Here is our list of the top 12 things to do in Bury and Manchester this half term, for a full list of what’s on visit our events guide.
Wet and Wild Fun Sessions run at Castle Leisure Centre Monday to Friday, 2pm to 3.45pm and Sundays 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre sessions are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 1pm to 3pm and Saturdays, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Ramsbottom Pool and Fitness Centre are Monday to Friday, 2.30pm to 3.30pm and Saturdays, 3pm to 4pm.
Splash time for under 5′s at Castle Leisure Centre on Tuesday, 4pm – 7pm, Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre on Tuesdays, 11am – 12noon and Thursdays, 11.30am – 12.30pm and Ramsbottom Pool & Fitness Centre on Wednesday, 10.15am – 11.15am.
Aqua fun is for 8-12 years olds who can swim 100m or more. With pool games, races, raft building and more at Castle Leisure Centre on Monday to Friday, 11am to 11.45am.
Intensive Crash Course Swimming Lessons are being run at Castle Leisure Centre for 3 to 4 year olds: 9am to 9.30am and 9.30am to 10.00am and over 5s: 9am to 9.45am and 9.45am to 10.30am. Ramsbottom Pool and Fitness Centre for 3 to 4 year olds: 9.45am to 10.15am and over 5s: 9am to 9.45am. Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre for 3 to 4 year olds: 10am to 10.30am and over 5s: 9am to 9.45am.
Manchester Science Festival
The Science Festival is coming to Manchester this month so we’ve put together a guide to the hightlights of all the family fun going on. Whether it’s making slime, learning resuscitation or following your nose around Manchester; rockets, robots, stargazing or fossils – there are loads of things going on for kids of all ages, and adults too, to get involved in.
The Manchester Science Festival is running from the 24th October to 3rd November and has things going on at the MOSI, John Rylands Library, Manchester Museum and other venues across Manchester. For a full listing of events visit the Manchester Science Festival Website.
Legoland and Sealife
The LEGO pumpkins are back! Expect freaky fun at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre as MINILAND is taken over by glow in the dark ghastly ghouls and frightful phantoms! Join the hunt through MINILAND and count the ghost Minifigures, build a LEGO brick Witch in the Model Builder’s Workshop, and check out the LEGO bats and spiders around the attraction. There will be spooky fancy dress contests on Saturdays and Sundays with daily chances to win annual passes to the the attraction as well as other tricks and treats! There will also be scary facepainting for all children who attend the attraction over the weekends. Visit Legoland’s website to find out more.
Manchester’s only aquarium, SEA LIFE Manchester is a celebration of the sea from start to finish, containing over 1 million litres of water and featuring over 5,000 amazing sea creatures, 30 spectacular marine displays and an incredible underwater ocean tunnel.
The centre offers several interactive experiences for children and parents including touchpools where visitors can hold a crab or touch a starfish amongst other creatures and Sea TREK, a European first, offering visitors the chance to explore the underwater world without time consuming, specialised training.
Tickets are available to pre-book online for just £12. Combi-tickets to both attractions are available to pre-book online for and include entrance to SEA LIFE Manchester and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. For more information about SEA LIFE visit www.visitsealife.com/
Halloween parties, a ghost train and the Halloween festival are all going on this week in Bury. Check out our article listing all the family friendly spooky goings on around Bury.
Kids Comedy Club at The Lowry
On Sunday October 27th the Lowry is hosting a Kids comedy Club – cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six with some of the best stand-up comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! Suitable for ages 6+. £8.50pp. http://www.thelowry.com/event/comedy-club-for-kids
‘A highlight for children… giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club.’ The Guardian
‘The perfect way to entertain the whole family.’ Three Weeks
Junior Badminton and Squash at Castle Leisure Centre - Bring a friend and play badminton or squash for only £2 per court. For under 16s. Castle Leisure Centre, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm subject to availability. Book online at www.bury.gov.uk/buryleisure-bookings.
Jo’s Sports – children’s fun fitness sessions, working on children’s multi-skills which include balance, agility and co-ordination. Playing games including running, throwing and jumping. For 5 to 7 year olds at Elton Community Centre, David St, Off Walshaw Road/Tottington Road, Bury. Tuesdays, 5pm to 6pm and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm. Contact: 07764 761453
Little Sports Football Coaching - Football coaching for children. Longfield Suite, Prestwich town centre. Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm. Contact 0161 253 7227.
