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The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

The Beatles are probably Liverpool’s most famous export and it stands to reason that the city has quite a few...

Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester city centre

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester City Centre Art Galleries

Mosey down Mosley Street between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, and you can’t miss the Greek columns that flank...

Pots made at Frankie's Paint-It Pottery

Frankie’s Paint-It Pottery

Mossley Hill Activities

Get stuck in with a pottery painting session at Frankie's Paint-It Pottery. Whether you're crazy about clay or it's your...

The People's History Museum in Manchester.

People’s History Museum

Spinningfields Museums

The People’s History Museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain. It's the only museum in the UK...

A girl in a VR headset at MeetspaceVR Manchester in Trafford Park

MeetspaceVR Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

MeetspaceVR Manchester is a virtual reality, immersive experience in a huge warehouse at Trafford Park. It's a place where you...

Puppy having cuddles at Paws Yoga

Paws Yoga

Castlefield Activities

Two things that are guaranteed to release endorphins: puppies and yoga. Paws Yoga combines the two, and was the first...

A group taking part in an escape room game at Breakout Manchester High Street

Breakout Manchester High Street

Manchester City Centre Activities

Breakout Manchester is a live escape room centre on High Street in Manchester. You are locked in a room with...

The Oracle

Ropewalks Bars

Even the entrance to The Oracle has an air of mystery: look for the anonymous grey door to the left...

Masood Boomgaard who is appearing at the Frog and Bucket comedy club in October 2023

Frog and Bucket

Northern Quarter Comedy Venues

The Frog and Bucket is one of Manchester's longest running comedy clubs and one of the first venues to open...

Weddings at Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester.

Runway Visitor Park

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

For spine-tinglingly close views of the huge planes landing and taking off at Manchester Airport, head to the Runway Visitor...

Golf clubs at On The Green

On The Green

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, On The Green is a laid-back virtual golfing experience accommodating both those...

Breakout Liverpool

Breakout Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Activities

Work as part of a team with friends, family or work colleagues and try to escape the room you've been...

The spiral staircase at the Museum of Liverpool.

Museum of Liverpool

Albert Dock Museums

The Museum of Liverpool on Pier Head is an eclectic and diverse collection of Liverpool stuff and stories. Part of...

Knowsley Safari

Prescot Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Knowsley Safari is an exciting day out for all animal-lovers – not just for kids. Who wouldn’t want to watch...

Character at Spooky World, a Halloween attraction at Apple Jacks, Warrington

Spooky World

Warrington Activities

Spooky World comes in three strengths of spookiness. There’s Fun by Day which is all smiling pumpkins and friendly ghosts...

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Penrith Historic Buildings & Sites

Lowther Castle & Gardens is an intriguing attraction. It looks grand enough at first sight, but the castle is literally...

The Cube Live at Urban Playground Manchester

Urban Playground Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Urban Playground Manchester is the place to go for an adrenaline-fuelled, ultra-competitive night out. Located in Manchester Arndale, it brings...

Tenpin Manchester – Printworks

Manchester City Centre Activities

As the name suggests, TenPin Manchester - Printworks is a bowling alley in the Printworks. It’s family-friendly by day and...

Mayfield Park, Manchester

Mayfield Park

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

It’s no secret that Manchester city centre is short on decent parks. The opening of Mayfield Park in September 2022 goes...

Chaos Karts interior, an activity in Manchester

Chaos Karts

Spinningfields Activities

Chaos Karts puts you in the driving seat of an immersive augmented reality experience, bringing real-life karting and gaming together.

Nerf AX interior, a games venue at Trafford Palazzo

Nerf Action Xperience

Trafford Park Activities

If you love charging around waving a Nerf blaster with foam ammo popping all around you, then you’re going to...

Man with VR Headset from Unsplash

DNA VR

Manchester City Centre Activities

DNA VR is a virtual reality arcade with three different gameplay options. You can communicate with your friends through the...

Sixes Social Cricket | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

Sixes Social Cricket opened in the Corn Exchange in August 2021, bringing a different kind of sporting experience to Manchester...

Football boots on display at The National Football Museum in Manchester

National Football Museum

Manchester City Centre Museums

Where else but footy-mad Manchester to house the National Museum of the UK’s favourite sport? Explore the history of the...

Characters at Scare City, a Halloween experience at Camelot

Scare City

Chorley Activities

Scare City takes over the abandoned Camelot theme park for a completely immersive Halloween scare event.

We Invented the Weekend - one of Greater Manchester's best festivals.

We Invented The Weekend

Media City Festivals

We Invented the Weekend festival is a massive, free, two-day celebration of all the cool stuff people do in their...

Axe throwing at Boom Battle Bar

Boom Battle Bar Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Just a stone's throw away from Liverpool Lime Street station, Boom Battle Bar takes group gaming to the next level....

Wordsworth Grasmere has the original manuscripts of William Wordsworth's poetry and Dorothy Wordsworth's diaries

Wordsworth Grasmere

Cumbria Museums

At Wordsworth Grasmere you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings which captured the poet's imagination and drove much of...

Gallery Oldham

Oldham Art Galleries

Gallery Oldham in the town’s Cultural Quarter features artworks and items from Oldham’s diverse collections alongside newly commissioned art, international...

Tube slides at Play Factore in Manchester

Play Factore

Trafford Park Activities

Play Factore is like a super-sized version of the traditional indoor play centre. It’s enormous; crawling through tunnels, clambering through...

