Here’s all the info you need to plan for the school holidays
It can feel as though the school summer holidays last forever! So it’s worth taking half an hour to plan ahead 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 …
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
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?
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
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
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.
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Need some ideas to get you started? Take a look at some of these great ideas for summer fun
Theatretrain’s Musical Theatre Summerschools return for the thirteenth year. The timetable for the Summerschool Workshop has been developed to offer a full programme of a variety of skills. It offers a fun filled five day programme that culminates in a performance for family and friends in a working theatre environment at Chester’s Forum Studio Theatre.
This year’s themes are DISNEY (Aladdin and The Lion King), THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, ANNIE and A WEEK IN OZ (The Wizard of Oz, Wicked and The Wiz)
All classes are suitable for ages 5-18. There are also shorter classes for ages 3-5 each week.
Whether your child has bags of experience or they want to discover their hidden talents, enrol them onto one of our themed weeks and watch their confidence grow. They’ll love it so much that they’ll want to come back for a second week!
Theatretrain’s weekend classes continue through the school year at Queens Park High School in Chester, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham and Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold.
Three Sisters Circuit, Ashton-in-Makerfield, has a jam packed programme of exciting activities this summer for all the motorsport and adrenaline enthusiasts out there aged 6-15 years.
Choose from Arrive ‘n’ Drive Karting for ages 8-15 years, Bambino Kart School for ages 6-7 years, the renowned Bill Sisley Kart School for ages 8-11 and 12-15 years, Under 17 Driving lessons for ages 11-16 years and A.I.M. Laser Combat for ages 8 years and over.
Or, why not take part in our search for the next F1 star with our Karting Scholarship for ages 8-11 years?
Arrive ’n’ Drive Karting for ages 8-15 years: £25 pp for 20 minutes
24th July : 10am – 4pm | 30th July : 10am – 4pm | 8th August : 10am – 4pm | 29th August : 10am – 4pm.
No need to book or have any previous experience, just turn up on the day.
Bambino Kart School 6-7 year olds: £49 pp (booking required)
Three lessons taking you through different stages starting by building confidence, all the way through to racing lines & cornering.
Lesson 1 : 29th July 9am – 11am | 13th August 9am – 11am
Lesson 2 : 29th July 1pm – 3pm | 13th August 1pm – 3pm | 20th August 9am – 11am
Lesson 3 : 6th August 1pm – 3pm | 20th August 1pm – 3pm
Bill Sisley Kart School: £49 pp (booking required)
Cadet Novice Kart School for ages 8-11 years.
25th July : 9am – 12pm | 31st July : 9am – 12pm | 1st August : 9am – 12pm
Junior Novice Kart School for ages 12-15 years.
31st July : 9am – 12pm
Cadet Intermediate Kart School for ages 8-11 years.
25th July : 1pm – 3.30pm | 31st July : 1pm – 3.30pm | 14th August : 9am – 11.30pm
Junior Intermediate Kart School for ages 12-15 years.
25th July : 1pm – 3.30pm | 31st July : 1pm – 3.30pm | 14th August : 9am – 11.30am
Junior Advanced Kart School for ages 12-15 years.
1st August : 1pm – 3.30pm | 14th August : 1pm – 3pm
These lessons take you through different stages all the way through to racing lines & cornering.
A.I.M. Laser Combat for ages 8+ provides the perfect event after karting.
Our Under 17 Driving School enables children aged 11 to 16 years to practise on our new multi-activity area: 25th July | 31st July | 5th August | 15th August | 21st August.
We are also looking for the next F1 star this summer with our Karting Scholarship for children aged 8-11 years.
Families are guaranteed a summer of fun this August as Merseyway Shopping Centre hosts Merseybay – a free outdoor beach.
Open to children of all ages, the giant beach will be located outside Primark and will be open for families to build sandcastles from Saturday 27th July – Saturday 31st August 2019.
The beach will be bigger than previous years and will feature deckchairs for parents to sit back and relax in, while children can enjoy fun rides and activities around the centre including a helter skelter and bumper boats. Families can also grab a bite to eat from the food huts, which will be selling the best seaside dishes including fish and chips.
Merseyway will also be hosting a free Friday Club every Friday from 3pm – 5pm where children can dance along with live DJs and take part in party games.
3rd – 5th August
Crewe Lyceum Theatre
A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage!
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!
Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Freckle Productions present
From the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
“Me, you and the old guitar,
How perfectly, perfectly happy we are.
MEEE-EW and the old guitar.
How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!”
Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend.
From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic.
Suitable for children and families of all ages.
5th – 9th August
Lyceum Theatre’s resident performing company, D.M.P.C brings you a jam-packed week of creative activity! Join us for the chance to work with members of Crewe’s premier hip hop Theatre Company and create your own performance by the end of the week. Get involved in a wide range of activities including:
Dance learn a range of different dance styles
Choreography create your own piece of dance or theatre
Art / Visuals use graffiti art and computer graphics to create visuals for a performance piece
Performance put everything together for a final performance
No experience of dance or theatre is necessary. This is your holiday club to try something new, or develop your skills.
Open to Beats ages 7 – 10 and Breakers ages 11 – 16.
Round Ponds Adventure, Cheshire
We have plenty of activities on offer for the Summer Holidays 2019! It’s a daunting thought when you have 6 weeks to fill, maybe you’re going on a holiday but have time to fill around it? Maybe it’s a ‘stay-cation’ you have lined up this year? Are you looking after the Grandchildren and wanting to get them outside for a few hours? As well as the usual fun we offer; Birthday parties, family activities and group team building all of this is available over the holidays…
TURN UP AND CLIMB AGED 6+… ‘Exactly what it says on the tin’ Been stuck inside and got a spare hour this afternoon? The following dates are available;
Monday 5th August – QUICKJUMP
Wednesday 7th August – VERTICAL CHALLENGE
Wednesday 21st August – QUICKJUMP
Thursday 22nd August – VERTICAL CHALLENGE
Don’t worry about booking in just turn up anytime between 15:00 – 18:00 to have a go on the activity running on the day.
We have a simple pay per climb structure
1 CLIMB – £3.00 ~ UP TO 3 CLIMBS – £6.00 ~ UP TO 6 CLIMBS – £10.00
FIRST TIME CLIMBERS 7 – 11YRS…Are you wanting to build some confidence, maybe there is a residential looming in the new school year or its something that just totally throws them out of their comfort zone. We are running some confidence building climbing sessions to encourage kids to try new things and maybe have another go at something that has scared them in the past with the chance for you to encourage them.
Sessions will run on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th August 13:00 – 14:30 at £15 per person. Book now firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILY HOLIDAY CLUB…You have all heard of ‘Parents get lost’ well here at round ponds we like ‘Parents to get involved’ This summer we are bringing a new activity session to you, we will run climbing, raft building and bush craft sessions for 7-11 yr old. Whilst the activities are going on we would like to invite parents to either have a go themselves with the kids or maybe bring along a younger or older sibling and just enjoy our private woodland where you will find lots to explore, lawn games to play, brilliant brews cracking cakes and perfect picnic spots.
The activity sessions are £20 per head with the lawn games and picnic spots on us! Just bring a few pennies for the brew and cake. Book now email@example.com
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