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School Holiday Activities and Childcare Christmas Holidays 2021

On this page you will find information about activities and support services that are available in the Christmas 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


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.

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


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: 0808 2787803 to access these services and the local community hubs. 

Trafford Assist - Emergency help for food, bills, essential travel expenses or white goods and furniture

Support with food | Trafford Directory - Local food banks, food support and hampers and supermarket provisions. 

Support with money matters | Trafford Directory - Trafford Assist, Help with Fuel/Heating, Trafford Citizen's Advice and Community Response Hubs, Help with debts, benefits advice and courses to help manage money

Our Sale West – offering Christmas support to residents in the Sale West area.  Email: Tel: 07920 497 961

Sale Town Centre Notice Board- located next to the undercover seating in Sale Town Centre Square is a noticeboard displaying lots of support avalaible to people over the Christmas period from support with food, mental health, isolation etc. 


Holiday childcare provision

Holiday provision open over the Christmas Break. 

Alphabets (Sale) - Open Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd December

Little Oaks (Partington) - Open until 24th December, re opens 4th Jan

Kids Mix at English Martyrs (Urmston) - Open until 23rd December, re opens 4th Jan

Kickstart Childcare (Stretford) - Open untill 22nd December, re opens 4th Jan

Banana Moon Altrincham (Altrincham) - Open until 1pm Christmas eve, re opens 4th Jan

Play Works (Urmston) - Open Wednesday 22nd Dec, Thursday 23rd Dec and Tuesday 4th Jan 

Treehouse Childcare- Friday 17th December - Wednesday 22nd December. 


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

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

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. 

Magical Woodland- A magical outdoor experience with dazzling lighting and supreme sound in the depths of a Cheshire woodland. 

The Not so Ugly Sisters- You’ve heard the fairy tale, now here’s the whole hair-raising truth!

Tinsel Town- We’re bringing the glitz and glamour this Christmas with our new sensational outdoor experience. Wrap up warm and explore a winter wonderland of spectacular rides and festive fayre.

Snowstorm- Gandeys Heated Theatre Big Top will be hosting SNOWSTORM outside the Great Hall entrance from 13th Nov 2021 to 3rd Jan 2022

Meet Father Christmas in his Tipi- Come and meet Father Christmas and his elves in his magical twinkling tipi this Christmas, where they'll be ready to greet you and hear all about your Christmas wishes.

Lightopia- The award-winning Lightopia is back and ready to light up Heaton Park this Christmas brighter than ever with brand new installations and routes.

Christmas at Dunham Massey- Discover new immersive installations as the magical winter trail is set to be bigger and better than ever. Enter beside giant glittering deer into a world festooned with seasonal cheer enhanced by a soundtrack of festive classics.

Lantern Festival- Gorgeous Gorse Hill and Gorse Hill Studios, with the help of local artist Vanessa Scott, are organising a Lantern Festival on Saturday 21stNovember.

Cruise With Father Christmas- Come and take a Santa Cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal this Winter with the chance to meet Santa Claus. 

Little Penguin's first christmas- From the company that brought you the sell-out productions of Snowbabies! and Aleena’s Garden, Little Penguin’s First Christmas is an immersive, festive experience for babies aged 0-36 months and their grown-ups!

Stockdales Christmas Fair- We are so excited to be able to hold our much loved Christmas Fair this year on Sunday 28th November at 12:30pm at The Rowens.  

One Snowy Night: Percy Park Keeper- Tatton Park’s winter gardens hosts a magical event for families this Christmas. Inspired by ‘One Snowy Night’ from renowned children’s author, Nick Butterworth, the gardens bring to life the tale of friendship and kindness.

Santa's Grotto at Chill Factore- Twinkly lights, real snow and a magical grotto can only mean one thing - Santa has come to Chill Factore. Treat all the family to the ultimate Christmas experience with a snowy visit to see Santa himself from only £17.95.

Muppet Christmas Carol- Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol will be presented live at The Bridgewater Hall this winter, featuring its musical score performed live to the film. 

Stick Man- Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town!

Christmas City- Drive in Cinema- The much-loved drive-in cinema phenomenon that took 2020 by storm in the midst of Coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns returns for Christmas 2021 in a brand new location at the Soccer Dome in Stretford, Manchester.

Winter Wonderland- The Uk’s Largest Indoor Christmas Theme Park Returns to Manchester for Christmas 2021!

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe- This extraordinary adaptation of CS Lewis’ much loved novel re-tells the story with a mix of theatricality, humour, music and puppetry.

Peter Pan- Journey to Neverland for a high-flying Pantomime adventure you’ll never forget! 

Urmston Choral- After a two-year gap since performing their last public concert due to Covid, Urmston Choral Society are back in business to present their Christmas spectacular in December.

Halle Christmas Concert- Join the adventure packed with Christmas orchestral favourites, elvish magic, ice spells, and mischievous trolls who can’t juggle! 

A Christmas Carol- Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys into the past, present and yet-to-come on a supernatural journey to remotion.

Winter Funland 2021- Winterfunland has become a tradition for tens of thousands of families our whole team can’t wait to deliver a Christmas spectacular with all the trimmings in 2021.

The Snowman and Hairy Mcllary- Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without settling down in front of Raymond Brigg’s classic animated film, The Snowman

Horrible Histories- Following a SOLD OUT tour in 2020, the nation's favourite CAR PARK PANTO will be returning this Christmas!

