To quote The Beautiful South “What makes Britain great Makes Manchester yet greater!” As a Mumma with Southern Roots I have to confess Northern is my soul. I love London don’t get me wrong, but there’s nothing quite like family days out in Greater Manchester. Beyond the rain is an eclectic, gritty and easily navigated City. With so much to offer no matter whether you’re going it solo or with kids in tow.
Although there is an entrance fee for the neighbouring farm (£8 Adults, £7 Children) the halls and chapel are absolutely free. This Bolton based establishment is all on one level and easy to explore. There are lots of different, beautifully dressed rooms to peek into and nosey around. In addition you’ll find an interactive banquet hall, where kids can dress up and experience the life of those ‘downstairs’ back in the 1600’s. Take a tour or make your own way around, but whatever you do make sure to follow your nose all the way back around to The Poppins Tearoom. Their cream teas and lunch menu are on point, with awesome views of the grounds to boot!
With a selection of the latest grown up releases just for parents with babies in tow. Found at Cineworld in Didsbury. They’ll store away your buggies, dim the lights and turn down the sound slightly so you can enjoy your movie with baby in arms.
Natural History Museum
One of the university museums. This glorious place can be found on Oxford Rd, in Central Manchester. And it’s my go to, free, Toddler friendly day out. The T-Rex never fails to impress! But, the biggest selling point on this one is the fact that they have a buggy park up and great changing facilities. I only wish they’d introduce the Dino snore sleep over (for us big kids) that they have in London.
Science & Industry Museum
Another free activity, with enough to pack into a full day of fun. For me the greatest aspect of the museum is the way they’ve managed to cater themselves to all ages; at only 19 month old Theon was able to wonder around and actively participate in all the interactive displays. At 37 and 3/4 I also managed to have a good time too!
The museum is located on Liverpool Road in the centre of Manchester.
The Village Green Events
Held last year at the Gorton Monastery. Follow Village Green Events to keep up to date with all their open air events that pop up across Manchester and the rest of the UK, through out the year. Their next family friendly event being this Saturday Feb 16th. They’ll be screening The Little Mermaid at the Victoria Bath.
What are your favourite Manchester hang outs? We’d love to know, drop your suggestions in the comments below. Until then have fun and don’t forget your brolley!
The Boos & The Berrit xxxx
If you’re in the Midlands or heading that way, why not try these great days out instead!