Looking for activities to keep the kids happy over the school break? Head down to Manchester’s Deansgate for a visit to the striking Grade 2 listed Great Northern Warehouse, where there are plenty of activities and tasty food outlets to keep everyone entertained with a full belly to boot.

Great Northern Warehouse

If you’re looking to keep the older kids occupied this half-term, check out Great Northern’s new arrival Lane7. You’ll all love bowling in this atmospheric retro game spot surrounded by neon-bright walls, plus it would be rude not to visit Fat Hippo, Lane7’s onsite restaurant which offers kids the chance to build their own burger their way.


Whilst you are visiting, see if you can spot one of spooky inflatable #MCRMonsters. The colourful beasts on the monster trail are perched upon rooftops and hanging from buildings around the city from 25 to 31 October, so why not take the whole family and try to spot them all.

If the sun decides to make an appearance, make sure to take the little ones to Great Northern’s popular sandpit and playhouse. This is also a great excuse for a sit down and you could grab a treat from the delicious Alex’s Bakery. If the weather is against you, head inside for an afternoon tea or grab a box of their tasty treats to take home.

A great way to round off a visit is with a trip to the cinema. This half-term, Great Northern’s Odeon is showing The Addams Family 2, as well as the latest sci-fi hit, Dune. Harry Potter fans are in for a treat too with a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on 29 October to celebrate the film’s 20th Anniversary. 

With a mixture of restaurants offering lip-smacking dishes and exciting activities on offer at the city centre location, parents don’t need to look too far to keep the kids entertained.


Great Northern Warehouse
Outdoor Dining
Great Northern Warehouse

The Grade 2 listed Great Northern building, a former railway goods distribution warehouse is now a lively leisure and shopping development with bustling bars, restaurants, shops, health club, cinema, casino, bowling alley and an elegant landscaped public square.

Almost Famous Burgers
Almost Famous Burgers

This authentic burger bar is a local favourite located at the Great Northern Warehouse. It originally opened as a 'speakeasy style' pop-up restaurant in the Northern Quarter serving a range of tasty burgers, ribs, chips, chilli dogs and cocktails.


SPOOKFEST at the Trafford Centre opens from 11th – 31st October, complete with a hair-raising haybale maze, ghastly ghost train, haunted house, Halloween Spooktacular big top show and lots of tasty treats (and tricks!) for little ghouls.

MCR Monsters
Halloween in the City
Halloween in the City 2021 - Image Credit - The Vain Photography

The #MCRMonsters are back, and they are here to P.A.R.T.Y!

Halloween in the City
Halloween in the city monster

Look up, look out, beware! Halloween in the City is back this October.

Half Term Fun This Autumn at the Science and Industry Museum
Family at Science and Industry Museum

Saturday 23 October to Sunday 31 October, families can find plenty of science-filled fun and discovery at one of Manchester’s most loved attractions – exploring a whole host of family favourites alongside brand-new human body themed experiences every day during the holiday.



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