although there is a charge, it only costs £5 per child for unlimited rides for a 3 hour session. 

Splash Studio, The Whitworth 

Playtime at the whitworth

Enjoy free water experiment play for the whole family with waterfalls, tables and channels. 

Check out the details here. 

Free Summer Beach, Swinton 

beach salford

This summer, why not bring the whole family along to the FREE beach which is coming to Swinton. 

Check out the details here

Lost Words, Lyme Park (Please Note due to Flooding This Event will not be on this Weekend).

Lyme Park Lost Words

Head to Lyme Park to discover the Lost Words. Based on the book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris follow the trail around the Lyme Gardens to bring the book to life. 

See here for details. 

Merseybay Free Outdoor Beach, Merseyway Stockport

stockport beach summer

This weekend The Merserybay Beach opens for the summer. It is free entry and promises to be lots of fun and great to relax in after the frog hunting. 

Check out the detials here.

Percy The Park Keeper Treasure Hunt, Dunham Massey

Percy the Park Keeper Treasure Hunt

Head to Dunham Massey and join Percy The Park Keeper and his friends on his treasure hunt trail. 

See here for details. 

Free Summer of Fun, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester City Centre. 

summer of fun manchester museum

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester has lots of fun planned this summer. They will have daily science shows, story telling, a sun playground, discover the power of plants and lots more. Best of all entry to the musuem is free.

See here for more details and times. 

Free Giant Beach and Playhouse , Great Northern Warehouse 

great northern manchester free beach

This summer the Great Northern Warehouse is turning into a giant beach. They have a huge deckchair perfect for pictures, plus a role play playhouse with kitchen, library and pets hospital. 

See here for the details 

Illustration Station with Roy of the Rovers, National Football Museum, Manchester City Centre

national football museum summer event

 Enjoy fun illustration sessions, with the chance to use the musuems newly installed lightboxes to illustrate your own football stories. Trace favouritecharacters and backgrounds to life. 

Entry to the musuem is free for Manchester City Centre residents with ID but charges do apply for non residents 

See here for details

Free Giant Beach, Intu Trafford Centre

trafford centre beach

Kids can enjoy a free giant beach at the Intu Trafford Centre this summer holidays. There will be deck chairs for parents to use and kids can bring there own buckets and spades to enjoy the sand. The beach entry is free however there are some activities for which charges applies. 

See here for details 

Family Events on in Manchester On Saturday 24th August 2019

Simply Cycling, Boggart Hole Cough

simply cycling manchester

Get your cycling on at Boggart Hole Cough where you can hire a variety of cycles and try them out in the park. 

See here for times and detials here. 

Family Events on in Manchester On Sunday 25th August 2019

Cinema on the Green, Cheadle

outdoor cinema cheadle

Enjoy an outdoor showing of the Greatest Showman for just £1 per person at Cinema On The Green in Cheadle. 

Check out the details here. 

Northernden Boat Race, Didsbury Golf Club

northenden boat race

Enjoy the boat race and a family fun day at this great bank holiday weekend event in Didsbury. 

See here for details. 

E-Fest The Legends in Worsley, Salford

E Fest Salford

Bring the kids along to watch this Strong Man competition in Worsley to find Manchester’s Strongest Man, with lots on to keep the whole family entertained.  

See here for details. 

Made in Manchester Music Festival, Stalybridge

Made in Manchester festival

The festival will include great Tribute acts such as The Oasis Experience and These Smiths along with local bands, have foodie village, festival hair and glitter, activities for the family and lots more. 

Tickets must be bought in advance. See here for details. 

Simply Cycling, Longford Park, Stretford

simply cycling stretford

Get your cycling on at Longford Park where you can hire a variety of cycles and try them out in the park. 

See here for times and detials here. 

Family Events on in Manchester On Monday 26th August 2019

Florida Favourites, Cockfields Farm 

characters meet cockfieds farm

Meet some of your favourtite characters from Woody and Bo Peep, to Jasmine and Genie and Spiderman along with having lots of fun on the farm at this great event. 

Check out the details here. 

Community Gardening Festival, Irlam


Teach the kids to grow their own vegetables and bring along their entries to this Community Gardening Festival in Salford.

Heres the times and details.  

Peterloo Power, Bank Holiday Family Fun

family fun day ashton

Celebrate the legacy left behind by Peterloo on August Bank Holiday Monday with a family day of theatre, crafts and hands on activities at Portland Basin.

Check out the times and details. 

Little Neon Ravers, Walkden

Little Neon Ravers

A family glow party, for both kids and grown-ups in Salford with chart mix-ups, kids dances, party games and glow sticks to set the scene. 

Check out the details and times here.

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