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What's on this weekend in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales, 16th to 17th Nov 2019

What’s on this weekend in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales, 16th to 17th Nov 2019

Here’s our handy round up of family friendly activities across Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales this weekend, 16th to 17th November. A huge thanks to Splat Messy Play Cheshire West and Wirral for going finding the majority of these events on our behalf.


*Christmas At Percy’s

When: 15th and 16th Dec 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (various time slots).

Where: Dunham Massey National Trust, Dunham Massey, WA14 4SJ Altrincham

Price: Adult £5, children £10

 Prebook? Yes via

Description: Snuggle up for festive tales from Percy’s park before enjoying a hot chocolate and biscuit. Take home a special gift in this lovely alternative to a Father Christmas visit. Inspired by Nick Butterworth’s much loved Percy the Park Keeper tale ‘One Snowy Night’.


*Percy the Park Keeper: One Snowy Night, Dunham Massey

When: Daily until 8th Jan

Where: Dunham Massey National Trust, Dunham Massey, WA14 4SJ Altrincham

Price: £2.50 per trail

Prebook? No

Description: Celebrate 30 years since Nick Butterworth’s One Snowy Night was released with this festive trail. Brrr! It’s cold in Percy’s park so the animals have come inside to warm up. Can you find them?

Explore the deer park this winter in search of Percy the Park Keeper’s animal friends.


*Santa’s arrival Brigade at Bridgemere Garden Centre.

When: Saturday 16th Nov at 11am.

Where: Bridgemere Garden Centre, Nr Nantwich, CW5 7QB

Price: Free but entrance to the grotto is charged for.

Prebook? If you want a visit to the grotto you will need to prebook.

Description: Why not join us tomorrow for Santa’s arrival parade!☃️ With his elves, Crewe Brass Band, dancers from the Academy for Performing Arts, Betley and our singing Princess. The Reindeer will also be with us on Saturday and Sunday, from the Phoenix Children’s Foundation Charity. To visit our Bridgemere Winter Wonderland Grotto .❄️🛷 


*Dino trail and other dinosaur related activities at Biddulph Grange Garden.

When: Daily until 17th Nov.

Where: Biddulph Grange Garden, Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 7SD

Price: Mainly free but normal admission charges apply.

Prebook? Only for the Dino Dome Experience.

Description: Have fun exploring the garden looking for dinosaurs or participating in a range of exciting dinosaur related activities including Meet the baby dinosaurs, (9th and 16th November, free event), Meet the fossils (10th November, free event), Dino Dome Experience (16th November, an interactive journey through time and learn about the story of dinosaurs, £7.50, Pre-booking is essential), Make a dino peg puppet, (17th November, free event), Dino trail running daily until 17th Nov (£2.50 per trail, including dino biscuit).  

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*A Crewe Crafty Christmas

When: 16th Nov from 10am to 4pm

Where: Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe CW1 2DB

Price: Free entry

Prebook? No

Description: Free entry, Gifts, Crafts and Miniature Railway.


*Festive Craft Workshop (0-11 years)

When: Saturday 16th at 10 AM – 2 PM

Where: Chester Scouts, 58 Weston Grove, CH2 1QJ Chester, Cheshire

Price:  £4 a ticket

Prebook?  Yes via

Description: This is a workshop where you pay for what you make. Entrance is
£4 per child & includes refreshments, PLUS price includes card making (not printed) with full use of card and sparkles – Then you pay on the day for anything additional that you would like to make. Places are limited but are suitable for any age from tiny babies to 11 year olds.


*Gingerbread Decorating & Face Painting

When: Saturday 16th Dec 10.30am -3pm

Where: The Port Arcade Shopping Centre, Ellesmere Port

Price: Free

Prebook? No

Description: Join us for free festive family fun – gingerbread decorating and festive face painting between 10.30am and 3.00pm, whilst the Neston Strummers will be providing musical entertainment between 10am and 1pm.


* Storytime with Elf Twinkletoes, Blakemere.

