Summer Holidays

Playing Out

Oxford Road Corridor is a vibrant corner of Manchester, there’s always lots going on for residents and visitors and the summer holidays are no exception.

Summer holidays in Manchester are here again but fear not, we have lots of ideas for what you can do together with the kids, right here on the Oxford Road Corridor this summer. From Central Library to Whitworth Park with many stops along the way, the Corridor is jam-packed with family-friendly attractions and things to do. 

Manchester Museum and the Whitworth are always great choices for a family day out. The Museum is home to over 6 million artefacts, and while some parts are currently closed as they build toward reopening as an event better museum in 2022, there’s still lots to see here for young and old alike. As well as their Outdoor Art Club, the Whitworth Art Gallery is encouraging families to get muddy and discover art and nature in Whitworth Park by downloading their free Welly Walks guide and enjoying a walk designed to support toddlers inquisitive nature.

Contact is a space for young people to change their lives through the arts and their Summer Creative Camp is designed to do just that. Z-arts is Manchester’s venue for children and families and their The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat exhibition is just the ticket for younger children.

Manchester is a great destination to visit over the summer holidays and the Oxford Road Corridor is a great place to start.

Summer Holiday Activites

families Playing Out
Hulme Park | 24 July 2021

Z-arts is bringing playing out back, with a free day of family-friendly activities in Hulme Park.

craft Rain Sticks
Manchester Central Library | 22 July 2021

Summon the rain and create music in this summer holidays workshop at Central Library.

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craft Art and Nature
The Manchester Museum | 27 July – 24 August 2021

Explore a different nature craft each week with Art and Nature, weekly online events for the summer holidays.

craft Envelope Puppets
Manchester Central Library | 27 July 2021

Head to Envelope Puppets at Central Library this summer to make your very own animal puppet and get up to all sorts of adventures.

families Outdoor Art Club
The Whitworth | 4 August 2021

Something for all the family in a gallery where art meets nature in water play, potion stations, chalk drawing, mud painting and more. 

Our Kids Social: Silent Disco
HOME | 8 August 2021

Our Kids Social is packing up all of their silent disco kit, brushing off the sequins and heading to Homeground this summer.

families Nature, Comics & Belonging
The Manchester Museum | 9 August 2021

Nature, Comics & Belonging is an online event for families to enjoy this summer holiday with Manchester Museum.

craft Nature Inspired Upcycling
The Manchester Museum | 11 August 2021

The Nature-Inspired Upcycling workshop lets you create something beautiful for the museum’s new space and learn some skills from the experts.

families Outdoor Art Club
The Whitworth | 4 August 2021

Something for all the family in a gallery where art meets nature in water play, potion stations, chalk drawing, mud painting and more. 

craft Junk Bugs
Manchester Central Library | 11 August 2021

Using scrap materials, googly eyes and pipe cleaners, children will create a wide range of creature creations!

workshop Muso Family
The Manchester Museum | 11 August 2021

Muso Family is an interactive music and movement session, inspired by highlights from the museum’s collection.

craft Clay Bugs and Animals
Manchester Central Library | 17 August 2021

Clay Bugs and Animals at Central Library is a summer holiday workshop where children can make bugs and animals.

families Outdoor Art Club
The Whitworth | 21 August 2021

Something for all the family in a gallery where art meets nature in water play, potion stations, chalk drawing, mud painting and more. 

Places to go this Summer Holiday

Trees in bloom at Whitworth Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor taken by Friends of Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

An exteral shot of Z-arts in Manchester
Z-arts

Z-arts is a unique arts centre whose aim is to share the joy of imagination, storytelling and creativity with children and families.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor
HOME

Manchester’s multi-purpose hub of creativity and discovery, bringing together film, theatre, art, and some of the city’s best social spaces.

Flowers in bloom at All Saints Park one of the green spaces on Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

This beautifully restored Grade II listed villa was once home to Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the UK’s most important Victorian writers.

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.

External shot of the Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum

Currently closed for redevelopment until October 2022. Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, is the UK’s largest university museum with a collection of about 4.5 million items from every continent.

A view of people gathering on the grass at Brunswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

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