Greater Manchester Children's Entertainments


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Children’s Entertainments in Greater Manchester

Including Play Facilities & Groups around
the Northwest Region


Museums & Tours Around

Corgi Heritage Centre
53 York Street, Rochdale. Tel: 01706-365812. Website:
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9.00am
to 5.30pm. Free car parking, disabled access and visitor shop. Small
museum devoted to miniature diecast model vehicles by Corgi, many
shown in period settings. Model railway layout. Free admittance.

Greater Manchester Police Museum
Newton Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161-856 3287.
Open Tuesdays 10.30am to 3.30pm – other days by appointment.
Manchester law and enforcement in bygone days, including uniforms,
weapons and equipment. Visit spooky old police cells and get locked
up by “friendly” bobbies. Free admittance.

Stockport Hat Works
Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South, Stockport. Tel: 0161-355
Open Monday-Friday 10.00am-5.00pm, Saturday, Sunday & bank Holidays
Admission is free, guided Tours available at £2.50 per person.
(Prices may change over time – please check). Toilets, shop, disabled
access, baby changing facilities, café on site. A guide to
hat making in the borough plus demonstrations of the whole hat making
process. Dressing up for kids, and regular events on offer. Large
– allow at least a half day for the visit.

Opie’s Museum of Memories
Trencherfield Mill, Wallgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942-323666.
Open: Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday
11.00am to 5.00pm, closed on Fridays.
Price (Museum only) around £5.00 per adult and £3.50
per child.
Car parking, toilets, shop, baby changing facilities, café
on site. May be visited in conjunction with nearby Wigan Pier. 20th
Century historic exhibits through the eyes of historian and collector
Robert Opie. Commonplace and rare household artefacts, especially
of interest to children.

Heaton Park – Domestic farm & Horse

Middleton Road, Prestwich. Tel: 0161-798 6106.
Offers rides around the park. Inexperienced riders can be led. Permanent
farmyard setting with pets corner and domestic animals, (cows, goats,
pigs, chickens, as well as extensive bird collections of turkeys,
geese, ducks, peacocks, etc).

Old Hall Riding School
Old Hall Mill Lane, Atherton, Wigan. Tel: 01952-677052.
Welcomes riders of all ages and abilities. Childrens’ birthday rides,
parties, fun events in school holidays. Half hour beginner’s lessons.

Croft End Equestrian Centre
Bardsley, Oldham. Tel: 0161-624 2849.
Children over 4 years welcome, with lessons from around £7.00
for the first half hour (prices may change – check before setting
off). Close to a bridleway, runs parties and summer activity days

Manchester Equestrian Centre
Urmston. Tel: 0161-748 4374.

Chamber House Urban Farm
Rochdale Road East, Heywood, Rochdale. Tel: 01706-648710.
See farmyard animals like cows and sheep being milked.

The Chestnut Centre
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. Tel: 01298-814099.
Otter and owl sanctuary, with foxes and wild birds. Admission charge
of around £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children (prices
may change – check before setting off)

Pony PartiesGlen
Jakes Riding School
Bean Leach Road, Offerton, Stockport SK 5 2JE. Tel: 0161-483
Email: Website:
Pony Parties: Celebrate your special day at Glen Jakes Riding School,
We provide a unique and unforgettable experience that all the family
can enjoy.
6 Days A week, 2 hour and 1 hour parties available. Including Musical
Statues, Gymkhana and many more. Please give us a call on 0161 483
7063 for further information and a free brochure.

Hillside Bird Oasis
Beech Hill, Mobberley, near Knutsford. Tel: 01565-873282.
Bird sanctuary containing penguins, flamingos and owls.

Moss Bank Park
Moss Bank Way, Bolton. Tel: 01204-846157.
Animal World, with small animals, tropical birds and butterfly house.

Stockley Working Farm
Arley, near Warrington. Tel: 01565-777323.
Excellent working organic dairy farm, with shire horses, ponies,
pigs, tractor rides. On site café and shop. Entrance price
around £4.50 per adult and £3.50 per child (under 5s
go free). Prices may have changed – please check before setting

Three Owls Bird Sanctuary
Hutchinson Road, Norden, Rochdale. Tel: 01706-642162.
Animal hospital welcomes visitors free on Sundays from 12 noon to
4.00pm. Voluntary donations requested.