When: 9th to 22nd Dec

Where: Blakemere Village,

Price: Free

Prebook? No

Description: Enjoy a FREE Christmas story with Santa’s Elf Twinkletoes every weekend from 9th November – 22nd December. Located in the Elf Cottage in the Centre of the Courtyard. Enjoy craft activities in the craft corner.

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*Family Saturday And Sundays At Storyhouse, Followed By Free Arts And Crafts

When: Every weekend.

Where: Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR

Price: £4

Prebook? No

Description: Arts and Crafts for all the family designed with a different theme each weekend perfectly matched with what’s screening in the cinema. You do not have seen the film to enjoy the free arts and crafts.

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*Free Ice Cream At The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire

When: Daily throughout November.

Where: Drumlan Hall, Newton Ln, Cheshire, Chester CH3 9NE

Price: Free

Prebook? No

Description: We are giving away a free teddy cone ice cream to every child who visits the farm throughout November, starting tomorrow! You don’t want to miss this.

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*Mill Trail: Become A Factory Inspector

When: Daily until 31st Dec

Where: Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA

Price: 50p per trail. Usual admission fees apply.

Prebook? No

Description: Join factory inspector Augustus Snout and his assistant Scuttle on an inspection of the mill. Have a go at different jobs throughout your journey and experience the dangers of working in a cotton mill. Pick up your mill trail at the mill entrance. 50p per trail.

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*Exhibition: A Healthy Profit, Quarry Bank Mill

When: Daily until 19th April

Where: Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA

Price: Free. Usual admission charges apply.

Prebook? No

Description: In a new exhibition we explore the physical, mental and emotional toil of working in a mill. What did it feel like to lose a finger, to suffer from cotton lung or return to work days after giving birth? Discover the impact of mill work on the body, the treatments given to workers, and how this historical story is relevant to our health and wellbeing today.

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*Telescope Walking Tours, Jodrell Bank

When: Daily until 9th Jan 11.45am and 3.15pm

Where: The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL

Price: Free with admission

Prebook? No

Description: Join one of our friendly Explainers as they take you for a stroll around the base of the impressive Lovell Telescope. You’ll find out more about how the Grade 1 listed Telescope works, explore its fascinating history and discover some of its ground-breaking research. Walking Tours last around 45 minutes, will take place indoors if wet, are available on a drop-in basis and are free with general admission. Talks are aimed at adults and children aged 10+

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* Foodies Festival Christmas, Tatton Park

When: until 17th Nov

Where: Tatton Park Gardens, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6SG

Price: Adult: £10-£14, Concession: £8-£12, Young Adult (age 12-18): £5, Child (under 12): Free

Prebook? Yes

Description: Get top Christmas recipe tips and sample the best of festive fare with a ticket to the Christmas Foodies Festival 2019 at Tatton Park. See Michelin-starred and top chefs whip up amazing dishes in the Chef’s Theatre, alongside the stars of Great British Bake Off in the Cake and Bake Theatre. Enjoy a festive masterclass with cupcake decorating, Xmas cocktails, and orange garland making in our Festive Workshop. Keep in the Christmas spirit throughout the day with vintage style singers and Christmas carollers, plus fun competitions including mince pie & chilli eating contests. Keep the wee ones entertained at the Elves Cookery School with classes in gingerbread baking and Christmas cookie decorating.


*Moa gingerbread City Magic In Manchester.

When:  Saturday 16th Nov at 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Where:  Manchester School of Art, 12 Higher Chatham St, M15 6BR Manchester, United Kingdom

 Price: £20

Prebook? Yes via

Description: The Museum of Architecture, the team behind The Gingerbread City, is bringing some gingerbread fun to Manchester this holiday season. Working with Playground Design Studio and Manchester School of Architecture, they will be hosting three gingerbread skyline-building workshops sponsored by Hawkins\Brown on Saturday 16 November as part of Design Manchester 2019. Visitors are invited to come and hear from local architecture practices about designing Manchester’s evolving high-rise skyline, then have a go at creating their own unique skyscraper building using a ‘kit of gingerbread parts’.


*Ice Village Manchester

When: Daily until 5th January 2020 from 11 AM to 10 PM (times subject to change).

