6 of the best family friendly events this early May Bank Holiday weekend.


Hooray for the early May long bank holiday weekend, and there’s lots happening for families across the North West!

From traditional May Day events in Knutsford and Holywell to Tudor fun in Speke, steam engines in Bolton, climbing a giant tree in Cheshire and daft fun on stage in Crewe, there’s something for everyone.

If you’ve been wondering what’s on this bank holiday weekend in the North West, here are six of the best family-friendly events to enjoy with your children.


Aliens Love Underpants – Live on Stage

3rd – 5th May
Laugh your PANTS off this May Bank Holiday weekend with Aliens Love Underpants at Crewe Lyceum Theatre. The zany, hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s books is live on stage with stunning effects, madcap action and lots of aliens, of course!
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Tudor May Day at Speke

4th – 6th May
Come and enjoy a Tudor style May Day! Browse Tudor market stalls and watch Tudor gentleman and ladies dance.

Knutsford Royal May Day

4th May
Take part in a traditional May Day celebration complete with May Queen, procession and colourful “sanding” decorations on the pavement. This annual celebration takes place every year on the first Saturday in May.

May Day Steamings at Bolton Steam Museum

5th & 6th May
Come and marvel at 30 restored stationary steam engines – some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woolen mills of the North of England. Many are now unique and the oldest is now 180 years old! Most will be running in steam this weekend only and admission is free. There will be an activity sheet for kids, plus refreshments in the Engine View Cafe.

Merry May Fair

4th May
Greenfield Valley, Holywell
Enjoy all the fun of a traditional fair this May Bank Holiday weekend at Greenfield Valley. There will be local crafts, stalls and fair rides.

Tree Climbing Adventure Day

5th May
Arley Hall
Adventurous adults, and children 6 years old and over will love the excitement and challenge of this unique opportunity to climb into the crown of a huge oak tree. Using a safe and simple climbing system, you will power your way up into the branches to gain a fantastic view and special appreciation of one of Britain’s iconic trees.
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