Be prepared for May Bank Holiday, half term and beyond – browse our events and find the one for your family. Kites flying is always a popular activity in Lyme Park. If you are interested in history you can join Henry VIII and his court ‘visiting’ Tatton Park. The more adventures of our readers will have fun at Geronimo, the biggest children’s festival in the North-West.

1-2 May starting 11am (on 1st), 2pm, 4pm

Three Little Pigs
Brand new show from the Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company that is full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills. “…You can huff and puff all you like, you’re still not getting in!”
Suitable for age 2 and beyong
Tickets: £5-10
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 10am – 12pm

Wacky Woods Tuesday Morning Toddler Stay and Play
Outside play at most of the weather, play trail, balance and jump off logs, watch worms, build dens, play games, do nature crafts, create muddy morsels in the mud kitchen, make music and tell stories… and also a campfire with hot snacks and drinks.
Suitable for preschool ages
No need to book. Just come when you can.
Cost £5 per child
Wacky Woods
Brookledge Ln, Adlington,
Macclesfield, Cheshire East SK10 4JU
Tel: 01625 573086

6, 13, 20, 27 May 10am – 10.45am & 11am – 11.45am

Under 5s First Steps
Weekly dance workshops for children aged under 5 and their families. Come along and feel the groove as your little one explores their creativity and has tons of fun! This season we will wriggle, jiggle and jump as we explore stories, rhythm and music through our bodies.
Suitable for ages 2½ – 4½ .
Tickets £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents)
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

7 May 10am – 12noon

Forest Fairies Spring
Not just for girl fairies, but boy fairies/elves/pixies too
Follow the fairy/elf trail, build a beautiful fairy/elf house, make a fairy/elf wand, and a beautiful woodland crown to wear as we discover the magical world of the little people that live in the forests.
Booking and payment in advance is essential,places are limited.
This event is run by Wacky Woods in partnership with Cheshire East Countryside Rangers Service.
Teggs Nose
Reservoir Car Park (not the visitor centre carpark)
Macclesfield, Cheshire East SK11 0NB
Tel: 01625 573086

7 May 9.30am – 10.15am, 10.15am – 11am

Baby and Toddler – Storytelling and Play session
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them.
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

7 May 11am – 1pm

Special Guided Walk – Family Wildlife
Bring all the family to discover Dunham’s deer and other wildlife on an accessible walk around the park.
Dunham Massey
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Tel: 0161 941 1025

9, 16, 23 May 10am – 10.45am

Mini Movers & Groovers
New fun and creative session for toddlers and young children where they can explore new worlds through creative movement and music. Through imaginative play using movement and music and a mixed sensory approach, your child will develop: language skills, co-ordination, balance and their emotional, social and mental development. These creative and fun filled sessions are led by an experienced Early Years teacher and an Early Years movement specialist.
Sessions run weekly in blocks of 6 week terms. Due to popular demand advanced booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tickets £5 (pay for 5 sessions, get one session FREE)
Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Tel: 0843 208 6000

15 May 11am – 4pm

Bramhall Duck Race
the Duck Race and Family Fun Day is held by Bramhall And Woodford Rotary Club at Bramhall Park. There will be a variety of duck races to enter and speciality races with local celebrities and businesses getting involved by decorating large rubber ducks, who will go beak to beak in the river. As well as Duck Racing with some fabulous prizes for the winners there will be many sideshows a bouncy castle, games, singers, dancing groups and craft stalls.
Bramhall Park
Hall Rd, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX

20 May 10.30am – 12 noon

Experitots: Things that Fly
These popular creative activity sessions for under-6s feature puppets and storytelling to introduce the wonders of science to knee-high explorers and to help toddlers get the most out of our hand-on science gallery Experiment. This month’s session explores Things that Fly.
£3 for one child and one adult, £2 for additional child
Limited place, booking recommended
Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
To reserve a place: 0161 833 0027

28 – 29 May, 1:30pm-5pm (last entry 4pm)

Sheep Shearing at the Farm
Come along to see the sheep being sheared ready for the start of summer. Local sheep shearer David Norcott will be shearing some of the flock daily, so don’t miss this opportunity to see them shed their woolly coats.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400