The Magical Music of Harry Potter- Following on from the Hallé’s sell-out performance in February 2019, you are cordially invited to join us once again to celebrate the story of the world’s most famous wizard. 

Breakfast with Sants at Dobbies- This festive event includes breakfast for the whole family followed by fun games and a visit from Santa with a special gift for every child.

Story time with Father Christmas- Seeing Santa and sharing their Christmas wishes with him, is a truly magical experience for your little ones. That's why, we are thrilled to announce that Father Christmas will be visiting Piccolino, again this year!

Reindeer meet and greet- Flixton House are excited to start the Christmas celebrations early with their first Festive Family Fun Day where there will be some very special guests. 

Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank- Come meet the man himself at the magical QUarry Bank Mill. 

Carols around the Dovecote- We are pleased to annouce the return of our popular “Carols Around the Dovecote ” event on Saturday 4th December 2021.

Father Christmas experience at Wythenshaw Hall- See Father Christmas at Wythenshawe Hall in Manchester this Christmas 2021.

Breakfast with Santa at Selfridges- Step inside our Christmas of Dreams as the guest of Santa Claus himself to enjoy a festive breakfast made for you and your loved ones. Dine on a delicious menu, from sweet to savoury and each child will receive a personalised gift.

Christmas family and freidns parties- A fantastic festive afternoon. A visit from Father Christmas and afternoon of crafts. 

Booths Breakfast with Santa- Father Christmas is making a special trip to come and have a breakfast with you in Booths café! Children will receive a sausage or egg sandwich, or alternatively a croissant to enjoy with a juice.

Little Red Riding Hood- A wolf in granny's clothing knows all about what fun dressing-up can be, and in Little Red Riding Hood our magical wardrobe opens its doors to a fantastic display of gorgeous garments.

Snow White on Ice- Planet Ice Christmas performance of 'Snow White' on ice will be worth waiting for! 

Christmas Party- Schools finished, We're all excited. Everyone loves a family disco; including free balloon modelling, face painting and aprty games! 

Carols by the Stableyard- Meet up with friends and family in Tatton Park’s Stableyard for our much loved ‘Christmas Carols’.

Santa's Grotto at Minikin- Our Santa’s Grotto is back for the 11th year running! We are so excited to welcome Santa back to Minikin. Hand deliver your letter to Santa and have a lovely chat with him about your year and why you deserve to be on his good list.

Aladdin- With characters we all know and love – Aladdin, Widow Twanky, Abanaazar (boooo!), Wishee Washee and a couple of Genies, rubbing shoulders with Ali Baba and his four tea-thieves, this Sale Nomads pantomime promises to be just what we need at the start of a new year.

Starship Unity- Join Commander Niccolai and his courageous crew on their journey through unchartered territory. Will they complete their mission, or will there be trouble on telos?

Postman Pat: Welcome to Greendale- Escape to the heart of the Lake District in the Centre of Trafford as we celebrate the animated series Postman Pat.

Sale Christmas Markets- Christmas Markets at Kings Randsom in Sale!

Santa's Coming to Sale!- Join us in welcoming Santa back in to Sale. The big man himself with be joining us on his floating Grotto through Altrincham from 4pm, past Timperley, Walton Park into Sale for 6pm.

Christmas Fair at Sale Sports Club- The 2021 Christmas Fair will be held at the Club on 5th December, 10:00-14:00.

Christmas Community Fayre- Join us at St John's, Brooklands on Saturday 11th December for the Christmas Event of the Year. 

Christmas at Brookheys Farm- Come down to the farm for a magical experience this Christmas! Looking for a slightly diferent Christmas activity this year?... Join us in the barn to plant your very own Christmas tree a perfect activity for green fingered little ones!

Santa's Postbox- Help your little one write their Christmas wish list whilst chatting to the magic postbox in his winter wonderland snow scene. Don’t forget to tell Santa what things you’ve enjoyed most this year!

All aboard Santa's Magical Sleigh- Head to the Upper Mall (near Argos) to find our brand new virtual reality experience – the perfect family attraction during the festive period.

Placard making workshop- Free, materials provided. Women/womxn only, you are welcome to bring children.

Ellie the Elf Trail- Journey around a festive Wythenshawe Park as we help Ellie the Elf; Father Christmas' chief toymaker look for her tools in order to save Christmas!

Christmas Wreath Making- This winter at the courtyard Cafe in Wythenshawe Park, take part in a Christmas wreath making workshop with your own wreath ready to take home for the holidays alongside a spot of festive food and drink upon your arrival at the cafe.

Seaonal Cooking- It’s the season for being merry and, of course, eating wonderfully indulgent dishes. 

Santa Dash- The Wythenshawe Park Santa Dash is back for 2021! This fun, family event is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! 

Children's Christmas Cookery Adventure- Your kids will love this special Christmas version of our Children’s Cookery Adventure. We’re here to spread some festive cheer as we show them how to whip up delicious treats, Christmas Style! 

Winter Culture Club- Gorse Hill Studios are offering two days of "Winter Culture Club" for young period age 7 to 16 years over the festuve break. 

Winter Activity Club Partington- Trafford Council in partnership with Foundation 92 is providing free activity sessions for primary aged children eligible for free school meals.

Winter Activity Club Stretford- Trafford Council in partnership with Foundation 92 is providing free activity sessions for primary aged children eligible for free school meals.