What’s on – Weekend 17th & 18th August

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Firework Champions is at Arley Hall on Saturday!

It’s the weekend!! We’ve rounded up everything happening to entertain the kids around Knutsford, Northwich, Altrincham and the rest of Cheshire. Events for the coming weeks of the holidays will be released soon; make sure you’re following Knutty Mums on Facebook so you’re the first to know!

PLEASE NOTE FUNTOPIA IN NORTHWICH HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. Click here for details

For more inspiration, check out our Days Out and Cafes with things for kids to do pages too.

Please check details with the venue before you travel.

On this weekend:

Maize Maze at Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters Ice Cream Farm
From Sat 17th August (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

The Maize Maze is now open!! Come down and enjoy the maze followed by some of our delicious ice cream! Click for more details


The Lion King at the Curzon

Curzon, Knutsford
Sat 17th – Sun 18th August

The Lion King will be showing at various times over the weekend.  Click for more details.


Knutsford Yoga Centre
Summer drop in yoga classes! Click for more details

Passion for Power Show

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Sat 17th & Sun 18th Aug

Around 2,000 classic cars will be on show at the UK’s favourite classic car event! Also included in the show, the very popular Passion for Power Dream Cars Pavilion, a large undercover display area for the finest high-performance and competition super cars! This 1,000 + square metre pavilion will be crammed full with the latest models from some of the world’s most exclusive car manufacturers. A great day out for all the family with children’s rides, refreshments, entertainment and bar. Click for more details


Beach on the Quay Ice cream Giveaway

Barons Quay, Northwich
Sat 17th August from 11am

Come and celebrate the summer at Beach On The Quay! The beach will be open every day (weather permitting) until 1st September but we will also be hosting free and exciting summer activities on Saturdays! This Saturday we will be giving away free icecream (while stocks last)! Note that activities are on a first come first served basis. The beach is  located opposite H&M. Click for more details


An Evening with Owls and Friends

Gauntlet Birds of Prey, Knutsford
Sat 17th August 7-9pm

*LAST SPACES REMAINING* Join us for these special evening events meeting some of Gauntlets’ residents from the deadly hunters to the cheeky scavengers. The evening will finish with a dusky moonlit outdoor flying demonstration featuring Gauntlets’ silent and beautiful Owls. Click here for more details


Mere Day Nursery
Enrol the week beginning August 12th to receive this offer! For further details get in touch on 01565 830083 or sarah.eyes@village-nursery.co.uk

All things Batty

Lower Moss Wood, Knutsford
Sun 18th August 11am – 1:30pm

**PREPAID TICKETED EVENT** Come and join in with making your own personal bat box to take home with you (all materials supplied)! Get up close to real live bats and enjoy a talk and a chat about bats with Ged Ryan from the Cheshire Bat Group. A drink and a biscuit is included in the children’s ticket price. Coffee and Tea available for adults at an extra charge. Please bring along a packed lunch if needed. Children aged 5 and above. Click for more details.


Kids Cinema at Barons Quay

Odeon Cinema, Barons Quay Northwich
Weekends & school holidays

This weekend’s kids showing: Secret Life of Pets 2. The Odeon at Barons Quay offer kids showings on weekends and during the holidays with tickets from just £3.25 each for adults and kids! Look out for the green “Kids” symbol next to the showtime on their listings. Click for more details.


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Firework Champions

Arley Hall, Northwich
Sat 17th Aug Gates open 5pm. Show starts at 9pm.

Three of the UK’s best firework companies compete against each other with a 10 minute firework display followed by a finale from organisers MLE Pyrotechnics! You can bring your own food and drink for a picnic (note no BBQs allowed) and there will be pre show entertainment including lots for the kids to do such as bouncy castles and ride! Click for more details


Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show

Northwich Memorial Court
Sat 17th & Sun 18th August various times

This year marks the 30th anniversary of David McKee’s classic book Elmer the Patchwork Elephant! See the book brought to life in the Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show, featuring a menagerie of 21 loveable puppets!   Click for more details.


We’re going on a Bear Hunt

The Lowry, Salford
Sat 3rd August – Sun 1st September

Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way. Based on the much-loved book picture by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this mischievous celebration of play is the perfect treat for families with children aged 3 and up. Tickets from £16. Click for more details


Treehouse Pyjama Club

Treehouse, Altrincham
Sat 17th August from 5:30pm

Booking required! Bring the kids in their pyjamas, we’ll make sure they have a brilliant time for 2 hours whilst you catch up with friends and enjoy dinner and drinks! Kids get free entry to play area from 5:30pm. Make Jungle pots from 6:30pm. Watch The jungle Book (2016) from 7pm. Popcorn, milkshakes & beanbag. All for £8 a head! Call 0161 989 7777 or private message on Facebook to book! Click for more details.


Space Out Saturdays

Waterstones, Altrincham
Sat 17th August 10:30am -12pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer! We’ll read ‘Ten Little Aliens’ then have some fun with an alien spaceship craft and colouring. Click here for more details


Garden House
Visit us at The Garden House this summer!

