There’s no need to let the weather spoil your family run with our guide to indoor activities in Stockport and the surrounding area!
Stockport Mumbler endeavours to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, but always recommends you check opening times and prices directly with the venue before you travel.
104 Shaw Heath, Stockport SK2 6QS
A special ceramic painting studio for all the family. Enjoy a cup of tea or indulge yourself with one of our lovely cookies and a delicious Illy coffee. There’s a great selection of quality pottery pieces ready for you to paint including: pottery animals, plates, mugs, trinket boxes and money boxes, pet bowls, New Baby keepsakes, photoframes and more.
Cost: There’s a studio fee of £2.50 per painter which covers unlimited use of paint, brushes, stencils, sponges and books, and professional glazing and firing. Then you pay for the item which you wish to paint. We pride ourselves on providing good value for money and the lowest prices around, our smallest items start from £3.00.
Opening Times: Thurs – Sat 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm (half term: Tues – Sat 10-5, Sunday 11-4)
Tel: 0161 480 5139
6a School Lane, Heaton Chapel, SK4 5DG
Craft sessions for adults and kids, including pottery painting and iris folding. All activities are available at any time on a drop-in basis though booking ahead is accepted. Pricing is competitive at £5 per project per person but includes all necessary materials and all the time you could want!
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturdays 9.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday – prior bookings only.
Tel: 0161 442 4336
Stockport Air Raid Shelters, 61 Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE
Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940’s. Visitors have the opportunity of learning about the experiences of local people during the war from the displays in the tunnels and from the state-of -the-art audio-guides and to find mementos of the 1940’s in our shop. Family Tours and Children’s Tours available on certain days and times – call ahead for details.
Cost: Admission only prices (tour prices are different): £4.75 – Adults; £3.50 – Concessions (Ages 60+ and Students); Free – Accompanied children under 16; £3.50 – under 16s without a paying adult. There is no charge for companions and carers of visitors with a registered disability.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday: 1pm – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm; Monday: CLOSED; Bank holidays: 11am – 5pm
Tel: 0161 474 1940
The Engine House, Pear Mill, Stockport Road West, Bredbury, SK6 2BP
Awesome Walls Stockport, situated in the massive engine house at Pear Mill, opened its doors to the climbing world in December 2007. It is without doubt the largest climbing centre in England and comprises a colossal amount of leading, top-roping and bouldering to keep even the most frequent user happy year round! There are three main areas within AWCC Stockport – The Main Engine House, the ‘Tall Wall’ area and the bouldering area.
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am – 10pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 8pm
Tel: 0161 494 9949
The Old Sorting Office, 12 Hayfield Street, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7XW
Tel: 0161 973 2140
Bramhall Park, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3NX
Bramall Hall is one of England’s most striking black and white timber-framed buildings. Set in 70 acres of parkland, this magnificent house has witnessed 7 centuries of colourful history from Medieval beginnings to the present day. The hall has recently re-opened following £2 million restoration project and has undergone dramatic improvements to the historic rooms, architecture and fabric of the building.
Only rooms on the ground floor are accessible for wheelchairs. Rooms on the first floor can only be reached by staircase.
Cost: Adults £4.75, Concessions £3.50, KIDS GO FREE
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu & Sun: 1pm – 5pm, Fri & Sat: 1pm – 4pm, Mondays: CLOSED, Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm
Tel: 0161 474 2020
37 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Stockport, Cheshire SK8 1DR
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Most Sundays 10am – 4pm (Please call ahead to check)
Tel: 0161 222 3445
Unit 4, Circle South, Wharfside Way, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1NF
Opened in 2000, Daytona Manchester is a unique indoor racing centre. The result of a £2Million investment, the venue offers year-round racing on the challenging tarmac GP circuit together with the very best in hospitality and conferencing. Over 25,000 drivers race at Daytona Manchester each year – with the circuits welcoming drivers aged 5 and over. Call ahead to book.
