Trying to entertain a family is always hard but in a city like Manchester at least you have a few options:
The Wheel of Manchester is situated in the very heart of Manchester in Exchange Square and is a transportable Ferris wheel. The wheel is operated by World Tourist Attractions and is 200 ft tall with 42 capsules and seating for 8 people in each. All capsules offer air conditioning and heating and which also has commentary which points out local landmarks as you go around. Ticket prices are GBP 6.50 for adults, GBP 5.00 for OAPs and children are charged at GBP 4.50. A family ticket consisting of 2 adults and 2 children is available for GBP 18.00. Further discounts can be made if you book in advance online. At 60 metres tall, the wheel offers visitors a unique and fantastic chance to gain splendid views of the city, definitely a photo opportunity moment!
Aerial Extreme offers a perfect, adrenaline filled, family day out. Hosted at The Trafford Centre in Manchester is the treetop adventure course suitable for children aged 6 years and above (reaching 1.1m and above). With two zip wires and a clip and go safety system, Aerial Extreme is an ideal place to visit to let your hair down and unleash your wilder side! The course reaches a height of 46 feet, giving you the opportunity to swing, climb and jump across a range of challenging obstacles. Adults aged 16 years and above are charged at GBP 25.00 and children are priced at GBP 20.00. It will take an estimated time of two hours to complete the course and there is a maximum weight limit of 120kg. Children under the age of 14 years old require a parental or guardians signature. Feel like you've got what it takes? Then visit Aerial Extreme at The Trafford Centre on your next visit to Manchester.
Manchester's Chill Factore is the perfect place to spend a snow filled afternoon. It is situated less than four miles from Manchester city centre and as you approach closer, you cannot miss the amazing iconic building. The centre is host to an incredible 180 metre long, real snow slope perfect for a fun time skiing or snowboarding. There is also an exhilarating 60m long Luge ice slide and a special track perfect for hurtling down in a huge rubber ring, better known as Tubing. The centre is family friendly and has a magical Snowplay area for younger children aged 2-10 years old. With its very own shopping complex of modern leisurewear and outdoor equipment including gift shop, Chill Factore really does have it all. The nearest public transport stop is The Trafford Centre bus station, which is just minute's away from Chill Factore. Ticket prices vary for different activities but a full list of prices are available on their website. It is recommended that you wear warm clothing and thick sock, along with gloves which are compulsory. Equipment for use on the slopes are available to hire so no need to bring your ski's half the way across the globe just to visit the centre. After playing in the snow, then a spot of retail therapy, visitors can satisfy their appetities in one of the many restaurants and cafes the centre has to offer. For a unique snow filled day out in Manchester, Chill Factore is the place to be!
The Royal Northern College of Music is an educational outlet for music students from all over the country, which is also open to members of the public. You can tour the RCNM Theatre which has capacity for over 600 people and is one of the largest performance spaces in Manchester. The concert hall offers an architecturally unique hexagonal performance space, complete with concert organ and the studio theatre offers studio space which can host a variety of set ups, perfect for any performance. Whilst touring the hall and theatres, you may also be lucky enough to see students practicing their performances, live on stage, free of charge. The RNCM is also home to its very own library, specialising in music literature. The college also boasts an eatery headed by a 5-star head chef, serving the perfect lunch, to accompany the perfect day out to The Royal Northern College of Music.
Airkix is an indoor skydiving destination located just a couple of minute's walk from The Trafford Centre, adjacent to Chill Factore. It allows visitors to experience the thrill of freefalling from an aeroplane, indoors in complete safety. Each flight in the air tunnel is the same as skydiving after jumping from a plane at 12,000 feet. If you are reasonable fit, regardless of your age, you can join in the fun! You typically get two flights, lasting approximately 60 seconds each, and a personalised flight certificate remember your visit. Airkix is the perfect city centre attraction for you to try something new, and leave with a smile on your face.
The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park is one of the most popular outdoor attractions of the North West of England. It is located adjacent to the runways of Manchester Airport, and is THE best place to see aircraft, large and small, take off and land. Each day the airports see's around 600 aircraft movements, meaning there is always something to see. The visitor park has three raised viewing platforms which gives visitors a clear 180 degree view of the airfield. The park also plays host to a visitor shop and restaurant serving drinks and snacks. Every weekend, the visitor park has a free outdoor exhibit of ex aircraft open to the public, perfect for a great day out with the family. Whilst visiting the runway park, why not embark upon a tour of the Concorde G-BOAC. Visitors will get a welcome briefing, audio-visual show of the aircraft and a guided tour of the aircraft, including a visit onto the flight deck and a quick look at where Her Majesty the Queen used to sit whenever she flew on the Concorde. The tour costs GBP 13.50 per person, and includes free entry of the Runway Visitor Park. Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park is the perfect place, to spend a fun filled, family day out.