Here’s all the info you need to make the most of the school holidays

It can feel as though the school summer holidays last forever! So it’s worth taking half an hour to do some research so you can make the most of the summer break with your children. But it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve got lots of information about childcare, children’s holiday courses, places to go and family friendly events here on Kidsguide. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together this school holiday planner page containing links to all the info you’ll find most useful.

Here’s your shortcut to planning for the summer holiday …


children eating lunch at a nursery

If you need full or part time childcare for the summer holidays try calling your local day nursery or out of school club. Many have spaces available even if you don’t use them in term time.
day nurseries & out-of-school clubs in Cheshire
day nurseries & out-of-school clubs in Manchester
day nurseries & out-of-school clubs in Merseyside
day nurseries & out-of-school clubs in Wrexham and Flintshire

Summer camps and courses

happy group of children

A short intensive course can be a great way to try something different without committing to a whole term. How about a week-long drama camp or an intensive swimming course? Take a look now because most need booking ahead. Check Kidsguide’s clubs and classes section as many of the regular term time clubs run holiday courses of 3 – 5 days over the school holidays.
clubs & classes Cheshire
clubs & classes Manchester
clubs & classes Merseyside
clubs & classes Wrexham & Flintshire
There are also holiday courses advertised in our what’s on section (see below).

What events are on for children near you?
Mother and daughter with face paints at family fun day

Our what’s on pages are updated regularly and include holiday courses, dozens of local family friendly events, children’s workshops, family fun days, shows etc. Take a look now so you can start filling the holiday calendar.
What’s on for families in Cheshire
What’s on for families in Manchester
What’s on for families in Merseyside
What’s on for families in Wrexham & Flintshire

Family friendly places to go

happy family having a picnic

Our places to go section may well be your life saver this school holiday. Find 100s of suggestions for great local places to go with children including outdoors, rainy day ideas and big days out.
Places to go with kids in Cheshire
Places to go with kids in Manchester
Places to go with kids in Merseyside
Places to go with kids in Wrexham & Flintshire

Free things to do
sister and brother on swings in park

The school holidays can be an expensive time of year so here is some inspiration for how to entertain the kids without spending a fortune
Fifteen fabulous ideas for free outdoor fun
Unplugged! 100 free things to do this summer
Free things for kids to do at home on a rainy day.

Keep updated

We’ll be adding more information and events throughout the summer. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up for Kidsguide’s free weekly newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Keep checking our blog for our regular round up of 5 things to do this week.


Need some ideas to get you started? Take a look at some of these great ideas for summer fun

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