As lockdown restrictions have lifted and lots of people are understandably excited to start enjoying the summer months, we’ve rounded up the top 5 activity days in Manchester that you can enjoy across the coming weeks. With Coronavirus safety measures in place and advance booking required everywhere, you can still make the most of the great venues and activities Manchester has to offer – read on to find out our top picks…

Explore Escape to Freight Island

Those wondering about the mysterious Escape to Freight Island posters that started popping up around Manchester a couple of weeks ago finally have an answer – it’s an immersive food, drink, art and music space at Mayfield Depot, opening to the public on Friday 24 July. Due to coronavirus safety measures, table reservations are required and spaces are limited. Visitors can expect a Coney Island vibe with a roller disco rink, retro games and street food trucks. To book your space, follow the link below.

Escape to Freight Island, Mayfield Depot, 11 Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PY
Flip out at Manchester's Upside Down House

Upside Down House is the quirky illusion experience located at Trafford Park, combining street art with visual trickery to create the illusion of a two-storey house that’s entirely upside-down. The only one of its kind in the North West – and with additional safety measures firmly in place – make sure not to miss out on the chance to turn your mind upside down with this unusual day-out.

Upside Down House, The Orient, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 8AA
Test Your Wits at Breakout Manchester

Breakout, Manchester’s live escape room experience, has reopened with strict safety measures in place throughout the site – and they’re advising you attend with members of your own household or bubble. Your group will be given 60 minutes to use your brains to escape from a themed escape room – you can choose from mysteries like a cursed carnival, a medical facility, and a magic emporium. With locations on Church Street and High Street, it’s a great way to test your wits – you might even get a high score…

Breakout Church Street, 51 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PD & Breakout High Street, 36 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB, Tel: 0161 839 8012
Indulge in Manchester Gin Distillery Tasting Experience & Tours

Located in the heart of Deansgate, Manchester Gin Distillery offer a couple of indulgent days out, perfect for those who can’t get enough of artisan gin. You can choose between a distillery tour and guided tasting, learning about how gin is made in the distillery and getting the chance to taste four distinctly flavoured gins – and a gin-making experience, which features the distillery tour and tasting along with the chance to distil your own gin, choosing your botanicals and taking a unique bottle home with you. If you’re not much of a gin fan yourself, their vouchers make this the perfect gift for the gin-lover in your life.

Manchester Gin Distillery, 15 Watson Street, Manchester M3 4LP, Tel: 0161 519 4380
Escape into Fantasy at Richmond Tea Rooms

Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester’s most exquisite and elaborate afternoon tea location, have re-opened following lockdown with new safety measures in place and all the little quirks fans love. With themed rooms and locations including an enchanted forest area and a woodland themed boutique – and a stunning menu featuring afternoon tea classics like finger sandwiches, cakes and scones along with a choice of loose leaf and special blend teas – this is a beautiful location for an indulgent treat and a catch up with close friends and family.

Richmond Tea Rooms, 46 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3WF, Tel: 0161 697 4474
Tue 14 Jul
Amy Callaghan
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Wed 29 Jul 2020