Sundays are Fundays

Runway Visitor Park
Sundays from 28th July to 1st September

Every Sunday from 28th July to 1st September will be ‘Sundays are Fun Days’ at the park, with all day children’s rides, bouncy castles, and trampolines* for only £5. Whilst the kids are jumping around, parents can relax in the Concorde Restaurant, spend some time on the viewing platforms watching the take offs and landings of the airport’s hundreds of daily flights, or explore the aircraft on one of the park’s many tours. *Children can play all day for £5 each between 10am and 5pm. Click for more details


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4 week course in Knutsford in September for babies born between April & August. Click for more details!

On most of the summer:

Beach on the Quay

Barons Quay, Northwich
Daily 10am – 6pm until 1st September (weather permitting)

Come and celebrate the summer at Beach On The Quay EVERYDAY from Saturday 3rd August to Sunday 1st September! We will also be hosting free and exciting summer activities at Barons Quay. We’re excited to be welcoming back the beach, which will be located opposite H&M. Click for more details

Magical Maize Maze

Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington
Until end September

Need to lose the kids for while?  Our Maize Maze has always been a family favourite and this year there’s a new Magical theme: a quest to find six enchanted creatures hidden in the maze! If you like wizards, unicorns, dragons & fairies then you’ll love it! There’s no need to book – just come any time from 9am, last entry is 4.30pm. Infants (under 2): free Children (2-18): £3 Accompanying Adults (18+): £2. Click for more details

Maize Maze at Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm

Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm
1pm – 4:30pm weather permitting

The Maize trail is now open! Collect your worksheet beforehand and prize at the end! Adults & children over 14: £2, Children over 4: £2.50, children under 4: £1.Click for more details


Fairy Trail

Riverside Organic, Davenham
From August 2nd (except Mondays)

The Fairies have landed on the farm! Our magical fairy trail starts on Friday 2nd August. Take yourself around the trail with a booklet for £3! Or join one of our fairy trial & craft sessions (see Crafting Corner’s Facebook events). Click for more details


High Legh Miniature Railway

High Legh Garden Centre
Every weekend and selected weekdays 10:30am-4pm

The High Legh Miniature Railway will be open on selected days throughout the summer holidays! Click here for more details

Summer Train Rides at The Hayloft

The Hayloft,  Widnes
Selected days, 10am – 4:30pm 

Whitfield Light Railway is at The Hayloft Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, providing train rides through the summer. Trains will be pulled by either our steam tram ‘Kestrel’, or petrol loco ‘Otter’. Train rides will be 10am to 4.30pm and are weather dependent. Any change will be publicised on our Facebook events page. The return train rides have a charge of £2.50 per adult, £2 per child (under 14) or £8 for family of 4. Carers & children under 1 are free. Fares are by cash or card. Click for more details


Summer at Tatton Park Farm

Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford
23rd July – 23rd Aug (closed Mondays except Aug 26th Bank Holiday) 

Summer activities filled with fun at the Farm! Learn more about Field to Fork and where your food comes from, meet our newly hatched chicks in the hatchery and meet our new arrivals in our daily farmyard facts. See the mill machines running,  storytelling, milking and buttermaking and more. Click for more details


Space Chase Reading Challenge

Knutsford Library (and other Cheshire East Libraries)
Until 7th September 

Taking part in the Challenge is simple – when your summer holidays start, you can sign up for free at your local library. You’ll receive your very own Space Chase mission folder to get you started. Read six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special stickers to add to your folder.  Collect all the stickers to find the aliens, save the missing books and complete the Challenge. Grab your space suit and take a giant leap into the library this summer! Click for more details


Classes at Treehouse

Treehouse, Altrincham
Throughout the summer

Treehouse is back open under new management!! PAYG classes will all be on over the holidays so why not try something new! There’s something for ages from 0 – 7, including football, Disney Dance, Morning with Peppa, Glo Disco and Make your own Pizza! Click here for more details and to book


Ultimate Brick Safari

Knowsley Safari Park
Until 2nd September

This summer the Ultimate Brick Safari is coming to Knowsley Safari. Over 80 lifesize animal sculptures made from LEGO® bricks will be popping up on our Foot Safari! Search amongst our real meerkats, bushdogs, giraffe and more to find these LEGO® brick creations, marking them off on your map as you go! A fantastic adventure for the school holidays! This event is not an official LEGO® event and is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by the LEGO® Group. The LEGO Group do not accept any responsibility for any unforeseen outcomes linked to the event. Click for more details.


Live Beekeeping Demonstrations

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
29th July – 30th August Thursdays only 1pm

Watch Jodrell’s Beekeepers at work in a live beekeeping demonstration. You’ll see the fascinating and ancient craft of beekeeping up close and in action at our very own Apiary and the Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions. Demonstrations are weather permitting and available on a drop-in basis. Free with general admission, suitable for all ages. Click for more details


Meet the Expert

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
29th July – 30th August Tuesdays only 1pm

Here’s your chance to meet one of our resident science and astronomy experts. You’ll learn all about their work, plus have the chance to ask the space questions you’ve always wanted to ask! All welcome; suitable for adults and children aged 10+ Free with general admission. Click for more details


Moon Rock and Meteorites

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
29th July – 30th August

Seeing is believing! Visit Jodrell Bank this summer and have a look at real pieces of the Moon brought back by Apollo astronauts! You’ll also have the chance to hold some space rocks! Click for more details


Rocket Lab!

