Spring family adventures in the North West

Spring is here and we're going wild at special places in the North West with outdoor adventures for the whole family. Fly a kite high in the sky, get creative with tree art, take a journey into your imagination or plant up a pot to take home and grow.

Family visitors spotting wildlife in the garden at Quarry Bank

Journey into your imagination at Quarry Bank

Pack your bags for an adventure as you discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Take tea inside an Indian tent, sit inside a horse-drawn carriage and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for a crocodile beside the river. Over May half-term you can join William Tittensor and Esther Price to test out your survival skills as a runaway apprentice.

A family enjoying a summer's walk in the park

Nature play and teddy bears at Dunham Massey

Climb and clamber on the log pile at Dunham Massey and let your imagination run wild imagining it's a castle or ship. Join Mother Nature during May half-term for wild art in the garden and try your hand at weaving. Treat your favourite bear to a day out at the Teddy Bear's Picnic with storytelling and games.

Child on the stepping stones at Speke Hall's woodland play trail

Places to play and valiant Victorians at Speke

Step into the woods and follow in the footsteps of the giant Childe of Hale on an adventure trail or find your way out of the hedge maze with 12 gates, 5 bridges and a viewing platform. Step back in time for May half-term with activities fit for a fairytale. Craft your very own paper costume, have a go at hobby horse jousting or dress up as a Victorian.

Kite flying at Lyme

Let's go fly a kite at Lyme

Pick up a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook and see how many of the activities you can complete in the great outdoors at Lyme. Fly a kite high in the sky, roll down a hill or kick off your shoes for a barefoot walk.

A child sowing seed in a pot

Hare Hill

Learn a new skill with the gardeners at Hare Hill. Grab a plant pot, fill it with compost, then plant it with seeds of your choice. Take it home and watch it grow into a tasty plant. Meet our rangers to find out about the work they do and have a go at knot tying, rope throwing and den building.

Two boys looking into the dog kennel at Little Moreton Hall

Making a stink at Little Moreton Hall

Pick up a 'You Smell!' trail to take a smelly journey through Tudor life at Little Moreton Hall. During May half-term things are getting a little cheesier and we need your help to battle stinky smells to keep the diary fresh. You can even have a go at churning butter and making cheese.

Family trail in Rufford Old Hall Gardens

Lost washing on the loose at Rufford Old Hall

We need your help to find the lost washing at Rufford Old Hall. Pick up a trail and keep your eyes peeled for clothes as you explore the grounds. Don’t miss your chance to get stuck in with Wash Day on Tuesday 29 May.

A family enjoying the sun on the lawn at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Spring family adventures in the Lake District  

Plan a family hike - for little legs or big, embark on a true outdoors adventure sleeping under canvas, become a nature detective for the day or simply kick back and play a traditional board game indoors. Whether you’re entertaining little ones or teens, we’ve an action packed spring in the Lake District.