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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’




School's almost out for another year and you'll soon find yourself with six weeks of summer holidays to fill.

Before you start worrying what on earth you'll do to fill the time - don't worry, we've got it sorted.

We've put together a mammoth list of fun days out and events to keep the whole family happy over the school summer holidays.

And because we know how expensive it is keeping the kids entertained, we've made sure it includes loads of free and cheap ones to make the most of too.

If these don't take your fancy then take a look our guides to the best family parks , adventure days out , playgrounds , beaches , castles and picnic spots where you could take your brood for a decent day out.

And if the recent spell of hot weather continues, you might also be on the lookout for an outdoor water park, splash zone or paddling pool - and a decent ice cream parlour for that matter.

Don't forget to contact us using the details below if we've missed any decent events off the list.


Bee in the City Trail

Manchester is abuzz with hundreds of giant bees this summer and you can join in a free trail to see them all for yourself.

The Bee in the City trail has seen eye-catching fibreglass sculptures of the insects installed at key landmarks around the city centre and surrounding suburbs.

More than 100 huge honeybees and 130 smaller ones have been dotted around the public art trail, each with its own colourful design created by local artists, schoolchildren, youth groups and adult creative groups.

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

The full trail runs from July 23 to September 23 and features designs including a Rock'n'Roll bee signed by Liam Gallagher, a Hac-Bee-Enda bee celebrating the city’s legendary nightclub, a footballing tribute to Sir Matt Buzz-Bee and Hilda Bugden - a celebration of one of Corrie’s most famous characters.

Bee in the City Mini Bee trail map


The project is being brought to the city by global public art producer Wild in Art, whose previous work has included the Great North Snowdogs in the north east and Liverpool’s Superlambananas.

See here for a full list of all the locations.

GMP Museum open days

The Greater Manchester Police Museum is hosting open days every Tuesday and Thursday between July 24 and August 30.

The events, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, focus on different units within the police force from the North West Underwater Search and Recovery Unit to the Tactical Dog Unit and the North West Ambulance Service.

57A Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1ET.

Wild Challenge and Big Wild Sleepout, Chorlton Water Park

Families are being encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors at Chorlton Water Park - and even spend a night under the stars.

The venue is hosting a Wild Challenge on Saturday, July 28 where parents and kids can get involved in activities like bird box making, nature trails, face painting, den building and pond dipping.

Tickets are £15 per family, with a £5 discount for RSPB members and the event runs from 1pm to 6pm.

But if you want to see what the park's like after dark, why not pitch your tent up for The Big Wild Sleepout.

Taking place on the same day and running until 10am on Sunday, July 29, there'll be activities such as a bat walk, a family quiz, campfire singing and a dawn chorus walk.

Tickets cost £50 for a small tent and £70 for a large tent with a £5 discount for RSPB members, and include entry to the day time event.

Families need to take their own tent, camping gear and food. BBQs for food will be provided along with everything needed for activities.

For more details visit the event's Facebook page here.

Chorlton Water Park, Maitland Avenue, Manchester, M21 7WH.

Free Summer Fun days, North Manchester

There are free activities for kids at six summer fun days taking place at different venues across north Manchester.

The events - on the last Sunday in July and every Wednesday afternoon in August - will feature a wide range of sports and activities, inflatables, face painting, music, a climbing wall and more.

All ages are welcome and the fun days will run from 12pm to 3pm. There's no need to book so you can just pop along on the day.

The full list of dates and venues:

  • Sunday, July 29 - Our Lady's Sports Centre, Alworth Road, Higher Blackley, M9 0RP
  • Wednesday, August 1 - Harpurhey Park, Carrisbrook Street, Harpurhey, M9 5UX.
  • Wednesday, August 8 - FC United, Broadhurst Park, Lightbown Road, Moston, M40 0FJ.
  • Wednesday, August 15 - Boggart Hole Clough, Charlestown Road, Charlestown, M9 7DF.
  • Wednesday, August 22 - Crumpsall Park, Ash Tree Road, Crumpsall, M8 5RX.
  • Wednesday, August 29 - Smedley Playing Fields, Smedley Lane, M8 8XG.

