As winter fades in earnest, woodlands become upliftingly verdant and planning for lengthy school holidays begins, Manchester’s impressive array of scenic, family-friendly adventure parks dust off their swinging bridges and polish their zip lines for another season of thrilling outdoor entertainment across the North West.

Here are some of the best outdoor adventure parks around Greater Manchester.

Go Ape | Rivington | £35

Known as the ‘mini-Lake District’ of Manchester, Rivington’s Go Ape adventure course features a treetop challenge across 13-metre high platforms, a zip wire over the picturesque reservoir – the only zip wire over water in the country – and a free-falling Tarzan Swing.

Great House Barn, Rivington Ln, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7SB, Tel: 01603 895500
Outdoor Revolution | Blackpool | From £10

Perfect for younger children and just an hour’s drive from the city, Blackpool’s Outdoor Revolution offers a High Ropes course which takes adventurers on a fearless journey through a range of low-level obstacles before traversing an 8-metre platform, wobbly bridges, moving tyres and rope swings.

Outdoor Revolution, Stanley park sports centre, W Park Dr, Blackpool FY3 9HQ, Tel: 01253 478474
Mayfield Park | City Centre | FREE

Sitting on the banks of the Medlock, Manchester’s newest and first city centre public park features a wondrous adventure playground with sunken trampolines, slides, crawl tunnels, slides, balance beams and more in the heart of its 6.5 acre urban oasis.

Boardman Gate Entrance, Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY
Treetop Trek | Heaton Park | From £34

From swinging logs and balance bars to Indiana bridges and a vast network of zip lines, Heaton Park’s 15-metre-high elevated rope course promises ‘the perfect way to lose an afternoon in the tree canopy’, with thorough training and a variety of course options available for ages 7 and above.

Heaton Park, St Margaret's Rd, Manchester M25 2GT, Tel: 15394 47186
Crocky Trail | Chester | From £12 (Under-5s FREE)

Alongside an endless choice of slides and rides, Chester’s beloved Crocky Trail provides a fabulously scenic mile-long adventure route which includes wobbly bridges, whimsical roundabouts and mind-bending mazes amongst Cheshire’s unrivalled natural landscape.

Guy Ln, Waverton, Chester CH3 7PH, Tel: 01244 336084
Apple Jacks Farm | Warrington | From £12.50 (Children under 90cm FREE)

Ideal for ages 4 to 12, Apple Jacks Farm offers Warrington’s best family day out with a staggeringly extensive array of outdoor activities, including zip wires, drop slides, obstacle courses, fence mazes, roller skating, archery and, from July, pig racing.

Stretton Rd, Warrington WA4 4NW
Bewilderwood | Whitchurch | From £13.50 (Children under 92cm FREE)

Located just two miles east of the Welsh border, ‘Curious Treehouse Adventure’ Bewilderwood unsurprisingly holds the title of Visit Cheshire’s 2023 Visitor Attraction of the Year. Based on the captivating children’s books by author Tom Blofeld, the enchanting outdoor park features a ‘wonky world’ of treehouses, slides, giant swings, sky-high mazes, a telescope tower and more.

Malpas, Bickley Moss, Cheshire, Whitchurch SY13 4JF, Tel: 01829 830730
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 15 Aug 2023