Heaton Park

Heaton Park, Manchester: Hours, Address, Heaton Park Reviews: 4/5

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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This is a huge park with a number of facilities including a public golf course and a small farm that is great for young children.
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2-3 hours
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biddy24Preston
Fulwood, UK226 contributions
Family
Massively disappointed compared to last year. Now I don’t know if that was because it was our first time out last year during lockdown but last nite seemed distinctly shorter. Also, there was much more emphasis on buying things with far more stalls than last year at extortionate prices. It also didn’t seem as busy. Probably won’t visit again.
Written November 28, 2021
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Vikki D
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Family
Just got back from Friends Fest in Heaton Park.
It's alright.

To be honest the whole experience is just a photo opportunity.
There is a set tour (which is a timed booking), themed food vendors, a screen showing Friends episodes and a gift shop. It is a small themed festival experience I guess.
I was hoping you would be able to wander around the set tour at your own leisure, take your own photos and basically enjoy your time there...but no.
Our set tour was at 3.30pm. We were ushered inside to a set up of Monica's, Joeys and Ross apartment. Inside each apartment there is cameras set up of you to have photos. That's it. No walking around, none of your own photos. Just in, sit down, photo and then on to the next photo. Really ruined it.
The same for outside the set tour. Queue up, photo, on to the next one.
Not what I expected.
I understand that the pandemic has made things difficult and that many of the things at the original tour have had to be changed....it was just.....a bit frustrating and boring.

I guess my little girl enjoyed it and that's all that mattered. I won't be recommending it to anyone.
Written August 10, 2021
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Nick Smith
Millport, UK40 contributions
Going in the Autumn with many facilities closed thanks to the lockdown we weren't expecting to be able to do much, but went for the Autumnal colours, fresh air and views.
The only negatives was the cafe next to the boating lake being well overpriced for an average bacon sarnie and barriers around the damaged Temple.
Memory tells me the views are splendid when the weather is good, but it was wet and cloudy when we went, yet it is still a lovely location to spend a few hours and is so very easily accessible from the City centre.
Written October 20, 2020
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dionne m
United Kingdom4 contributions
Family
It needs some love, care and attention.

I've not been here in a while and was surprised you now have to pay to park but not after 5pm which was when we went. I was told by a random you have to leave by 8pm or you get locked in. There was a official there and he said they close at 10:15 but start locking up around quarter to (didn't actually give a number), and that someone comes round and tells people to leave. At around 8:30, a barage of people started walking towards the exit, so we packed up and left in fear we could get stuck.

There's cage like fences everywhere, not sure if they were setting up for an event or one had just been on but it was sad to see the rolling hills restricted.

Walking through the fenced path back to the car, a rat decided to cross over to the lake with no cares for the humans, he was just happy to be back with his/her rat family...

