Quirky Things To Do In Manchester

No stranger to weird and wacky activities, there's a treasure trove of fun and quirky things to do in Manchester. From bizarre brunches and drunk painting pop ups to virtual golf bars and late night bowl-a-ramas, there's always some strange goings-on. Read our recommendations for cool and quirky things to do in Manchester. 

Last updated on 13th January 2023

Exit The Room is one thrilling thing to do in Manchester. Find yourself locked in one of the three escape rooms, themed around murder, bomb disposal and madness, where you must use your logic and team-building skills to find a way to break free before the time runs out.

Explore different realms and race against your pals in your own interactive private pad at Electric Gamebox. Your one-stop shop for fun things to do, this Arndale Centre hangout is championing all things digital and immersive while plying you with a tonne of games to choose from.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Saturday 4th February 2023

One of the hottest immersive experiences in Manchester, Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four will have you donning orange jumpsuits and attempting to smuggle liquor into a high-security prison. Once inside? You'll get to sip on bespoke prison hooch from your fellow inmates.

If there's one thing Manchester loves, it's a secret bar. Tucked away behind launderettes, down discreet staircases and disguised as convenience stores, these hidden haunts are well worth the challenge - how many can you find?


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A top choice of unusual things to do in Manchester would be to head over to YO! for one of their sushi masterclasses. Expect to chow down on gyoza, learn knife skills and get to work creating everything from maki rolls to sashimi across the session.

The Reggae Brunch is back, bringing a whole array of quirky events in Manchester. Enjoy an afternoon of free-flowing punch, mouthwatering bites to eat and massive feel-good tunes across reggae, soca, dancehall and beyond.

Cocktails Ahoy

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All aboard the Bohemia barge, which cruises along the Bridgwater Canal. Cocktails Ahoy are hosting a brilliant roster of themed nights, where you can enjoy Peaky Blinders-inspired mixes or DJs playing Manchester classics on their boat.