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School’s Out for Summer – Things To Do!

by Carla Ditzel, Jul 2018

Finding cheap and free things to do with the family over the Summer holiday doesn’t have to be difficult.  Here are some suggestions and useful links to help you get through the Summer break.

Even if you don’t go on holiday, keeping your kids entertained this summer will cost you £594.00.  That’s according to the Post Office, which added up the costs of activities, childcare, driving to destinations to come up with the depressing figure for weary parents.


Congleton Paddling Pool is a free facility run by Congleton Town Council for the benefit of local people.  It has entertained children over the summer months since the 1930s.Open Saturday 26th May to Sunday 9th September from 10am–6pm (weather dependent).

Explore 368 sports and activities days out in Congleton, including the top ice skating and roller-skating and ten-pin bowling alleys.  


Wheelock Hall Petting Farm, The Potters Barn, Oakhanger Riding and Pony Club Centre, Crewe. Pirates Paradise, Holmes Chapel. Fuzzy Eds Salt Cellar, Middlewich.  Wacky Warehouse – Plough Inn, Stoke-on-Trent & Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield are all just a short drive.


Poole’s Cavern & Country Park, Caves and Mines, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, the Buxton Mystery Treasure Trail, Buxton Pavilion Gardens.  Go Ape Buxton, Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park, plus loads more!

Check out ‘Discover Buxton’ for the older kids, and fellow adults.  Journey through the fascinating history of Buxton whether on foot or aboard their tram, the knowledgeable local guides of  Discover Buxton Tours offer the best way to see it all.


Leaps and Bounds, Indoor and Soft Play Areas, Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Madrenaline, Macclesfield. Peak Wildlife Park, Leek.  Churnet Valley Railway, Froghall & Alton Towers to list a few.


WaterWorld Stoke., World of Wedgwood, Barlaston. Just Kidding, Hanley (under 3s free!).  Trentham Monkey Forest, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Emma Bridgewater Factory, TruNinja Stoke & Tenpin Stoke.

Rainy Days

For rainy days you could head over to your nearest free museum.

You’ll find loads of exhibitions covering local history, natural history, science and famous figures.  More interested in your own history?  You can trace your family tree with the kids using library resources as well as online research done at home.

Odeon cinema is running Odeon Kids screenings all summer, with tickets priced at £2.50 or less.  Check the website for showings.

Alternatively, you could try Mini Mornings from £2.49 at your local Vue Cinema.

Sports & Activities

If you’ve got bikes at home, check out some kid-friendly cycle routes that won’t tire their legs out, courtesy of the National Trust.

Happy Holidays!