Looking to get the children out of the house and to engage in some fun, creative play now that home schooling is out of the way? Well you’re in luck, as the Great Northern Warehouse’s iconic amphitheatre has reopened its newly redesigned playhouse and ever popular giant sandpit this week for families to enjoy throughout the summer.

In the heart of the city centre, free, family friendly spaces can be tricky to come across, but at the Great Northern community is key, so the site is excited to reopen it’s amphitheatre which is solely dedicated to providing a fun space for kids to play and let their imagination run wild while parents and guardians relax.

Bringing a new pop of colour to the outdoor space, the playhouse has been totally redecorated by Manchester street artist, Moze, with a combination of colourful flowers. The vibrant exterior is now perfect to brighten up any dull day in the city.

Completely outdoors, the playhouse is COVID-safe for children however, for now the books and small toys have been removed to prevent unnecessary contact.

Also making a return for the summer, the Great Northern’s popular giant sandpit is open for children to play in and enjoy. Again, to keep you safe the sand toys are not being put out, but please do bring your own to guarantee hours of free entertainment for little ones in the heart of Manchester.

So that families can sit and enjoy an afternoon together in the sun, colourful picnic benches are situated in the amphitheatre, or if you book in advance, you can visit one of the recently reopened café’s or restaurants at Great Northern, including Almost FamousAll Star Lanes and Evuna.

Centre Director Mark Schofield said: “We are proud to provide an outdoor space in the community for families to enjoy. You can never count on the weather here in Manchester, but when it is sunny we know that young families count on free spaces like this for children to play in.

“It’s been a tough few months for everybody having to stay indoors, but now that summer is here we hope that visitors will be able to make the most of our sandpit and playhouse, as well as visit some of our amazing bars and restaurants which also recently reopened.”

As with all public spaces, safety measures are in place across the site; these include our usual careful management of the sandpit, as well as one way systems and cashless payments for many brands.

For more information on the Great Northern, including updates on individual brand opening dates and safety procedures, please visit: www.thegreatnorthern.com.


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