Family activities in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Plan your next great family day out in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. There's something for the whole family to enjoy in autumn, with natural play areas to explore and lots of wildlife to spot.

A family explore the mill at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank

Step inside the great Mill at Quarry Bank to learn all about the children who lived and worked here in the Industrial Revolution. Children often did the most dangerous jobs in the mill, living together in cramped conditions in the Apprentice House. Today, there's plenty of room for little ones to run free at Quarry Bank and enjoy this beautiful place.

A child holds hand with two adults as they walk down steps, backs to the camera


With 1,400 acres of parkland to explore, there's plenty to discover as a family at Lyme. Head out to the woods to become a nature detective, or grab a pair of binoculars from the garden entrance and see if you can spot any special birds in the garden. Inside the house, head to the Library, snuggle up on the couch and pick up one of your favourite children's books from the shelf.

A family enjoying the garden at Dunham Massey in autumn

Dunham Massey

Discover the great Log Pile at Dunham Massey and have some fun in nature this autumn. Can you build the best den? And if you look a little bit closer, you might uncover some busy bugs too. The logs and fallen trees at Dunham are home to a huge range of wildlife, from tiny critters to birds of prey.

A family out for a walk in the parkland

Hare Hill

The natural play area at Hare Hill is a haven for kids, with lots of space to let their imaginations run wild. Families can explore the beautiful wooded garden too, taking an autumn ramble between the trees as the leaves change colour through the season.

Family on an autumn walk

Discover 50 things to do 

Get outdoors and closer to nature with our list of '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'. Make some noise by joining nature's band, take off your shoes and run around on the grass, or see what shapes you can spot in the clouds.

 Visitors enjoying an autumnal walk beneath the autumn trees on the estate at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Autumn activities for all the family 

The vibrant colours, bold trees and rich harvests of autumn are here. Whether you're after family fun or some quiet time alone at our places or at home, explore the best experiences this season has to offer with this range of autumnal activities.