Monday 18 May 2015

May Half Term Family Fun in Manchester and the North West

Can you believe it's almost time for another school holiday? The schools break up for May half term this week and I've been looking at what's on in Manchester and the North West to entertain children over the Bank Holiday weekend and during Half Term...

Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park (23rd to 25th May)

This May Bank Holiday, Geronimo! comes to Tatton Park, Cheshire. Geronimo Festival claims to be the largest children's festival in the north-west with hundreds of activities for children from 0-12.

Tatton Park is an ideal setting and there seems to be much to do, including live shows on the "Geronostage", exploring Themed Woodlands and Build a Den. Children can also watch a Circus, Ride a Donkey, Swing through the Trees, enjoy a thrilling BMX bike display, zip down High Wires if they dare Dare! There will be an Adrenaline Zone and a Craft Marquee. Younger children can enjoy storytelling shows, bounce around in the  Inflatable Village or hit the dance floor with Zumba and Ballet workshops. Children of all ages can have fun in Survival School and get up-close to cuddly creatures in the Petting Zoo.

There will be secial appearances from CBeebies favourites, including Hook and Line from Swashbuckle, Alex Winters, Katy Ashworth and the lovely Mr Bloom!

Standard tickets are available from £22.50pp / £86 for a family of 4 and tickets will also be available on the day priced at £25pp. Do be aware that Tatton park has a £5 parking charge for all cars.

The Lost Carnival at Burrs Country Park, Bury (22nd to 25th May)

The Lost Carnival comes to Burrs Country Park in Bury from 22 – 25 May. The carnival is an ambitious, large-scale, outdoor experience from Wild Rumpus, producers of the award-winning Just So Festival, and So It Is, a new producing company established by Bury Met director David Agnew, The Lost Carnival is an immersive theatre experience that invites families to step into a world unlike any other. Expect spellbinding theatre, circus, music, visual trickeryand a story beyond your wildest dreams.

The most enchanting carnival in the world, suddenly stopped touring in its heyday, under suspicious and mysterious circumstances. The carnival is coming back, but can the audience help it to ward off past dangers and bring it back to its former glory?

LAStheatre will present the story of The Lost Carnival, a story beyond your wildest dreams. Families can expect spellbinding performance, circus, music and visual trickery.

The tale behind the Lost Carnival can be found in the form of a fictional radio documentary podcast produced by sleuth Arthur Bird. Families can follow the story at and use the podcast, archive and clues to try to solve the mysteries of the carnival themselves, before the story culminates at the live event.

Tickets cost £10 per person (under 3s go free). Carnival goers should dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Tickets are available at

#HookedonMusic at the Museum of Science and Industry (23rd to 31st May

The #HookedonMusic Citizen Science Experiment is coming to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May, the museum will jump to the beat when all visiting movers and shakers - even embarrassing mums and enthusiastic dad dancers – will be invited to groove on down on the make shift dance floor right in the heart of the museum in the daily silent disco.

The aim is to have fun whilst taking part in a Citizen Science experiment. Each set of headphones will be pre-programmed with three different channels pumping out catchy tunes relevant for different age groups. By recording the reactions and responses to the music and the reasons for switching channels whilst dancing - researchers and scientists will gain a better understanding of what makes different musical features popular. All the discos will be filmed to support this research.

May Half Term also sees the return of the ever-popular #HookedonMusic quiz, testing musical knowledge and tastes in this fun, frantic and fast-paced game-show running in between the silent disco. There are even prizes to be won! Teeny boppers and toddlers can also get in on the #HookedOnMusic action too in the Jungle Disco. Join Roary the Lion, the King of the Jungle for this energetic and interactive storytelling session and help the animals get ready for the big jungle hop. Recommended for the under 5s.

Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May.

Silent Disco – Revolution Manchester – 11.20am; 12.20pm; 1.20pm; 2.20pm

#HookedonMusic Quiz – Revolution Manchester – 11am; 12pm; 1pm; 2pm; 3pm

Jungle Disco – 1830 Warehouse – 11.30am; 12.30pm; 1.30pm. 2.30pm

Suitable for all ages

Free – drop in - no need to book

The silent disco will be filmed for internal scientific reseach

Cunard's Three Queens celebrate 125 years, at Liverpool Docks (24th - 26th May)

Between 24-26 May 2015, all three Cunard ships will call at Liverpool to salute a city that will be forever part of it's history, culminating in all three Queens meeting on the Mersey for the first time on 25 May. 

I used to love watching the ships sail down the Mersey as a chill and this will be a historic event. Find out more details here

Dinosaur Day at The Millgate Bury (28th May)

This half term The Millgate shopping centre in Bury, have a dinosaur coming to visit! On Thursday 28 May you can meet Tiny the Stegosaurus, a 125 million years young dinosaur brought to life. She will be joined by a palaeontologist who will present lively and informative natural history shows at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. You can pet her, talk to her and feed her. Event is FREE and there will be a dinosaur trail to follow to win a treat! Find out more here.

The Journey Home at The Edge Theatre, Cholton (22nd May)

The Journey Home, the acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Frann Preston-Gannon, is brought to life through puppetry, lyrical music and transformative design in this new production byLittle Angel Theatre.

Suitable for ages 3+
Tickets: £8 / £6

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen, Warrington Pyramid & Parr Hall (23rd May)

We went to see the fantastic Sing-a-long-a Frozen when it was at the Lowry Theatre, It was a really entertaining evening that both the children thoroughly enjoyed. If you missed it you can get tickets to see it at Warrington Pyramid and Parr Hall. Read our Review to find out more.

Creative Crew at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre (up until 22nd May)

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is challenging local young creative talents to showcase their exceptional LEGO® building skills in a bid to win a position in the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Creative Crew and a trip to Florida!

The competition will see the budding builders pushed to their LEGO® limits, facing new challenges along the way and presenting their creations to Master Model Builder Alex Bidolak.

A total of twelve children aged 5 to 12 will be inducted into the Creative Crew following a series of challenges. Beyond just their LEGO® build skills and techniques, the Creative Crew will be called upon to be the first to test out and review new rides, tell the world about cool new LEGO® products and teach others how to design amazing builds.

Once selected, the Creative Crew will each gain a family pass for four to the attraction for a year, they’ll attend monthly creative design and build sessions with our Master Model Builder plus one lucky winner will receive a family trip to LEGOLAND Florida!

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester have also relaunched their Duplo area ideal for toddler fun, read all about it over at Red Rose Mummy.

Turtle Fest at Sealife Manchester  (up until 22nd May)

Pick up a Turtle activity pack and learn about turtles at the Turtle Fest this month at the Sea Life in Manchester. Find out more here.

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