Free fun for all!

There are loads of free activities and events happening in and around Manchester this summer. We have listed some of our favourites and included links to their webpages so you can find out more and get involved.

The Manchester Museum is a great place for all ages to visit. They have a number of exhibitions this summer including Climate Control – a series of exhibitions and events about climate change and how we can shape the future. The exhibition includes tropical frogs, polar bears and opportunities to rebuild a model Manchester. Find out more here.

Manchester Museum. Source:

Between the 26-28th July, Manchester Met is hosting a Community learning Festival at Birley Campus. The 3-day event will consist of an array of activities, lectures, workshops and walks suitable for all ages. You can find out more and sign up here.

Birley Campus, Sensory Garden and Wetland Area.
Birley Campus, Sensory Garden and Wetland Area.

The Natural Trust is hosting a wide range of activities this summer, such as pond dipping, wildlife trails and 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters! They also hold open air film screenings, plays and live music.


The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity. They have nature reserves nationwide and several in the Manchester area. They hold guided works, species identification workshops and outdoor sleepovers. Check out your nearest reserve.

A Peregrine bird. Source:
A Peregrine bird. Source:

TFGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) offer free cycle training and maintenance workshops for all adults. There are loads running over the next few months. Find out more here.


There are many events happening in parks in Manchester, from sports to den building. Manchester Council has a website that lists all of these and you can search your local area 

Or, if you simply want to get outdoors on a sunny day, have a picnic or go for a walk, here is a list of Greater Manchester’s prettiest parks and picnic spots.

Source: Manchester Evening News (
Reddish Vale Country Park. Source:

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