King Pins Trafford Palazzo, a great place for bowling and more

King Pins Trafford Palazzo

Trafford Park Activities

King Pins Trafford Palazzo markets itself as ‘the crown jewels of bowling’, but to be honest, they’re selling themselves short....

Jodrell Bank in the sun

Jodrell Bank

Macclesfield Museums

Jodrell Bank is a landmark. On a clear day, you can see its Lovell Telescope from the top of almost...

Goats at Reddish Vale Farm - one of Confidential Guides' recommended things to do with kids in Manchester

Reddish Vale Farm

Reddish Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Ian Brown, take note. Reddish Vale Farm, on the Stockport side of Manchester, has everything you could want to keep...

Dance Dance Revolution at NQ64, Manchester

NQ64

Northern Quarter Activities

Return to your youth and relieve the stresses and strains of adult life by whacking baddies Double Dragon-style or jumping...

Canal boats outside Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne

Portland Basin Museum

Ashton-under-Lyne Museums

Step inside the restored nineteenth-century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne and you'll find the Portland Basin Museum. With exciting, accessible...

The Lowry is an art gallery and theatres at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

The Lowry

Salford Quays Theatres

Flagship arts venue The Lowry was at the heart of 1990s' plans to breathe new life back into Salford Quays....

Gaming at leveltap Liverpool

leveltap

Ropewalks Activities

leveltap is one of the latest gaming bars to arrive at Liverpool's bustling Ropewalks. Immerse yourself in enthralling modern and...

Artwork at Zap Graffiti

Zap Graffiti

Ropewalks Activities

Zap Graffiti is one of Liverpool's most unique art venues, focused on showcasing graffiti designs and even giving you the...

Arcade Club Bury - a Manchester day out for families

Arcade Club Bury

Bury Activities

Arcade Club Bury is a gamer’s paradise. Set in a former mill, it is a vast celebration of the beat...

The Cunard Building in Liverpool - one of the Three Graces and home of the British Music Experience

The British Music Experience

Albert Dock Museums

Head to The Cunard Building, one of the Three Graces that form Liverpool's iconic waterfront to find The British Music...

Mr McGregor's Garden at The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

Windermere Museums

The World of Beatrix Potter is always handy to have up your sleeve if you’re in the Lake District and...

Air hockey at ArCains Liverpool

ArCains

Baltic Triangle Activities

Part of the Cains Brewery Complex, ArCains is a gamers paradise. Whether it's date night, a stag or hen do,...

Woman on rope bridge at Treetop Trek Manchester

Treetop Trek Manchester

Prestwich Activities

If you're looking for a fun way to get outside and get active, try Treetop Trek Manchester at Heaton Park....

Clown at Theatre of Screams Halloween experience in Ashton under Lyne

Theatre of Screams

Ashton-under-Lyne Activities

Theatre of Screams is the interactive Halloween experience on a budget. It’s also the indoor option for those of you...

Taps at Pelican, a craft beer bar in Manchester

Pelican

Northern Quarter Bars

Pelican is a bar from the team behind Squawk Brewing Company, they of the beautiful ornithological cans of craft ale....

Vapiano | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Everything at Vapiano is ordered via a QR code once you’re at your table, which may be rather au fait...

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Point Blank Shooting is an interactive virtual shooting range designed to test yours and your teammates quick-draw skills.

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum

Castlefield Museums

Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the...

The aquapark at Alderford Lake

Alderford Lake

Whitchurch Activities

Alderford Lake is the perfect summer day out. It’s an idyllic location but you won’t be able to sit still...

Escape Hunt | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

The ultimate rainy day activity (and Manchester certainly has its wealth of those), Escape Hunt at the Corn Exchange places...

One of the crazy golf courses at Junkyard Golf in Manchester

Junkyard Golf Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Junkyard Golf is Manchester’s original crazy crazy golf. There are imitators and imposters but this was the city’s first day-glo,...

Immersive Gamebox Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Put down those phones, switch off your screens, and, er, stand in front of another one . . .  but...

Clowns at Farmageddon, a Halloween scare experience near Ormskirk

Farmageddon

Ormskirk Activities

Farmageddon is the big one. Every year it’s a sellout, welcoming thousands of willing lambs to the slaughter. There are...

Weddings at The Crystal Maze, Manchester

The Crystal Maze Manchester

Castlefield Activities

It’s a dream come true for kids of the 90s: a chance to show off your skills on the legendary...

E-karting at Gravity MAX Liverpool

Gravity MAX Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Home to two floors of immersive activities, Gravity MAX is Liverpool’s biggest multi-entertainment venue.

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Museums

Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s first free public library when it opened in 1850. The building was...

Man gaming at Point Blank Shooting

Point Blank Shooting Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Activities

Point Blank Shooting is a virtual shooting range and bar. Designed to see if you're a sharpshooter, the many levels...

Yayoi Kusama who will be exhibiting at Manchester International Festival in 2023

Manchester International Festival

Manchester Festivals

Manchester International Festival, or MIF, is the city’s biennial arts festival. It’s two weeks of the year where you’re never...

A girl on the monkey bars at Total Ninja, Manchester.

Total Ninja

Trafford Park Activities

Total Ninja is part bouncy-castle on steroids, part warrior training ground. The venue is mainly divided into two parts: an...

Cockfields Farm at Christmas - one of our recommended Christmas days out in or near Manchester

Cockfields Farm Park

Oldham Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Cockfields Farm Park, in the countryside between Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne, is a young child’s idea of the perfect day out.

One of the characters at Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Activities

Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a mixture of live action horror thrills, a scare maze and terrifying...

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