Things to do

Whether you are here for an hour, a day or longer Warrington has something for everyone!

Virtual Activities

Follow this link for a list of Virtual activities that children can enjoy during their time away from school - virtual activities

Children's Centres Activities online

All the staff at the Children's Centre are missing the children so much..... They are missing all the great activities you all did together, messy play, sing a long, story time and all the other fun things our fabulous staff thought up.

So here are a few activities to try out with your children - hopefully it won't be too long before you can attend your favourite sessions and enjoy the fun and games at you local Children's Centre

Children's Centres Online Activities

Children's Centres



If you urgently need any advice or support during this time please call

07583143624 for Westy, Sunshine Children’s Centres & Youth Café

07780494230 for The Orchard, Sandy Lane Children’s Centres & Orford Youth Base

07775024920 for Great Sankey & Little Stars Children’s Centres



If you have any safeguarding concerns please call

the MASH Team on 01925 443400 (9:00 – 5:00pm)

or First Response Team for aged over 18 is 01925 443322

Out of Hours - Emergency number for WBC - 01925 444400

Children’s centres in Warrington provide services for young children (0-5, and up to 10) and their families.  We offer a variety of play and development opportunities, childcare, health advice and guidance, family support and parenting advice.

Services are regularly reviewed and developed in each area to meet the needs of local families. Children’s centre services may include:

  • Crèches to support adult education and respite for family support
  • Adult education courses to gain qualifications and skills
  • Ante natal and post-natal care, including midwifery sessions (Parentcraft, rolling programme), health visitor advice, baby massage
  • Advice from a range of professionals such as Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), Health Visitors, Family Support Workers, Parent Partnership
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Stay and Play sessions for parents/carers and their children.

The core purpose of children’s centres is to improve outcomes for young children and their families and reduce inequalities between families in greatest need and their peers in:

  • child development and school readiness
  • parenting aspirations and parenting skills
  • child and family health and life chances.

Participation in the service is through a registration process operated directly by centres and promoted by stakeholders. Families are encouraged to register and access services at their most local centre, as each centre is designed to meet the needs of those living in its immediate community and is measured by results.

Details of each children’s centre and the latest timetables are listed below. Timetables are subject to change so we strongly advise contacting your nearest centre before attending.

The Orchard Children's Centre             WA2 0JP

Sandy Lane Children's Centre              WA2 9HY

Great Sankey Children's Centre          WA5 1SB

Little Stars Children's Centre              WA5 0JG

Westy Children's Centre                       WA4 1RE

Sunshine Children's Centre                  WA2 7RQ

Children's Centre Strategy Document

This Warrington Children's Centre Strategy sets out our plans over the next three years for how the Service and its partner organisations will work with families and children within this Early Help context.

Early Years Strategy

This Early Years Strategy 2017-2020 continues the work achieved in the previous strategy (2014-17). It is an overarching strategy that encompasses Warrington’s statutory duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Childcare Act 2006. It champions the vision for improving outcomes for our youngest children.

Activities for young people

The council’s youth work service offers lots of activities and one-to-one work to support your personal and social development if you're aged 11-19. 

All projects are based on listening to you and working with you to make sure you get the best out of all activities.  You can get involved in sessions based on music, art, dance and sports, and also discussions in group situations.  We can also offer one-to-one support to help you overcome any specific difficulties by working with a dedicated youth worker to set targets and achieve goals. 

All of our youth work support and activities aim to help you to build self-esteem and confidence, tackle any substance misuse issues, access sexual health advice, and overcome any social, emotional and behavioural difficulties you might be experiencing.

Take a look at some of our services and activities: 


Central East

Central South

Central West


Year 7/8 Session

5.30pm - 8.00pm

Media School @ Youth Cafe

3.00pm to 6.00pm

Youth Cafe Drop-in

3.00pm - 6.00pm

Substance Support Works

Drug and Alcohol Screening drop-in @ Youth Cafe

4.00pm - 5.00pm

TAGS (17-24yrs)

(Referral only)

6.30pm – 9.30pm


Mind Works

Drop in 3.30pm - 5.00pm

Warrington Children in Care Council

4.30pm – 6.30pm



(Referral only)

6.45pm – 9.15pm

Mind Works

Drop in

12.00pm - 1.00pm




Mind Works

Drop in 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Youth Voice (have your say!) 


4.30pm - 6.00pm

Orford Youth Base

Music Blast (ages 13-19 years)

7.00pm - 9.15pm

Heritage Project@ Youth Café

3pm to 6pm

Mind Works

Drop in

4.30pm - 6.00pm

Youth Cafe Drop-in

3.00pm - 6.00pm

Stop Smoking Clinic

(2nd Wednesday of the month)

3.00pm - 6.00pm

Youth TAGS (11-16yrs)

(Referral only)

6.30pm – 9.30pm

The Bike Project

Referral only, open to young people from accross Warrington

6.30pm – 9.15pm


Girls’ Group

6.45pm – 9.15pm

Connect Sexual Health @ Youth Cafe

(Connect & School Nurses)

3pm – 6pm

Youth Cafe Drop-in

3.00pm - 6.00pm



  Warrington Youth Council

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Mobile Youth Base

Responsive West

6.30pm to 9.15pm


Youth Connect+

Drug/Alcohol screening & Sexual Health Drop-in

4.30pm - 6.00pm


Community Action Project, Meet at Community House, Pocklington Court

4.00pm - 6.00pm

Creative Minds

6.30pm - 9.15pm

Music Blast @ Youth Cafe

3.00pm – 6.00pm

Youth Cafe Drop-in

3.00pm - 6.00pm

Mobile Youth Base

Responsive Warrington Wide

6.30pm to 9.15pm





Youth Café

Chat & Chill

2.00pm – 5.00pm


The Bike Project is based at Great Sankey Children's Centre


There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities available across Warrington. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA) can help you to explore what is available and match you up with the most appropriate one.

Contact WVA today


A large number of events, fetes and festivals also happen around the borough throughout the year, these include farmers and themed markets, Warrington Walking Day, classic car shows and a welly wanging competition!  Take a look at the What's Onsection.

Town centre

From an award winning market offering the best of local produce, to the Golden Square shopping centre and more, Warrington has lots of different shopping experiences for residents and visitors alike. 

The town is also home to one of the oldest lending libraries in the country and the award winning Warrington Museum and Art Gallery features regularly changing exhibitions. 

The Pyramid and the Parr Hall venues host an array of music concerts and family friendly shows for all tastes and ages. 

Sports fans may enjoy a trip to the Halliwell Jones rugby stadium to see local Super League side Warrington Wolves in action!

Picturesque villages and outdoor fun

Warrington has plenty to offer nature lovers and those who enjoy the exploring in the great outdoors.  The borough of has a plethora of parks, green spaces, historical estates and sites of scientific interest, not to mention an interesting network of canals. 

Highlights include Walton Hall and Gardens (home to a lovely children's zoo), Rixton Claypits, Risley Moss, Woolston Eyes and Appleton Dingle.

For young families a trip to local theme park Gulliver's World is likely to be right up your street.

Faith Based Organisations