Best Summer Events North West 2023 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

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Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Suzy

Here it is our list of the best summer events across the South East to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in the North West of England – Cheshire – Cumbria – Greater Manchester – Lancashire (no events found as yet in Lancashire) – Merseyside. All events are family-friendly.

Please check with the attraction that everything is as advertised before you visit.


Arley Hall and Gardens – Various Events – Cheshire

When? See below
Address: Arley, Northwich CW9 6NA, Cheshire
A Bit About – 20th July Walled Garden Theatre – Emma. 12th August Fireworks Champions. 17th August Walled Garden Theatre – Romeo & Juliet.


Beeston Castle – Knights Tournament – Cheshire

When? 27th – 28th August
Address: Arley, Northwich CW9 6NA, Cheshire
A Bit About – “Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at Beeston Castle’s Knights’ Tournament. Swords will clash and the winner will be decided in the Grand Melee finale. Immerse yourself in the medieval encampment and meet characters from the past to hear all about weapon repairs, cooking and day-to-day life.”


Gulliver’s World Warrington – See Elmer – Cheshire

When? 23rd July – 4th September
Address: Gullivers World Theme Park, Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 9YZ
A Bit About – “Come and see Elmer the Patchwork Elephant at intervals from 23rd July to 4th September 2023 at Gulliver’s World, Warrington. Book your theme park tickets and enjoy a magical day out at Gulliver’s World Theme Park. Book more than two days in advance to save, or extend the fun with a sleepover in a choice of family-friendly dens and lodges situated right next to the resort!
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Knowsley Safari Park – Jurassic Summer – Merseyside

When? 22nd July – 3rd September
Address: Prescot L34 4AN
A Bit About – “Brace yourself for face-to-face encounters with gigantic, life-like dinosaurs that will leave you roaring with excitement! Our animated puppets will make you believe you’ve stepped back in time. They roar, blink, and move just like real dinosaurs, creating a truly wild experience for the whole family – and the best part is, it’s all included in the regular admission price!”
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Muncaster Castle – Bee Fest – Cumbria

When? 19th August
Address: Muncaster Castle and Gardens, Muncaster, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
A Bit About – “Join us for a buzz-tacular extravaganza Family Music Festival and Fun Day on the castle lawns.”
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Quarry Bank National Trust – Summer of Play & Outdoor Theatre – Cheshire

When? Throughout the summer holidays
Address: Quarry Bank National Trust, Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
A Bit About – 22nd July – 3rd September – Summer of Play “With a mini obstacle course, hay bale maze, natural art, and traditional garden games, (plus much more) there is something for everyone to enjoy. There will even be a stage for your little ones to put on their very own performances!” Plus Outdoor Theatre Bad Dad by David Walliams on July 22nd and Outdoor Theatre The Secret Garden on the 16th August.
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Tatton Park and Farm – Scavenger Hunt – Cheshire

When? Throughout the summer holidays
Address: Tatton Park Gardens, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG
A Bit About – Pick up our free scavenger hunt at the Welcome Building (located next to the main car park), or download a copy below and see what you can discover on your Parkland walks! Summer Scavenger Hunt (PDF, 862 KB)
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Walton Hall Gardens – Outdoor Theatre – Cheshire

When? See Below
Address: Walton Hall and Gardens, Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SN
A Bit About – 4th August – Sense and Sensibility Outdoor Theatre. 1st August Bad Dad Outdoor Theatre.
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World of Beatrix Potter – Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit show – Cumbria

When? Throughout the summer holidays
Address: The World of Beatrix Potter, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX
A Bit About – “Join in the fun and celebrate along with Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-duck and some of your other favourite characters who are brought to life in this new production featuring beautifully handcrafted puppets and enchanting original songs. The show is 60 minutes long and suitable for children aged 3+”
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