Heaton Park is such a fantastic area to explore. It offers so many different opportunities to play and a new experience every time you visit. From treetop adventures, to boating lakes, to painting and crafting, there is something for everyone here.
Picture taken from the Heaton Park Facebook page
The hall itself takes centre stage in the park and is great to see in all its glory. There are a number of walks that you can take around Heaton Park and these are suited for all abilities. There is also a land train here if walking isn't for you! They host the park run here every Saturday and British Military Fitness hold regular classes here too. Other options for exercise and outdoor activities include; golf, football, bowls, rowing and fishing.
They have recently refurbished the play area and it includes state of the art facilities for all to enjoy. The centrepiece of the play area is the refurbished iconic tower slide with a new bespoke UFO-theme that incorporates the current high slide. Inclusive play attractions have also been added into the area – including a wheelchair accessible roundabout, double bay cradle swings and a new nest for the existing cantilever swing.
The Animal Centre is one of our favourite parts at Heaton Park. It is set in the old stables and is completely free to visit. There are many common farmyard animals to see, this includes; chickens, goats, pigs, guinea pigs and rabbits. They even have alpacas here for you to see. As you walk round you will also see peacocks strutting their stuff around the farm or perched up high on the walls. There are even cattle, horses and donkeys within the park that you can visit. If you have any questions the animal centre staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will volunteer information readily!
Treetop Nets Manchester is also based here and it is a truly unique family attraction that provides a woodland adventure like no other. Treetop Nets offers an amazing new way to explore the treetops through a series of walkways, trampolines, treehouses, slides and ball parks, all suspended high up in trees up to 15m off the ground. Children as young as 3 are free to bounce, play, slide and climb beneath the tree canopy without harnesses. For more information about this and to book your space click here.
Picture taken from the Treetop Manchester Facebook page
There are events here held regularly, but, one not to be missed is the summer beach festival. We went last year and had a fab time. Carousel Fun Fairs will bring all the main ingredients of a famous seaside resort again this year. They will bring the North West's biggest mobile beach to Heaton Park for the summer holidays. This will be a fun filled family funfair with a giant beach area complete with deck chairs, buckets and spades, face painting, children's entertainment and character appearances on a weekend.
Useful information: Address: Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, M25 2SW
Opening hours: 8:00 am until dusk every day
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