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School Holiday Activities and Childcare October Half Term 2021

On this page you will find information about activities and support services that are available in the October Half Term Holidays. 

Dates, times and ages can vary so please check with your local scheme before attending, also please be aware that providers may not have updated their online information therefore it may be best to email or phone for up to date information.

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Activities & Clubs

Practical/Crisis Support

Childcare Provision

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Family Support/Parenting

Days out

Half Term Events

Activity schemes


Shooting Stars - sports courses for children aged 4-11, based at the Bowdon Club. Sports include football, cricket, tennis, tag rugby, netball, basketball, hockey and more. Sessions runs daily, early drop off can also be arranged. Find out more via their Facebook page

Gymfinity Gymnastics - full day camps run throughout the school holidays where children get the opportunity to take part in a wide range of gymnastics related activities, games and fun. Visit their website for more information. 

Soccerwise Holiday Fun- Welcome to Soccerwise Football & Multi-Sports Fun Weeks. Soccerwise now runs all of its courses, during the Trafford school holidays at Forest Prep School, Moss Lane, Timperley. These courses MUST be booked onto and paid for at the time of booking via our brand new online booking forms. There may be limited availability due to restricted numbers in group sizes. We look forward to meeting new players of all abilities as well as our regular players.

Trafford Lesiure Gymnastics- Come and join the fun Gymnastics Trafford Holiday Sessions. We cover a wide variety of gymnastics activities to keep your children entertained. For children aged 5yrs+, and all abilities. These holiday sessons are a great way to experience Gymnastics Trafford, at Altrincham Leisure Centre, to aid in developing strength and agility, coordination and balance as well as posture, flexibility and masses of self-confidence Bookings can only be made online.

Sale Sports Club Multi Sports Camp- After a successful Summer Camps with 75 children a day, we are happy to announce that Sale Sports Club will be running an October Camp this Year. What better way for your children to spend the school holiday than taking part in lots of sporting activites. With a Fun filled week with lots of different sports and acitvites planned, this is a great opportunity for children to try all our different sports.

T50 Gymnastics- Our qualified gymnastics coaches will take care of your school holiday childcare needs with a fun and exciting gymnastics themed holiday club. We provide a healthy combination of sport, games and other activities to keep your children entertained all day long.

Peak Pursuits- Here at Peak we have 3 outdoor activity centres that offer full-day school holiday programme sessions for your children! Come rain or shine we have something for you!

Little Superstarts- Superstars Sports and Dance Holiday Club have been running for 15 consecutive years since starting in 2007. Our ever-popular football, multi-sports and dance camps are offered during most school holidays. Every enjoyable session that the children participate in are fully risk assessed as well as the venue as a whole which is available upon request. Based in Sale, Timperley and Altrincham!

Support Schemes

Our Sale West – family activities in association with Calm Connections. Email: Tel: 07920 497 961

Hideaway Support - offering food and packed lunch support for children living in Partington. .

Trafford Assist and CAB - Community Hubs.  Provision of crisis support for people who have no funds to pay for food/fuel or who are isolated and need wellbeing support, or shopping if unable to obtain food. Also CAB provides benefits and employment advice.  Tel: 0300 330 9073 to access these services and the local community hubs. 


Holiday childcare provision

Little Oaks (Partington)

Victoria Road Private Day Nursery (Stretford)

Irlam Road Day Nursery (Urmston)

Playtime Kids Club (Old Trafford) 

Kids Mix at English Martyrs (Urmston)

Little Petals Day Nursery (Stretford)

Play Works (Urmston) 

Children’s Choice Childcare (Old Trafford) 

Invitation 2 Play (Sale)

Kickstart Childcare (Stretford)

Davyhulme Day Nursery (Davyhulme)

School of Sport (Urmston)

Beanstalks Childcare (Sale)

Alphabets Children’s Club @ Sale United F.C. (Sale)

Alphabets Children’s Club @ Holy Family (Sale)

Cool Kids (Urmston)

Embrace Childcare (Sale)

Kids Collective @ Bollin (Bowdon, Altrincham)

Kids Collective Worthington (Sale) 

Kids Rock Club (Sale)

Let’s Play (Urmston) 

Little Diamonds @ Flixton Infants (Urmston)

Ok Mum @ St Ambrose (Hale Barns) 

OK Mum @ Loreto (Altrincham) 

Playtime @ Kings Road  (Old Trafford) 

You & Me @ Oldfield Brow (Altrincham) 

Banana Moon Altrincham (Altrincham)

BPS Sport and Lesiure (Sale) 

Play Works (Urmston) 

Kool Kids (Altrincham)

School of Play (Urmston) 

Mental Health & Wellbeing  

Rainbow Reflections LGBTQ+ Youth Group with The Proud Trust - Trafford youth group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people or those questioning their gender or sexuality who are under 25 years old

Pure Insight - Insightful Mentoring and 1-to-1 support for Care Leavers in Trafford 

42nd Street offers online wellbeing support for 13 to 25 year olds.  They are working with TDAS (Trafford Domestic Abuse Services) on Speak Out Speak Now - a series of mental health and wellbeing workshops across Trafford with young people aged 16 - 25 to create a Trafford gift shop pop up stall. 

