Posted:1st July, 2023

The complete guide of things to do during the summer holidays in Greater Manchester!

The last thing you want to be doing when the summer holidays roll around is waste precious time thinking about what you can do to make the most of it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things for you, so you can save time planning and spend more time doing.

The last thing you want to be doing when the summer holidays roll around is waste precious time thinking about what you can do to make the most of it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things for you, so you can save time planning and spend more time doing.

Did you know that to drive from one side of Greater Manchester to the other (Winstanley to Saddleworth) takes only an hour? Living in Greater Manchester means you’re never far away from an activity and will never fall short of something to do, which is exactly what you need during the summer hols if you have kids. In fact, we wonder if perhaps there’s too many things to choose from, here’s a handy list to help you decide.

From family friendly to adults only, come rain or shine, there’s something for you to do in Greater Manchester in the summer holidays. Discover what you could do below.

Use your summer holidays to visit museums in Greater Manchester Often free, always interesting. They say you learn something new every day but at a museum you could learn a lot of new things. Plus they’re great for all ages!

Explore Manchester’s most innovative discoveries at the Science + Industry Museum, where children can get hands-on with science in the experiment zone and adults can take in thunderous machines from the cotton industry era. Manchester is home to the National Football Museum for the football fanatics, or there is the newly reopened Manchester Museum for those who like mummies, T-Rex and other spectacular sights from natural sciences and human cultures.

There’s also a wealth of museums outside the city centre to visit over the holidays. Stockport’s magnificent Hat Works Museum showcases the borough’s hatting history while the Lion Saltworks in Northwich offers family friendly activities throughout the year. Close to Manchester Airport is the Runway Visitor Park where you can get up close to planes as they go past and can treat yourself to a cuppa and lunch on board a real Concord. And, if boating is your preferred transport then you can try the Portland Basin Museum and step into their 1920’s street to see what life was like in 20th century Tameside.

Go to a Greater Manchester National Trust over the summer holiday If Greater Manchester has blessed you with a sunny day then take the chance to escape to nature with a visit to a National Trust property - it’s the perfect day out for the whole family.

Dunham Massey is known for its beautiful deer, stunning parkland and grounds, and the impressive 17th century stately home. For those who love iconic Tudor houses then Little Moreton Hall has wonky angles and quirky character in abundance, and there’s a pre-loved bookshop, knot garden and tea room to enjoy too. If historic buildings make you tick then add a visit to Quarry Bank to your summer holiday list because this Greater Manchester National Trust site includes an 18th century cotton mill, apprentice house, mill worker village and the big Quarry Bank house, giving a rare insight to the lives of every day people during the industrial era.

If you just want to spend your summer holiday taking in the countryside and greenery in Greater Manchester we recommend Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside with impressive views and, of course, the Wizard Tearoom. Or if you prefer a trip to Manchester city centre then why not take a look at the National Trust’s new sky park - Castlefield Viaduct, the striking Victorian-era steel viaduct that’s been made into an elevated garden.

There’s lots more historic sights and nature-focused days out in and around Greater Manchester, not just those looked after by the National Trust. In Castlefield you can explore the genuine Roman Fort of Mamcuium. While just a few minutes’ drive from our new development at Brook View, Wincham, is Marbury Country Park with an arboretum and community orchard, topped off with truly splendid views. You would struggle to find a more picturesque spot on a sunny summer holiday morning!

Have a cheesy summer holiday in Greater Manchester Get a mouthful of brie-lliant cheese and get to see the sights of the city centre over the summer holiday with the one and only Manchester Cheese Crawl. It features a fabulous selection of Manchester’s finest cheeses wrapped up into a two-hour walking tour.

This is a ‘must-go’ Greater Manchester attraction. As one of only five national cheese tours and the knowledgeable guide will introduce you to some of the city’s best kept secrets. A little tipple is served with the cheese at each location, which makes this the perfect adult summer holiday activity.

Greater Manchester comedy that goes full steam ahead over the summer holiday The East Lancashire Railway could be welcoming you to an evening of comedy in a luxurious pullman carriage over your summer holiday. The evening starts at Bury Bolton Street station in Greater Manchester and the journey lasts just under three hours. During your time aboard you’ll be served fine cuisine with a side of laughs.

The dress code is smart/casual but they do encourage you to dress in relation to the theme - what better way is there to spend a summer holiday evening in Greater Manchester? Book yourself in for a laugh and some food and take in the lovely scenery along the way.

Take in a summer holiday concert by candlelight in Manchester Cathedral Picture a sea of candles giving off a golden glow that illuminates the iconic structure of Manchester Cathedral. Now add in a string quartet giving tribute to Hans Zimmer’s best works, or tip-toeing ballet slippers moving to the notes of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. That’s what you get when you attend one of Manchester Cathedral’s Candlelight Concerts.

There’s a range of events on offer all year and that includes during the summer holidays - it’s the perfect way to spend an evening in Greater Manchester, taking in culture and architecture in equal measure.

Have a waterside summer holiday adventure in Greater Manchester Nautical is taking over Greater Manchester during the summer holidays, with lots of boat themed attractions for you to enjoy.

Just a five-minute drive down the road from our Stubley Meadows new build home development you’ll find Hollingworth Lake. There you can enjoy stunning scenery at Littleborough’s award-winning tourist destination. Pack a picnic, discover wildlife in the nature reserve, or just enjoy a relaxing walk around the picturesque lake. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to the Hollingworth Lake Adventure & Water Activity Centre. There you can enjoy a range of fully-supervised wet and wild activities from sailing, to paddleboarding to windsurfing.

Another major waterside attraction in the Greater Manchester area is the giant three-storey-high iron Anderton Boat Lift just around the corner from our new Brook View development in Wincham. Known by some as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’, there’s a visitor centre, coffee shop, play area and nearby woodlands making it the perfect summer holiday day-out destination for all the family.

As you can see there’s lots to do in Greater Manchester over the summer holidays, so make the most of it!

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