Even though school holidays don’t come into play for us with Spike staying at nursery this year, we still fall victim to the boredom fairy every now and then. We do a lot with Spike. We go out and enjoy fun days out wherever we can. And because of that I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do. This year we’re looking for the freebie options as moving house is proving to be more expensive than we thought… So I thought I’d share some of our favourite options with you!
Things to do near Manchester
Obviously my biggest, happiest place to recommend in Manchester is the Manchester Museum. I spent my birthday here a few years ago and it was awesome. You can meet Stan the T-Rex and they do all kinds of activities throughout the summer.
The summer Hub at Trafford Centre. I know, I know. The Trafford Centre is a huge shopping centre, which in the summer holidays isn’t going to be that much fun. However if you need to combine the school essentials shop with something that will balance out the stress doing it at the Trafford Centre is a great idea. In between the stressful shopping you can relax on their free ‘beach’ or ‘garden’ and let the kids have a go on the water riders or the carousel.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
My sister and I recently visited Elizabeth Gaskell’s house and while I didn’t originally think it was suitable for kids, I was surprised when we were there. Whilst not technically free, you only pay for adults – kids under 16 are free. There were little activities everywhere and the summer events programme there is brilliant and costs around £1 per activity.
Things to do around Liverpool
Search for Mermaids in New Brighton
I love trails in towns and cities. I love them even more when they are something that Spike will get excited about. The Mermaid Trail in New Brighton sounds just up her street. There’s 6 mermaids to be found and they look awesome.
Explore the World…
The World Museum is amazing, there are 7 floors of different things to learn about and we only had time to complete 3 when we first visited! You can easily lose a day in the museum and thats without the activities such they have on in the summer! /the museum is free but donations are accepted and its more than worth it.
Things to do around Blackburn
Take to the Market
Blackburn market is going ‘fun’ for the summer. Head along on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday to join in with a. Variety of events throughout the summer. There will be art, music and crafts and its all free. Again, something to enjoy while doing the kids uniform shops?
Visit ‘Brickburn’ and find the kids’ favourite Paw Patrol character
By the final week in the holidays you are definitely going to be looking for fun and free things to do. The world’s first Brickburn will feature 21 characters from the Nick Jr show Paw Patrol ranging from 75cm to 120cm high. The brick sculptures will be found on a trail throughout the town and there will also be a 2 metre tall lookout tower made from bricks and a selfie zone featuring Marshall’s fire truck… We’ll be there!
Hit the hills for a walk
We loved the Pendle Sculpture Trail and there are so many amazing walks to do around Blackburn. I want to visit the Panopticons so badly and they are right on the doorstep if you live in this area. I reckon Spike will love the Singing Ringing Tree the most…
Things to do in North Lancashire
Feed the animals at Old Holly Farm
Old Holly Farm is the first farm I took Spike to when she was tiny. It is the only farm round here you can visit for free. Though they do charge entry to the playbarn. It’s a cute little farm and we need to go back soon, I’m sure we will as it’s closer to our new house!
Feel the Vintage Vibe
The Morecambe Vintage By The Sea event has been on my radar for a while and I will definitely be checking it out this year. The whole prom goes Vintage for the weekend and this year its just within the summer holidays! There will be pooch parades, live music, dancing and fair grounds.
It’s Festa Italia time!
Not strictly within the summer holidays but very close to the start of the school term, you can head into the city of Lancaster and join in their celebration of everything Italian. The umbrellas are already in place and following these will be street performances, street food and more to celebrate the country.