Kooth – online Counselling for 11-25 year olds

Trafford Sunrise – therapeutic support for children 5-12 year olds.

Early Break – substance use support for young people

The Northern – Contraception, sexual health and HIV service

Trafford YES – youth work and engagement including Talkshop, Connexions, Youth Justice and the Activity Agreement programme


Additional support for families 

Bread and Butter Thing

Online Parenting Courses - Find out more at Solihull Parenting Courses. Free for all Trafford residents.

Home-Start Family Support  offers a home visiting volunteer support service for families going through difficult times- at the moment the service is offering predominantly digital support via phone and video calls. Email:

Parentline – confidential chat service

Parent Workshops with Just Psychology   Parent Workshops for parent carers of 5-12 year olds and 10-16 year olds are accessible digitally.  Find out more about dates and joining details

TDAS- Domestic Abuse Support Trafford Domestic Abuse Service are still operating, with some interventions offered via online/phone/text/messenger-  anyone concerned about a young person and/or family can refer as normal and pass on details via 07534 066 029

Together Trust- Sleep Tight Trafford offer one-to-one sleep clinics for local parents and carers. Their sleep practitioners work with parent/carers to create personalised sleep plans for children.  During COVID-19 all clinics are still running and appointments are being offered by telephone or video consultation. Email: Tel: 0161 286 4201

Days out

Dino falls adventure golf - challenge yourself to a round of action-packed adventure golf.

The Crocky Trail - an outdoor adventure playground in Cheshire.

Dunham Massey - National Trust - a garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories.

Friends of Victoria Park, Stretford

Tatton Park - an historic estate with Tudor hall, neo-classical mansion, lavish gardens, a deer park and playground.

Trafford Treetop Adventures - the ultimate test of coordination, balance and determination.

Treetop Manchester - a day out for families looking for an outdoor adventure.

Quarry Bank Mill- Autumn is the perfect time to explore Quarry Bank with the drama of the season putting on a spectacular show in the great outdoors and plenty of indoor places to explore and learn new things.

Peak Pursuits Sale Water Park- Situated at Sale Water Park, Trafford Watersports Centre is the location in Manchester for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and stand-up-paddle boarding. So come along and make a splash!

Planet Ice Altrincham- Pop on your skates and don the ice! Great for family all ages! 

Play Factore- Play Factore is the ultimate kid’s party venue, with the biggest toddler area in the UK. Play Factore promises to provide entertainment for all.

Antz in your pantz- A newly refurbished indoor soft play centre and kids party venue in Timperley, Altrincham suitable for all children aged 0-11 years.

Inflatanation- The amazing new Manchester inflatable arena is now open and they can't wait for you to try it out! Its bouncier and bigger than ever with two levels of bouncy exhilirating fun. 

Total Ninja- Many trials lay ahead! Quiet your doubt, channel your inner warrior and see if you have what it takes to become… the Total Ninja.

Vue Cinema Altrincham- Why not go watch the latset movie with a box of popcorn and your favourite snacks! 

Half Term Events 

Simply Cycling- Come try the bikes suitable for all! Runs at Wythenshawe park and Longford park. Check website for dates and times. 

Pumpkin picking at Dunham Pumpkins- Once again Boundary Farm in the village of Dunham Massey will be opening its doors to pumpkin picking this autumn.

Get curious- Follow your curiosity and learn more about the big ideas and innovations that are changing our world today over at the Sceince and Industry museum. Running through October half term. 

The Grear Wizards Gathering- Calling all magical beings! Arch-wizard Fumblefoot has called a Great Wizard Gathering at the Medieval Old Hall this Halloween half term…

Big Top Spooktacular- From the creators of Cirque Surreal and the Chinese State Circus comes a very special (trick or) treat for Halloween, Gandeys Circus returns with a brand-new action-packed legendary Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family.

Zip World Big Red- The perfect introduction to the world of adrenaline adventures and zip lining, Big Red is the world’s largest mobile zip line, and is now at The Trafford Centre [located outside the Great Hall] for the perfect family adventure experience!

Brick or Treat- Get involved with lots of spook-tacular activities at Lego Discovery Centre, all included within the price of an admission ticket!

