What’s on – Bank Holiday Weekend 25th – 27th May


Predators at Chester Zoo (Photo: Chester Zoo)

Another bank holiday is here! It’s also the start of half term for most so there’s loads going on, including sheep shearing at Tatton, some family fun days and the start of Predators at Chester Zoo! Click here to see what’s on the rest of half term.

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Family films at the Curzon

Curzon, Knutsford
Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June

There are plenty of family films showing at the Curzon this half term! The Lego Movie 2 will be back for Kids Club (£3 tickets!) on Saturday morning, and The Secret Life of Pets 2, Aladdin and Avengers:Endgame will be showing over the weekend and rest of the week.  Click for more details.

Sheep Shearing at the Farm

Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford
Sat 25th – Sun 26th May 12-5pm (last entry 4pm)

Come to the Farm to see our sheep being sheared ready for the start of summer. Local sheep shearer David Norcott will be shearing some of our flock daily, so don’t miss this opportunity to see them shed their woolly coats. Normal Farm admission applies.£7 vehicle park entry applies to all. Click for more details

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NCT Photography Event

Plumley Village Hall, Knutsford
Sat 25th May 9:30am – 5pm

Come to our photography event where Liam Walsh Photography will take some great value photos of your little ones! For just £25 you’ll get 16 digital images afterwards which could easily be put into frames, mugs or other gifts (perfect for Father’s Day!) Price includes one A4 print and all images copyright free! Suitable for all aged children. Max 3 children per session. Sessions ten minutes long. Click here to book

Music in the Garden at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey
Sat 25th & Sun 26th May (and selected May/June weekends) 12-2:45pm

Relax with live music in the garden as tulips and bluebells spring to life. Dig out your picnic blanket, top up your glass and let the music carry you away! Booking not needed. Free event but normal admission applies. Click for more details.

Leo's Ladder

A charming book featuring scenes of Knutsford! On sale at Hal Whittakers (Princess Street) or the Heritage Centre. Author & illustrator available for school visits –  email deegriffiths123@gmail.com

Rocket Lab

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Sat 25th – Mon 27th May, 11am – 4pm (drop-in)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zero. We have a lift-off! As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, join us at Jodrell Bank to get involved with our fun and interactive activities all about the science of rockets. Activities are aimed at adults and children aged 7+. Please note that children must be supervised. Free with general admission. Click for more details

Family Fun Day

Mobberley Cricket Club 
Sun 26th May 12noon

Head down to the cricket club on Sunday for our family fun day! We’ll have a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, toddler soft play, hit the wicket, lucky dip, sweet stall and barbecue! Click for more details

Inner Strength

Bank Holiday Bonanza

Lion Saltworks, Wilmslow
Sat 25th – Mon 27th May 11am – 5pm

Live and Local presents a Bank Holiday Bonanza! Family festival and fun day with outdoor stage, live music, children’s activities, stalls, refreshments, hot food and much more. Enjoy the Bank Holiday at this traditional village festival with a contemporary twist, featuring local live bands throughout the day. FREE entry. Click for more details.

Predators at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo, Chester
25th May – 8th September

Step back in time to meet the most fearsome creatures of the prehistoric world! Where a shark’s bite was three metres wide and giant snakes ate crocodiles for breakfast! Discover 13 life-sized animatronic predators in this world premiere exhibition from the creators of Dinosaurs! at Chester Zoo. You’ll come face to face with a massive megalodon, a terrifying terror bird and a gigantic giant bear.  And, it’s your chance to see some of your old dinosaur favourites too. But beware, they’re still hungry! Normal admission applies.  Click for more details.


The Lowry, Salford
Sat 25th May

Chores was a runaway success story in 2018, winning several awards. Now, Chores is set to thrill audiences at The Lowry! Two brothers must hurry to clean their room before their mum comes back. What could possibly go wrong? A circus-comedy for the whole family, all the way from Australia! Tickets from £12. Click for more details

Journey to the Impossible

The Lowry, Salford
Sat 25th & Sun 26th May 

Did you own a Walkman, play Donkey Kong or watch the Goonies? We made this show for you (oh, and your kids). An unashamedly 80s sci-fi coming-of-age adventure with epic songs, for all the family. Tickets from £9. Click for more details

Bank Holiday Fun

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Sat 25th – Mon 27th May 11am – 4pm

Spend the Spring Bank Holiday with us at Blakemere Village and enjoy Fun FREE activities within the Courtyard.  On Saturday there will be face painting. On Sunday there will be traditional Punch and Judy Shows, including magic or balloon modelling (shows at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm). On Monday we will have our Circus Skills Workshop. Remember, all these activities are free! During your visit you can also take part in our Polly Pig Trail! Click for more details

Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels

The Lowry, Salford
Sun 26th May 

Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece with help from his faithful canine companion…what could possibly go wrong?! This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment. Followed by a screening of the Academy Award®️winning ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers’ with the soundtrack performed by the orchestra live on stage. Tickets from £13.50. Click for more details

Archery taster at Speke

Speke Hall, Liverpool
Sun 26th May, 2nd June and other selected dates

Fancy yourself as the next Robin Hood? Take part in archery taster sessions on selected dates between May and August. Challenge the whole family to see who’s the best, while learning a brand new skill. There is a small charge of £1 per go for 6 arrows. Admission applies. Click for more details.

Knutsford Lions Fair 

The Large Heath, Knutsford
Mon 27th May 11am – 4pm

Join us on bank holiday Monday for a fun filled fair! There will be musical entertainment, welly wanging, a fairground, facepainting, donkey rides, Meet the Fire & Rescue Service, scouts BBQ, Indian street food, Tatton Brewery stand, pizzas, crepes, ice cream and more!!  Click for more details

Over the Rainbow

Norton Priory, Runcorn
Mon 27th – Tues 28th May 10am  – 4pm

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Norton Priory for fun family activities. Poor Dorothy is lost in the woodland! Scatty Scarecrow would find her – if he only had a brain! Fun storywalk for little munchkins & their grown ups – PLUS fun crafts and trails. Make a bird scarer, design a mini scarecrow, make a newspaper plant pot and plant a seed in it to take home. Usual admission applies. No need to book. Click for more details

Flight Academy – Airport Life

Runway Visitor Park, Altrincham
Mon 27th, Tues 28th, Thurs 30th May & Sun 2nd June

*For ages 4-12* Learn about the different job roles at Manchester airport! Try your hand at being a pilot, cabin crew or air traffic controller in our role play session. We will go outside to see if we can see any of the job roles that we have covered in action on the runway! 2 sessions available for ages 4 to 7, or 8 to 12yrs.  £7 per child. Book in advance. Please see our What’s On page for T&C’s & guidelines for this tour before you book. Click for more details.

Bee activities at Dunham

Dunham Massey
Mon 27th May – Fri 7th June

Join in with a family friendly wildlife survey to spot Dunham’s special bees and learn how to communicate like a bee with Waggle Dancing and magnetic Hula Hooping, amongst others. We will be hosting a special Beespoon installation in the orangery during the second week, which explores how hard a bee works to produce a tiny amount of honey! Click for more details

We’re going on a Bear Hunt

Knutsford Library
From Sat 25th May

Hunt for the bear around the library and enjoy a treat for your hard work! Click for more details

Enchanted Forest Trail

Biddulph Grange Garden
Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June

Put on your fairy wings or elf hat and have fun on our natural play equipment while you spot fairies hidden in the trees. £2.50 including small prize and normal admission also applies. No need to book. Click for more details.

Percy the Park Keeper – One Springy Day

Dunham Massey
1st March – 9th June

Join Percy the Park Keeper and his woodland friends on the first of four seasonal activity trails across the year. Based on the new book ‘One Springy Day’ by Nick Butterworth. Complete the trail around the park, garden and house (open days only) and collect a sticker. Pick up your free trail from the garden kiosk. Normal admission to the garden (and car park if using) applies. Click for more details

Cheshire Beekeepers

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Mon 27th – Fri 31st May

Drop by the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Stand and explore the wonderful life of the honeybee and find out how to encourage bee friendly habitats. You’ll also be able to watch master Beekeepers at work in a live beekeeping demonstration (times depending on weather, find out more on the day). You’ll see the fascinating and ancient craft of beekeeping up close and in action at Jodrell Bank’s very own Apiary and the Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions. Click for more details

Telescope Walking Tours

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Sat 25th – Fri 31st May 12:15 & 3:15pm (weekdays) 11.45am (weekends and bank holidays)

Join one of Jodrell Bank’s popular Telescope Walking Tours as a friendly Explainer takes you for a stroll around the base of the impressive Lovell Telescope. You’ll find out more about how the Grade 1 listed Telescope works, explore its fascinating history and discover some of its ground-breaking research. Walking Tours last around 45 minutes, will take place indoors if wet, are available on a drop-in basis and are free with general admission. Talks are aimed at adults and children aged 10+. Click for more details

