From museums and petting zoos to mountain walks and ziplining, you can spoil your mum without breaking the bank with a staggering variety of completely free activities, exhibitions and events around Greater Manchester this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Market/Zip World | Heaton Park | 9am-2pm

Located in the Courtyard Stables, Heaton Park’s one-off Mother’s Day Market invites families to explore a dazzling selection of independent stalls selling food, ornaments, fabrics and more. Check out the Heaton Park Facebook for more info.

For something decidedly more adventurous, mums can enjoy a free activity session at Zip World with another paying adult.

Click below to book.

Sheepfoot Ln, Manchester M25 0DL
Unpicking Couture | Manchester Art Gallery

Free to enter and explore, Manchester Art Gallery’s fascinating ongoing exhibition Unpicking Couture celebrates groundbreaking moments in the history of fashion with a collection of breathtaking pieces from across the last century, with works by Christian Dior, Azzedine Alaïa, Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Bruce Oldfield and Alexander McQueen, as well as a recently restored 1930s silk velvet jacket by Italian couturier Elsa Schiaparelli.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL
Cockfields Farm | Oldham

Nine miles east of the city centre, Cockfields Farm is a serene springtime idyll with an extensive array of family-friendly entertainment, including nature walks, duck ponds, animal encounters and even a reptile room, as well as a tranquil cafe where parents can unwind after a fun-filled day.

Throughout Mother’s Day weekend, mums can visit for free when buying a child ticket.

Book your visit below.

Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR
Hill walks and country hikes

For all the mountaineering mums around Manchester, check out our breakdown of the best terrain walks and hiking routes within driving distance of the city. From the rugged ridges of the Pennines to the grand, sweeping vistas of Mam Tor, the breathtaking natural beauty of the North West offers something for nature-lovers of all ages and experience levels.

Day trips

If you fancy escaping the city for a special Mother’s Day sojourn in Llandudno, Liverpool, the Lakes or beyond, Manchester offers unrivalled access to some of the best day trips in the country with a vast array of destinations within an hour’s drive or train journey.

Check out our guide to the best nearby day trips below.

The Irish Nation | Various locations

Commissioned by Irish Mancunian, an organisation that curates cultural events of Irish interest for Manchester audiences, The Irish Nation features a selection of breathtaking mosaics depicting seventeen iconic Irish personalities from the worlds of literature, music, sport and history, including George Best, Sinead O’Connor, Shane MacGowan and more.

Thanks to the support of global art producer Wild in Art, The Irish Nation has been transformed into a free-to-view art trail which stops at various creative and cultural venues across Manchester, from Halle St. Peter’s and the National Football Museum to 53Two and New Century.

Find out more below.

Golden Mummies of Egypt | Manchester Museum | Until Sun 14 Apr

Located in Manchester Museum‘s revamped exhibition hall, a space dedicated to hosting ambitious installations which examine past, present and future, the wildly popular Golden Mummies of Egypt continues to delight families with children of all ages through the fathomless wonder of Ancient Egypt, with over 100 artefacts and 8 breathtakingly well-preserved sarcophagi available to explore for free this Mother’s Day.

While guaranteed to ignite a lifelong love of history for kids around the city, the exhibition also promises to captivate grown-ups with nuanced, thorough explorations of the unique perspectives on the afterlife held during the little-known Graeco-Roman period.

University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 5 Mar 2024