Halloween Disco- Best Dressed Adult and children Competition, Award winning, entertainmen, Fun and Games, Surprises round every corner!

Halloween Spooktacular-  We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be donning our best costumes and turning our studio into our own house of horrors. There will be a range of ghostly activities to entertain you and the kids, including a spooky sing-and-dance-along, horror flash fiction writing and creating your own splattermonsters! 

Firework spooky spectactular- Organised by Illuminated Firework Displays, join us for a stunning firework display set to Halloween themed music.

Lantern Festival Competition- Win A chance to see a Lantern in Gorse Hill's lantern parade from your design! We have exciting news for you all! The Lantern Parade will return Saturday 20th November and it's going to be bigger and better than ever!

Manchester pop up monsters, lanterns and ScareSkate- Trick or treating might have been cancelled last year, but the Halloween spirit is set to return bigger and better than ever before, as it’s confirmed that the ‘Halloween in the City’ trail is returning this Halloween.

Seven Sisters Maze- Spooky Maze with live Boo Crew! Trick or treat for the best fancy dress costume. Goolish flavour ice cream, spooky cakes and waffles. No need to book for day maze! 

Pumpkin Picking- Each year we have a brilliant pumpkin patch for you to come and pick you own pumpkins! Open every weekend in October! Come explore our working farm afterwards. 

Halloween Events- Halloween Events at The Little Playhouse urmston. 

Halloween on the Green- Halloween on the Green…take SEVEN!! Come little children the time’s come to play. Dust off your broomsticks and get ready to partayy all day!

Gandeys Halloween Spooktacular- From the creators of Cirque Surreal and the Chinese State Circus comes a very special (trick or) treat for Halloween, Gandeys Circus returns with a brand-new action-packed legendary Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family.

Spooky Drive In Cinema- Beware - the terror of Scare City is back and coming to a Drive-In Cinema near you with a family friendly option of Spooky City. Scare City 2.0 is serving up a cauldron of witchcraft and casting a curse over Trafford’s iconic Soccer Do

Sue & SitaWho would have thought a kite festival could change your life? It certainly came as a surprise to Sue whose magical journey into a classic Indian tale dating back hundreds of years revealed as much about herself as about historic Indian culture. She is amazed to find that she has more in common with the goddess Sita, than she would have thought.

The Gingerbread ManImagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling me this Halloween season.

Halloween at Cockfields- The Cockfield's Farm Pumpkin Festival is back for Halloween 2021 and has lots of spooky fun instore. 

The Pumpkin Patch Tatton Park- Come down to the Farm to meet all your Farmyard favourites and then it’s off to search for your perfect pumpkin. 

Wythenshawe Park Halloween TrailJourney through our spooky Halloween trail at Wythenshawe Park. Collect a sheet from the farm and take the creepy trail to discover the hidden clues. Once you have collected the clues and solved the Halloween riddle collect your certificate from the farm shop.

Children’s Cookery AdventureIf you’re looking for a fun activity your kids will love, look no further! Our Children’s Cookery Adventure is here to get taste buds tingling and minds a-whizzing as we show them how to whip up some delicious treats. 

Teach Rex- Join the Teach Rex gang and their life-like dinosaur friends in this interactive, exciting puppet show. Enjoy great music, a dance, and even an opportunity to get up close and personal with the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

Snorkel with sharks- Calling all explorers! New for 2021, plunge into the tropical waters of Manchester’s Ocean display. Submerge yourself in the brand new snorkel cage and prepare to meet over one thousand creatures.

Science X- ScienceX is a festival like no other: bursting with fun, exciting activities for children, and open to all. Discover what the world of science and engineering is really about as we focus this year on climate change and the environment around us.

Altrincham Spooky Silent Disco- Dress to impress at Our Kids Social fangtastic spooky silent discos, with two channels to choose from they guarantee a monstrous time for all ages in the heart of Altrincham!

Manchester Anime and Gaming Conference- Are you an anime fan, video gamer, comic fan, sci-fi fan or cosplayer? Then this is for you!

Spooky Sunday Horrible Family Halloween Party- Fiendish family fun for a fiver. Dare you discover the dark corners of Central Library.

Explore Altrincham Family Ghost Tour- Why not join the Halloween Family Ghost Tour this October half-term? Award-winning tour guide Jonathan Schofield will lead you through the streets of Altrincham uncovering the ghostly stories and horrible haunts from bygone days. This spectacularly spooky tour is suitable for the whole family, but recommended for children aged 10+.

Adventure Forest Halloween Party- Includes Face Painting, Spooky GIft, Pumpkin Hunt, Fancy Dress Competition and Disco Room!