To be honest, I didn't go past the children's area due to the ominous time restrictions so I'm not sure if the whole park was fenced or if it's just the entrance. Entering the park didn’t feel like a public space, and I wonder with the summer coming up if it's going to feel like one any time soon? And, if the rats are that brazen, pest control could soon be a serious issue!
Written June 16, 2022
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Charlotte W
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This is by far the worst experience, I wish I had read the google reviews before attending.
Firstly you are charged for parking which you have to purchase before you get there or you cannot park there and have to park outside the grounds- fine you get an email 24 hours prior to your scheduled booking but even the stewards were saying it had been poorly organised.
Thwn you had to que to get in, which fine it’s an event and it took us 25 minutes to que- it’s not the worst thing.
BUT, what became the WORST thing was thw absolute lack of social distancing once inside. There were ques upon ques, you were just stood around the majority of the time not even looking at anything because they were holding people back to make ‘space’, then you ended up in another que because they were doing it everywhere. We ended up putting our masks on because it was so busy we didn’t feel safe. We also asked several stewards where we could leave as it made me extremely anxious to be in ques with some many people constantly and it was not fun. We couldn’t get out, we just had to walk through it until we got to an exit which they only had two.
We ended up leaving where we had come in, relieved to say the least that we could leave.
How this event has been allowed to take place is truely baffling, I cannot understand how this is legal!? It must be looked into because that is NOT COVID SAFE!!!
Written December 13, 2020
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Aishling L
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Family
Attended 2020 with my partner and our little boy. Pre-booked tickets back in August and paid £60 including a pre-paid car parking ticket. Queue to get in the 'attraction' via Sheepfoot Lane car park was horrendous and meant we had to queue for a good hour in a queue where people were not adhering to social distancing. At 30 weeks pregnant the standing to wait was a killer, had we of realised this we wouldn't have booked. We got into the attraction and went to get snacks and drinks which were expensive but that's expected at these kind of events. Walked around and the lights were disappointing. Nowhere to sit down and just not a brilliant experience. Got to the end of the walk and it was around another hour queue to leave to the car park and we then got held up by Marshall's as it was becoming more and more packed with people, like sardines in a tin! We ended up ducking under a barrier and taking a shortcut through the unlit part of the park to get back to the car park! Asked my little boy who is six if he had fun and he said he loved jumping in the muddy puddles... that was whilst we were walking through the cut through, so basically we paid £60 for him to jump in muddy puddles. Very disappointing and wouldn't return. The exit 'road' to leave is literally a mud bath and was so bumpy too! Not worth the money.
Written December 15, 2020
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Mike L
Wigan, UK68 contributions
Really dissapointed! Seriously over-priced for what is on show in my opinion. £20 per adult / £13 per child to walk around a park for apx 1 hour and see an average number of light displays. Add £5 parking and your at almost £60 for a family of 3. Best bit was the water show. Described as 'award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival' on their website but DON'T let this fool you, its was average at best and defo won't be wasting my money there again!!!
Written December 15, 2020
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pixie
Macclesfield, UK16 contributions
Family
Having been to other similar events we thought we'd give this a try this year.
Parking and queueing to get in wasn't too bad but driving through hoards of people and children to find a space was scary.
Facilities were good and everything well marked out. There was an effort to encourage covid rules but the sheer volume of people prevented social distancing in many areas.
The refreshments met you straight away along with the kids flashing toys- that annoying sword with the sound irritated our entire walk though- were noisy toys really necessary?
The lights themselves unfortunately were just a mish mash of different themes. Nothing seemed to fit at all.
Stars/moons mixed with flowers, animals found Africa and tinkerbell??? We hoped this event would kick start our family Christmas but there was a limited amount of Christmas related light's and seeing as its being held over the Christmas period you'd expect a Christmas theme.
We walked with our 9 year old and 2 year old, even with the 2 year old toddling along we were back at the car within an hour which seemed like an expensive hour in our opinion. We were incredibly underwhelmed and disappointed by this event. We don't recommend it sorry.
Written December 22, 2020
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Calvin
216 contributions
Couples
We went to Heaton Park - Lightopia in December 2021. Was it busy? No. Arriving for the 8pm slot, the workers were very friendly. It had rained in the morning so the ground was muddy but the walking path was gravel.

Walking from the car park, you are greeted to a fun fair but this is not the main walking trail for lightopia.

The whole walk takes around 45 to 60 minutes. Would I say the lights are good? Yeah. They were good compared to many light festivals I went to.

Due to the current covid pandemic, the place was very quiet but worked in favour for photos. I am not sure if I would be comfortable with a packed event.

What I would of expected would be more lights? I think they paced out the lights as they were expecting a lot of people.

Price of the ticket? I really think the event is worth maximum £10 per person (adult). The price they are charging really makes it not a family event. I understand competitors are charging more but the event felt like a £10 event.
Written December 26, 2021
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soo21
Manchester, UK82 contributions
Couples
What a disappointment. Most of the walk round had no lights at all. Potentially dangerous for people not too steady on their feet. A lot of the lights were out. We haven’t been before,wouldn’t go again and for £20 for an adult ticket would certainly not recommend. Poor value for money.
Written December 5, 2020
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