National Football Museum

With interactive objects, games and displays, the National Football Museum has lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.

Free Comic Animation sessions are running every Friday throughout the school holidays.

Children can be inspired by the iconic work of cartoonist Steve McGarry and create their own short animated clips to impress family and friends.

The free sessions, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, offer kids an easy way to learn the basics of animation, taking inspiration from the museum's new comic book display Playing for a Draw.

The museum is free to enter but donations are welcomed.

For more information about events there visit .

National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, City Centre, Manchester, M4 3BG.

Summer at the Museum of Science and Industry

There is plenty of free fun at the museum over the school holidays where families can join in a summer celebrating the Year of Engineering.

With daily activities and shows, kids can hear from real engineers and join in a tower building challenge and soap making workshops.

There's a special chance to meet engineers in action on Friday, August 3 and at a family weekend on August 25 and 26, families can explore engineering's weirder side, test their own inventive and creative skills, and meet the people who help build our world.

Also, between August 3 and 19, Power UP is back! The annual ode to retro gaming makes a welcome return, bringing consoles new and old for two weeks of seriously pixelated fun.

From casual players to hardcore gamers, Power UP 2018 invites everyone to exercise their thumbs and get their game faces back on.

Year of Engineering events, aimed at kids from five and above, run from July 21 to September 2. Although activities are free in some instances booking is required.


Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP.


The Whitworth

Events for babies and older ones are running daily in the school holidays.

There's sensory play for non walkers between 11am and 3pm between July 23 and August 31.

And on the same dates and times there's Playtime where families are encouraged to explore the art of play.

Have a wander and find games indoors and out, including the Whitworth Minecraft and a sand pit studio. There’s promises 'something for all the family in a gallery where art meets nature'.

On Saturday, July 28, the venue will launch its own part in the Bee in the City Trail with an event between 1pm and 3pm.

University of Manchester bee artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz will be there offering bee related making activities.

Then Wednesday, August 1 is National Play Day and when, on top of the Playtime games and interventions, children can design and make their own kite with artist Harriet Hall to fly in the park.

For more details about the activities offered visit the website.

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER.

Summer School, Manchester Art Gallery

If you've got older children looking for something to do this summer then they can book on a free Creative Consultants Summer School at the gallery.

The event's aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds and is running from 11am until 4pm from Tuesday, August 28 to Thursday, August 30.

Through a mixture of hands-on making, talking, and exploring the gallery, the aim is for the participants to get 'to know each other better, get to know the gallery better and have lots of new weird and wonderful creative ideas to come away with'.

The event is free and includes lunch. To take part email Kate Day for a sign up form on, or collect one from the gallery information desk.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL.

(Image: Matt Ratcliffe)

Virtual Hideout, Northern Warehouse

A new gaming experience for kids has arrived in Manchester just in time for the summer holidays.

Kids as young as six are invited to 'experience the jaw-dropping technology of virtual reality' at Virtual Hideout Manchester, which caters for novices, seasoned gamers and everyone inbetween.

The venue, on Deansgate Mews, plays host to a variety of cutting-edge games with themes including 360 immersive horror, shooting games, as well as sci-fi simulations with fantasies from Star Wars, Star Treck and Fantastic Beasts.

If you’re partial to a puzzle, you can enjoy the escape room themed games; a family friendly option available for kids as young as six.

Each experience includes a trained game host, single headset and lasts one hour, with games best played in twos.

Prices can start from £6 per person for a weekday slot, and rooms accommodate up to four people.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Virtual Hideout, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Manchester, M3 4EN.

Terrific Tuesday By the Sea at Manchester Cathedral

The stunning cathedral is hosting Terrific Tuesdays By the Sea throughout the holidays.

