Your Prestwich Guide: Quirky Comedy, Epic Festivals And Michelin Restaurants

Published . By Lauren Cole.

Ancoats and Altrincham, your time has been and gone. This up-and-coming neighbourhood is seeing a boom in everything from swish drinking dens to comedy nights and places to eat. Why? Because these relaxed streets and red brick buildings are fronting plenty of hidden gems to be explored. So, give our guide on things to do in the area a once-over, taking your pick from bars, restaurants and activities in Prestwich.

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Discover These Prestwich Restaurants

Prestwich Social: This suburban cafe bar is offering up everything from Sunday roasts to bottomless brunch on Saturdays and sippable cocktails throughout the week. Whether after-work drinks or catch-ups with friends are the name of the game, here's the place to do it.

L'Aquila: For an Italian restaurant in Prestwich, look no further than this eatery. You can savour the very best of the country here; think pizza, pasta, risotto and secondi, all washed down with premium vino, draught beer and an extensive lineup of spirits.

Lime Tree: Expect dishes that pack a punch and plenty of spice at this Indian restaurant in Prestwich. Chow down on the likes of curries, tandoori or onion bhajis in a swish space, which is decked out with foliage walls and neon signs.

Anatolian Grill: Mosey over to this Bury New Road restaurant to tuck into a Turkish feast of traditional national and regional dishes, including mixed shish, swordfish steak and chef's mezze. Topping it off? Their cocktail list is to die for.

Croma Prestwich: Gourmet pizzas? One of the best restaurants in Prestwich has you covered. Whether you choose slices topped with meats or veggies, you're bound to be licking your lips for hours after. But don't forget the dough balls, which come slathered in garlic butter, hot honey or Nutella.

Gorge Restaurant & Bar: Bringing flavours of Latin America and plenty of cocktails to the area is this popular spot. From hearty brunches in their beautiful little courtyard, to steaks and veggie moqueca for dinner, you can't go wrong with a trip here.

Osma Prestwich: With Scandinavian open sandwiches at lunchtime and roasts on Sundays, plus an ever-changing menu of small plates designed for sharing come dinner, this Michelin Guide restaurant has everything you need. Better yet, you can sip cocktails in their dimly-lit space after your meal.

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Prestwich Social is one of the area's best restaurants.

Drink Up At Pubs And Bars In Prestwich

Cuckoo: Head to Prestwich and you'll find Cuckoo boasting funky teal walls and a gorgeous garden space. Blood orange margaritas and apple martinis make up the cocktail list, with stonebaked pizzas, including a dessert one topped with s'mores, served on evenings and weekends.

The Crooked Man: This friendly neighbourhood watering hole is one of the best bars in Prestwich, serving a range of keg and cask ales, alongside plenty of wines, spirits and cocktails to choose from. Food pop-ups and DJs mark the weekends here, as well as Monday quiz nights to get your noggin in gear.

All The Shapes: A cafe bar whipping up brunches, Mexican meals when the sun goes down, and a list of seasonal drinks, All The Shapes is a great choice. If that wasn't enough already, guest DJs and art exhibitions pepper their roster of events.

The Church Inn: As one of the top pubs in Prestwich, it's unsurprising that this family-run boozer is known for its refreshing real ales and friendly atmosphere. If you're after a scare, punters and ghost hunters report sightings of 'Old Tom', a phantom monk who haunts the cellar. Spooky.

Cape To Cuba: Serving Afro-Cuban poutine, alongside a lineup of heady concoctions and unique tipples, this is the Prestwich bar to head to for good vibes or late openings. Plus, these colourful and quirky interiors make a good choice for an Insta pic or two.

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Cuckoo Bar in Prestwich is a top place to grab a drink.

Check Out Events At Heaton Park

Take Me To Church: A club night taking place in Heaton Park, this party event sees DJ’s Just Jane, Paul and Tom spin the best funk, dance, house, funk and disco. You'll be dancing 'til you drop come the 9th of July.

Parklife: Another string in the bow for Prestwich events is this yearly festival, which offers lineups that include some of the biggest stars in commercial pop, hip hop or EDM. As for 2022's roster? Expect the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Chase & Status and 50 Cent to take to the stage from 11th to 12th of June.

Circus Zyair: A 90-minute show of hair-raising acts from all over the world, Circus Zyair promises a magical experience in Heaton Park on 5th to 9th of October. Combining performance with music and comedy, it's hard to go wrong with this quirky show.

Lightopia Manchester: Transforming this sprawling green space into a wonderland of immersive installations and water shows, this is one of the best events in Prestwich once winter rolls around. Explore the magical trail here, which includes shimmering walkways and giant baubles on trees.

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Hands in the air if you love Prestwich.

And These Quirky Things To Do In Prestwich

Heaton Park Tramway Transport Museum: Travelling on these heritage carriages is one of the most quirky activities in Prestwich. Volunteers runs quaint little rides from the Middleton Road gates to the boating lake on weekends from April to November. 

Prestwich Comedy: A favourite among locals and other Mancunians alike, this night out takes place on the first Sunday of every month at the Liberal Club. Expect an evening of laughs with stellar comedians taking to the stage, plus plenty of sippable drinks available behind the bar too.

Treetop Trek: This high ropes adventure features 20 aerial challenges and 14 zip lines through a forest landscape. Rounding off the experience are giant bouncy nets with slides, tree houses, tunnels and more for the little ones.

Heaton Park Farm & Animal Centre: If petting donkeys and getting to know piglets is more your thing, then a trip to Heaton Park Farm & Animal Centre is bound to hit the spot. Aimed at families, this day out is absolutely free.

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Fun things to do in Prestwich involve everything from wild adventures to vintage transport.

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