School holidays in the North West

October half term is the perfect time to explore these special places in the North West. Whether you want to take on a family discovery trail in Cheshire or spot wildlife near Liverpool, we've got plenty for families this half term.

A boy playing in the Log Pile at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey

Let's get back to nature this autumn at Dunham Massey, as you follow the family activity trail throughout the parkland and gardens. Take a peek under the logs to discover Dunham's bugs, and look over your head for a sight of bats, owls, and woodpeckers.

Visitors exploring Quarry Bank in Autumn

Play out in nature at Quarry Bank

Follow the leaf trail around the gardens at Quarry Bank this October half term to spot all the different trees that grow here. How many can you see? Then if it's chilly outside. head into the mill and follow the spooky Halloween pumpkin trail (and warm up with a delicious hot chocolate afterwards).

Front lawn with leaves

Little Moreton Hall

Visit Little Moreton Hall this October half term to uncover this special place's Tudor past. Find out about how the Tudors would have prepared for winter, and learn about Michaelmas and harvest festival traditions. You can take a walk through this wonky house too, along the topsy-turvy Long Gallery.

Photograph of a hedgehog

Take a nature adventure at Speke Hall

Follow the new family-friendly trail at Speke this October, as you follow the story of a plucky hedgehog looking for a spot to hibernate. You'll come across other animals across the gardens who can help this sleepy hedgehog find somewhere to shelter over winter.

Visitors get up close to a scarecrow

Rufford Old Hall

Explore the annual Scarecrow Festival at Rufford Old Hall this October half term. Can you spot all of the straw-filled characters as you walk through the garden? Look out for lots of hand-made scarecrows made by the local community.

Trees house and lake in autumn at Lyme, Cheshire


From the lakes to the moorland at Lyme, we know that rivers are really important to this special place. This October half term you can discover more about Lyme's rivers and how we're improving them on a self-led activity trail.

Autumn leaves in front of Tatton Hall

Go wild at Tatton Park

Colourful gardens to explore, wildlife wonders to spot in the parkland, and a farm with plenty of cute animals to meet - there's lots to do this autumn at Tatton Park. Whether you're looking for a quiet spot to stop and take in nature, or space to stretch little legs and burn off energy, Tatton has you covered.