Days Out Stockport

Free activities

Chadkirk Castle and Country Estate

Vale Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 3LD

This peaceful setting is perfect for a stroll, picnic or simply to admire the chapel and its surroundings. Enjoy a walk through the surrounding picturesque woodland and along the Peak Forest Canal before stopping for refreshments inside the beautiful chapel. The new information trail around the estate will give you further insight into the chapel and the estate.

Cost: FREE

Opening Times: The estate is open seven days a week all year round, check ahead for Chapel opening times.

Tel: Stockport Tourist Information Centre on 0161 474 4444


Museum of Science and Industry

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

Cost: Entry to the museum is FREE but charges apply for certain activities.

Opening Times: Open 10am to 5pm every day except 24 to 26 December and 1 January. The café is open from 8am every Monday to Friday.

Tel: 0161 832 2244

Red House Farm

Red House Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 5RL

A popular farm retail site in the heart of Dunham Massey which is a fantastic venue for family fun, with outdoor play equipment, home-made produce and on-site refreshments. It is free to access the site, including the free play area, tea rooms and deli shop, and it is free to park. During school holiday times, they run additional activities and events which are chargeable. Picnic benches are provided and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Cost: FREE!

Opening Times: The site is open 7 days a week all year round, but opening times vary depending on the time of year – check ahead.

Tel: 0161 941 3480

Seven Sisters Ice Cream Farm & Tea Rooms

Holmes Chapel Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9ER

Bring the kids for ice cream and to see the baby cows. The posh ice cream is made on the farm using the farm’s own cows milk. There’s at least 16 different flavours for you to try plus fat free, dairy free and gluten free options. As well as the finest quality ice cream, Seven Sisters serves coffee, freshly made waffles, home-made quiche & home-made soup with chunky bread and Cheshire cheese for lunch ! Dog-friendly, no picnic policy.

Cost: Entry is FREE, the farm just asks you buy something whilst you are there.

Opening Times: Wednesday to Sunday 10-30am – 5pm

Tel: 01565 723 813

Stockport Museum

Stockport Museum, 30/31 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1ES

Time-travel from Palaeolithic to present day Stockport to experience the town’s entire history under one roof. Explore the fantastic finds from Mellor Iron Age hilltop settlement, life in medieval times, the thriving textile industry of the Victorian era as well as the impact of World War I.

The doors are now open to the brand new family gallery which has been designed to help imaginations run wild, it is a space where anything is possible. In partnership with illustrator Becca Hall, the museum has been reimagined for younger visitors. A new character, Museum Mouse, has been created to take people on a gallery adventure to discover favourite objects from the Museum’s collection. Visitors of all ages will be able to learn about everything from Ancient Egypt, animals and nature to toys and shopping.

In addition to the new gallery, the rather complicated layout of Stockport Museum has been addressed with improved signage and the creation of a brand new orientation space, which introduces visitors to the museum and the story of the town. In the galleries, colour has been used to inject life into displays. Stories that were missing from the original displays are now included, for example Strawberry Studios and Sport in Stockport.

Cost: FREE!

Opening Times: Mon: Closed; Tues – Sat: 10am to 5pm; Sun: 11am to 5pm; Bank holidays: 11am to 5pm

Tel: 0161 218 1460

The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE

The Ice Cream Parlour houses over 50 delicious and award-winning flavours of ice-cream and sorbets. Attractions include:

  • HoneyComb Canyon, an indoor water and sand play area;
  • Strawberry Falls adventure golf;
  • Fudge Farm, home to furry, feathery and four legged friends;
  • Daisy’s Garden over-flowing with hidden delights to climb, crawl, balance and swing on.
  • Scoop JCB Challenge
  • Silvercone battery powered quad bikes
  • Fun Factory soft play
  • The Loft for teenage and tweenage visitors that are looking for something a bit edgy to play on
  • Gift shop
  • ‘Pantry’ which serving a range of food and drink.

Cost: Admission, use of some play equipment and visiting the animals is FREE but there are entry fees for most of the other attractions. Operates a no picnic policy.

Opening Times: The Ice Cream Farm is open 9.30am to 5:30pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Tel: 0800 133 7000

The Runway Visitor Park

Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ

A great day out for all ages.  Raised Viewing Mounds give a clear 180-degree view over the airfield. There are approximately 600 aircraft movements each day so there’s always something to see. There’s a children’s play area, an aviation Shop selling a range of aviation-related products suitable for children through to the serious enthusiast, and the Concorde Restaurant and Coffee House. A variety of tours are available, bookable in advance.

Cost: Admission is FREE but parking charges apply.

Tel: 08715 22 11 00 (Calls are charged at 10 pence per minute from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and other networks may vary.)

Wythenshawe Park Farm

Wythenshawe Road, M23 0AB

Wythenshawe Community Farm is one of the popular facilities at Wythenshawe Park and offers children a chance to learn about where food comes from, and all the elements of a working countryside farm in an urban setting. There’s cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks and horses and baby animals are often on site. There’s a shop selling locally produced food including meat, seasonal vegetables and eggs. As well as visiting, youngsters can become a Junior Famer for the day – call the farm office for more details.

Cost: FREE!

Opening Times: Seven days a week 11.30am to 4pm (April to October) and 11.30am to 3.30pm (November to March). Please note, occasionally the farm may close for training or maintenance.

Tel: 0161 946 0726