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October half term is coming up soon and you might be wondering what you can do to keep the little ones entertained. Manchester is bursting with lots of fun activities for the whole family so there’s plenty for everyone to stay happy.

Kids go free Afternoon tea at The Lowry Hotel

Treat yourself and your little one this half-term with Afternoon Tea in The River Restaurant. For every Adult’s Afternoon Tea purchased 27th – 28th of this October half term, we'll give you one of our Children's Afternoon Teas for free. Designed with little appetites in mind, our children's afternoon tea includes lots of sweet treats filled with joy. Adults don't miss out on the fun either, they can enjoy their own scrumptious sandwiches, delicious cakes, and traditional scones with a dollop of jam or clotted cream. 

Manchester Science Festival

From the 21st – 30th October, the Manchester Science Festival is providing a half-term that’s packed with heaps of entertaining activities to take part in. From virtual experiences to new ways of learning, there are venues all over the city that are taking part in hosting different scientific adventures. Rhythmic robots are just one of many big exhibitions taking place this year and The Lowry Hotel are just a short walk from all the excitement.

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin patches can be found across Manchester’s surrounding areas – all just a short drive from The Lowry Hotel.

The Dunham Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Hall: 35-minute drive

Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival: 36-minute drive

Pumpkin Picking Extravaganza at Smithills Open Farm, Bolton: 36-minute drive

Halloween Festival at Reddish Vale Farm: 28-minute drive

Kenyon Hall Farm Pumpkin Patch: 27-minute drive

Spookfest at The Trafford Centre

Just a 25-minute drive from The Lowry Hotel is Spookfest which is back and bigger than ever at The Trafford Centre. From special film screenings to circus performances and seasonal-themed food – this event promises to keep everyone happy. Gandey’s circus arrives with a Halloween Spooktacular Big Top Show, keep your eyes out for the skeletons and amazing circus artistes. The funfair comes with it! Take a ride on the ghoulish ghost train or take a stroll through the haunted house. There’ll be costume characters, face painting and lots of treats to keep the little ghouls entertained!

A trip to the theatre…

The Lion King is running from October 27th at the Manchester Palace Theatre. This extraordinary award-winning musical is back in Manchester, described as a ‘gasp-inducing spectacle,’ this unmissable show is a wonderful half - term treat for everyone. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is live on stage at The Lowry. This musical play is based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. This delightful family show is the perfect way to let your children’s imagination run wild as their favourite story comes to life. With sing-a-longs, lots of magic and happy surprises, this is perfect for the whole family.

A Manchester Spookcation

If you want to make the October half-term extra special, then why not turn your visit into a Manchester staycation with family holidays at The Lowry Hotel. Whether it’s a mother-daughter weekend break or a family stay for everyone – we cater for all families. Our sofa bedrooms are a great option for everyone to stay in the same space, or if you have older children you may want to ask about our interconnecting rooms so everyone can have their own space.

We have Lowry Loot for the little ones to spend on cookies, mocktails or special kids’ amenities around the hotel. We’re a stone’s throw away from all the Halloween activities in the city, so you’ll never grow bored. For the perfect Manchester spookcation, stay at The Lowry Hotel.