There seems to be loads going on for families this half term (23rd-31st October) and I’ve had lots of emails telling me about lovely and exciting activities around the Northwest with an outdoor/science and nature/environmental theme.
Firstly, the Manchester Science Festival offers a fantastic range of events and activities, such as “Meet the reptiles and amphibians” and “A bog body mystery” both at Manchester Museum. And bee knitting at Touchstones Rochdale. Yes, bee knitting.
In conjunction with the science festival, Curiosities is a new natural science event, involving a range of locations throughout the Northwest putting on free events for families. Fancy insect bingo or a rainforest roadshow?
Envirolution is a campaign to try and make young people in Manchester more aware of how to protect the environment. They are holding an event at the Contact Theatre on Saturday 30th October. It sounds fantastic, with materials from sustainable sources being used to put on workshops, live art, a fashion show, food, children’s activities, live music and dance.
Also, on Saturday 30th October, there is a fun day of events at Victoria Park in Stretford. I love this park and it has a very active “Friends” group who make sure it is a great place to visit. The festivities go on all day, and they will be unveiling their latest set of mosaics made by the brilliant Amanda McCrann, alongside members of the local comunity. You can see her handywork in the photo at the top of this post. With events as diverse as Halloween fancy dress competition and petanque coaching, there should be something here to please everyone!
If you’re putting on any half term outdoorsy events in the Northwest, leave me a message or tweet me (@parklover1) and I’ll add them to the post.