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How to spend a Bank Holiday in Manchester

Bank Holiday weekends give most people a chance to let their hair down and relax for an extra day. This makes them brilliant for allowing families to spend some precious time together that isn’t usually afforded because of work and school commitments. So, if you’re in Manchester this Bank Holiday, and need something to do with the kids, continue reading our helpful guide to pick up some ideas!

Bank Holiday in Manchester

Manchester is packed full of exciting things to do, from shopping at The Trafford Centre to taking a tour around one of the most successful football clubs in the world; Manchester United.

Whatever you and the kids enjoy, there’s plenty available for you to do during a Bank Holiday in Manchester. In fact, here are seven things you can do to get out of the house and enjoy yourselves:

  • National Football Museum
  • Manchester Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Trail
  • Treetop Adventure Golf
  • Science and Industry Museum
  • Manchester United Stadium Tour
  • Cinema
  • Chill Factore

National Football Museum

If you’re a lover of football, then the National Football Museum is an absolute must-see destination on your Bank Holiday checklist. Sample all kinds of incredible moments in the history of the beautiful game and see countless historic pieces of memorabilia up close and personal.

There really is no better place to spend a Bank Holiday in Manchester for a football fan (other than a match!) than the National Football Museum.

Manchester Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Trail

The Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Hunt is a self-guided tour through the city with a magical twist.

The story goes that the wicked witch Abby Cadabra has put a miserable curse over Manchester, forecasting years of never-ending rain! Can your little adventurers figure out the answers to some mystical clues and discover the location of the magic spellbook that can bring the sun back?

The Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Hunt is a spellbinding day out for the family, and your children are sure to be enchanted as they discover all the magic.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Perfect for players of all ages, Treetop Adventure Golf is a brilliant way to spend a Bank Holiday in Manchester. Challenge your little ones to a game of mini-golf and take on one of the two exciting 18-hole themed courses - Tropical Trail and Ancient Explorer.

The best thing is, there’s no need to book in advance. You can simply turn up, pay and play!

Inside you’ll be surrounded by a tropical rainforest, complete with crumbling temples and agitated ancient spirits. Previous golf experience isn’t necessary either, so everyone will have fun discovering the obstacles along the course.

Science and Industry Museum

While a museum may not sound like the most entertaining day out for some, it’s important for kids (and adults!) to know what came before them, and understand the history of their region. And, it’s actually pretty exciting!

Manchester was the world’s first industrial city and this museum is a place full of amazing objects and revolutionary ideas that changed the world forever.

Explore Manchester’s rich legacy of innovations and discoveries in the Revolution Manchester Gallery. Find out how the city’s heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textiles Gallery. And see science brought to life in Experiment.

The museum has a cafe too, so you can have a bite to eat and a refreshing drink while taking all of the history in.

Manchester United Stadium Tour

Manchester is home to one of the most successful football clubs in the world. Why not sample the history and glamour by taking a museum and stadium tour at Old Trafford?

Manchester United have won the First Division/Premier League title a record 20 times. So head to the famous stadium and take a close up look at the glittering array of silverware on display.

Once you’ve seen the trophies that the club has won, sample the atmosphere inside the stadium with a tour of the ground. You can sit in the manager’s dugout, walk around the player’s dressing rooms - both home and away - and walk the touchline. It’s a truly fantastic experience for any Manchester United fan.


Another good way to spend a Bank Holiday in Manchester is to travel to your local cinema and watch some movies. it back and relax with some delicious popcorn and sweet treats as you catch the latest blockbuster flick with friends and family,.

Are you a rom-com fan or do you prefer superhero movies? Or, do you just want to sample some exhilarating action from an all-out action movie? Whatever you prefer, we’re sure there’s plenty at your local cinema to enjoy.

Spend a Bank Holiday in Manchester at Chill Factore

Finally, our last tip for spending a Bank Holiday in Manchester is to visit Chill Factore!

There’s no need to haul the whole family from one location to another because you can please everyone, from the adrenaline enthusiast to the chilled observer at Chill Factore.

Near one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, The Trafford Centre, Chill Factore is packed with fun things to do for the whole family. We’re home to the longest real snow slope in the UK (180 metres!). And what says fun more than real snow – and lots of it?

From sledging and sliding to ski lessons and private tuition, we’ve got something for everyone. There’s even a comfortable viewing gallery for the less active, so you can sit back, enjoy a coffee, and watch the excitement unfold.

As well as fun on the slopes, we also have a restaurant - The Lodge Bar & Kitchen - where the whole family can enjoy delicious food and drink at great prices.

Check out the tickets for our snow park and ski lessons for the whole family today.

If you’d like to speak to a member of staff to find out more about what fun you can have at Chill Factore, contact us on 0161 749 2222 or email us at

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