Summer fun in the North West

Are you playing out this summer? From adventure d trails and clues to find, to sporty activities and nature exploring, there are plenty of summer adventures to be had at special places in the North West.

Children having fun at Quarry bank

Play out in nature at Quarry Bank

Go wild with the family in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank. Each week of the holidays you'll be able to learn something new and take part in hands-on nature activities. Make some wild art, discover how to tell a tree's age by its rings, or get musical with storytelling using sounds from nature. On rainy days you can become a factory inspector with the family trail around the mill, created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

A family by the house at Speke Hall and Garden

Get sporty or travel through time at Speke Hall

If you're looking for adventures, then Speke is the place to be this summer. Travel back in time to explore all things Tudor with family crafts, Tudor tales and discovery trails. Or challenge family and friends with a fun-filled calendar of sporty activities. Have a game of football, give your best serve in tennis, get stuck into a game of rounders or try athletics.

A family sitting on the branch of a tree at Lyme

Bring nature words to life at Lyme

Acorn. Ivy. Heather. Explore the garden to seek out words like these that are disappearing from children's language, and discover them brought to life on this trail. Join us in the summer for more children’s activities, all inspired by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris’ spell book.

A family enjoying the park at Dunham Massey

Seek out summer treasures at Dunham Massey

Percy the Park Keeper is planning a Treasure Hunt. All his animal friends are to follow a trail of clues around the park and the first one to reach the end will find the treasure. The animals are so excited they can’t wait for the hunt to begin. Join them all on this nature inspired trail around the garden to discover nature's treasure. You can also join in with family activities to find out about the amazing animals that call Dunham Massey their home.

Children playing with bubbles on front lawn

Play like a Tudor at Little Moreton Hall 

Get your body Tudor ready with some indoor and outdoor games at Little Moreton Hall. Try your hand at Tudor games like archery and goose that children from the past would have played. This hidden gem is a great place for to spend some family time with plenty of space to run around and play your own games too.

A family visiting the garden at Rufford Old Hall

Get stuck in at Rufford Old Hall

Pop on a cap and apron and get stuck into domestic life in Victorian times at Rufford Old Hall. There's also plenty ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities including den building and bug home making. On those less sunnier days, head inside the Tudor house and explore rooms filled with treasures, including suits of armour in the magnificent Tudor Great Hall.

Family in the walled garden

Take a Wind in the Willows wander at Hare Hill

Follow the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger this summer with an illustrated 'Wind in the Willows' at Hare Hill. 111 years ago, twin brothers Charles and Patrick Brocklehurst might have re-enacted the tales as they played in their gardens at Hare Hill and we’re inviting you to follow in their footsteps this summer.

Children playing with geese at Tatton

Have fun on the farm at Tatton Park

Enjoy summer activities filled with fun at the farm at Tatton Park. Learn more about where your food comes from, see newly hatched chicks in the hatchery and meet new arrivals in the farmyard. You can also see the mill machines running and enjoy storytelling, milking and butter making.

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

Summer fun in the Lake District 

Make the most of long summer days exploring the great outdoors. We're home to mountains, rolling hills, lakes, woodlands and wildlife. Find the perfect place to play out this summer in the Lake District.