Family and Kids

Retro video game fun in Manchester

Anyone who remembers loading their video games from a tape recorder will love Play It! Manchester. Back for a second year at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Play It! is a step back in time for aging gamers. Stick tennis, original Sonic, the Sega Megadrive, Spectrum ZX81, BBC […]

Chill Factore: Getting a taste for snowboarding

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, I only stepped on a pair of skis almost a decade ago aged 39 – so how hard can it be to snowboard? The answer – very! The Chill Factore indoor snow slope near Manchester runs snowboard taster sessions […]

Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank: Time to venture outdoors

With spring around the corner and many of us glad to see the end of the wet winter, now is the time to venture outdoors. Having received one of the most useful Christmas gifts last year, a National Trust family membership, we have been enjoying various trips out and about […]

Cauterets: Sport and relaxation in the French Pyrenees

It’s 10pm on a Thursday night and the Bouledrome in Cauterets is alive. About 100 men, women and children are packed into the rugged, floodlight patch of land the size of half a football pitch for the weekly boules tournament. It’s not a sport for the energetic – France’s national […]