Half term Farmyard Frolics

Cockfields Farm, Ashton-under-Lyne
Mon 27th May – Sun 2nd June

Enjoy all the fun of the Farm with our Farmyard Frolics Event! Wash a Pig, Bottle Feed the Goats, Collect the Chicken Eggs ,Groom the Donkey, meet the Bugs & Creepy Crawlies, Build a Scarecrow, Meet the Lizards, Meet the Hedgehog, Hold a Snake, Bath a Tortoise , Meet the Barn Owl and lots lots more…Burn off some energy in our fabulous play areas, Jumping Pillows, Indoor Role Play Village, Swings, Slides, Beach Area, Milk a Cow , Pedal Tractors, the Warren Play Zone & Climbing Frame. Everything is included in your admission price; book online to save. Click for more details.  Click here to read Knutty Mums’ review of Cockfields Farm’s Easter event

Half Term at Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens, Stoke – on – Trent
Various dates – check website

We have plenty of exciting things to see and do including a boat trip, miniature train ride and butterfly art installation. You can also head to our playground with assault course and zip wire, try to work your way out of the Hornbeam maze or try to find all the fairies in our Fairy Trail! Click for more details

Polly Pig Trail

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Sat 27th April – Sun 16th June

Find Polly’s Piglets this summer! Once upon a time in the village of Blakemere there was a pig called Polly who had six mischievous Little piglets who all decided to hide… Can you help Find them? Join in this fun activity trail to find Polly’s piglets and complete the activities along the way. Purchase your activity pack for just £3 per child from the Visitor Information Centre from 10.00am – 4.00pm weekdays and 10.30am -4.00pm weekends. A great trail for 3 – 11yrs Click for more details

Tudors in Bloom

Speke Hall, Liverpool
Sat 25th May – Sun 9th June

Celebrate spring in Tudor style. Follow the Green Man’s trail as his spring spell brings nature to life, make a magical mask or enjoy tales from Mother Nature. Free event, normal admission applies. Click more details

Tabbalabba at Gulliver’s World

Gulliver’s World, Warrington
Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June

Join the Tabbalabba celebrations at Gulliver’s Theme Parks! Tabbalabba is the ultimate family festival taking place across nine magical days. It’s all about fun, families and fantastic festivities! There will be Springtime Festivities, the Big Bubble Show, the Sock Puppet Parade an the Gulliver’s Cake-Off. Sock puppets are one of the most important parts and we’re offering a FREE return ticket for every child wearing a sock puppet to this special event! Make them as wacky and wonderful as possible! Click for more details

Classes at Treehouse

Treehouse, Altrincham
Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June

Treehouse’s usual PAYG classes will all be on over half term so why not try something new! There’s something for ages from 0 – 7, including football, Disney Dance, Morning with Peppa and Baby Music and Movement! Click here for more details and to book

Fun at Redhouse Farm

Red House Farm, Dunham Massey
Sat 25th May – Fri 7th June 10am – 4pm

This Whit half term, we are running our courtyard activities.  This includes animals to see, the barrel train ride, giant inflatable pillow, climbing wall, and much more! Prices are £10 for 3 yrs plus, and £5 for 1-2 yrs.  Adults go free. There’s no need to book, you can just turn up and pay on the day.  Cash or card payments accepted. If you prefer, you can pre-pay for your tickets on the website.  Click for more details

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow
17th May – 31st August

Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh. Join factory inspector Augustus Snout and his assistant Scuttle on an inspection of the mill. Have a go at different jobs throughout your journey and experience the dangers of working in a cotton mill. Pick up your mill trail at the mill entrance. 50p per trail. Booking not needed. Admission applies. Click for more details

Right to Play around the World

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow
Mon 27th – Fri 31st May

Discover the different ways children find to play wherever they live. Join us for activities and games and learn about the differences in children’s lives in different parts of world. Click for more details

Wind in the Willows Trail

Hare Hill, Over Alderley
Until 1st September

Follow the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger with this fun interactive trail at at Hare Hill. Featuring original images by E.H. Shepard. £1 per trail. Click for more details

Applejacks Adventure Farm Holiday Opening

Applejacks Adventure Farm, Warrington
Sat May 25th – Sun 2nd June

Applejacks Adventure Farm is open every day of the holidays! Enjoy magic shows for children put on at noon each day by a professional magician. Race down the Racing Zip-Wires, bounce on the Jumping Pillow, drop down the Drop Slides, and exterminate opponents on the Eliminator. You can take cover in our large covered play areas in the event of wet weather (now heated!). Check dates and times on our website. See our website for bargain tickets based on The More the Merrier pricing introduced for 2019. Click for more details

Click here to see our guide to the May half term!

May half term picture