Have you ever wondered about the kid-friendly gems hidden in Manchester’s nooks and crannies? We did too! We’re Rich and Noemi the co-founders of Lets Go Manchester, who met in the lively seaside town of Bournemouth. But made a family in the suburbs of Manchester.
Co Founder of Lets Go Manchester
Originally from Bournemouth, I spent three years in Manchester at University, in the early 2000s before moving up here permanently in 2014.
I’m a huge fan of rugby, regularly going to watch Sale Sharks and England and am equally as happy happy hiking in the Peak District to making best use of our family National Trust membership and RHS membership cards.
Our Adventure: Seeking the Most out of Manchester and the Surrounding Areas
As our family grew, we yearned to know more. Where were the best child-friendly restaurants? Which playgrounds would get the loudest laughs from Mila and Sam? And let’s not forget, where could we satisfy our sweet tooth with the creamiest ice creams?
Manchester Isn’t Just About City Life
It’s also a gateway to some of the UK’s most treasured sites. National Trust locations around Greater Manchester, such as the Quarry Bank Mill and Dunham Massey, not only boast historical significance but also serve as perfect family dining spots. For those preferring a more natural setting, North West locations, including Dunham Massey and Hare Hill, provide idyllic picnic spots, allowing families to savour their meals amidst serene landscapes.
For those keen on venturing a bit further, the Peak District offers its own culinary charm. Gastropubs like The Pack Horse, located just a short drive from Manchester, have made their mark with fresh, locally-sourced British cuisine. Its backdrop, reminiscent of settings from detective TV series, adds to the overall experience, making it an essential stop after a family hike in the Peak District.
It’s Also About Culture
Meanwhile, the vibrant arts and culture scene in Manchester ensures that there’s always a play, musical, or art exhibit to explore, making the city a holistic family destination. Whether you’re in the mood for art, nature, or gastronomy, Manchester and its surroundings truly have it all. If you’re after a family favourite such as The Gruffalo or the stage show of Bluey, the Lowry at Salford Quays will have you covered. Or if you’re after international headline pop shows, you’ll definitely find kid friendly favourites at the Etihad, Old Trafford Cricket Ground or the AO Arena.
The Gap in the Local Family Guide Scene
While Manchester is full of promise, there is a glaring gap. Reliable reviews and recommendations for kid-friendly spots and days out. A place written by parents for parents (and grandparents).
Our Solution: Lets Go Manchester! Your Local Family Guide!
That’s where our mission began. To build a local family guide that would benefit families like ours. Whether you’ve been in Manchester for generations, just moved in, or are here on a short visit, we’re here to ensure your days are packed with fun and flavour.
Why Take our Word for it?
Every place we recommend in Lets Go Manchester is tried and tested by our little team. That means each suggestion is stamped with the approval of both little feet and grown-up tastes. So, no more second-guessing or long online searches. Manchester’s best is now just a click away!
Our Creative Influencers
And of course, this site wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the two main drivers for it. Mila and Sammy. If we say a playground is a hit, it’s because Sam has enjoyed whizzing down it on his scooter. If we say an ice cream shop is the best in the North West, it’s because Mila has tried every one of the thirty flavours on offer and picked the best (it’s always mango)!
Be a Part of the Lets Go Manchester Community
Share your experiences, discover new spots, and lets go Manchester and grow a community that celebrates family, fun, and the vibrant spirit of Manchester and its surrounding areas.
With warm regards, Rich, Noemi, Mila, & Sam