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Top 5 freebies for families

How to have a great time in Manchester without spending a penny.


Head for a festival

Greater Manchester's cultural calendar is jam packed with festivals year-round. From the colourful city centre celebrations of Chinese New Year in January, Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival in March, Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in June, Manchester Children's Book Festival in July and the annual autumn festivals of food, science and literature, all offer a great atmosphere for a family day out.

For festival listings click here


Manchester’s museums

Whether it’s giant fossils, industrial history or modern art, Manchester’s museums and galleries have days’ worth of fascinating fun for free. Try natural history at Manchester Museum, dressing up to learn about struggle for British democracy at the People’s History Museum or see giant steam-powered machines and vintage vehicles at MOSI.

Click to find more museums and galleries in Manchester.


Join the family art club at Manchester Art Gallery

Suitable for all ages up to 11, the free monthly art club is designed for you to play, create and enjoy the gallery as a family. There are lots of free fantastic art materials to use and art club artists and volunteers on hand full of ideas to help out so no previous experience is necessary.

More about Family Art Club.



From the lakes and hilltop views of Heaton Park to the woodland walks of Prestwich Forest Park, Manchester has a great variety of parks to keep any family busy.

Here is a list of Top Five Parks.

Click here for a full list of Parks and Countryside attractions.


Take the Metroshuttle

No matter what you’re doing around the city centre, you can save money by taking the free, frequent Metroshuttle buses. They serve all major rail and bus stations and get you to your destination fast.

Follow this link for more bus information.