Days Out

Rainy Day Ideas

Below is a list of family friendly places, days out and things to do with kids in Cheshire and specifically in Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Poynton, Congleton, Sandbach and surrounding areas for a rainy day.

Includes soft play centres, cinemas and pottery studios in Cheshire.

If you know of any other days out or things to do with kids in Cheshire which are not already listed, or would like to feature in the list, please contact us here.

Alcumlow Farm, Congleton

Home to a Snuburys Ice Cream Parlour and a variety of businesses ranging from interiors and pottery painting to bakers and blacksmiths.   Little Harts Pottery Studio comes highly recommended by parents as being good for children.

Alcumlow Hall Farm, Chance Hall Lane, Astbury, Cheshire CW12 4TL

T: 01260 279966

Bollington Leisure Centre

Small soft play room; ball pool; soft tunnel structure; soft building bricks; tea room next door where you can get a brew (from a machine…) and give the little ones lunch or a snack (you cant buy it there, take your own); good option when flying solo with 2 on your own.

Kids parties hosted.

£2.95 per child.

Bollington Health & Leisure, Heath Road, Bollington SK10 5EX

T: 01625 574774

Castaway Play at Congleton Garden Centre

New play area (opened March 2019)

71 Moss Road Congleton CW12 3BP

T: 01260 270010

Cinemac, Macclesfield

Current film releases and live digital screenings of opera/drama/music in a small, heritage cinema.

Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT

T: 01625 423535

Congleton Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 6 lanes and an additional learner pool perfect for little ones. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 18 months to 3 years and 3 years and above, family fun swims, aquafit and more.

Worrall Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1DT

T:01260 387717

Crazy Club at Super Bowl UK

Children can explore the two-lane wavy slide, 45 Degree Racing Slide, the webbing crawl tube, and Walk of Fear.

Medium sized soft play; separate toddler and baby areas; food and drinks served; plenty of parking; additional activities during holiday time (extra charge applies)

Kids parties (bowling/soft play/laserquest) hosted

Lyme Green Business Park, London Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 OTB

T: 01625 616 438

Curzon, Knutsford

Diverse programme of screenings in a refurbished 178-seat cinema with a licensed bar and cafe.

Toft Rd, Knutsford WA16 0PE

T: 0333 321 0104

Fun4All, Macclesfield

Large room with separate areas for babies/toddlers and bigger kids; lots of seating; food and drink; Sportszone; separate trampoline Area; ample parking outside and overflow car park round the corner

Boost trampoline sessions at set times (additional costs apply)

Kids parties hosted.

Queens Avenue, Hurdsfield Industrial Estate, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 2DG

Tel: 01625 440044

Go Banana’s, Congleton

Medium sized soft play centre in Congleton.

Often quieter than its counterparts; dedicated toddler and baby areas; mini sports court area; plenty of seating for parents.

Kids parties hosted.

Unit 2 Towerhill Court, Greenfield Farm Estate, Back Lane, Congleton CW12 4TR

T: 01260 289145

Head Over Heels, Wilmslow

For hours of energetic fun and amazing party experiences, Head Over Heels lets your little ones imagination run wild.

Large soft play; great facilities; cafe; sensory room; entertainment from mascots; car park outside with overflow round the corner

Kids parties hosted.

Wilmslow North Arena, Unit D, Commercial Avenue, Stanley Green, Cheadle, SK8 6QH

T: 0161 485 2200

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is a great day out for all the family. You can explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope. The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Gardens are a great family-friendly space, perfect for a picnic, a gentle walk or, even for burning off some energy.

Lots of interactive activities but probably best for children aged 5 and up. Younger children can run around in the gardens and on the play area.

The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL

T: 01477 571 766

Just Kidding, Holmes Chapel

Just Kidding Holmes Chapel is a Fabulous Indoor Soft Play Centre. Our cafe boasts a great freshly prepared food offering for all the family.

Children’s parties available.

Holmes Chapel Business Centre, Manor Lane, Holmes Chapel
T: 01477 414141

Knutsford Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 4 lanes. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above.

Westfield Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0BL

T:01565 653321

Little Harts Pottery Studio, Congleton

We have an excellent selection of ready to paint pottery pieces including: plates, cups, bowls, children’s items, money boxes and season specials. Design and draw on your piece of pottery using pencils (pencil marks will disappear once item is fired) and accessories, such as sponges and stencils. Then using our glazes get painting!

Also offer childrens birthday parties.

Alcumlow Hall Farm, Chance Hall Ln, Astbury CW12 4TL

T: 01260 279083

Little World for Scholars, Altrincham (a little further afield)

Little World for Scholars is a magical role play centre where children can create their stories in the human, natural and imaginary world.

