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Manchester School Holidays: Things to do, activities and ideas

By Dela Gonon
Posted 1 September 2020
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Looking for the Manchester school holiday dates? If you haven’t started planning yet, you may need a hand in picking the things you want to do with the kids first. We’ll make planning easier for you! First, we’ve listed the exact Manchester school holiday dates for this year and then - a selection of the top 5 most popular Manchester attractions. Let’s get started!

Manchester School Holiday Dates 2020/21

  • Term Starts: 1st September 2020
  • Autumn Term: 1st September - 18th December 2020
  • October Half Term: 23rd October - 2nd November 2020
  • Christmas Holidays: 18th December - 4th January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2021
  • February Half Term: 12th February - 22nd February 2021
  • Easter Holidays: 1st April - 19th April 2021
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 21st July 2021
  • May Half Term: 28th - 7th June 2021
  • Summer Holidays Start: 21st July 2021

Manchester School Holiday Dates 2021/22

  • Term Starts: 6th September 2021
  • Autumn Term: 6th September - 17th December 2021
  • October Half Term: 25th October - 29th October 2021
  • Christmas Holidays: 20th December 2021 - 3rd January 2022
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2022
  • February Half Term: 21st February - 25th February 2022
  • Easter Holidays: 4th April - 18th April 2022
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 27th July 2022
  • May Half Term: 30th May - 3rd June 2022
  • Summer Holidays Start: 28th July 2022


Kids celebrating the school holidays

Top Things to do in the Manchester School Holidays

Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Have you ever tried doing a treasure trail with the kids? If you haven’t the Manchester school holidays are a great time to have a go. The Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail will turn your usual family walk in the city into a game. You’ll be running around, searching for clues and by the time you complete your mission, your trivia knowledge about Manchester will have improved a great deal.

The good thing about Treasure Trails is that they require minimal planning. All you have to do is purchase a booklet online and use it to explore whenever you like. Since the booklet is available instantly as a PDF, you could even venture on a spontaneous mission any day you like.

SEA LIFE Manchester

Life under the sea is fascinating and SEA LIFE Manchester is one of the best places in the country to discover it. From an interactive 3D experience exploring the life of sea turtles, to a shark infested shipwreck, and a rockpool full of local creatures to meet - you’re in for a journey both you and your kids will remember for a long time.

Young nature explorers won’t want to miss out on the educational daily talks and feeding sessions. There are lots of curious facts you can learn, including what seahorses eat and how much fish a shark needs for one meal.

The Crystal Maze Experience

If you loved the Crystal Maze on telly as a child, you’ll definitely want to introduce your kids to the Crystal Maze Experience! The game is all about teamwork, which makes it the perfect activity to bring the entire family together. Faced with mental and physical challenges in 4 different themed zones, you’ll soon be drawn into the game and you’ll feel the thrill of battling against the clock.

To be honest, even if you turn out to be no good at the games, you’ll still have a cracking time, laughing all the way through the experience. Don’t forget to take a family photo in those bright team jackets you’ll be given at the beginning!

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a great attraction to visit if the weather during the Manchester school holidays isn’t on your side. This is an indoor heaven for LEGO fans featuring LEGO-themed rides, workshops and activities. Plus, the mini version of Manchester made out of 1.5 million bricks is a must-see, even if you’re not easily impressed!

The bottom line is that if you like LEGO, this is a dream attraction to visit, no matter how old you are. In fact, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is so popular that they had to enforce a rule saying that adults must be accompanied by a child, in order to gain entry.

Museum of Science and Industry

Who doesn’t like a free attraction?! Add the Museum of Science and Industry to your list of things to do during the Manchester school holidays for a healthy dose of educational fun - all free of charge. The city has a rich history worth exploring, so take the opportunity to learn what’s happened in Manchester from the industrial revolution era until today. There are plenty of resources and workshops available to make the experience exciting for the little ones too.

A big draw for 2019 is Stephenson's Rocket. The legendary locomotive, which serviced the world’s first inter-city passenger railway, returns to Manchester for the first time in 180 years. Don’t miss the chance to see it!

Need more inspiration for your next family adventure? Find more things to do during the Manchester school holidays on Day Out With The Kids.


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