Open Days

The doors of Francis House are opened to the public twice a year for a glimpse behind the scenes.

People stood by a bed with musical instrument laid on it

Find out what a children's hospice is really like at one of our Open Days.

Our Open Day allows visitors and supporters an opportunity to see for themselves how their generosity helps us to provide the services and facilities that we need to support the families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

Forthcoming open Days

Our next Open Day is on Monday 22nd April 2024

Twice a year, in the Spring and the Autumn, we open the doors to offer guided tours of Francis House and Francis Lodge.

Tours conducted by members of the care team reveal the incredible facilities on offer including the creative therapy room, cinema rooms and two state-of-the-art Snoezelen multi-sensory rooms providing soothing sounds and tactile experiences to the children and young adults who come to us with a range of conditions.

"Walking around it immediately felt like you were at home rather than a hospice. Every single staff member we met was warm, welcoming and clearly cared greatly about the job they did and the children and young adults that they supported. We were taken aback by the facilities on offer. For me, it was incredible to see the thought put into accessibility. No matter what disability a young person may have, they would have the option to use the sensory rooms, the computers, and all other equipment because of the accessible technology. A truly humbling experience and one that has inspired me and all on the charity committee to raise as much money as possible for Francis House."

Rick Gilbert, Neuven Group

Built in 1991, our home-from-home environment now boasts digital equipment in all of the bedrooms to cater for the growing needs of the children and young people.

Beautifully furnished family flats within the grounds enable parents and family members to relax close-by whilst their child is lovingly cared for by our hospice team.

We support more than 600 families from across Greater Manchester and in 2014 we opened a further seven bedrooms in Francis Lodge for teenagers and young adults.

We invite anyone wanting to learn more about the care that we provide to come along anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Refreshments and merchandise will also be available to purchase in the hall.

No children or young people use the Hospice for respite during the Open Days.


How to find us

You can find details about how to get to Francis House via the link below:

Getting to Francis House

Is there parking?

There is limited parking on site but plenty of off-street parking along the length of Parrswood Road. Please park considerately.

Can a group of us come together?

Yes – everyone is welcome. If you are planning to come in a large group just let our fundraising team know beforehand so we can ensure enough refreshments are available. Call 0161 443 2200.

Who can attend?

Anyone can come along to our public Open Day. Whether you are a supporter, part of a company that has chosen to support the hospice, a healthcare professional, or if you have a connection to Francis House, we welcome everyone to come along for an informal tour. No appointment necessary.

Check out our event listing for news of our next Open Day.