12 best family days out in the North West: Cheap things to do with your kids

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  • Welcome to our family days out North West section! Have a read of our top 12 favourite days out in the North West area with the family…

    Whether you want to dip your toes in Hyde Leisure Pool or see the beautiful deer in Lyme Park, we’ve got the less expensive delights of the North West covered, suitable for the whole family.

    Best family days out in the North West:

    1. Lakes Aquarium, Ulverston

    For a small fee, you and the family can enjoy the most beautiful of days out in the North West by checking out its stunning lakes – with over 30 amazing, naturally-themed habitats on show. Pay a visit to the playful otters or say hello to the less friendly piranhas, there’s just so much wildlife to see. The underwater tunnel, home of the diving ducks, is an unbelievable experience and will give everyone a walk to remember.

    Best for: Rainy days
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    2. Walby Farm Park, Carlisle

    North West

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    Being an all-weather attraction, this is one of the days out in the North West best suited to the unpredictable English climate! Situated very close to Hadrian’s Wall, this farm park boasts Cumbria’s biggest indoor play area, exciting outdoor play areas, plenty of animals and a nature trail. Take a deep breath and have a go on the 24ft Demon Drop slide (it’s designed for adults too), or race each other in the go-karts. You really are spoilt for a choice in this North West park that’s jam-packed with things to do.

    Best for: Being great fun whatever the weather
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    3. Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster

    This Maritime Museum is definitely worth a look-in if you’re about in Lancaster, especially on rainy days out in the North West. You’ll leave with a valuable understanding about Lancaster’s maritime trade, the history of the port, the Lancaster Canal and the fish industry of the Lune Estuary and Morecambe Bay. Learning is made fun through sound, smells, reconstructions and audiovisuals. There are also four restored local fishing vessels and an aquarium for you to see too – not bad at all!

    Best for: Price – accompanied children go free
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    4. Cheeky Monkeys, Chorley

    North West


    Children love acting like cheeky little monkeys so let them loose in this massive jungle-themed adventure play facility if you’re chasing one of the more adventurous days out in the North West. The multi-level climbing structure is sure to leave kids feeling exhausted with numerous opportunities to scale, slide, run, hide, tunnel and tussle. Daily entertainment is also laid on. If you can prise the kids away from the play frame, there’s also football, trampolining and supervised climbing. The second Wednesday of every month is also dedicated exclusively to guests with autism and ADHD.

    Best for: Tiring out energetic kids
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    5. Hyde Leisure Pool, Hyde

    Children that love a diverse, active and exciting swimming experience will feel right at home in this pool. Its features a Red Ripster Aqua Slide, wave machine, water cannons, geysers, and a bubble pool, as well as all the standard swimming facilities and a relaxing thermal suite for mum and dad. The popular lazy river style area is so much fun and pulls you along – no swimming required, just let the water do the work for you. There are also swimming lessons available for all ages.

    Best for: All ages
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    6. The Skate Station, Ashton-Under-Lyne

    North West

    It may be something that you remember from your childhood, but roller-skating is just as popular as ever! This old-school activity provides fun but is also very safe, with staff always on hand. Skating is exercise in its own right so everyone should get a good workout. If you’re new to roller-skating then don’t panic because beginners sessions take place three days a week at 5:30pm. You’ll also be pleased to know that there’s an on-site café offering refreshments and snacks as the whole family will probably need to refuel!

    Best for: 8+
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    7. The Southport Treasure Trail, Southport

    Designed for the whole family, this South West self-guided themed treasure trail adds a new dimension to walking and makes for a fun and interesting way to explore Southport. You can also complete it in your own time. Follow the directions while searching for the answers to the clues. Each time an answer is found, you move closer to finding the coveted long-lost treasure! The Trail is a great way of educating kids about the area while also providing exercise, and they won’t suspect a thing!

    Best for: Imaginative kids!
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    8. Mersey Ferry River Explorer Cruise, Liverpool

    All aboard people! This 50-minute journey on an iconic Mersey ferry is a must if you’re in Liverpool. You’ll be able to witness the rapidly-changing South West waterfront first-hand. The guide commentary makes the experience even better by giving you a greater understanding of the local history and sights. The family can enjoy a day out which is relaxing, educational and most importantly, enjoyable. Just be sure to keep a close eye on the weather and dress accordingly.

    Best for: A sunny day
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    9. Lyme Park, Disley

    If you love a family stroll in the park then you’ll love this North West attraction. Not only does it host a number of children’s events throughout the year, there’s also an adventure playground and beautiful terrain to explore. See deer in the 1,400 acre Medieval park or visit the unique and tranquil Victorian gardens. Visitors with big appetites stay calm because the Timber Yard Café is full of options when it comes to food with delicious rolls, paninis, salad and cake all on offer.

    Best for: Getting outdoors
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    10. Onchan Park Mini Golf, Onchan

    There’s nothing like a classic game of mini golf, it’s just annoying when you can’t hit the ball in the hole! Onchan Park is a great place in the North West to play as it offers crazy golf and mini golf, so take your pick! It’s not all about golf though; among the tonnes of extras are an adventure playground, indoor play area, go-karting and a dance studio, all available at a small, additional cost. Sounds epic, right?

    Best for: Value
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    11. National Football Museum, Manchester

    North West


    Inspire your kids to get sporty with a trip to the National Football Museum. It’s a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled – over 140,000 items – including the FIFA Collection. Fans of football will love the exhibitions of past and present and the interactive galleries that explain all about the ‘beautiful game’. Plus, it’s free!

    Best for: Football fans                                                                                                                                                Tell me more…

    12. World Museum, Liverpool

    North West


    Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures with attractions including The Bug House, The Clore Natural History Centre & The Living Laboratory. With a range of exhibitions and interactive displays there are events to entertain and educate all the family.

    Best for: The whole family

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