Tel: Call ahead to book on 033 033 27870
84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW
Former home of the famous author Elizabeth Gaskell and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio. This beautifully restored home has spectacular period rooms, villa garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. They host a year-round programme of special events and activities and the much loved book shop sells a range of new and second hand books.
Cost: Adults: £4.95 / Concessions (Senior citizens and students): £3.95 / Children under 16: Free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Opening Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm.
Tel: 0161 273 2215
Energi Trampoline Park, Epsom Avenue, Handforth, Wilmslow, SK9 3PW
A warehouse filled wall to wall with over 100 connected trampolines, interactive games, foams pits, slam dunks, a huge airbag, parkour, kids zone, dodgeball and a cafe to refuel. There’s even a toddler area for 2-4 year-olds.
Tel: 0161 672 6799
Warrington, WA5 9YZ
Indoor water attraction for kids aged 2-10 years.
Tel: 01925 444 888
Village Square, Unit 16, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 1AW
Visit the Happy Potter for painting and crafting activities, our large open plan studio seats 24 people. Families are welcome as we have a wide selection of pottery to cater for children. From Animals, Fairies, Monsters, Money boxes there are loads of items to paint in your unique way. You can also produce decoupage items, either on our bisque pottery or on paper mache items.
Tel: 0161 439 5739
Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU
The museum offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. It is home to a recreated hat factory with some 20 fully restored working Victorian-style machines and a fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world. In addition to the wonderful permanent collection galleries and the exciting temporary exhibition space, the museum has a great Family Fun Zone, where younger visitors are entertained by a range of interactive and educational play provisions. One hour guided tours are available – call ahead.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm / Sunday: 11am – 5pm / Monday CLOSED, except for bank holidays 11am – 5pm. Check ahead for Christmas opening hours.
Tel: 0161 474 2399
Walker Lane, Hyde SK14 5PL
Hyde Leisure Pool has something for all! Attractions include the Red Ripster Slide, Water Cannons which shower into the pool below, River Rapids, Wave Machine and Water Rapids and Geysers! There’s Bubble Beds which provide a great space for seated relaxation whilst watching the fun of the main pool. Then there’s the Thermal Suite to relax and unwind with a steam room, sauna and hot beds! There’s a poolside café serving hot and cold food and Costa hot drinks.
Opening Times: Check ahead for opening times and details of sessions such as Swim, Slide and Wave and visits from Wally Walrus!
Tel: 0161 368 4057
Unit 2, Pepper road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5BW
Jump Heaven has wall to wall trampolines, all inter-connected to form a huge indoor trampoline and Activity park split into two massive spaces. There’s 4 courses of Ninja Warrior, a Total Wipe-out challenge and a Parkour course. The other space is jam packed with trampolines, jump basketball nets, a foam pit, a climbing wall, battle beam, dodge ball and diving boards in to huge air bags!
There’s also a café serving a variety of meals, snacks and drinks.
Opening Times: Sunday to Thursday – 10am – 8pm (last entry 7pm) / Friday and Saturday – 10am – 9pm (last entry 8pm)
Tel: 0161 202 0001
intu Trafford Centre, Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS
A world of colour, creativity and fun for children aged 3-10. There’s a wealth of attractions, two rides, 4D cinema and more. There’s also a café and shop. A typical visit takes 2-3 hours. Book tickets in advance to guarantee entry and reserve a time slot – guests arriving without tickets will have to wait for the next available time slot which will be subject to availability.
Cost: Open 10am – 6.30pm daily. Last admission 5pm. The shop is open until 7pm.
Tel: 0844 844 8181
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
Lucozade Powerleague, Trafford Way, Manchester, M17 8DD
Tel: For bookings and enquiries call 0203 846 1386
intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8DF
Tee off within the stunning surroundings of the Trafford Centre. Located adjacent to the Odeon Cinema, the 16,500 sq/ft area hosts 2 amazing 18 hole courses spanning two levels of paradise themed fun. Expect exotic wildlife, magnificent stone carvings and home to two challenging courses; the Tiki Hut Trail and Temple Ruins Adventure, just remember it’s not the taking part that counts… it’s the winning!
