The school holidays are fast approaching so it's time to start planning what to do with the kiddiwinkles! Many of the Stockport school primary schools have 2 weeks off so that's a whole other week of fun filled exhaustion!!
I have tried to list some local activities as well as a few further afield for days when you are feeling brave! The list is obviously not exhaustive, these are just some ideas and finds. Any feedback on other activities that you know about locally then please let me know and I can add to the list!
Circus Funtasia-Victoria Park, Swinton-Wednesday 23rd May-Monday 28th May
Spectacular fire-breathing stunts, thrill-seeking acrobats, death-defying motorbike riders, powerful hand-balancing, and much more awaits you at Circus Funtasia! Back with a brand new show for 2018, be prepared to witness a whip-cracking storm of a show with beautiful aerialists, dynamic juggling, tightrope walking, tumbling tricks, PLUS the return of our famous clown Emilion - THE GEEK IS BACK!
Not to be missed, this family show promises laughter and surprises for all ages.
Tickets and prices from www.circusfuntasia.co.uk or call 07706168507 or buy on the door... don't miss out!!!
Family tickets (4 people) start from £25. Special offer opening night, all seats £7!!
Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run-starts at 9.30am on Portland Street in Manchester. This is still open to applicants. With an entry fee of £14/15 for mini/junior participants it is aimed at getting the younger generation excited about running.
Princess and Super-hero Week at Cockfields Park, Ashton-Under-Lyne May 26th to June 3rd so this event only runs the first week of the half-term.
With meet and greet sessions, picture opportunities, princess lessons and super-hero games there is lots to do for little ones. You can meet the reptiles, hold the animals, feed the goats and watch the goats race even!
Geronimo Festival, Arley Hall Northwich-Saturday 25th-Monday 28th May
Where to start! We went as a family last year with friends and had the best day! There is literally everything you could want all packed in one location. Rides, face painting, great food, drink, shows on stage, bouncy castles, a circus, music and you can buy a ticket to camp over. What's great about this vent is that there is loads to do for all ages including the older ones and the really little ones. You can get tickets on Groupon for this event too! Well worth a trip out!
Stockley Farm Park’s Half Term Farmathon, 26th May- 3rd June
With a different animal in the spotlight each day, there's plenty to occupy the kids. You can bathe the pigs and reptiles, cheering on the goats and ducks in extra exciting races.
There is also a Fun Day on Wednesday 30th May, Raring2Go raising money for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust!
20% discount to families booking online using voucher code FAMMAY18.
The farm is open daily for half term from 10am- 5pm.
Ainsdale- this is my favourite beach. You can drive straight on to the beach and park up so there is no need to find a car parking spot then walk a mile with all your beach gear! There are plenty of sand dunes as well so you can find somewhere secluded if you so wish! (£5 to drive on the beach). 1 hours drive from Stockport.
Formby-for those of you that are National Trust members especially Formby is a great spot! Lovely picturesque beach and a forest area where you spot the red squirrels. Free parking for NT members.
New Brighton- I haven't visited myself but it's an hour drive from Stockport and comes recommended. There is free parking and great ice cream I am told! There is also a big pirate ship for the kids to climb and play on.
St. Anne's-always a popular beach. Great beach, arcades to entertain and a mini train as well.
Crosby-this is another great find and home to Antony Gormley's sculptures 'Another Place'. It has been awarded the Quality Coast Award by Keep Britain Tidy. Great for dogs as well and you can have a good walk whilst there. There is also on-site parking.
Bramhall Park, Bramhall is a favourite of ours. Great for a walk, a play in the playground and the cafe is great for a spot of lunch! You can also feed the ducks...although be careful of the geese as they often follow you!
Lyme Park, Disley. National Trust location so members can park for free. Always a great place to go for a nice or challenging walk or to play in the Adventure Playground. There are tea rooms as well to grab a bit to eat. This half-term they also have an event on called 'The 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4 challenge'.
South Park, Cheadle Hulme is great if you are in walking distance and have an hour or two to kill. There is always the Pointing Dog next door if you need refreshments.
Dunham Massey, Altrincham is another great National Trust venue. Great place for den-making, for a walk or to ride the bikes. Plenty of deer to see as well! There are various things going on at half-term too. For more info click here.
Tatton Park, Knutsford is a lovely location for a picnic with friends. There is a great cafe there too if you don't want to take a picnic, plus a huge playground and a farm for the kids. Click here for upcoming events at Tatton Park.
The Carrs, Wilmslow-another great park with a playground, river and great walk. Good place to take the bikes.
As well as Stockley Farm and Cockfields other farms that come highly recommended include:
Smithhills Farm, Bolton and Reddish Vale Farm, Stockport.
Blackpool Zoo-I have been wanting to try Blackpool Zoo for ages. It comes so highly recommended and apparently there is a much better chance of seeing the big animals compared to Chester Zoo. There is also a farm section too which is great for the smaller ones, shows are on during the day and there is a dinosaur area for any Paleontologists amongst you! You can buy tickets here.
Chester Zoo-great day out for all! Lots of big enclosures for the animals and will take a full day to cover everywhere. Chester Zoo is better for the older kids as there is a lot more walking involved than Blackpool Zoo.
Knowsley Safari Park-contrary to popular belief a trip to Knowsley Safari Park doesn't mean you will end up with a destroyed car! You can drive around the monkey enclosure. There is also a sea lion and bird of prey show. Normally they do a deal during school holidays but I haven't found anything online yet to suggest they will be doing so keep a look out.
Trafford Golf Centre-near the Trafford Centre. We went here last holidays and spent a couple of hours smashing a few balls! I was actually not too bad if I do say so myself! Great for age 7ish plus! There is also an onsite Starbucks and if you get the right seat you can watch from the window. For more info the website is linked here.
Airport Pub-this is better than going to the Aviation Viewing Park as you can park up and don't have to keep clock watching. Great place to grab a drink and something to eat and watch the planes coming in.
Crocky Trail, Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and Applejacks
Beaumaris-great for crabbing and having a mooch around. Plenty of ice cream parlours too!
A great facebook group for ideas on days out is Happy Days Out. I always check this page when I am looking for inspiration and it is full of people's experiences and advice.