School Holidays in Manchester

Looking for things to do during the Easter school holidays – then read on. There are loads of fun activities, from sporty holiday camps to family-friendly events to keep children and young people entertained. And with many of them free or low-cost, they won’t break the bank.

In Manchester, we are also running a free holiday club programme for children on free school meals. All of the sessions must be booked via our partner site Manchester Active. For information on what’s available near you, and how to book visit here.

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Two young people stand in a swimming pool. They are wearing goggles on their heads.

Free Swimming in Manchester

Did you know that young people, living in Manchester, can swim for free during the school holidays?

28 March 2024 - 15 April 2024

12:00am

Free
A group of cyclists get ready to ride in tandem on an adaptive bike.

Simply Cycling at Boggart Hole Clough

Enjoy taking part in weekly cycling sessions at Boggart Hole Clough. There's lots of different types of bikes to try.

Boggart Hole Clough, Harpurhey

4 January 2022 - 1 July 2025

11:00am - 2:00pm

£3.00
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Secret Mission

Alexandra Park, Whalley Range Moss Side

14 February 2023 - 16 February 2025

10:00am - 4:00pm

Free
A leafy pathway in Heaton Park.

Walk or run in Heaton Park

Fancy a walk or a run? Heaton Park is a beautiful park with routes for all abilities.

Heaton Park, Blackley

1 January 2023 - 31 August 2024

9:00am - 8:00pm

Free
Runners racing a local 5K around a lake on a dirt path on a early summer evening.

Junior Park Run At Alexandra Park

Great for fitness and lots of fun, the Junior Park Run is suitable for ages 4-14 years.

Alexandra Park, Whalley Range Moss Side

19 February 2023 - 7 September 2025

9:00am - 10:15am

Free.
Runners racing a local 5K around a lake on a dirt path on a early summer evening.

Junior Park Run At Platt Fields Park

Great for fitness and lots of fun, the Junior Park Run is suitable for ages 4-14 years.

Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield Rusholme

8 January 2023 - 7 September 2025

9:00am - 10:15am

Free.
A pair of red boxing gloves

Levenshulme Amateur Boxing Club

There's a variety of weekly sessions for budding boxers happening at Cringle Park.

Cringle Park, Levenshulme

3 January 2022 - 1 September 2025

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Free
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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, Ardwick Rusholme Moss Side

15 January 2023 - 6 July 2025

9:00am - 5:00pm

Free

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