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Please let me know of any free or good value outings you find...

In the meantime, here's the list so far...

  •     From Pauline Rogerson: "Driving from Greater Manchester into the Wirral we stop off for a picnic lunch at Eastham Country Park, Eastham Village. We leave the car on the "Wirral" side and travel across to Liverpool on the underground (very cheap) or take the Ferry - try to avoid the "cruise" type tickets but again inexpensive. There is a tea room, Countryside Rangers, lovely wooded country park with picnic tables, plenty of car parking space. A few yards away is the River Mersey where you have view Liverpool set out infront of you further down the river. Liverpool Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool Life, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Customs and Excise Museum, the Conservation Centre and Sudley House are all free entry for everyone. They are fantastic in themselves but they regularly have special exhibitions and "hands on" activities. The Riverside Walk is a lovely place to sit and watch the ferries. There are all kinds of eating places to suit your budget and St John's market is open every day except Sunday.

  •     Beaches - Formby is lovely, miles of sand, a unique sand dune environment & Red Squirrels to look out for in the Nature Reserve. Free for NT members, parking fee for others.

  •     the family Van Den Bos have recommended Salfard Quays; a great tram ride to get there, the quays to walk around and the Lowry Centre, access to some of which is free.

  •     Manchester Museum - Manchester University have just refurbished this free museum, it's got creepy crawlies, Egyptian mummies and lots of other things. A small charge buys you a museum explorer kit, which is great fun.

  •     Marie Wilkinson comments on "Sellafield- reluctant to go -nuclear power and all that but I have to admit the kids loved it. And bonus it was FREE. All hands on, lots of space and I believe it has been 'done up' this year. Long trip to get there but worthwhile.

  •     Ideas from Catherine Longson: Science & Industry Museum: now free. Anyone can spend at least a day in there - kids love the Xperiment bit.

  •     Mining museum in Salford: Bit basic. Good couple of hours. Free.

  •     Ashton-under-lyne: Portland Basin museum, small but nice. Great mock up of an old street, complete with house, school and shops. The canal at the rear of this is where one of the end scenes for Richard Hillman was filmed (Coronation Street)! Free.

  •     Manchester Art Gallery: recently refurbished. Free - with some interactive stuff.

  •     Imperial War Museum North: Free. Watch out for the parking fees though! There is a bus available. Some small children (like mine) may not like the multi-media presentations (loud, some scary pictures war etc). Great for older kids - very thought provoking.

Check out these sites for more advice :-

Destination Manchester - places to go, which links to...

FamilyFriendly - a list of family friendly activities in Manchester, many of them free.

 

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Copyright: Angela Corbet, 2001.