28 May – 5 June

Amazed by Science
Come this half-term and bank holiday weekend to celebrate science, technology and engineering at Tatton Park as part of Cheshire’s Amazed By Science Festival 2016. Be inspired by Tatton’s rich heritage of past achievements and endeavours, whilst exploring how science is still relevant to us today, helping maintain and conserve Tatton Park’s historic built and natural features both now and for future generations.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400

28 – 30 May, 4pm – 9pm,

The Lost Carnival – The Battle of the Carnivals.
Over a century after the mysterious Lost Carnival disappeared, news has reached our ears that The Lost Carnival will appear in Crewe in Cheshire this May. For three short nights only, families will step into a world unlike any other in this large-scale outdoor immersive theatre experience from award-winning producers Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and So It Is (Bury Met, Ramsbottom Festival).
LAStheatre presents The Battle of the Carnivals, a story beyond your wildest imagination. Meet The Birds and The Ingenues – two rival carnival families battling for supremacy. Expect spellbinding theatre and enthralling installations, circus, music, visual trickery and sideshows.
Queen’s Park, Victoria Ave, Crewe, Cheshire East CW2 7SE

29 – 30 May, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

Geronimo Festival
Geronimo is returning to Tatton Park. Set against the wonderful woodland backdrop of Tatton Park, Geronimo will yet again be delivering an exciting programme of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures, including lots of new attractions. Expect a line up jam-packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, a brand new theatre and literary zone with award winning productions and a second stage featuring live music. The craft marquee is bound to inspire and don’t forget the full Geronimo circus and hundreds of other crazy and unusual activities like giant tortoise encounters, stone carving and a crime scene for kids to solve. Geronimo will also bring the woods to life with den building, high rope courses and a chance to tick off some of your “”50 things to do before you’re 11-3/4”.
Tickets start from £18.50 per person. Children under the age of two go free.
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tel (Tatton park): 01625 374400

30 May – 5 June

The Great Big Noise
The doors are thrown open to anybody aged 11 or under this half term as children stage a takeover of the theatre! There will be games, crafts, performances and workshops – and loads of different ways to get involved. We’ll be announcing a full programme of events in the New Year – keep a lookout for more details.
Tel: 0161 833 9833

31 May 12noon – 4pm

Wild Art
Let’s get extra messy with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾‘. Go wild and create a picture using natural materials from the Garden.
Garden ticket required.
Dunham Massey
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Tel: 0161 941 1025

31 May 2pm – 4pm

Canopic Jars
Drop in to West Park to make an Egyptian canopic jar to take home-complete with organs!!
Suitable for children of all ages. Adults must accompany.
Cost: £2
Tel: 01625 613210
West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BJ


7 comments to May

  • Weaving Magic at Paradise Mill
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  • Please can Thursday 28th May 2015 (TEENAGE ART WORKSHOP) be changed to …

  • We are working on the DVD release of Shaun the Sheep The Movie. In anticipation of this we are bringing a giant Shaun on a big city adventure to Manchester next week to take up residency.

    On the 31st at 12pm we will be holding a ‘best dressed Shaun’ fancy dress costume and would so love it if you would help us encourage kids to come and join in the fun at The Arndale Centre!

    We will be giving away fluffy Shaun ears to the first 100 kids down to see Shaun each day and there will be prizes for the best fancy dress costumes on the 31st!

    All welcome!

  • Holiday Activities for Children at the Silk Museum

    Sewing Bee
    Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June
    Try your hand at simple hand sewing techniques.
    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years
    Booking essential
    Call 01625 613210

    Drop-in Activities at the Silk Museum

    Amazed By Science
    Wednesday 1 June
    Drop-in to enjoy a carousel of fun scientific experiments.
    Drop-in activity, families and children 5-10 years, £2 per person

    Holiday Activities for Teenagers at the Silk Museum

    Wallpaper Workshop
    Thursday 2 June
    Use wooden printing blocks as inspiration and design your own wallpaper.
    £6.50 per person, 12-16 years
    Booking essential
    Call 01625 613210

    Drop-in Activities at the Old Sunday School

    Astronaut Backpacks
    Wednesday 1 June
    1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Get ready for Barnaby by making your own astronaut backpack complete with oxygen tanks so you can jet off into space!!
    £2 per activity pack

    Drop-in Activities at West Park Museum

    Canopic Jars
    Tuesday 31 May, 2-4pm, £2 per child
    Make and decorate an Egyptian canopic jar to take home.

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