Opening Times: Mon – Sun 10am – 11pm (the last game tees off at 10pm)
Check ahead for opening times on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and Christmas Eve.
Tel : 0161 202 9544
Pottery Corner, 34 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9EL
Tel: 0161 882 0010
Goyt Mill, Upper Hibbert Lane, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 7HX
Opening Times: Mon-Thurs 10am – 10pm; Fri 10am – 9pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm
Tel: 0161 426 0226
Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS
Cost: On the day prices are Adults and Children over 3 £16.95pp. Children under 3 go free. Savings can be made by booking in advance and a variety of packages are available.
Opening Times: 10am – 6:30pm (excluding Christmas Day). Last admission is 5:30pm every day. (Shop is open until 7pm). Occasionally closes early for private events – check ahead.
Tel: 0871 221 2483 for tickets. Calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your providers access charge.
Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5PG
Previously known as Quasar Laser, Sector 7 is the ultimate laser experience, with amazing effects, strobes, UV lighting and fog. Each mission of Sector 7 laser is 30 minutes long, with 10 minutes for briefing and 20 minutes of laser combat. A crew member will be in the arena during all games to make sure your mission goes without a hitch.
Cost: Adults from £6.00 per game, Juniors from £5.75 per game, Concessions from £4.00 per game.
Tel: Call 0871 717 1144 to book. (Please note calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.)
Oakfield Road, Station Site, Altrincham, WA15 8EW
Silver Blades Ice Rink Altrincham opened its doors in March 2007. A full size ice pad in a brand new building, it’s the first in the UK to have a full wooden structure catered for skaters of all ages. The rink is home for all ice disciplines including general public skating, figure skating, ice dancing, speed skating and ice hockey.
There’s a variety of classes available including parents and toddler, hockey basics and a learn to skate 6 week course. Skates can be hired at the rink.
Opening Times: Open 7 days a week including bank holidays – check ahead for times.
Tel: 08700 852929
inside Active Medlock, Gardenfold Way, Droylsden, M43 7XU
Tel: 0161 413 8299
30/31 Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
Staircase House is a beautifully restored 15th century townhouse situated in Stockport’s historic Market Place. The house is famous for its rare Jacobean cage-newel staircase. A state-of-the-art audio guide recounts the full history of the house and is available in English, French, German, Cantonese and Urdu. The museum allows visitors to delve into the past of Stockport’s oldest town house and discover how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
It is home to one of only three surviving Jacobean cage-newel staircases in the country. There’s also the opportunity to learn how the house was brought back to life after a devastating fire.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 1pm – 5pm / Saturday 10am – 5pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm / Monday CLOSED, except for bank holidays 11am – 5pm. Last admission 1 hour 15 minutes before closing. Check ahead for Christmas opening hours.
Tel: Stockport Tourist Information Centre on 0161 474 4444
Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5PG
Cost: Adults from £6.99 per game, Juniors (under 140cm) from £5.49 per game
Booking: Book online or call 0871 717 1144 to book. Please note calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.
Unit 5A, Pear Mill Industrial Estate Lower, Stockport Rd W, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2BP
A safe environment where children aged 5+ can play the latest games in style with their friends whilst parents relax with a coffee or meal. Children can also access the soft play facilities as well as the gaming venue (the perfect match if you have children under 5 and over 5 – one can play in The Game Box whilst the other enjoys the Play equipment!).
Cost: One Hour Admission is £5.90 (age 5+)
Opening Times: The game Box is open weekday afternoons from 3-6pm and Saturdays/Sundays 9.30-6pm for private party bookings. Admission is also available on an hourly basis depending on availability. To avoid disappointment please call ahead to see if the venue is pre-booked for a private party.
Tel: 0161 494 7137
Unit 2 Boodle Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8NF
Family roller skating sessions and café.
Cost: Entry is £4 plus £2 skate hire. Skaters with own suitable skates £4. Spectators free.
Tel: 07854 108636