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Outdoor Family Activities in Manchester This Summer!


School's out, summer's in! 

With the summer school holidays fast approaching, you might be wondering what kind of family days out in Manchester you can plan with the kids. Don’t panic, we’ve got the ultimate guide to things to do in the city for all the family this summer.

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We've focused on finding outdoor family activities in Manchester in this post. Who wouldn't want to enjoy the shining sun when it's out in the city?

From city centre beaches to family-friendly festivals that everyone can enjoy, there are loads of things happening in Manchester for the summer holidays. We’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of activities and events for you and your little – or not-so-little – ones to enjoy.

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The Ultimate Guide To Outdoor Family Events In Manchester This Summer

Meet the animals at Reddish Vale Farm Park

When: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at varying times.

Where: Country Park, Reddish Vale Rd, Stockport SK5 7HE

The Reddish Vale Farm Park is an animal farm open to the public. Educate your children on how to look after animals through our various activities and events! There's lots to look forward to at Reddish Vale Farm, including a Dino Farm, Cirque Du Vale and the Farm Fest. 

Perfect for families, tickets are free for children under 1, £8.50 for concessions or £9.50 for adults or children over 1. Don't miss this chance to be transported to another world! Plan your day at the animal park.


Snorkel with Sharks at Sea Life Manchester

When: Lots of dates throughout the summer in 2023

Where: SEA LIFE Manchester, Manchester Aquarium Trafford Centre

Snorkle in the Ocean Tunnel at SEA LIFE Manchester and get up close to some of the most wonderful and scary creatures in the sea! In the snorkel cage, you’ll be able to see majestic stingrays and spine-tingling sharks, as well as say a big underwater hello to Cammy and Ernie, the giant green sea turtles. Along with this, there will be over a thousand more creatures for you to meet!

The experience lasts for 60 minutes, and all equipment is provided – you just need to bring your own swimwear and a towel. More information and book here.

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Tennis Coaching for Juniors & Adults

When: Coaching sessions available throughout the summer

Where: Various parks in Manchester

We Do Tennis hosts coaching sessions for both juniors and adults interested in tennis. These sessions are split into diverse categories depending on your (or your child’s) experience with tennis. It’s a great way to build confidence and a fantastic time to improve your tennis skills.

We Do Tennis delivers quality tennis coaching in numerous parks across Manchester.

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Zorbing Football Experience - Bubble Footie

When: Available throughout the summer

Where: In and around Manchester

Take part in this action-packed experience! Bubble Footie is a hilarious and competitive event that will have you and your friends or family bounce around in laughter. 

Available to hire for children's parties, adult parties and other events, Bubble Footie is a recommended event to try this summer if you feel like doing something outdoors.

Book with Bubble Footie today!

The Great Northern Giant Summer Sandpit

When: 13th July to 31st August 2023

Where: Great Northern, Deansgate, M3 4EN

Housed in the basin of the amphitheatre, Manchester’s Great Northern is bringing the beach to the city with a huge summer sandpit. Free, family-friendly spaces in the city centre are hard to come by, but the giant sandpit will have plenty of buckets and spades for your little ones to explore and let their imagination run wild with building sandcastles and making sand angels!

Stop by this city centre sandpit this summer – more information about the summer sandpit here.


Trafford Treetop Adventures

When: Various dates throughout the summer

Where: The Trafford Centre (M17 8AA)

Bask in the sun while you swing, climb and traverse through this high ropes course at the Trafford Centre. Trafford's Treetop Adventures is providing a unique adventure course with over 20 challenges and obstacles to overcome. 

This is a great experience for families that enjoy adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. 

Tickets for Trafford Treetops are available here!


Manchester Wizard's Spellbook Treasure Trail -

When: Available throughout the summer

Where: Starting at - Central Library, St. Peter's Square. (M25PD)

Discover the wonderful world of wizardry with this Spellbook Treasure Trail! Take this magical self-guided treasure hunt walking trail in Manchester! This treasure hunt will have you spellbound by its fantastical landmarks. 

Work your magic and search for clues around the otherworldly trail. 

Learn more about the Wizard's Spellbook Trail here.


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Planting Stories -

When: Available throughout the summer

Where: Science and Industry Museum

Discover hidden stories of Liverpool Road Station's bustling community. Planting stories paints a picture of Manchester's industrial past, creating vibrant gardens in the historical Lower and Upper Yards since 2020 to visualise the colours of Manchester's past. 

This area is a great way to educate the younger generation of Manchester's rich history,

Plan your visit with Planting Stories and explore the expansive past of the UK's greatest northern city.


Family Fun on the East Lancashire Railway

When: Various dates throughout the summer - 1st June, 16th July, 10th and 17th August, and more.

Where: East Lancashire Railway, Bury, BL9 0EY

Throughout the summer holidays, the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) has plenty going on to keep the kids entertained! The Wizarding Adventure on, where students aged 5-12 can enrol at the Wizard Academy and take broomstick lessons, practice their potion-making, and talk with a tawny owl.

There will be a Pepper Pig and Friends Fun Day from August 31st to the 1st of September at the Bury Transport Museum. As well as meeting Peppa, George, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig, there will be an activity trail, fun fair, balloon modellers, face painters, and even a petting zoo!

The East Lancashire Railway is a fantastic experience, especially with the summer events happening this year.

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