Days out,  Family

A family day out in Manchester – We Are Lager festival, Great Northern Warehouse Maker’s Market and more

The March Buckt Box subscription we get included tickets to the We Are Lager Festival. This naturally meant we took advantage of their family day and took Spike along for a day out in Manchester.

Manchester with kids 

Manchester is a fantastic place to visit with kids. It’s so vibrant and full of great places to visit. We went with the intention of joining in with the We Are Lager festival but knew that if it wasn’t our scene we’d have an abundance of great museums and things like that to do instead.

We Are Lager Festival 

The We Are Lager Festival took place just off Deansgate, one of the city’s main streets. It’s somewhere we spend a lot of time because the Museum of Science and Industry is nearby. We got to the festival about an hour after it opened and were greeted by a lovely doorman who scanned our tickets, explained we’d need tokens for the lager and that there was a programme on the table. The festival on Family Day included a brilliant DJ set from Take Me To Church DJs. There was face painting, circus skills and crafts too.

At the Festival 

We had a super energetic Spike who didn’t want to sit still. Face painting is never her kind of fun. The crafts had too many kids around for her and the circus skills looked too time consuming. So she spent the entire time we were there running in circles chasing the DJs lights and dancing. Because of this me and T felt like we couldn’t really relax and we ended up sharing who was chasing after her. There were a few kids doing the same so we probably could have just left her too it but as it got busier I got more worried. I grabbed some Mac n Cheese street food and T had a coffee and we ended up going. The music was good but I felt like for a family day it was a little lacking in activities and it could have been more exciting, unfortunately. 

Great Northern Makers Market 
Spike enjoying Cupcakes from Rachel’s Bakrey at the Great northern Warehouse Makers Market on a Day Out in Manchester

On the way down Deansgate we spotted a market at Great Northern Warehouse. We’d been through the square a few weeks ago when T and I went to Whistlepunks Axe Throwing and it looked like a nice place to relax. So we called into the market to have a nosey. We grabbed some cakes from a local bakery and sat overlooking the Great Northern Free Play area to eat them.

Great Northern Play Area 

Spike obviously wanted to play in the Play Cafe and we were happy to oblige. It was a lovely place to sit in the sun. Especially with music coming from one of the market stalls. Spike loved the little Play Cafe. She played for quite a while and didn’t even make it to the sandpit before we had to leave. 

A touch of shopping 

Following that, we headed to Deansgate Waterstones to check out their children’s room and add some books to Spike’s birthday list. The room is brilliant because it has little activities, there was a reading session on and they even stock toys which Spike definitely enjoyed looking at. We added plenty to our wish lists and then headed up to Paperchase to checkout some stationery! We passed buskers, climbed walls and chased pigeons. Sometimes I wish I could be in Spike’s mind because it must be a fantastic place to be. 

Our Manchester adventures

As I say, Manchester is a fantastic city to spend time in with kids. The people are so inviting, the atmosphere is friendly, there’s loads to see and so and we love to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Museum, the libraries, and we’ve even had fun at the Football Museum. There’s always great events on! Our April adventures were no different to any others and I’m sure we’ll have loads more! Manchester is definitely one of our favourite cities. What’s your favourite city to visit?