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11 Dinosaur Days Out in the North West

My boy loves dinosaurs and for many years now we’ve been going on days out and trips to see them in museums and outdoors. The North West seems especially good for dinosaur days out. I’ve gathered a list of fun dino things to do in and around Manchester and the North West.

11 Dinosaur Days Out in the North West

Dino Falls Adventure Golf , Trafford Centre – with two courses and 36 holes of dinosaur-themed adventure, Dino Falls is a great place for dino dates, trips out with mates and families of all ages. Offering safe, outdoor fun for everyone, just book through their website https://www.dinofalls.co.uk/

Blackpool Zoo Dinosaur Safari – Come face to face with the terrifying t-rex, awesome pterodactyls and more than 30 other prehistoric creatures. The Dinosaur Safari at Blackpool Zoo will take you through four ages, with sound effects and thousands of plants and trees bring the prehistoric world vividly to life. Visit the website for more information

Dinosaur Days Out

Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf, Bents Garden Centre – The Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf course at Bents Garden & Home is nine holes of dinosaur excitement. Tucked away in a corner of the garden centre, out by the lake, the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf is certain to appeal to all ages of dinosaur or crazy golf enthusiasts. To book, visit their website.

Cockfields Farm Park – Visit Jurassic Farm 2021, this new attraction at Cockfields Farm Park includes; meeting real life walking dinosaurs, the T-Rex, Velociraptor and Triceratops; dinosaur themed family stage shows; fossil excavation activities; panning for gems and gold; fossil making and handling sessions with the reptiles including snakes, lizards, tortoises and bugs. Visit the website for more information.

T-Rex Treks; Gullivers World – Journey on a Jurassic adventure and get up close to fearsome dinosaurs lurking deep within this Lost World. This one-hour experience is bookable now through their website.

Dinosaur Days Out

The Lymm Dinosaur – in the Cheshire town of Lymm, lurks the famous Lymm Dinosaur. The discovery of the chirotherium footprint at a Lymm Quarry in 1840 sparked some local dino fever. The dino footprint can be found near the lower dam in Lymm Village and there are some lovely local walks to help make a day of your visit.

Manchester Museum has a collection of around 100,000 fossils ranging from fossil algae from the dawn of life hundreds of millions of years ago; to ferns, Ice Age animals and dinosaurs. It’s a fantastic museum to visit for all kinds of reasons, but it’s well known for its excellent dino content and is one of my favourite dinosaur days out. For more information about what’s on, visit their website.

Love Exploring App – This app is free to download and use. There are many features including walks, audio guides and augmented reality games. Download the app and take part in a mini hunt in parks around Manchester and the North West.

Amazonia, Bolton – Deep in the heart of The Vaults at Market Place you will find Amazonia, Bolton’s finest adventure play area. Let your tribe run wild with a main play frame for ages 4 to 14 years. Not only this, but the Jungle express train will allow your tribe to ride through the valley. Don’t miss The Lost World which features some of your favourite dinos!

Dinosaur Days Out

Dino Kingdom, Wythenshawe Park – From the creators of the award-winning Lightopia Festival; Dino Kingdom is an epic prehistoric exploration landing in Manchester from 23rd July – 8th August 2021. Step back in time and explore roaring and moving Dinosaurs and state-of-the-art 3D and AR technology. To book tickets, visit their website.

Raptor Safari Dinosaur Park; Wilmslow – take a walk around the dinosaur safari park and experience dinosaurs from 65 million years ago. For more info, visit their website.

Have I missed any dinosaur days out? Do let me know in the comments box below.

11 Dinosaur Days Out in the North West

Days Out: Wythenshawe Community Farm

Last weekend we headed to our local community farm, it’s small but is home to cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, a little Shetland pony, a gaggle of ducks and a peacock. We’d heard that a calf had been born that morning so we were keen to go along and meet the new arrival.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

Wythenshawe Community Farm is a lovely little farm which we visit on a regular basis. It’s especially charming in spring when they have newborn lambs and calves to ahh over. We were not disappointed, there were several calves including one which was just 3 hours old and still wobbly on his legs, as well as tiny triplet newborn lambs and some slightly older lambs frolicking in a paddock tucked away in the walled garden.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

Our first stop was to see the newborn calf, both baby and mum were in a pen of their own. Mum was nuzzling and looking after her baby and it was a lovely sight. The calf was very wobbly on its legs but it had a drink of milk and then curled up for a rest.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

Tucked away in a nearby shed was a Jacob cross sheep and her day old triplets. You can’t see the lambs too well, but I didn’t want to intrude on her, but they were incredibly sweet.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

We heard (and could hear) that there were more lambs in a paddock in the walled garden, so we wandered over to have a look. In the walled garden there was a pony, some goats, some older sheep and a paddock full of ewes and their lambs. Its also a good space for little ones to run around (under supervision) and there were teams of volunteers digging out the vegetable beds ready for some spring planting.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

There were a lot of twin lambs and they were all cheeky and a joy to watch as they jumped and played, baa-ing their heads off.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

The small boy LOVED the cheeky lambs and we couldn’t tear him away. I suspect we have another sheep enthusiast in the family!

Although Wythenshawe Community Farm is small, we spent a couple of hours there exploring, talking about the animals, falling in love with the lambs and having a lovely spring afternoon together.

Wythenshawe Community Farm

Whilst the boys went to have another look at the cows I visited the on-site farm shop. It’s small but excellent value. I picked up  large jar of local honey, 6 duck eggs, two blocks of Greenfields Lancashire cheese and 12 primulas (they sell plants, they’re always really good quality). I bought all of that for a few pence shy of £15 and I know that any profit will be ploughed back into this great community resource.

Next to Wythenshawe Community Farm is a huge playground to explore, and on the other side of that is a community cafe and Wythenshawe Hall, which had a fire last week so is not at present open to the public.

If you’re in South Manchester I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Wythenshawe Community Farm to meet the animals, we’ll be going again soon to check on the progress of the triplets and see how the baby calf is doing. It’s free to visit, there is parking nearby and they always have such a lot going on for local families to enjoy. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information and updates.