See Also:

Toy& Model Shops in Greater Manchester

See also Main Entry – Toy
& Model Shops in Manchester

32 Stockport Road, Stockport. Tel: 0161-491 1130.
Excellent collection of all kinds of toys from Action Man to dolls
and Beanie Babies. Matchbox & Corgi models here too.

Busy Bee Toy Shop
517 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21. Tel: 0161-881 5838..
Located in Chorlton, South Manchester, offering a wide variety of
toys, games and education materials.
Busy Bee is the country’s first toy shop co-operative. The closure
of the earlier Busy Bee Toys due to the retirement of the original
owner inspired parents to keep a local independent toy shop. Now,
over one hundred members from Chorlton and further afield have clubbed
together to form a co-operative to start up the much-loved shop. Website:

Golden Occasions Toys
16 Bury New Road, Prestwich. Tel: 0161-773 9421.
Toys, games, gifts and novelties.

New East Games & Repairs
87 Princess Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161-228 0070.
Imported games and toys from the Far East, including Hello Kitty,
games and repairs.

Early Learning Centres
Toys for the very young – all with an educational or therapeutic purpose.
Branches at:

  • Altrincham: 21 St George
    Street, Tel: 0161-941 5264.
  • Bolton: 64 Deansgate. Tel:
  • Bury: 15-19 The Rock. Tel:
    0161-797 2401.
  • Manchester: 29, Barbirolli
    Mall, Arndale Centre. Tel: 0161-834 0634.
  • Oldham: 28 Spindles Shopping
    Centre. Tel: 0161-652 0484.
  • Rochdale: 15 Market Way.
    Tel: 01706-649788.
  • Stockport: 19 Unit 11,
    Warren Street. Tel: 0161-429 0977.
  • Trafford Centre: 101 Peel
    Way. Tel: 0161-747 7555.

Teddy &
Treasure Shop

46 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, near Bury.
Very large teddy bear collection, home-made sweets, chocs and confectionery.
Café and Ice Cream Parlour on site.

Toys R Us
The well known very well stocked superstore – busy at weekends and
school holidays – shop very early for Christmas!

  • Altrincham : Retail Park,
    George Richards Way, Broadheath. Tel: 0161-929 7373.
  • Bolton: Trinity Retail
    Park, 6 Springfield, Bolton. Tel: 01204-398877.
  • Manchester: Central Retail
    Park, Great Ancoats Street, M4. Tel: 0161-272 6515.
  • Stockport: Peel Centre
    Trading Park, Great Portland Street. Tel: 0161-474 7700.

Winstanley’s Cycles & Toys
725 Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, Wigan, Tel: 01942-214864.
Established family run toyshop specialising in bikes, trikes, prams,
dolls houses and furnishings.

Howarth’s Toy & Hobby Shop
141 Northenden Road, Sale Moor. Tel: 0161-973 2944.
Toys on two floors including under threes and toddlers through to
older children and young teens.

360 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton. Tel: 0161-881 9102.
Excellent and popular toy shop for inexpensive toys, model planes,
party bags, etc.


  • Bury: 6 Crompton Street,
    Bury. Tel: 01610761 6209
  • Hyde: 82 Market Street.
    Tel: 0161-368 0178.
  • Leigh: 3-5 Silk Street,
    Leigh, near Wigan. Tel: 01942-671116.
  • Trafford Centre: Toy World
    Megastore, 104 Peel Avenue. Tel: 0161-755 0355.

Children’s Music & Dance around Manchester

Family Fun
St Thomas Aquinas Centre, Whalley Range, Manchester M16.
Games and musical activities for young string players and their families
on Saturdays from 10.45am to 11.45am at a small fee.

Polka Dots
Parrs Wood Centre, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester M20. Tel:
0161-226 4422.
Music club for 4-7 year olds using musical games and activities. Tuesdays
from 5.00pm to around 6.00pm. Small charge. Please phone for latest

Beginners Strings
Parrs Wood Centre, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester M20. Tel:
0161-226 4422.
Course in playing stringed instruments for young beginners on Tuesdays
from 4.00pm to 4.35pm at a small charge.

Anita Tmycyshyn School of Dancing
The Studio, 83a Long Street, Middleton, Rochdale. Tel: 0161-655 3097.
Classical ballet training, as well as jazz and tap for pleasure or

Manchester Music Service
Zion Arts Centre, Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester. Tel: 0161-226
Tuition in various musical instruments. Reasonable charges with discounts
for Manchester residents.

