It may feel like the kids have only just started school again, but the October half term holidays are already approaching. In Manchester, the half term break starts from Saturday 22nd October and lasts for one week, meaning plenty of time to find activities and events to entertain the kids!
Luckily, there is already loads planned for the October half term in Manchester. From storytimes and theatre, to immersive experiences, to Halloween fun, there is plenty going on for all the family to enjoy!
Are you going to be in Manchester for the October half term? With our spacious Family and Two-bedroom apartments, a stay at CitySuites I and CitySuites II is perfect for all the family. Our apartments have space to live, play and relax, while our 18m swimming pool is open for everyone to use.
What's happening in the October half term in Manchester?
Gandeys Halloween Spooktacular
When: 14th to 30th October 2022
Where: Trafford Centre, outside The Great Hall
Gandeys Circus returns once again to Manchester’s Trafford Centre with a brand-new action-packed legendary Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family. A specially selected international cast of skeletons, vampires, Jack O’Lanterns and not forgetting Circus Artistes, have been brought together for this year’s sensational extravaganza.
This event gets more popular every year so it’s advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
When: 21st to 30th October 2022
Where: Depot Mayfield, Manchester
Although Backyard Cinema is on from October 21st through to January 2nd, there are some excellent films on during the October half term holiday for all the family to enjoy. From Halloween favourite Hocus Pocus to Minions: The Rise of Gru, to The Greatest Showman and Beauty and The Beast for the musical lovers – there is something for everyone.
Enter through the enchanted, magical forest and get comfy on your giant bean bag!
The Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park
When: 22nd to 29th October 2022
Where: Tatton Park, Knutsford
You and the kids can search for the perfect pumpkin this October half term at Tatton Park in Knutsford, just south of Manchester. As well as meeting the farmyard animals, you’ll be able to hunt through The Pumpkin Patch to find the best pumpkin for your spooky lantern!
The price is standard farm entry plus £4 per pumpkin.
When: 22nd to 30th October 2022
Where: Tatton Park, Knutsford
Join forces with other young wizards and help defeat the evil sorcerer Dimitri! Gather together in Tatton Park’s Old Hall and listen carefully to some of the characters who will share magical secrets to help you on your adventure into the unknown.
Along with the mission, young wizards will learn how to ride a broomstick and do the finest spellcasting. Tickets are £18.
Manchester Science Festival
When: 21st to 30th October 2022
Where: Manchester Central Library
Featuring a truly unmissable programme of world premieres, inspiring experiences, and entertaining events, Manchester Science Festival returns for this year’s October half term. For the best family fun, head to the Central Library for a series of hands-on activities as part of Manchester’s Our Year celebrations. This event will help young minds discover how science has shaped the way we live our lives, from materials to modern buildings.
The event is free, so drop in whenever you can!
Storytime Sessions: Workshops
When and where:
Monday 24th October, 14.00-16.00 – Central Library Manchester
Wednesday 26th October, 14.00-16.00 – Longsight Library and Learning Centre
Thursday 27th October, 11.00-13.00 – Powerhouse Library
HOME Manchester are running three family friendly workshops in the city’s libraries this October half term, as part of their Storytime Sessions. If you and your little ones are looking to get crafty and creative, these free drop-in workshops will focus on storytelling and story-making, encouraging young children to develop their own stories.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Lowry
When: 27th to 30th October 2022
Where: The Lowry, Salford
Take your little ones to the theatre this October half term and enjoy this adaptation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, based on the book by Judith Kerr. Join the tea-guzzling tiger for this delightful family show, packed with lots of magic, sing-along songs, and clumsy chaos.
This Olivier Award nominated show has come straight from the West End to Salford’s Lowry Theatre for a few days this October, so don’t miss out!
Carnival of Monsters
When: 28th to 30th October 2022
Where: New Cathedral Street, Manchester
Watch out! Just a stone’s throw from CitySuites, the Carnival of Monsters will take place on New Cathedral Street, just outside Harvey Nichols. There will be roaming circus monsters, sideshow stalls, a kids’ carousel, and a traditional helter-skelter!
This event is part of the ‘Halloween in the City’ series of events which also includes a Fancy Dress Challenge, Monsters Rock Music Festival, and a Monster Procession.
Sneaky Spooks at Walton Hall and Gardens
When: 29th October 2022
Where: Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington
Just outside of Manchester, Walton Hall and Gardens invites you and your little paranormal scientists to investigate the mysterious sightings within the Hall’s grounds. Featuring immersive storytelling, magic, dancing, and games, this supernatural expedition is set to be fun for the whole family!
Book your tickets now and get ready to meet Viktor Van Kamp and Lady Celeste on Saturday 19th October!
Lil Monsters Ball
When: 30th October 2022
Where: Hard Rock Café, Manchester
Closing off the Manchester half term week is a spooky breakfast buffet at the Hard Rock Café! The Lil Monsters Ball also features face painting and ghoulish games, along with food (no tricks, just tasty treats) for big and little monsters alike. Tickets are limited and costumes are strongly encouraged!
Storytime Sessions: When Animals Could Talk
When: 31st October, 18.00
As part of HOME Manchester’s Storytime Sessions, and also celebrating Black History Month, When Animals Could Talk by Ruth Awolola is a series of Nigerian fables about how the animals came to be in the forms which we know and love. How did the giraffe get its long neck? How did the turtle get the cracks on his back? How did the lions learn to roar?
Perfect for children during the October half-term break.
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