Put the iPads down and round the family up, as Woodland Tribe is hosting spectacular adventure play sessions at Great Northern Warehouse this summer.

Woodland Tribe is a not-for-profit group promoting adventure play in the UK, and encouraging kids to reclaim their childhood by building the outdoor playgrounds of their dreams.

The ‘UK masters of constructive play’ will be at the Great Northern amphitheatre from Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September, providing children with everything they need to let their imaginations run wild and transform their playground visions into reality.

The creative sessions provide not only all the tools families will need, including ropes, saws, hammers, netting and huge quantities of wood, but also a safe environment where kids will be taught how to use the tools to build something amazing.

Joining the Sunday sessions is celebrity chef James Martin, who has invited along guests from The Christie cancer centre. A number of the Trust’s paediatric and teenage patients will be letting their imaginations run free and taking part in the playground building hosted by James at the site of his Manchester restaurant.

In a nod to Manchester’s industrial heritage, children are invited to come along and build a train shaped playground, where parents can either observe or join in and relive the outdoor play of their childhood. After all the adventure, refuel at one of Great Northern’s family friendly restaurants including Home Sweet Home, All Star Lanes or Almost Famous. Or enjoy a fabulous display of Manchester’s finest food, drink, art, design and vintage treasures at The Makers Markets which will be on site at the Great Northern Warehouse on Sunday 1stSeptember.

Centre Director for Great Northern, Mark Schofield, said: “The Great Northern is an inclusive destination for families across Manchester, so we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone down for a day out with a difference as the summer holidays draw to a close. The work Woodland Tribe do is just fantastic, encouraging kids to be kids and get creative in building their own adventures.”

Revolutionise playtime for all the family this summer, with tickets at just £4 per person for both adults and children. Booking is recommended, although there will be a small amount of spaces for drop-ins on the session days Tickets will go on sale at 12 noon on Wednesday 31st July:


Sessions will run from Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September for 1.5 hours at the following times:
10:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 13:00
14:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 17:00

Children aged 5-10 need a parent or carer to join in the activity with them (so book tickets for your kids and their grown up). Children between 10-16 can participate on their own – but they need to be dropped off and collected by a named carer. There is a maximum of 20 participating places per session including accompanying adults.


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