Free things to do in the north west (5th, 6th & 7th September)

Its back to school week and if your family budgets are anything like ours, the long summer holidays will have resulted in there being hardly anything left in the pot.  But fear not, the fiveadventurers are as frugal as ever and after scouring the net we have found 10 fantastic, free activites for you and your children to partake in this weekend.  Hope you enjoy them.  We would love to see your pictures and if you go to any of the activities.  These are not in any particular order so ignore the numbering.

1.  International Fireworks Festival (Friday 5th September)

Every Friday in September will see the International Festival being held on Blackpool promenade.  The event sees the best in the industry and promises to be a fantastic show, the event will be kick off  at 7pm with the entry from Sweden.  We have previously visited the festival and the displays are fantastic.  Be warned it will be busy getting into Blackpool and around the area so leave lots of time.  Its a must see for any firework fan and also it can be combined with the illuminations.  The weather is supposed to lovely on Friday so a visit to the beach, fireworks and the illuminations would be a perfect.  Heres further details of the event.

bowland forest2.  Bat Walk (Friday, 5th September)

The Wildlife Trust have organised a bat walk as part of the Bowland Festival.  The group will have bat detectors on the hunt for bats.  Remember to wrap up warm and bring a torch.  The event is suitable for over 8 year olds.  For further details and contact information, use this link.

3.  Green Woodcraft Day (Sunday, 7th September)

Beacon Fell will be home to a number of woodcraft demonstrations, bird box making and children’s activities.  Beacon Fell is a lovely area for walks, picnics and have a number of sculptures that go along with the Gruffalo book.  The day sounds great and lots of activities.  The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend so would be a great day with the activities.

4.  Puppet Pirate Workshop (Saturday)

Pop along to Southport for this fun activity.  The sessions allow you to hear stories from the seven seas, make your own puppets and use them to perform in a fantastic pirate puppet show.  This activity is being held The Atkinson and there are a number of sessions which need to be booked as there a limits of 10 per session.  Details are here.

5.  Enchanting Tales (Saturday, 5th September)image

John Ryland’s library in Manchester are opening their doors to families between 11am -12pm where you can join the resident storyteller in one of their beautiful book rooms for tales of magic, mystery and mayhem.

6.  Here be Dragons

The walls of ceilings of the library are full if strange and mysterious creatures.  Join the tour at midday as the group try to seek them out.  The tour is most suitable 5 – 10 years but all ages are welcome.

7.  The Wind the Sun (Saturday, 6th September)

Z-arts are launching their new season of Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre.  The show is two person outdoor circus show, based on one of the Aesop’s fable and is being held in Hulme Park.  The show sees two rival siblings who battle the elements to show their strength.  There will be lots of audience participation and the reviews of the show are fantastic.  It seems a fantastic family event, especially for free.  You must book your tickets online here and the tickets need to be collected for the Z-arts box office.  Note that the performances are in Hulme Park.

8.  Meet the WW1 Soldier / Make stained glass windows (Saturday 6th September 2014)

Lancaster City Museum have a number of events running on Saturday which sound both interesting, fun and educational.  The museum are holding meet the First World War sessions within the museum.  There is no need to book and you can turn up between 10:30am – 4pm. The one that my Maya would love would be the crafty session with tissue paper.  The children are allowed to design their own stained glass windows inspired by myths and legends like the one that is in the Museum itself.  Again this is not bookable and session runs between 1:30 – 3:30pm.

9.  Morecambe Vintage by the Sea Festival

The Hemingway Family’s vintage by the Sea Festival returns this weekend.  following the success of 2013, this years looks even bigger and better.  Theres loads of different activities running throughout the weekend.  Some of these are free and others are ticketed and chargeable.  There seems to be more then enough to keep big and small adventurers entertained and heres the full plan of activities.

Brockholes Nature Reserve10.  Brockhole Reserve Walk (Sunday, 7th September)

The first Sunday of the month sees the monthly  walk around the Brockholes Nature Reserve.  Join the Walk Leader for a walk around the reserve and learn about how the reserve was built, the aims and the wildlife.  The walk lasts for 2 hours and sturdy footwear is recommended.  I would recommend that this is combined with our activities around the reserve and the playgrounds are some of the best that I have seen.

These are technically not free deals but these offers seem great.

Gulliver’s Worldgullivers world

This theme park seems to be great for little children, and this weekend they are offering two free grandparents to enter the theme park with 1 full paying child.  Here’s the details.


To mark the last week of holidays, Diggerland across the country (nearest one in the north west is Castleford in Yorkshire) have 50% off entrance with this voucher below.  The 50% only applies if there are 4 paying guests.  The theme park sounds great and very different to the traditional parks out there.  This appears a must for any little adventurers.

I hope you found the above ideas helpful and you all have a fantastic weekend.  We are off for a spot of glamping here at Stanley Villa Farm Camping, so our little adventurers cannot wait.  Mayas back to school on Monday so we thought we would finish the weekend on a high 🙂


I am a traveller, mother and blogger. We love to go on adventures (big and small, near and far) and strive to show our children how amazing and beautiful the world is! I caught the travel bug many moons ago and despite having three little adventurers, I still suffer from "itchy" feet. We love the great outdoors and one another. Come and join the fun :)

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