Thrifty Thursday- Imperial War Museum Summer Day Out

I do hope you are keeping your cool in this heatwave we are experiencing in the UK?

I’m not great in the heat and am feeling it even more at the moment carrying another human being around with me so doing days out that are actually” in” are more than welcome for a change in temperature.

Recently I was invited to the Imperial War Museum North for a preview of their new exhibitions for the summer- Fit For Action. Its free entry to the museum and this summer there are free activities and events on every single day until 4th September 2013.

The new exhibition focuses on how soldiers and civilians stay Fit for Action during times of war. Sport is a vital form of recreation through times of conflict, as well as keeping people physically fit it would keep them mentally fit too, giving them time to switch off from their daily grind and boosting morale at home or on the front line.

There is a whole manner of interesting artefacts on display including a signed leather football and a more modern Frisbee- the stories behind them I’ll leave for you to discover yourself.

As part of The Big Picture Show there is a new short film aimed at school aged children (but brilliantly watchable I’ll have you know for adults too) from Horrible Histories all about Rotten Rationing. Its a really accessible way for kids to understand how rationing worked and it clearly explains how little people had to live on, but in a fun way form the narrator Rattus Rattus (he’s a rat btw).

So the types of activities over the summer which are all free remember are;

  • Fencing for children
  • Circus skills
  • Fitness Testing
  • Assault courses
  • GI Jive swing dancing
  • Dry land synchronised swimming
  • T-shirt designing and making
  • Interactive story telling sessions (every day)

You’ll need to check the whats on page for more details as some events are only on specific dates, but as there is something on everyday you wont fail to have a good time.

We also loved the cafe they have in the museum and the shop is extremely tempting too! Well worth a visit this summer.

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IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester M17 1TZ





  1. July 19, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    Sounds like a great day out! I’m struggling to think of things to do with the kids over the summer so this is something we’ll definitely be checking out 🙂

    • Susie
      July 19, 2013 / 8:13 pm

      Great stuff! Thanks for your comment! x

  2. Beth @plasticrosaries
    July 20, 2013 / 9:06 am

    Never been to the Imperial War Museum North but love the one in London – although I’ve only been there once. Manchester has tons of fantastic museums and things though – my favourite is The People’s History Museum and planning a trip to the GMP Museum in August – although I’m not sure how kid-friendly it is.

  3. July 22, 2013 / 9:05 am

    looks like a fun day out, looking for lots to keep my brood busy over the holidays