What’s on in Manchester at May half-term 2022: fun things to do with kids from funfair to free football events

Whatever the weather this May half-term, we have rounded up some events and entertainment to keep children busy during Manchester school holidays.

Women’s Euros Roadshow

Various venues, from Saturday 28 May

The Women’s Euros football tournament is taking place this summer - and a number of Manchester sporting venues are hosting several of the international games.

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    Treat your little football fans to some pre-tournament excitement with a roadshow which offers visitors an introduction to football, with a chance to learn new football skills and tricks as well as trying matchday presenting and interviewing in a special BBC studio.

    It first arrives in Cathedral Gardens from Saturday 28 May (11am-5pm) then heads to the Trafford Centre on 30 & 31 May and 1 June.

    It is free to attend.


    Womens Euros 2022 launch Credit: Getty

    The Power of Superbees

    RHS Bridgewater, Worsley, 28 May-5 June

    RHS Garden Bridgewater will be a hive of activity to celebrate the world of bees during half-term.

    All week, you can follow a bee around the garden and discover more about the important role these pollinators play, including their special waggle dance. Then on various days during the week, you can enjoy a wide range of planting and craft activities: see the RHS website for more info on times.

    RHS Garden Bridgewater - The Paradise Garden


    Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers

    The Lowry, Salford, Sunday 29 May-Wednesday 1 June, 11am & 2pm

    Let your imagination run wild in the marvellous world dreamt up by author Roald Dahl when the Imagination Seekers takes place at the Lowry at Salford.

    This family-fun show features performance, games and creative play fit for all ages, exploring some of Dahl’s best works including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and The Twits along the way.

    For ticket details, see the Lowry here. Prices start at £7.

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    Spring Escape

    Trafford Centre, Friday 27 May-Sunday 5 June, 12-9pm

    The popular fairground atttraction makes a return for half-term each day. From fun-filled rides for tiny tots and adrenaline junkies alike, including a log flume, waveswinger, teacups, bumper cars, hook a duck, a fun house, bungee trampolines, and more entertainment. You can also enjoy food from pop-up retailers. You can pre-book here.