Besses Boys Band
Bandroom, Clarkes Hill, Bury New Road, Prestwich. Contact Tel: 0161-724
The award winning world famous Bess O’ Th’ Barn Brass band trains
young people and children.

Swinton Dance Studios
Swinton Palais, Station Road, Swinton, Manchester.
Tel: 0161-794 0459 Mobile: 07989 620806
Swinton Dance Studio (Manchester) school for performing arts – lessons
all ages, from 2yrs and upwards, in ballet, tap, ballroom, disco,
street, jazz, Latin, linedancing, stage classes (singing, acting &
dancing), social events and competitions.

Adventure Play Facilities in Manchester
including pubs with Children’s Play Facilities

Alphabet Zoo Adventure Play Centres
Open every day. One and a half hours play around £3.00, £1.50
for under 4s before 3.00pm weekdays. Parties at around £6.00,
with 50p extra for party bags. (Price liable to change – please phone
to check current prices). Branches at:

  • Sale: Wharf Road. Tel:
    0161-973 9323.
  • Stockport: King Street
    West. Tel: 0161-477 2225.
  • Ashton-under-Lyne: Wharf
    Street. Tel: 0161-339 4491.

Running Wild
School House, Middleton. Tel: 0161-654 1788.
One and a half hours play for around £2.50 from Mon – Fri and
£3.00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Parties catered Mon – Fri from
around £5.00 – £7.00 (depending on day and food requirements
– please enquire).

Legoland Discovery Centre
Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS. Telephone:
0871 222 2662
Legoland Discovery Centre is made up of a series of interactive features
to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild
with creative inspiration at every turn. Featuring a whole host of
exciting attractions from the Kingdom Quest ride to an amazing recreation
of the North West’s most iconic buildings, the Centre not only provides
fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits

Wacky Warehouses
Usually attached to pubs. Around £3.00 for one hour’s play, including
a £2.00 voucher redeemable on children’s meals. Parties catered
for (minimum 8 children) at £5.25 from Mon-Fri and £5.75
on Saturday and Sunday. (Prices may change – please check before setting
off).Branches at:

  • East Didsbury : The Bell
    House, Wilmslow Road (A34), Parrs Wood, Manchester M20.
  • Alderley Edge: The Country
    Hotel, London Road. Tel: 01625-582294.
  • Bolton: The Bee Hive, Chorley
    New Road. Tel: 01204-692104.
  • Denton: The Band Stand,
    Debdale Park, Hyde Road. Tel: 0161-223 0783.

Brewster Fun Pubs
About £2.00 for one hour’s play while mum and dad have a meal
and a drink in the pub. £1.00 redeemable food voucher included
for children’s meals. Parties catered for by prior arrangement at
around £5.75 per head (includes party food, drink, ice cream,
access to play area – minimum 8 kids for 2 hours). Please check prices
before setting off, as they are liable to change. Branches at:

Bouncy Castle Installations & Party

Manchester Youth Clubs & Organisations

Bolton Girls & Lads Club
Bark Street, Bolton. Contact Tel: 01204-435363.
Sports, activities and crafts.

Lancashire Guides

  • Border: Bury South. Contact
    Tel: 01204-69219.
  • South East County: Bury
    North. Contact Tel: 01706-653047.

Greater Manchester Guides

  • West: Contact Tel: 0161-748
  • County of Stockport: Contact
    Tel: 0161-485 6345.
  • Manchester: Methodist Central
    Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester. Contact Tel: 0161-236 4061.

Greater Manchester Scouts

  • North County: 380 Rochdale
    Road, Middleton, Manchester. Contact Tel: 0161-643 4004.
  • East County: Stockport
    Resources Centre, Reddish Vale Road, Reddish, Stockport.
    Contact Tel: 0161-480 5621.

Saturday Arts Club
Bury Art Gallery & Museum, Moss Street, Bury. Contact Arts Officer
Tel: 0161-253 5878.

Manchester Museum Saturday Club
Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13.
Contact Education Officer Tel: 0161-275 2630.
Art activities related to museum exhibits. See Main Entry:

Salford Junior Museum Club
Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford.
Tel: 0161-736 2649.
Members club offering activities and trips. See Main Entry: Salford
Art Gallery.