These are free family activities with a seaside flavour and are running each Tuesday from July 24 to August 28.

Resources are supplied on a first come, first served basis and each session has a different theme.

In the first one - Getting Shipshape - there are nautical symbols to discover and kids will be encouraged to look out for anchors and even a plate of fish and chips decorating the Cathedral.

Families can 'explore the beautiful medieval building, re-tell some sea-faring stories and get crafty' at the Creation Station.

They're running from 10am until 12.30pm, except for Tuesday, August 7 when the special Sing the Cathedral - Under the Sea sessions run from 10am to 11.15am and again from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

The venue is also home to 20 bees as part of Bee in the City Trail and there's a free Explorer Trail running at the cathedral throughout the holidays.

Visit for more details.

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX.

Crafts and more at People's History Museum

Families are encouraged to 'get cutting and sticking to create something that represents you or your ideas worth fighting for' at the People's History Museum.

Join in activities at the craft table and be inspired by the current exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years On, which reflects on those who campaigned for better representation; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes.

Activities are suitable for all ages and run from July 19 to September 2 and the museum's open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Spencer Hill at the People's History Museum

Every Wednesday in the school holidays it's hosting Make Your Mark creative workshops between 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are free but places need booking online.

And on Saturday, August 11 there's a Beeing Special fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity between 11am and 12pm.

Kids can join in the busy bee dance, search for flowers in the museum and follow Little Bee’s adventure to find out how he becomes the hero of Victorian Manchester.

The Little People’s History Museum activity is suitable for under fives and their grown ups.

Tickets will be made available a week before the event on the website.

People's History Museum, New Ct St, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER.


John Rylands Library

There are plenty of child-friendly workshops on at the popular John Rylands this summer.

Sessions include Rainbows, Stars and Flying Horses - 25 July, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug - where families can see the 19th century printing press come to life.

Inspired by the Alchemy of Colour exhibition they'll be printing 'beautiful images with an amazing rainbow twist'.

Workshops are aimed at children aged four plus, they're free and there's no need to book.

Others include Collection By Candlelight: Collection Encounter - 31 July, 9 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug - for ages seven plus, where children can enjoy some of the most exquisite gold decorated pieces displayed in the manner in which they would have originally been seen - illuminated by candlelight.

And there's a Shimmer and Shine window workshop - 2 Aug and 23 Aug - for ages four plus, where kids can use colourful papers and textures to make their own 'stained glass window'.

Toddler Tales are also running for under fives on August 2 and August 23.

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a story world of your own.

The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


Ancient Worlds at Manchester Museum

The museum will soon be saying goodbye to its Ancient Worlds galleries for a while, but not before they inspire some fun over the summer.

A number of workshops are planned for families to create their very own ancient worlds treasures to take home.

Each week there'll be a guest artist, sharing with you their own favourite objects in the Ancient Worlds collections and an arts activity inspired by it.

Sessions run Monday to Friday between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL.





The Hive at Lowry Outlet

The Lowry Outlet is joining in the buzz of the Bee in the City Trail with its own Hive event in August.

The event is running from August 3 to 6 and will feature a honeycomb maze filled with birds, bees and butterflies.

If you get lost be guided through the maze by the colourful character Polly Nator and while you listen to enchanting tales, be on the lookout for other specials guests.

Children can explore the garden while learning about the environment and important ecological messages and get crafty making their own bug hotel to take home.

Families will also be able to take a piece of The Hive home too as children's charity Fairy Bricks will be selling Lego bees for £5 each.

The Hive will be open from 10am to 5pm.

The outlet is also home to one of the 100 gigantic bees making up the Bee in the City Trail.

The design of the sparkling ‘Beedazzle’, by Maria Shrigley, was inspired by the bright lights and vibrancy of Manchester’s streets, as well as the sparkle in the eye of every Mancunian.

Lowry Outlet, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AH.


Have a happy and restful summer break. Back to school September 4th =)