Free events and activities this summer

Posted 05 Aug 2022

School’s out for the summer!

With a typical British summer bringing with it both rain and shine, we know it can be difficult for parents looking for activities to keep the family entertained throughout the school holidays.

That’s why we’ve collated a list of free activities, events and workshops taking place across August for families to take part in, including everything from swimming to family fun days. Check out the list below:

Activities and workshops

Free swimming for under 17s

This summer, swimming pools across Manchester are offering free swimming sessions to under 17s during the school holidays

Free Swimming sessions can be enjoyed at various MCRactive swimming pools across Manchester. Pools taking part in the initiative include;

  • Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre
  • East Manchester Leisure Centre
  • Hough End Leisure
  • North City Family & Fitness Centre
  • Moss Side Leisure Centre
  • Wythenshawe Forum

Find out more about the free swimming and the sessions timetable here: Manchester Free Swimming for Under 17s | Manchester | Better UK

MCRactive holiday clubs

MCRactive have funded a wide variety of holiday clubs for young people living in Manchester these free clubs include everything from cooking, arts and crafts to watersports and climbing.

You can find a holiday club near you here: Holiday Activity Fund 2022 in Manchester | MCRactive - Get active in Manchester

Beswick Library workshops & activities

This summer, One Manchester have funded a number of exciting free workshops and activities for adults and young people which will be taking place at Beswick Library, these include:

  • Street Art Workshop

Wednesday 17 August
Meet at Beswick Library 
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  • Youth Drama activities

5-6.30pm Thursday’s in August
Beswick Library
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  • Youth Community Report Training

Thursday 25 August 12-2pm
Beswick Library

Find out more: Free Summer session at Beswick Library, Manchester! - Media Cubs

  • Adult Community Reporter Training

Thursday 25 August 3 - 5 pm
Beswick Library

Find out more: Free community reporter workshop at Beswick Library - Talking About My Generation

Loads to do Manchester

The ‘Loads to do’ campaign has collated a list of exciting, fun-packed activities and events that are taking place across the city this summer. From sports activities and outdoor adventures, to family events and arts and crafts workshops, there’s something for everyone!

You can find the free activities taking place on their website: School Holidays in Manchester - Guides - Loads to Do

Community events

  • Family fun day and football training sessions

2.30-5pm  Tuesday 9 August
Stanley Grove Primary School