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Things to do in Manchester May Half-Term 2023

Written by Lucy Cousins

Out in Manchester during the half-term cheer?
Need some inspiration or some ideas?
Sea Life, science, dancing and swimming,
Our ideas below will have you singing!

Pack up and head outside this May half-term to some of our fantastic picks in Manchester! From free swimming to Peppa Pig, there’s lots for you to enjoy in this metropolis.

SEA LIFE to Meet Peppa Pig

📍 SEA LIFE Centre, Manchester
⏰ Running 1st – 4th June 2023
Peppa Pig greets two children and parents at Seal Life.
Family ticket from £50 when you book with Picniq!

Join Peppa on her Aquarium Adventure at SEA LIFE Manchester. There’s a fun interactive trail where you can help to spot seahorses, count starfish, and learn how fast sharks can swim, as well as a variety of fun family activities! Meet Peppa herself at designated times throughout the day. Family ticket from £50 when you book with us here. 


We Invented the Weekend

📍 MediaCity and Salford Quays
⏰ Running 3rd – 4th June 2023

Skateboarder, dancer, yoga and smiling woman

This free Weekend Festival has 200+ free activities. Ranging from live music, creative workshops, gaming, performances, sports, and more! No tickets are required, however, some events require you to book your free space. Have a browse to find what’s on here.


The Tiger who came to Tea Garden Trail

📍 Tatton Park, Knutsford
⏰ Running 1st April – 3rd September 2023

Tiger trail, children with tiger masks on their faces.

Experience a wholesome walk through an adventure trail in Tatton Park. It’s ideal for tigers of all ages! Explore nature, the great outdoors, and the story of ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’. Entry is free for National Trust Members and starts at £8 for Parkland entry (Price Per Car). A trail pack can be pre-ordered for £2 it includes stickers, a mask, a trail map, and space for brass rubbings. Discover more here.


Spring Escape Fun Fair

📍 Trafford Centre, Manchester
⏰ Running 26th May – 4th June 2023

Spring Escape, funhouse, gymnastics and acrobats.

Racing cars, balloon rides, ponies and all your favourite funfair attractions are coming back to the Trafford Centre in 2023 for another Spring Escape. This family-friendly event has pop-up stalls, thrilling rides, a funhouse and many more rides. You can pre-book tickets for just £2.50 per person, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


Free Swimming

📍 Various Locations in and around Manchester
⏰ Running 29th May – 2nd June 2023
Swimming pool lanes

There’s free swimming across Manchester throughout half-term! Enjoy free sessions at your local pool. It couldn’t be easier to go for a dip and a splash! Firstly, find your local swimming pool here, then register by visiting the pool – you’ll need to bring proof of age and address (if you have a swimming pass you do not need to re-register). That’s it, you’ll be doing backstrokes in no time!


You Choose: A Unique Musical

📍 Pier 8, The Quays, Salford
⏰ Running 31st May – 2nd June 2023

You Choose actress on a stage with her arms open.

You Choose is a unique show where the audience decides what happens! Using a picture book for inspiration, the show transforms as different characters, locations, costumes, and games are chosen by the young members of the audience. This interactive family musical is based on the book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt. Find out more here.


Science and Industry Museum

📍 Liverpool Road, Manchester
⏰ Running throughout the year

Female with a VR set on her head, playing a game.

Discover 250 years of innovations and inventions that have changed our lives forever. This museum is perfect for nurturing curiosity and sparking wonder in any budding scientists, engineers, or trailblazers. The museum is free to enter, but you must book your ticket in advance! You can book your tickets here. Special events and temporary exhibitions are running throughout the May half-term, discover what’s on here.


The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

📍 Manchester
⏰ Running throughout the year

Crystal Maze dome

Save up to 41% when you book with Picniq.

Based on the popular 90s TV show, you can now experience the frantic and immersive experience of The Crystal Maze. After a quick team briefing, your group will have approximately 70 minutes to traverse through the adventure zones. How many crystals can your team collect? For a discount of up to 41% head on over to Picniq to begin your adventure.


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