Bowling – Dog Bowl in Manchester have a half price deal on over the half term where kids get to bowl for just £2. Read more…
Den Building, Tuesday 29 October, Heaton Park 10am to 11:30am. Come and build a great den in the woods and use rope, tarps and natural materials to construct your shelter. The wardens will be on hand to help with knots and sticks and a wealth of knowledge. Wear old clothes because you’ll get mucky! Ages 8 – 15. Booking needed. Contact Dave Delany on 0161 773 1085 x201. Free
Junior animal wardens
Come and help the wardens in Heaton Park Animal Centre, feeding our pigs, goats, bunnies, ducks and all our other furry and feathery friends. Learn what they eat, where they sleep and get to help with the day to day tasks we do to keep our animals happy and healthy. For kids aged 8 to 15 on Monday 28th October from 10am to 11:30am. Contact Dave Delany on 0161 773 1085 X201
Come and meet the Heaton Park Donkeys! Ralph, Josh, Lenny, Midnight, Christie and Bonnie are all waiting to have their coats brushed, their ears tickled and maybe even be fed a carrot or two. If you ask nicely they may even let you have a short ride. Book early as places are limited. Heaton Park, Wednesday 30th October 10am til 11:30. For children aged 8 to 15 years. Free. To book call Dave Delany on 0161 773 1085 x201
The Snail and The Whale – The Lowry. October 29 @ 8:00 am - November 3 @ 5:00 pm. Tall Stories, creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows, are proud to present their latest exciting collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for the whole family. Suitable for ages 4+ | Family Ticket (4) £32.
The Dragon Who Hates Poetry – The Met - Tuesday 29th October 11am. There is no dragon scarier in any earthly place. His face looks like his bottom… and his bottom like his face… A fun, solo show packed full of lyrics, laughter and lots of joining in! Armed with only pen and paper, poet Dommy Bneeds your help to bring this fearful dragon’s reign to an end! Ages 5+. http://themet.biz/event/the+dragon+who+hates+poetry/1763/
STATik Action Transport Theatre – Horse & Bamboo Theatre, Rossendale. October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. It’s Mikey’s first day at work with the signal-fixing team, preparing radio’s and tuning them in, but when a rogue signal, the voice of a child, is mysteriously picked up, it begins to bring about the hilarious destruction of the factory regime. Orwell’s 1984 meets Laurel and Hardy in this brilliant, energetic, funny, word-less and highly entertaining theatre show about the chaos caused when one person can’t or won’t fit in. PART OF FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL. All tickets £7 - http://www.horseandbamboo.org/upcoming-events/?event_id_1=25.
Fireside Tales with Granddad – Thursday 31st October 1:30pm. the Met, Bury. Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant. And watch as the shadows between the trees unravel a tale of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very unusual princess. Exquisite puppets, captivating storytelling, beautiful shadow puppetry combine to create an enchanting show guaranteed to spark the imagination of everyone from 4-104. http://themet.biz/event/fireside+tales+with+granddad/1765/
Little Howard’s Big Show – The Met - November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Little Howard’s Big Show. The nations favourite human-cartoon double act: Big Howard and Little Howard return to the stage with their brand new comedy spectacular Little Howard’s Big Show. Read more…
The War of the Buttons – The Lowry - November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. George grows grapes. Bessie grows cabbages. One loves the sun. One loves the rain. A petty squabble grows and grows into… the war of the buttons! In a silly and wonderful tale, buttons and friendships are lost and won, games are played, and audiences young and old can rediscover their inner child!
Arts and crafts
IKEA Family Workshops from October 23rd to November 3rd head down to IKEA Manchester (Ashton) this half term for loads of family fun. There’s making soft toys out of recycled material, robot making, teddy bear workshop, badge making, Halloween crafts, teddy bears picnic and loads m,ore. Check out their website to see full details: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/store/ashton/livingwithchildren.
Halloween craft workshops – Bury Transport Museum - 26 October, 27th October and 30th October 2013, 11:00am to 3:00pm. The Bury Transport Museum hosts regular craft workshops and events to keep your little ones minds busy over the school holidays. Visit the website for full details. Admission is standard museum prices plus £1 per child. Bury Transport Museum, Castlecroft Goods Shed, Bury, BL9 0LN. http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
The Big Draw- Draw Tomorrow - Fusilier Museum . October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Free. What do you want to do when you grow up? Pick up your pencil and get drawing on a BIG scale! Draw around yourself and then decorate with what you want to be. Also just put your £1 in the pot for face painting. Ideal for 3 to 11 year olds, drop in from 1pm to 3pm.
Big Draw Banners – Rochdale. Wednesday 30 October 11am – 4pm. Get creative at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and join in the national Big Draw and Family Arts Festival. Design and make your own banner to take home inspired by our impressive co-operative banner collection! This event has been developed in partnership with the People’s History Museum. FREE. Drop in, no need to book. Suitable for all ages. Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL12 0NU. 01706 524920. www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop/events
Woodbank Cricket Club Fireworks extravaganza - November 3 @ 6:00 pm. Bonfire and fireworks display, tombola, rides, stalls and food available. Woodbank Cricket Club, The Kenyons, Stafford Street, Bury. 03 November 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Contact: Peter Hamer 07841 744291
Lightwater Valley Bonfire Night - November 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. Join us for our ultimate fireworks event as we finish the 2013 season with a bang on Sunday 3rd November from 10:00am until 5:30pm! The theme park will be open as usual from 10:00am, with insane explosions lighting-up the night sky above Swan Lake at 5:00pm. Read more…