Where: The Ice Village, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, M3 1 Manchester

Price: Entrance to the Ice Village is FREE but you will require tickets for the Ice Cavern, Ice Tiki Bar, Ice Rink and Santa’s Grotto. Grab your ticket at

Prebook? Yes for Ice Cavern and Santa’s Grotto

Description: The wintry domain of the Ice Village is coming to Manchester for Christmas 2019. Set against a backdrop of snow covered trees and twinkling lights, there will be lots to see and do. Wrap up warm and visit the Christmas elves hard at work in the Ice Cavern or take your wish list and visit Santa in his Grotto. There’s plenty to enjoy for both children and adults and the Ice Tiki Bar is the perfect place indulge in a festive drink or two. Enjoy arctic games, find a range of unique gifts for loved ones, grab a bite to eat or drink at the traditional Christmas market stalls and have a great day out at Ice Village Manchester.


*Peter Rabbits Christmas Grotto.

When: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th Dec 10am-6pm

Where: intu Trafford Centre, Regent Cres., Stretford, M17 8AA Manchester.

Price: £8.50 for adults and £5.50 for children.

Prebook? Yes

Description: Experience the wonders of a Peter Rabbit inspired grotto as the story of Beatrix Potter’s woodland wonderland is brought to life by actors playing the part of Peter Rabbit and his woodland friends. The excitable Squirrel Nutkin will be up to mischievous tricks whilst you decorate your Christmas Elf biscuits* with Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and don’t forget to keep those eyes peeled for that cunning Mr. Tod! Will you be brave enough to join him in his twinkly lair and take a peep inside his cooking pot?


*Kidtropolis with Digital Kids Show

When: 16th and 17th Nov

Where: Manchester Central, Petersfield, M2 3GX

Price: Dependent on activity.

Prebook? Yes via

Description: Looking for fun things to do with the kids? A family day out with amazing activities all under one roof?
After 4 successful years in London and 3 in Manchester respectively, Kidtropolis and Digital Kids Show have teamed up to offer families an experience packed with fun family activities, amazing live shows and special guests from TV and online. Enjoy the latest family games, VR, Slime, ice skating, inflatables, fair rides and much much more.

Wirral And Merseyside

*Enchanting Elf School Saturday Classes

When:  Saturday 16th Dec at 4 PM for a 6 week term.

Where: The Pixie Door by Sugarplum Fairy, 13 Milner Road, CH60 5RT Heswall

Price: £25 for the enrolment and then £5 per payable session.

Prebook?  Yes

Description: Do you believe in fairies? What about Elves? A wonderful Christmas School. Come and learn about the Christmas fairies, elves, Pixies and even Christmas unicorns. School runs for 6 weeks as a term, Saturday 16th Nov until Saturday 21st Dec 4pm till 5pm. It’s £25 enrolment this includes Elf School uniform and registration, Certificate, Elf or Fairy Christmas Name. Then £5 a session payable as a term. Places are limited so it’s never to early to book. Each week we do an elf workshop and really start to feel Christmassy!! Lots of precious creations and keepsakes. It’s going to be enchanting! Just PM me to book a place with a deposit or for more info. Suitable from 4yrs to 10yrs. Fairy Girls and Pixie Boys Welcome.


*The Little Narnia Experience

When: Sat 16th

Where:  Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, Liverpool

Price: £7 Adults, £4 children

Prebook?  Yes

Description: This half term bring your kids to step into the magical land of Narnia, Go through the wardrobe on an adventure with Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver and The White Witch. The LITTLE Narnia Experience is a walk-through theatrical experience, where visitors step through a wardrobe of fur coats into a wintry forest with a magical lamppost. The audience follows in the footsteps of Edmund and Lucy, visiting Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver and The White Witch in her castle, as the story of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ unfolds


*Moreton Christmas Light Switch on. 

When: Sat 16th at 3pm.

