So its freezing outside and I’m fed up of counting down until Spring officially starts. However, I don’t have the highest hopes for the start of Spring in all honesty – this is Manchester we’re talking about.
However, its not all doom and gloom. In fact, when you’re focusing on things to do is this lovely little city of ours (well, its hardly little…) I’d say we’re pretty spoilt.
Here to help you through what looks set to be a wet, windy, frosty and downright freezing Winter in Manchester, here’s my top 10 things to do/see/visit in Manchester!
1. Visit the BBC and go behind the scenes
Just a short tram ride out of Manchester city center is MediaCity, made more popular now due to homing the BBC. Here, they offer interactive tours which not only show you some great TV sets, but you’ll gain insight into the inner workings of TV and radio, as well as having a go at some broadcasting yourself.
As it’s a place that ‘works’ 24/7, you may get to see some of your favourite TV and radio stars wondering around too!
2. The Lowry, Salford Quays
Seeing as I touch on MediaCity above, it makes sense to highlight it’s neighbouring highlight: The Lowry at Salford Quays. I personally think its an under rated place, because if you love to do a bit of shopping, watch a film, go for a meal and watch a theatre show, you’ve got it all here. Plus, you have the added benefit of the lovely waterfront views and the media-themed skyline (ITV and BBC).
The Lowry multistory carpark is fairly cheap to park, and leads you straight out into the shopping center, which is surrounded with bars, coffee shops and restauantes, and then The Lowry theatre, which always has a great line-up of shows.
3. Experience Ski-ing at Chill Factore
So I learnt to ski towards the end of last year and I have to admit, I was awful. Well OK that’s a bit harsh, I wasn’t the worst first time ski-er. But after 3 introductory lessons, I definitely need a few more before I go booking a skiing holiday. I had my lessons at a local slope close to Cheshire, but I’m hoping to experience Chill Factore close to Trafford for a perhaps a one focused one-on-one lesson.
Here, you can take part in their skiing and snowboarding taster sessions or lessons with professional instructors, or just simply do your own thing. If you’re not that tempted by the thoughts of this snow park, you can watch the professionals do their thing from the comfort of the viewing balconies whilst enjoying a hot drink.
4. Tour the quirky coffee shops of the Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter just goes from strength to strength- even when I’ve stayed away from the city for a couple of weeks, I can always guarantee I’ll pop back to the NQ and there will be a new independent coffee shop arrival. With all the cute and cosy eateries, cafes and coffee shops clustered together down side streets and surrounding Stevenson Square, why not visit a couple and trial some of the best coffee?
My personal favourites are TAKK, Foundation, Federal and Teacup (mainly for their cakes!)
5. Visit Junkyard Golf
For a bit of light-hearted fun, why not give Junkyard Golf a visit? It’s basically crazy golf but with a difference! You can come along in teams or as a pair and get all excited on any one of their three mashed up 9-hole crazy golf courses (all created from pre-loved and reclaimed random stuff, which is really interesting to check out!).
Groups can putt their way through all sorts of bizarre holes, whilst the whole time its full of UV lights, funky music, scrapyard slides, the weird and the wonderful. Its one of those places where you get lost in the dark setting and bright UV lights, pounding music and strange cocktails….and then you step out onto the normal, everyday streets.
10/10 for the fun factor!
6. Bounce on over to Inflata Nation
Inflata Nation is the first inflatable theme park, and we’re so lucky to have it here in Manchester! It’s one huge indoor arena where you can bounce around to your hearts (and feets) content. From slides, ball pools, inflatable climbing walls, assault courses and more, it offers fitness classes, disability friendly sessions, grown-ups only sessions, Inflata Tots sessions (just for pre-schoolers) and general ‘bounce as you please’ sessions.
It keeps you fit, it’s super fun, its unique, ad it’s for everyone!