School Holidays in Manchester

School’s out for Summer! So if you’re looking for things to do during the summer holidays – read on. Working with our partners across the city, we’ve pulled together a fantastic list of fun-packed activities and events, so you don’t have to go searching.

There’s everything from sports activities, family events and outdoor adventures to arts and crafts, activity trails and children’s theatre shows. With something for all ages and abilities, there’s a fun activity for everyone to take part in. Some events are for the whole family and others you can book your young person onto for the day.

If you’re looking for activity outside of the school holidays, you’re in luck too. We’re dedicating 2022 to our children and young people. ‘Our Year’ is an exciting year-long programme of activities, events, opportunities and experiences for children and young people living in Manchester. Be sure to check out the dedicated ‘Our Year’ guide for even more things to do and see.

Top Picks

A small child stands in a garden holding a phone up

Summer Fun in Gaskell’s Garden

Enjoy a free summer trail and discover the treasures in Elizabeth Gaskell's garden with your family and friends. Normal House admission charges apply (£6.50 for adults and children are free).

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House


11:00am - 4:30pm

July 20, 2022 - Sunday Sep 4 2022

Free (normal admission charges apply)
A young child walks across a grass field with a kite.

Welly Walk at The Whitworth

Get muddy and discover art and nature in the Whitworth Park. Pick up your free guide when you visit.

Whitworth Park



Moss Side

9:00am - 5:00pm

July 30, 2022 - Sunday Sep 10 2023

Heaton Hall and its lush green surroundings on a sunny day.

Heaton Hall & Park Tour

This revealing tour of Heaton Hall and Park includes a rare visit inside the house as well as a tour around the park.

Heaton Park


11:00am - 1:00pm

January 5, 2022 - Sunday Jul 31 2022


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