A creative hub specialising in pot painting, slime making, bear building and birthday parties
The Place to Potter is based at the garden centre in Heaton Park and is the perfect hideaway for creative types. Here you can take part in pot painting, slime making and you can also build a bear. They have a very busy social calendar too and a visit during school term holidays will provide lots of fun.
We visited at a weekend and we were able to secure a table without booking, but they do advise to book especially during school holidays as it is only a small venue. We spent our time there making slime and my little girl loved it. We made the slime in stages with a very attentive member of staff helping us along the way. She explained what we needed to do at each stage and kept returning to check the consistency of the slime and to make sure we were ok. Once complete we were then able to add glitter to it and had a nice box to take it away with us.
They cater for pre-school children during term time with scheduled events on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They are closed on a Wednesday during term time. On Mondays their Mini Makers Playgroup provides a morning full of fun, play and experimenting for £5 per child. Here they will be able to get involved in cooking and craft activities and lots of messy play. Other sessions involve stories, singing and crafting.
During the school holidays they have a range of activities planned, all of which is themed and super creative. For the upcoming break they have unicorn workshops, where children will learn how to make unicorn themed slime, as well as painting a unicorn ceramic coin bank to take home. The place to 'Harry Potter' themed event also looks great. Here you can immerse yourself in to the world of Harry Potter. You will be sorted into a house by their very own sorting hat before learning how to make house slime, painting an owl pot, making a magic wand and going on a spell casting lesson. Other sessions include a fairy tea party, bear building workshops and an under the sea workshop.
Once you have finished creating the area offers lots of added fun to extend your day out. Heaton Park provides the perfect setting for a family walk and adventure. With a huge play area, a boating lake and an animal centre there is lots to explore and see. For older children they also have a treetops net adventure that consists of a series of walkways, trampolines, treehouses, slides and ball parks, all suspended high up in trees up to 15m off the ground.
Additional information: Address: The Place to Potter, Heaton Park Garden Centre, Manchester, M25 2SW
Opening hours: 10:30am until 3:30pm every day (apart from Wednesdays - closed during term time)