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What To Do During Half-Term In Manchester

Matt Crisp May 14, 2022

May half-term is one of the best breaks of the year – the sun is normally shining, parents can enjoy a bank holiday rest and there are always plenty of things to do to keep the kids busy. So why not hire a luxury minibus to Manchester and enjoy some great days out?


  • The Wizarding Adventure

Harry Potter fans should head straight to Bury Bolton Street Station where they can hop aboard the East Lancashire Railway for the Wizarding Adventure.

During the two-hour experience, visitors can enjoy a performance on an authentic steam train, take part in lots of wizarding activities, and head to the Bury Transport Museum to see vehicles from the ages.

This is a must for fans of the famous wizard, and is a fun day out for the whole family.


  • Dino Farm

Alternatively, if your children prefer Jurassic Park to Hogwarts, head to Dino Farm at Reddish Vale Farm in Stockport.

Hailed as the UK’s “largest and most realistic” dinosaur experience, children will be able to get close to the prehistoric creatures, have a go fossil digging, hop on a tractor for a ride around the nature trail, build a dino teddy, train as a ranger, and hunt for the golden dinosaur egg for a chance to win a prize.


  • Jubilee Weekend at RHS Bridgewater

The whole country will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee between June 2nd and 5th, and one of the best places to take part in these festivities is at RHS Bridgewater in Salford.

Here, visitors can watch performances from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, as well as the Astley Youth Band and Farnworth and Walkden Band. There will also be the planting of the final tree to commemorate the Queen on her 70 years on the throne.


  • The Manchester Flower Show

Another event that will celebrate Her Royal Highness’ Jubilee is the Manchester Flower Show, being held throughout the city centre.

Over the bank holiday weekend, shop windows, streets, statues and squares will be decorated in beautiful floral displays, including ones in red, white and blue. You can enjoy a trail around the city to find the ten professional displays, or you can simply soak up the atmosphere, tucking into street food, sipping a drink in the sunshine, and basking in the fragrant scent of fresh flowers.


  • Junior and Mini Great Manchester Runs

Kids who can never keep still should make the most of their energy by heading down to the north-west’s biggest children’s running event.

The Junior (nine to 15 year olds) and Mini (three to eight year olds) Great Manchester Runs will take place at Sportcity on May 21st, with the youngsters cruising around Manchester City’s Etihad stadium.

The 1.5km and 2.5km routes are ideal for the little legs and is a good warmup for parents who are embarking on the Great Manchester Run the following day, whether they are taking part in the 10km race or half marathon.


  • Pride In Trafford

Manchester Pride is a really huge event every year, celebrating LGBTQ+ life. As well as performances, raising the flag, and lots of activities, a special programme of festivities is being held for children on Saturday May 21st.

Pride On The Plaza is hosting a free outdoor celebration for all ages. The event will take place on Waterside Plaza and no booking is required to attend.