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
29th July – 30th August

Seeing is believing! 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


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


Summer Fun at Blakemere

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Daily throughout summer 11am – 4pm

We’ve got summer covered here at Blakemere! FREE adventure playpark;  Polly Pig Trail just £3 entry; FREE garden games*; Fairground rides*; Ice-cream cabin*,  30+ independent shops and activities plus much more… (*weather-permitting). Click for more details


Summer at Speke

Speke Hall, Liverpool
Mon 22nd July to Sun 1st Sept

Whether you want to tread in the footsteps of trailblazing Tudors, try out a new sport or just run wild in the woods, we’re the perfect place. Find out more about how to spend a summer day at Speke. There’ll be an amazing outdoor trail to explore throughout the holidays and each week will have different activities inspired by Tudor trailblazers. Take part in crafts, sports, face painting, workshops and other fun activities across the six weeks of the summer holidays. Click for more details


Summer Hub at intu Trafford Centre

intu Trafford Centre
Until 1st September

This summer, our outside space will be transformed into a Summer Hub offering something for everyone. From a pop up gin garden to a summer beach, it will be the perfect place to sit back, relax and entertain the little ones this summer! Click for more details


Summer at Reaseheath Zoo

Reaseheath Zoo, Nantwich
Until 1st September

We are open every day 10am until 4pm for the summer holidays and when you visit you get a half price voucher for your next visit! We have lots of fun activities invluding animal feeds and talks, zoo activity station, meet the donkeys, lemur walk through and meet the owls! Click for more details


Bee Trail

Biddulph Grange Garden
Until 1st September

Pick up your map and search for the hidden bees around the garden. When you find one, put your sticker on your map. £3 (including seed ball prize). Normal admission also applies. No need to book. Click for more details. 


Snuggly Summer at Gulliver’s World

Gulliver’s World, Warrington
Until 2nd September

See your favourite UglyDolls at Gulliver’s this summer! Theme park entry from just £18 per person if you book at least two days in advance. The UglyDolls are joining us for a spectacular summer of fun, bring the family to Gulliver’s to see them in action. Selected characters will be appearing at each park from 20th July 2019. See schedule for details. UglyDolls is this year’s unmissable animated comedy, see it in cinemas August 16! Click for more details


Fun at Redhouse Farm

Red House Farm, Dunham Massey
Up to 4th Sept daily 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm)

This summer we are running our courtyard activities!  This includes animals to see, the barrel train ride, giant inflatable pillow, climbing wall, a giant sand pit and fleet of pedal cars! Prices are £10 for 3 yrs plus, and £5 for 1-2 yrs.  Adults go free. Check out our summer pass too! 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


Applejacks Adventure Farm Holiday Opening

Applejacks Adventure Farm, Warrington
Until 1st September

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


Giant Bionic Bugs!

Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough
Until 1st September

Have a hopping, jumping, buzzing summer adventure at Martin Mere Wetland Centre with our Giant Bionic Bugs! There are loads of bug-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy as you discover GIANT bugs brought to life with state of the art animatronics. Head to our Bug HQ to pick up a bug book and set off into the wild on an intrepid canoe safari, go on a big bug hunt, discover pond dipping in our NEW pond zone and much more! Plan your summer visit today! Click  for more details.


Pick Your Own

Kenyon Hall Farm, nr Warrington
Throughout summer

Head to Kenyon Hall Farm this summer to pick your own fruit and veg! Check our website for availability each day. We also have a cafe, outdoor play area and some pigs for the kids to meet too! Click for more details.


Predators at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo, Chester
Until 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.


Percy the Park Keeper – The Treasure Hunt

Dunham Massey
Until 4th September

Percy the Park Keeper is planning a Treasure Hunt. His animal friends are so excited they can’t wait for the hunt to begin! Join them all on this nature inspired trail around the garden to discover nature’s treasure. Booking not needed. Normal admission to the garden (and car park if using) applies. Click for more details


Tots Caterpillar Trail in the Gardens

Tatton Park Gardens
Until 26th October

A caterpillar has been munching its way through our Walled Kitchen Gardens! Collect your trail sheet from the garden entrance and find out what it’s been eating. Once you’ve finished, head over to the Potting Shed and have a go at planting something to grow at home. Free trail but normal admission applies. Click for more details


Polly Pig Trail

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Until 4th Aug

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


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


Days out inspiration

Check out our days out page for ideas including  museums, galleries, farms, zoos, and other indoor and outdoor fun! Click here to see the full list


Cafés with things for kids to do

Fancy going for a coffee/brunch/lunch this weekend? Click here to see our list of child friendly cafés and pubs in Knutsford and nearby which have a play area/toys/animals to occupy the little ones!