28 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, WA14 1EJ

T: 0161 888 2225

Macclesfield Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 8 lanes and an additional learner pool perfect for little ones. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims, aquafit, aquarhythmic and more.

Small soft play area in the cafe.

Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4AF

T: 01625 383981

Nether Alderley Mill

This charming rustic mill is one of only four virtually complete corn mills in Cheshire. Take a guided tour of Nether Alderley Mill, and learn all about the process of milling and hear fascinating stories about the lives of the millers.

Probably better suited to adults/older children.

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4TW

01625 527468

Nixon’s Farm Shop (a little further afield in Cheadle)

We stock a wide range of high quality produce including locally sourced eggs, potatoes and fish.

“Play area in the cafe”

“Nixons farm is excellent”

“You can watch the kids play while you sit down”

Outwood Farm, Bolshaw Road, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 3PS

Tel: 0161 437 4801

Planet Play, Knutsford

2 main play areas to provide children with hours of fun.

Separate areas for babies and toddlers but even the main structure isn’t dangerous for the younger ones (no sheer drops!); overall very good for toddlers; sports court; trampoline.

Kids parties hosted.

Planet Play, Unit C1, Stanley Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0EG

T: 01565 650 086

Poynton Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 20m with 5 lanes. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims, disability swims and more.

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton SK12 1PU

T: 01625 876442

Ruby’s Fund, Congleton

Small soft play area; additional bits such as Wendy house and jumperoos for the littlest ones; very safe; great facilities; lovely separate sensory room; nice cafe; lovely garden

Meridian House, Roe Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1PG

T: 01260 277666

Sandbach Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 4 lanes. Swimming activities include parent and child lessons for ages 6 months to 3 years and lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims and more.

Middlewich Rd, Sandbach CW11 1FH

T: 01270 375344

Splash Zone at Gullivers World (a little further afield in Warrington)

The water isn’t deep enough to swim in, it’s simply a splashingly good time for the whole family!

There is a designated toddlers water play session – Splash Tots is available Friday (12 – 3pm) throughout term time.

Kids parties hosted.

Gulliver’s World, Warrington, WA5 9YZ

T: 01925 444 888

The Happy Potter

In our custom made ceramic studio we provide Paint-a-pot and Decoupage (decopatch) activities for children of all ages and adults too.  We have a large variety of pots to choose from, from cute characters, money boxes and animals, to items such as plates, flowerpots and tiles.

16 Village Square, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire, SK7 1AW

T: 0161 439 5739

Treehouse (a little further afield in Altrincham)

Soft play and cafe split over two floors – 4 and over downstairs, 3 and under upstairs; different areas including sports zone and disco room; quality food (good option for eating with kids); trampoline; regular activities included in entrance fee

Kids parties hosted

88 George Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1RF

T: 0161 503 8880

Wacky Warehouse – Heath Farm Congleton

Medium sized soft play; clean facilities; separate areas for over and under 5’s; order food from the pub and eat at the tables whilst the kids use the facilities; free when eating from the pub

Kids parties hosted.

Padgbury Ln, Congleton CW12 4LR

T: 01260 273575

Wacky Warehouse – Waggon and Horses Wilmslow

At every Wacky Warehouse you’ll find a friendly, warm welcome, along with a team who are happy to help with anything, and who enjoy nothing more than seeing a child leave with a big smile on their face.

Kids parties hosted.

231 Wilmslow Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3JZ

T: 0161 437 3626

Water World (a little further afield in Stoke-on-Trent)

The UK’s No.1 Tropical Aqua Park. Water World is an epic adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids parties hosted.

Waterworld Leisure, Festival Park, Etruria, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PU

T: 01782 205747

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse (a little further afield in Northwich)

Lots for children to do. Find out about workhouse food, discover some of the people who lived in the workhouse and visit the recreated Master’s sitting room. Challenge yourselves with our workhouse quiz or test your observation skills looking for important objects with our I-Spy trail.  Dress up and imagine yourselves as workhouse inmates learning all about the 3 Rs!

162 London Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 8AB

T: 01606 271640


White Light Ceramics, Middlewich

White Light Ceramics is a pottery studio based in Middlewich Cheshire selling studio ceramics and running pottery workshops for both adults and children

Also do children’s birthday parties

Unit 3 105 Lewin street Middlewich Cheshire CW10 9AX

T: 01606 836656

Wilmslow Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 5 lanes and an additional learner pool perfect for little ones. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims, aquanatal, aquafit and more.

Rectory Fields, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1BU

T: 01625 533789