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Rainy Day Activities in Greater Manchester

As the nights and the weather draw in we’ve pulled together a few highlights form the around the area that will help you stay dry. Take a friend, your squad or your family and kids to some of these fun adventures!

Science and Industry Museum

Why not learn something new on a rainy day by going to the Science and Industry Museum which always guarantees to delight with it’s daily fun and educational demonstrations, galleries, exhibitions and more!

Pop along and ‘Meet Baby’. The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, nicknamed ‘Baby’, was the first computer to store and run a program. Watch demonstrations learn about computer innovation since 1948. Built at the University of Manchester using technology developed for Second World War Baby is certainly a great example of Manchester’s history of innovation.

Another demonstration not to miss is the ‘Red Arrow Flight Simulator’ where you can ‘discover the thrill of flying with the RAF Red Arrows during one of its sensational aerobatic displays—You will see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit as the ‘Reds’ fly in amazing close formation and solo manoeuvres.’ This is an amazing experience that is not to be missed on a rainy day!

National Football Museum

Whether you are a football fan or not, this museum is full of memorabilia from some of the most beloved clubs all around the world which charts the history of the game and how it’s helped to shape modern society. Full of interactive elements the museum is a great place for learning and to also expel some pent up energy from being indoors.

The Hall of Fame is where you can ‘meet the greatest players, managers and teams in the English game’, head to the upper floors to find out about your favourite stadiums, players and clubs and some iconic revolutionaries or pop along to the third floor take in one of their current sport and social culture contemporary art exhibitions.

Team Sport Go Karting.

A great way to be sporty and have a lot of fun whilst the outside is looking grim and miserable. You can find Team Sport Go Karting at Manchester Arena Car Park where racers can navigate 550m of track with high-octane straights and nerve challenging corners, they cater for both adults and families with a variety of suitable events.

Media City

Famous for it’s modern architecture and home to the BBC and ITV in the north. Media city is a brilliant place to go for a rainy-day activity. Tour of the BBC studios. and learn all about one of the most ambitious projects in the BBC’s history, you can also take a peak behind the scenes of a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.

Rainy days are the perfect time to go see the BBC Studios and explore the culture of TV.

Inflata Nation

Bouncing is a great activity to do for everyone of any age! Inflata Nation is a recently opened indoor activity place filled with trampolines and foam. With a huge mix of activities for all ages this huge inflatable seamless arena allows both kids and adults to bounce around to their hearts content.

Food is always a good rainy-day activity and what better place than the centre of Manchester to broaden your tastes and try new things.

Night and Day Café is a quirky café and venue for a music lover to visit if you want a nice vintage café vibe. They do breakfasts, Mexican style food, vegetarian and vegan food and the cocktails sound to die for. This is a nice quaint place in the centre of Manchester to explore different tastes and places.

Pieminister is a restaurant with a massive reputation for pies! They describe themselves as “right in the heart of Manchester in the fashionable Northern Quarter, come here to recharge your batteries after hitting the shops.” Enjoy over 15 award winning pies from classic, vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options all served with a great choice of sides, from traditional mash, peas and gravy to our indulgent mac ‘n’ cheese and zesty slaw.

Slice Pizzeria. This place is an Italian styled pizzeria with an emphasis on fantastic food including pizza, ice cream and coffee. Hand made on the premises you can enjoy, as the name says, just a single slice or enjoy a selection of toppings for larger appetites. they also provided a wide selection of Italian Gelato and desserts. This restaurant is clearly the smaller and hidden gems of Manchester if you have time go down and try some of their food!

Article by Kelsey Mowat.

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