Come To The Beach, Heaton Park, Manchester

We were in Heaton Park, having been to Treetop Nets so thought we would check out “come to the beach” The children taking part in this adventure were 11,13 and 13.

It was raining but we didn’t mind as we were soaked through anyway and it was a good time to visit as wasn’t too busy.
This attraction is temporary and essentially a fair but we were quite impressed and spent a few hours here.

There are two ways to pay. You can either buy a wristband for £8.99 or individual ride tokens for £2.50. I bought the kids a wristband each which proved to be good value.

The fair is better than most we have been to for one main reason. The floor is covered! They have installed wooden walkways and carpet in between so the ground doesn’t get muddy, a big plus for a fair!

The “beach” is a large area with lots of sand and a decent sized paddling pool, we didn’t use this as it was tipping it down with rain but there were a few younger children playing in the sand. It would definitely be worth taking your bucket and spade and a change of clothes/swimmies!

There are a lot of food vans including a seaside fish and chip van. I found the prices to be quite expensive and only bought a £2 cup of tea. There is also a slushy stall priced at 4 a drink (£2 a refill).
There is a mix of smaller rides for younger children and larger rides. My children spent most the afternoon on the 3 bigger rides and the bumper cars but got their money’s worth as each had about 20 rides. There is also a small arcade which is under cover! There are a few attractions not included in the price of the wristband but this seems to be normal for fairs. These are the water based attractions, diggers and trampolines.

There are various seating areas if you are watching such as picnic benches and sofas and a couple of giant deck chairs.

All in all it is essentially a fair but the fact it isn’t muddy, the added attraction of the free beach and paddling pool and the price of wristbands makes it worth a visit.

Taking a child with an ASD to the beach at Heaton Park?

Sand and water make for good sensory fun.

Music wasn’t too loud, we went in the day time.

When we went there were no queues but this might change if you went at a busier time.

The whole fair is fenced off and the area is enclosed with food vans and rides around the outside.

Come To The Beach is running throughout the summer holidays and can be found at: There is a voucher for two for one wristbands on Tuesday and Wednesdays on this webpage but it must be printed and taken with you.

Edit: This post was written about the 2017 event but it still gives a good idea about what to expect. For visitors in 2018 there is currently an offer on wowcher for £9.99 unlimmited rides for 2 people and £16 for 4 people.


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I have two kids and love to show them the world. We dont let autism limit us in our adventures! I write about our adventures and include tips on how suitable activities were for children with autism. I also write more autism specific posts.

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