Open Days

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

View from above of Francis House Children's Hospice

Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury.

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

Saturday 5th November 2022 10 am – 4 pm*.

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.

"Thank you so much for showing us around today, the team are amazing and the hospice is amazing and this will certainly encourage us to support this amazing charity even more."

Joanne Janssen, Peel Outlets Facilities

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 currently support more than 550 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.

* Subject to government guidance on Coronavirus. 

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.