July is here, and the school holidays are in full swing – lucky we have plenty of activities to keep children entertained! Festival season is here, so head to Altrincham for a celebration of all things French, or to Tatton Park for an explosion of American culture. For the creative among you, head to the Whitworth Art Gallery in search of treasure! And for a family fun day, why not see what the Cheadle Social Club has to offer.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 10am – 10.45am & 11am – 11.45am

Under 5s First Steps
Weekly active dance workshop where your little one can explore their creativity and have tons of fun! In this season we will wriggle, jiggle and jump as we explore stories, rhythm and music through our bodies. Everyone welcome, come and have a go!
Suitable for ages 2½ – 4½ .
Tickets £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents)
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

2 – 3 July 10am – 4pm.

Stars and Stripes
One of the UK’s premier events for lovers of all things American! Huge Find `n’ Chrome cars from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s including Muscle cars from all eras to the very latest models! Corvettes, Mustangs, Cadillacs, Hot Rods, Custom Cars and more plus the famous Wall of Death. Over 100 memorabilia, American lifestyle and general trade stalls. Live music.`Wild West Shoot Out’ and lots more entertainment for all the family.
Adult £9, children (10 – 15 years) £6, under 10’s FREE.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01565 723863 or 01625 374400 or for more info

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 11am – 12.30pm

Lookout, It’s Saturday Playhouse!
A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There’s something new to do every Saturday morning!
Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

4 July 9.15am – 3.20pm

Taster Day – for Year 5 pupils at The King’s School in Macclesfield
This popular event is not to be missed. Year 5 boys and girls have the opportunity to become a Senior School pupil for a day, mix with older students and work with the teachers to experience a variety of activities using fabulous facilities.
The event is truly a highlight in the calendar; the children have a wonderful time as they gain an insight into what being a student at King’s might be like and we enjoy beginning the process of getting to know them. There are range of fun activities and ‘lessons’ to try out, including music, drama, Art, Design & Technology, PE, Science, Maths, Geography, Spanish and more.
The King’s School in Macclesfield,
Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1DA.
Telephone: 01625 260000,

5 July 10am – 11.30am

Toddler Kiddy Cook
Get your toddler interested in fabulously fresh food with having a trip to Tatton Park’s walled garden to pick your own fruit and vegetables for a delicious seasonal recipe. It’s the best way for children get to see first hand how the food their to plates. These popular sessions will run for 90 minutes as parents and carers help their toddler pick fresh ingredients from Tatton’s Walled Garden to create easy-to-make recipes in the Victorian Still Room.
Cost: £22 (for 1 adult and 1 child)
Book via Nikki Geddes on 07976619648 or
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374428

9 July 11am – 1pm

Behind the Scenes Walk with the Rangers
Take a look behind the scenes at some of the estate’s working building, past and present.
Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2NR
Tel: 01663 762023

9-10 July 12 noon – 4pm

Victorian Garden Fete
Step back in time at our Victorian garden party.
Bring a picnic to our fete and enjoy playing some traditional games, listen to the brass band, and try your luck at a range of amusements.
Dunham Massey,
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Tel: 01619411025

15-17 July 10am – 12 noon

Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns for a food and fun-filled weekend for you to enjoy with family and friends. Known for its spectacular array of culinary activities, visitors to the Foodies Festival can look forward to cookery demonstrations in the Chefs Theatre from Michelin-starred, celebrity and tops chefs, and can feast on flavours from around the world on the Street Food Avenue. Watch baking, patisserie and chocolate experts in the Cake & Bake Theatre and relax with wine, champagne or a cocktail masterclass in the Drinks Theatre. A BBQ Arena offers advice and inspiration on al fresco dining with demonstrations and recipes, and head to the Producers Market where you can browse and sample local produce and chat with experts in the Wine and Cheese Village who will help match this season’s wines with award-winning cheeses. Little Foodies can look forward to the Childrens’ Cookery School where they can discover their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills. Entertainment includes live music from the Entertainment Stage throughout the day, or if you are brave enough, enter the Chilli Eating Competition!
Tickets: Friday ticket £10 (concessions £8, accompanied under 12’s free), Sat & Sun tickets £13/£11 concession. VIP tickets available.
Note: park car and mini-bus entry charge £6
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Tel: 0844 995 1111

16 July 10am – 12 noon

Kiddy Cook
What could be more fun? A trip to the supermarket where you can buy a couple of plastic punnets of under ripe strawberries that are all looks and no substance, or a bucket filled to the brim with fabulous fruit that you’ve picked yourself?
During this July pick and cook workshop children will be picking their own soft fruits to make a seasonal recipe in the Victorian Still Room (a fruit crumble perhaps or maybe a delicious summer pudding)? They’ll also get a tour of the Mansion House with Tatton’s Victorian Housekeeper.
Cost: £22 (for 1 adult and 1 child)
Book via Nikki Geddes on 07976619648 or
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374428

20 – 24 July 10am – 6.30pm

The BFG at RHS Flower Show
Coinciding with the launch of the big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s THE BFG, directed
by Steven Spielberg, The Big Friendly Giant comes to this year’s RHS Flower Show
in the form of Tatton Park’s fabulous show garden.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374428

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  • Wednesdays 23 July – 27 August, 9am – 4pm
    Summer Fun at East Lancashire Railway

  • Traditional Family Fun themed family activities taking place this summer holidays between 19th July and 31st August.

    Almost 100 years since the First World War we take a look back at children’s games and family pursuits from 1914.

    Activites include:
    Decorate your own wooden yoyo
    Decorate your own Spinning top
    Family Friendly Tour: From Street to Trench
    Vintage Games
    Scrap Booking
    Peg Dolls
    Star Clappers
    Cardboard Theatre

    IWM North, The Quays
    Trafford Wharf Road
    Manchester M17 1TZ
    Tel: 0161 836 4000

  • Reebok's Celebrity Trainer Provides Free Fitness Advice for the Parents of Manchester!

    This Saturday 26th of July, worldwide fitness and lifestyle trainer and Reebok Brand Ambassador, Sarah Maxwell will provide free fitness consultations for the mums and dads of Manchester at the launch of Reebok’s New FitHub store in Debenhams (Market Street).

    Also at the event:

    – Free 10 minute mini-massages
    – Chance to win a pair of Reebok’s RealFlex trainers
    – Reebok’s F/W 2014 Collection

    Come along to the event and bring an idea of what you want to achieve for your body, and Sarah will plan it out for you!

    See you there!

  • Tuesday 28th July – Egyptian Jewellery Making Drop In Session

  • Every Tuesday from 21 July – 25 August 11am – 4pm

    Chill Factore are running free activities for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Embark on a Snow Trek where you will witness Ski or Snowboard Lessons first hand and see the action unfolding in the exciting Snow Park, before heading off to enjoy a quick go at sledging. You can also enjoy a climb up our 12m climbing wall!

    There will be exciting free activities for everyone, from little ones, to big ones to those new to the slope to those more experienced. From games to give-aways to special guests, and special events there will be more FREE fun than you can ever imagine! The lovable Mini Moose will be there to delight all the children as well as much more fun…But we don’t want to spoil the surprise, so come on down to find out!

    Oh and that’s not all, throughout the whole of July and August we will be offering buy one get one FREE on Ski or Snowboard Lessons or Fun Tasters, Lift Passes and Snow Park Passes!
    Chill Factore; the coolest place to be this summer!

    Chill Factore, Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester, M41 7JA
    Tel: 0843 596 22 33

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