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Five things to do in Greater Manchester over the summer holidays

If you’re lucky enough to live in Buump Active’s home city of Manchester, you’ll know that there’s always tons of stuff to do for families, especially when the kids are off school.

Here’s our pick of the top five things to do for families throughout August in our great city and the wider Greater Manchester region…

Sea Life Centre, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

A great attraction for smaller children and babies, especially on a rainy day, Sea Life at the Trafford Centre is buggy friendly and has lots of baby facilities too.

Slightly smaller than some of the other Sea Life attractions in the UK, it is perfect for little ones with shorter attention spans and even includes a play area towards the end for toddlers and young children.

The brightly coloured, beautiful fish and sea creatures – including incredible Japanese Spider Crabs and majestic stingrays – will entrance and hypnotise your babies, and you can also sneak in some nice lunch and a bit of shopping in at Intu Trafford Centre, too. Win-win!

Entry starts from £11.95 for children aged 3 and over, but if you hunt around online you will more than likely find a voucher code or 2 for 1 offer that will save you a few spondoolies.

East Lancs Railway & the Bury Transport Museum, Bury

This wonderful attraction in the North of Greater Manchester includes real steam train rides for those little Thomas the Tank enthusiasts, and the very educational Bury Transport Museum. There are Craft Workshops and Wizard Academy events on throughout August to keep kids entertained, and altogether, with its cafe, pub and gift shop, it’s a great family day out.

A family ticket, which includes train travel all day and entry into the museum for all, costs £42.00.

Tatton Park and farm, Tatton, Cheshire

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Just a short drive from Manchester, beautiful Tatton Park in Knutsford, Cheshire, is a wonderful family day out during the summer months.  The historic estate includes stunning gardens, a Tudor Hall, a deer park and a neo-classical mansion, plus a delightful farm that little animal lovers will adore.

Throughout August, there are lots of summer fun days planned on the farm where children can learn about daily farming life and see machinery in action, as well as milking demonstrations and much more. A family ticket to the park (including the farm) costs just £19.00, making it a cost-effective day out.

Play Factore, Trafford Centre

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If you’re looking for rainy day activities and the kids need to burn off some energy, look no further than the UK’s largest indoor family entertainment arena! Play Factore is potentially the most spectacular indoor play centre you’ll ever see and even houses Europe’s tallest standing indoor slide. 

With special areas for toddlers and smaller kids, a zip wire, a VR experience and even electric go-karting, the kids will have a whale of a time. There’s also a cafe that offers a very serviceable latte for mums having a little break!

Prices range from free to £12.95 per child, depending on their age, and the zip wire and VR experiences cost a little extra.

Rivington Pike and the Terraced Gardens, Rivington, nr Bolton

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If you prefer your days out to be more rambling and wild, strap baby into a sling, stick your walking boots on and head for Rivvy Pike!  On the way up the hill, you can go on a magical adventure through the Rivington Terraced Gardens, a fabulous warren of hidden paths, caves, eerie structures and the overgrown ruins of what once was a very grand estate.

Lord Leverhulme, the Sunshine Soap magnate and founder of Lever Brothers (now Unilever), built the incredible estate in 1905. After his death, the property was sold and his Japanese-themed terraced Gardens – which included ornamental lakes, a man-made ravine and an awe-inspiring seven-arch bridge – began to fall into disrepair, and were left to the forces of nature.  Nowadays, they are a heritage site and conservation project, and walking through the fabulous woodlands and plains makes for a fantastic family day out.  Look out for the pigeon tower at the top, and make sure you visit Rivington Hall Barn for a well-earned cup of tea and a cream scone before you set off home.

What are your favourite Greater Manchester attractions? Share your top tips!

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