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Top 5 family friendly places to discover local produce

We’ve searched Greater Manchester for family friendly places where parents and children can have fun before sitting down to eat some delicious, locally sourced, regional produce.


Bean & Brush Family Art Cafe

Bean & Brush in Sale is open 7 days a week for coffee, cake, wraps, pizza’s, soups, stews and salads. They proudly source their ingredients from various local producers. Salad leaves come via ‘Manchester Veg People’, ‘Clippy’s’ supply relishes, chutneys and jams, local butcher ‘Taylor’s’ supply their meat, and bread comes from ‘Nice Buns Bakery Ltd’ in Stockport. After lunch, children can venture upstairs for a wide range of activities such as ‘paint a pot’, ‘clay imprints’, ‘Decopatch’ or biscuit decoration. A range of locally brewed bottled beers are also available to keep parents entertained.

12 Hayfield Street, Sale, M33 7XW. View on map.
T: 0161 973 2140


Head over Heels Indoor Play Centre and Family Restaurant

Head over Heels in Chorlton (and Handforth) is a large soft play area for children up to the age of 10. The menu has been carefully designed to offer nutritious food ‘sourced responsibly and locally where possible.’ Meat comes from local butcher’s WH Frost & Sons who buy from high quality farms mainly in the Northwest. The restaurant has won several awards including ‘Best for Kids’ category in the Observer Food awards and came 5th in the Telegraph’s ‘Top 10 family friendly : Best places to eat.’

Unit 1A, Albany Trading Estate, Albany Road, Chorlton, M21 0AZ. View on map.
T: 0161 881 4433


Red House Farm

Red House Farm, Dunham Massey, is a fantastic venue for family fun with a range of outdoor play equipment. There are extra seasonal activities during school holidays which include ‘The Maize Maze’ in summer and the ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ in autumn. Children’s parties are a speciality. The award winning tea rooms serve mostly home-cooked items and what they don’t make themselves, they source locally. There is also a farm shop where customers can purchase local specialities such as fresh vegetables, local Dunham Massey apple juice and fancy cakes.

Red House Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 5RL. View on map.
T: 0161 941 3480


Falshaw’s Farm Shop

Falshaw’s Farm Shop, Bury, also have an onsite cafe and serve over 30 different flavours of ice cream which has been made using milk and cream from their own herd of Holstein Friesians and pedigree Jersey cows. Kids can pre-book a ‘Knickerbocker Glory’ party where they get to make their own fabulous frozen concoction and eat it after lunch. They also sell homemade pies and hotpots, cooked meats, cheese, eggs, jam, preserves and biscuits along with locally sourced seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Nabbs Farm, Rowlands Road, Bury, BL9 5LJ. View on map.
T: 0161 764 9312


Cheshire Cookery School Kids' Club

Cheshire Cookery School, Altrincham has a full calendar of cooking events for the whole family throughout the year but over the school holidays they run a special ‘Kids Cookery Club’. Children are encouraged to learn how food is grown and where it comes from, as well as learning how to make some simple, healthy and delicious dishes.

Norman Road, Altrincham, WA14 4EP. View on map.
0161 928 5120