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Things to do in Smithills this half term

We’re here to help you and your kids have the best school holiday ever, with our list of things to do in Bolton this half term!

We know how hard it can be to entertain the kids in the school holidays without breaking the bank, and with the North West’s unpredictable weather forecast, it can even tougher. But don’t worry, relax and be the Superparents we know you are, we’ve got you covered!

1. Outdoor fun

Get the wellies on and coats zipped up for some good old fresh air! The HIVE at the fantastic Moss Bank Park is an excellent spot for outdoor fun. Explore a series of unique garden and outdoor spaces including mud kitchen, fairy garden and log train. If you’re looking for hands-on fun and imaginative play, this is the place for you.

You could also swing by Smithills Country Park – there’s more than 2000 acres of moorland, woodland and farmland to explore. You could even pop into our Smithills Vale development, show home coming soon!

And if you have an older and more adventurous child, Go Ape Rivington is the perfect spot. There’s 35 crossings to tackle – from rope bridges to Tarzan swings and a spiders web to shuffle across.

2. Historical sites and marvellous museums

Half term can be fun and factual and in Bolton there’s plenty to do that ticks both those boxes. Take a trip to Turton Tower, an ancient house that was used as a family home for 500 years.  Give your kids an insight into how those people lived, then let them run free on the adventure play area, while you enjoy some homemade treats in the elegant Victorian tea room.

Alternatively travel back in time at the Bolton Steam Museum, where the UK’s largest collection of working steam engines are perfectly preserved by dedicated volunteers!

3. Rainy days

Oh no, it’s raining! Don’t fear, the Bolton Market Place has something for everyone. Whether you fancy a touch of retail therapy (or the kids need some new school shoes) you’ll find all the high street shops here. Plus head down into the newly refurbished Vaults where you’ll find a range of popular restaurants, a crazy-golf course and a state-of-the-art cinema, The Light. There really is something for everyone.

4. Indoor activities

No matter what your age, there’s something very nostalgic about bouncing up and down on a trampoline – and of course, the kids love it. Air Vault Trampoline Park contains ninety interconnected trampolines, with basketball nets so you can experience slam-dunking and a huge foam pit so you can jump and flip to your heads content.

If trampolining doesn’t sound exhilarating enough, how about becoming a ninja at Yusha Ninja assault course? If you can slip, slide, bounce and squeeze your way around the obstacle course, you may even get the chance to meet one of their real-life sensei’s.

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