Salford Girls Club
Salford Methodist Church, Pendleton Way, Salford. Contact Tel: 0161-736

Stockport Saturday Club
Stockport Art Gallery, War Memorial Building, Stockport. Contact Tel:
0161-474 4453.
Arts and crafts activities for kids. See Main Entry: Stockport
Art Gallery

Arts Active
Turnpike Gallery, Civic Centre, Leigh, near Wigan. Contact Tel: 01942-404469.
Art workshop sessions and school holiday activities.

Playgroup and Toddlers Groups in Greater Manchester


  • Toddler Time
    Baptist Church, Trafford Street, Farnworth. Contact Tel: 01204-708234.
  • Parent & Toddler Group
    Cherry Tree Primary School Community Centre, Farnworth.
    Contact Tel: 01204-709822.
  • Bolton Children’s Information Service

    Tel: 01204-386030. Information on Playgroups in the Bolton area.
  • Stickybobs
    Advertised as “Messy play sessions for under fives”. Sessions
    are now held at Birtenshaw Methodist Church, Bromley Cross, Bolton
    on Thursdays at 2pm. In addition we now have a session in Greenmount
    Old School on Tuesday at 2pm. Telephone 0161-796 3652
    Email: Website:


  • Bury Children’s Information Line
    Tel (Freephone): 0800 731 4611. Information on Playgroups
    in the Bury area.
  • Stickybobs
    Advertised as “Messy play sessions for under fives”. Several
    sessions held in the Bury, Bolton and North Manchester area see our
    website or contact Naomi Fisher on Tel: 0161-796 3652 for more details.

    Email: Website:
  • The Italian Playgroup
    A small group of Italian-speaking parents who have decided to meet
    regularly to allow our children to make new friends and play, sing
    and practice Italian together. Meets Every Saturday from 2 pm to 4
    pm, starting January 2006. The Italian Playgroup is entirely run by
    parents and is located in “Our Lady of Grace” Church, Prestwich,
    Manchester M25.


  • Children’s Information Service.

    Tel: 0161-234 7111. Information about Playgroups in Manchester.
  • Birch Playgroup,
    Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, M13.
    Contact Tel: 0161-224 4624. For children ages 30 months to 4 years.
  • Gorton Women & Young Children

    Gorton Library, Garratt Way, Gorton, Manchester.
    Tel: 0161-223 0493. Mothers and toddlers welcomed here.
  • Woodhouse Park Family Centre
    Stoneacre Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester. Tel: 0161-498 0292.
    Pre- and After-School Club, community crêche, playschools and
    social afternoons.


  • Oldham Children’s Information Service
    Tel: 0161-628 0808. Information on Playgroups in Oldham.


  • Salford Children’s Information Service
    Tel: 0161-837 1836. Information on Playgroups in the Salford area.
  • Kids Kapers
    Westerham Avenue, off Liverpool Road, Salford M5. Contact Tel: 0161-736
    Large indoor play centre, play schemes and nursery care.


  • Family Information Link
    Tel: 0161-477 0606. Information about Playgroups in the Stockport
  • Alexandra Park Pre-school Group
    Edgeley Childrens Play Centre, Cheadle Old Road, Edgeley, Stockport.
    Contact Tel: 0161-485 5826.
  • High Lane Play Group
    High Lane School, High Lane, Disley. Contact Tel: 0161-427 4355.
  • Hazel Grove Parent & Toddler

    St Peters Church Hall, Green Hall, Hazel Grove, Stockport. Tel: 01625-873600.
  • Step In Parent & Toddler Group
    Scout Hut, Linney Road, Bramhall, Stockport. Tel: 0161-439 3540.


  • Tameside Families Information
    Service (FIS)
    Tameside Early Years Quality Development Centre
    Manchester Road, Audenshaw, Manchester M34 5GJ.
    Tel: 0161-342 5434. Email:


  • Trafford Children’s Information

    Tel: 0161-962 4296. Information about Playgroups in the Trafford area.
  • All Saints Playgroup
    All Saints Church, Barton Road, Stretford. Tel: 0161-865 9343.
  • Methodist Playgroup
    Carrington Lane Methodist Church, Ashton-on-Mersey. Tel: 0161-282
  • Rainbow Link Group
    Rainbow Room, The Toy House, 91 Irlam Road. Flixton. Tel: 0161-746
    For parents and carers and including special needs children.


  • Wigan Children’s Information Service.

    Tel: 01942-827621. Information on Playgroups in the Wigan area.
  • Linc Playgroup
    Linc Community Centre, Worsley Street, Golborne, Wigan. Tel: 01942-729885.

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