Where : Coach and Horses pub,  Moreton

Price: Free

Prebook?  No

Description: Come and join us for our switch on event at the Coach and Horses pub Moreton! A lot of hard work has been put in this year! There will be a raffle, fundraising games and a buffet! Our Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm outside the coach and horses pub! See you there ⛄️🎄


*Ice Skating At Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

When: 16th and 17th Dec from 10am until 9pm

Where:  Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival, Pier Head, Georges Parade, L3 1DP​​​​ Liverpoo

Price: Adult/Teen from £13.20 to £14.70, Children 3 – 12 years from £11.20 to £12.70  Children aged between 3 and 10 must be accompanied by an adult (18+). Price includes £1.20 booking fee  

 Prebook? Yes

Description: Set within the magical Liverpool Waterfront backdrop, Liverpool Ice Festival transports you into a frozen winter wonderland. Be a dare devil and try the UK’s largest Ice Slide, three super speedy 30m runs 6m above the park. Experience the buzz of skimming along at an exhilarating pace, while taking in the whole view of the Ice Festival. For those who need a little extra help on the ice, penguin skate aids are now available to book online and for those who love nothing more than taking to the ice, seasonal passes are now available to book online.  After gliding on the ice for a 45-minute ice skating session, skaters – along with their spectators, can enjoy a variety of refreshments and seasonal treats from the food and drink stalls. Finish up in the cosy Alpine Cabin Bar for a warming winter drink after enjoying all the thrills of the funfair rides.


*Frozen 2 party, Wigwam Coffee Shop

When: 16th Nov

Where: Wigwam Coffee Shop, 70 Rose Ln, Liverpool, L18 8AG

Price: £11.37

Prebook? Yes via

Description: We’ll be showing the original Disney Frozen film in The Green Room, playing some songs from the film at our Frozen-themed disco with games and prizes for kids who come in costume. The highlight of the afternoon will be a visit from Elsa and Olaf! They’ll be hanging around at Wigwam and kids will have the opportunity to get their pictures taken with them too. Included in the ticket price is party food and drink for the children. One adult goes free per child, £5 each additional adult.


*Christmas Family Craft Fair

When: 16th from 11 until 2pm. 

Where : Weatherhead High School, Wallasey UK

Price: 50p Entrance

Prebook?  No

Description: Fabulous handmade Christmas gifts for everyone. Raffle, refreshments and festive music. 50p entrance (under 5’s free).

North Wales

*Kids Christmas Painting

When: Sunday 17th Dec at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Where : Craft Cabin CYMRU  Wrexham


Price: £8 per child

Prebook? Yes 07807 079214

Description: £8 per child includes a Christmas ceramic, juice and a snack. Tea and coffee extra for adults only £1. Let’s get festive and creative colouring included and a paper bag to take everything home. Booking essential only 8 places available deposit of £5 required to secure place.


*Christmas Eve Plate Workshop

When:  Sunday at 11 AM – 1 PM

Where: Cwtch Ceramics, LL13 8BB Wrexham

Price: £15

 Prebook?   Yes

Description:  Come and make your very own Christmas Eve Plate. We have several plate sizes you can choose from and out staff are on hand all evening to help you. All glaze used is non toxic and food safe, and your finished and fired plate will be microwave and dishwasher safe too.


*Contact Pets 5th Birthday Bash
When:  Nov 16 at 10 AM – Nov 17 at 4 PM

Where: Contact Pets, Unit 68 Deeside Ind Est, Welsh Rd, CH5 2LR Queensferry, Flintshire

Price:  Free entry.
Prebook?  no

Description:  🎈🎉5th Birthday Bash!!🎉🎈 We’ll have some super special offers on all weekend as well as a fantastic raffle!!  We will also be doing our usual animal handing 11am – 1pm and of course there will be lots of cake!! 🎂😋

*Musical mystery tour…here we go again Presented by Powerplay
When: Sat 16th

Where: Rhyl Pavillion, E Parade, Rhyl LL18 3AQ

Price: Adults £14, children £10. No under 3s.

Prebook? Yes via

Description: “Powerplay Junior & Senior Students take you on one their Musical Mystery Tours performing songs from 5 amazing Musicals, School of Rock, Mamma Mia, Wind in the Willows, Miss Saigon & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! Come and join us on this Musical Journey with some of the most incredible local talent!”

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