Manchester’s 7 best family friendly parks

Keeping the little ones entertained is often a challenge. But with the warm weather approaching everyone is becoming more inclined to venture outdoors.

Despite the adverts for the latest games, or cinema listings, having fun doesn’t have to break the bank either.

TNT has devised a list of the best family friendly parks in and around Greater Manchester. It goes to show that you don’t have to drive miles to create smiles.

So here goes…

  1. Alexandra Park, Whalley Range

The 60-acre space of Alexandra Park boasts tennis courts, multi-use games area, football and cricket pitches and a cafe.

In recent years, the park went under a £5million transformation, making the park a serene and beautiful location within the community.

Opened in 1868, the initial purpose of the park was to “deter the working men of Manchester from the alehouses during their day off”. Whether this still applies or not, the open space of Alexandra Park bring a breath of serenity and tranquillity onto the busy location of Princess Road.

  1. Moss Bank Park, Bolton

With picnic spots, multiple play areas for a different ages, and large open spaces for ball games, Moss Bank Park is definitely family friendly.

The butterfly house and gardens, as well as the animal world exhibit offer free admission.

The park also offers a cafe and free parking making the park a fun day out for the family, at a fraction of the cost.

3. Walton Park, Sale

The Walton Park in Sale offers two children’s play areas; one for younger children, and one for those aged 7 and upwards.

The play areas are divided by a multi-use games area which features two tennis courts and a 5-a-side football/basketball court. And the best part is that it is free to use.

The park also offers two greens and a full sized grass football pitch. It has a variety of benches and family areas. Did someone call for a picnic?

4. Wythenshawe Park

Open 7 days a week, Wythenshawe Park offers families the opportunity both the park and farm experience.

After playing in the play area, children can learn where their food comes from as well as all of the elements that make a working countryside farm in an urban setting.

Wythenshawe Park also has prize winning Hereford cattle that breed regularly, making it likely for their calves to be spotted grazing.

5.  Longford Park, Stretford

Longford Park is home to a pets corner, which houses animals such as ducks, chickens, rabbits and goats. The pets corner is also free to access.

On some days, the park hosts Simply Cycling sessions where cyclists of all ages and abilities can take wide range of bikes out for a spin.

The park offers tennis courts, basketball courts, a football pitch, bowling greens and wildlife gardens.

6. Bruntwood Park, Cheadle

Bruntwood park’s large ornamental gardens, ponds, waterways, wetland, mature woodlands and hay meadows make Bruntwood Park a must-go.

With a large play area, with a separate toddler play area, the park is perfect for children. In the summertime, you may even find a bouncy castle.

7. Lancaster Park and Animal Farm

Located in Chadderton in Oldham, Lancaster Park and Animal Farm is a family-run children’s petting farm.

Nestled away the Animal Farm is the perfect venue to allow children the chance to pet sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens, mice, ducks and many more. Families are also invired to meet, touch and feed the baby animals when they arrive throughout the year.

The park is also kind on the pocket, with admission rates at £3.50 for children and £4 for adults.

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