When the standard events and things to do just won't cut it anymore, you'll want to check out the variety of interactive happenings that'll transport you to a whole different world. From landing in your very own Squid Game to taking on iconic gameshows and walking among art exhibitions, these are the best immersive experiences in Manchester for 2023.
A top choice of immersive events in Manchester, Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four sees you throw on a very fetching orange jumpsuit and make your way to the cells for some prison-themed theatre with delish cocktails to boot. Not only will you sneak in your own liquor and be a part of the action, but the expert mixologists are sure to shake up plenty of bespoke drinks for your group.
Don a motion sensor visor and get inside a private pod at Immersive Gamebox in Manchester Arndale, where plenty of themed scenarios await. You'll use your body and the touch-sensitive walls to complete different challenges across the space, whether you go for Squid Game, James Bunny: Casino Tropicale or Ghostbusters. Make sure to get some drinks delivered to your room too.
After immersive things to do in Manchester? DNA VR has your back. Grab your choice of bev from the bar and get stuck into everything from zombie apocalypse survival to jailbreak escape rooms and even a spot of dragon fighting. For an out-of-this-world experience, you can rely on the virtual reality gaming here.
Head inside the Corn Exchange and you'll find Escape Hunt, an exciting experience packed with adrenaline-pumping missions for your group to throw themselves into. So, what's on the cards? 60 minutes to solve clues, crack codes and defeat puzzles, all across Doctor Who, Wild West, Viking or Samurai-inspired rooms.
The Crystal Maze Live Experience
Found next to the Science and Industry Museum is the ultimate team test: The Crystal Maze Live Experience. Immersive yourself in the 90s gameshow, making your way through multiple zones that come complete with a mix of challenges that are both physical and putting your logic or judgement through its paces.
You, Me And The Balloons
For an immersive exhibition in Manchester, look no further than You, Me And The Balloons from Yayoi Kusama. A global phenomenon for her work, including the famous Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Tate, the artist has now brought her quirky motifs to our city. Expect a kaleidoscope of colours, tentacle-like sculptures and even more surprises at Factory International until the 23rd of August.
THE CUBE Live Experience
Another example of getting your competitive steak out at a gameshow replica, THE CUBE Live Experience is all about doing seemingly simple tasks. But we know how that all changes inside the iconic Perspex box. Arrive in teams to take on seven iconic single or two-player games while under pressure, before moving to the slick bar to refuel.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Immersive theatre in Manchester with a foodie twist? Faulty Towers The Dining Experience should spring to mind. Taking over Hotel Brooklyn on the 5th and 6th of December, this comedy spectacular is interactive, majority improvised and will feed you up too. That's three courses alongside Basil, Sybil and Manuel's usual antics.
Thanks to multiple locations in our city, Breakout Manchester is an escape room experience with a whole host of options for between two and five people. Whether meddling with rare spells, potions and magical artefacts, investigating a zombie lab or escaping kidnappers sounds like more your thing, this place has the scenario to suit your group.