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Think that Manchester is all about football and Oasis? Think again! Though their two great parts of the city’s history and culture, there’s so much more to this party city and you’re spoilt for choice with birthday ideas in Manchester. There’s just so much to do in this wallet-friendly Northern city!
Why Celebrate a Birthday Party in Manchester?
Explore the city in the daytime, head a bunch of activities and don’t forget to go shopping at The Trafford Centre; this is a shopaholic’s dream! Are you ready to step things up a notch come nightfall? We bet you are! A meal out with friends, family or a loved is always a great way to celebrate a birthday of any age and this Northern party city offers an eclectic foodie scene, from cheap eats to fine dining, not forgetting the legendary Curry Mile that’s packed with more than 70 restaurants and takeaways. Pick your courses from a range of menus, grab and drink and toast getting another year older!
Once your bellies are full, it’s time to hit the town. This city boasts a range of diverse areas from bang-on-trend Deansgate to the gay village, Canal Street and more. You’ll be treated to a range of watering holes from traditional Northern pubs to swanky cocktail bars. Plus, the legendary locals are notoriously friendly. Will you be able to keep up with them in the party stakes? Whether you fancy a few quiet drinks or the wildest night of your life, you’ll find it during your Manchester birthday party.
Action-Packed Birthday Ideas in Manchester
This Northern city and sport go hand in hand so why not try one of our sporty and active birthday ideas in Manchester a bash? Give Man United a run for their money with bubble football or bubble mayhen, though you might find your ball skills are a bit limited as you’ll be playing inside big, inflatable, one-person zorbs! You’ll play a range of hilarious games from football to bulldog where you’ll get to bump, barge and bash each other out of the way to win! It’s even funnier than it sounds!
Clay pigeon shooting gives you a fun excuse to get outdoors and try something new that’ll really get your adrenaline going. An experienced instructor will teach you how to use 12 bore over and under shotguns, working on your aim and accuracy until you’re smashing the clays that fly through the air in front of you. You’ll get 30 clays each, plenty to help you show off those sharpshooting skills.
Chilled Out Birthday Ideas in Manchester
Fancy something more relaxing for your Manchester birthday party? Head to one of the many spas in the city centre to take a dip in the pool and relax in the sauna and steam room. You can even add an indulgent treatment to up the ahhhh factor. You can choose from a facial, head, neck and shoulder massage, manicure, pedicure and more. Whatever you go for, you’re sure to leave this spa feeling a million dollars!
Celebrate getting one year older in a totally zen way with a yoga session. You’ll learn a range of breathing, stretching, toning and relaxation techniques as your dedicated yoga teacher takes you through a laid-back programme. You’ll feel rejuvenated after and ready to take on the rest of the day. This activity might even help you to discover a new hobby!
Unusual Birthday Ideas in Manchester
If you’re on the hunt for unusual birthday ideas in Manchester, we’ve got some really fun options. A cheeky activity is a great way to have a laugh with your mates and create some lifelong memories. Why not try your hand at nude life drawing, available with a fully nude male or female model as your muse? A professional art tutor will teach you how to draw the model in all their glory. Don’t worry about giggling, the models are total pros and won’t be put off. If you’re feeling brave, you can even ask them to pick a winning drawing at the end!
How about a brilliant but bonkers game of binocular football? You’ll each wear a set of goggles that skew your vision, making things appear closer or further away than they really are. Play an energetic game of football where you’ll scramble for the ball, take tumbles and laugh virtually non-stop with your mates. Will anybody be able to see well enough to actually score a goal?
18th Birthday Activities in Manchester
This is a big event in anyone’s life, so we know you’ll want any 18th birthday ideas in Manchester to be epic and memorable while most likely also including a drink or two (or more!). Kick things off in style with cocktail making where you won’t just sip the drinks, you’ll also learn how to make them. Available at a range all over the city, this lively activity is led by a professional mixologist who’ll show you the ropes and share lots of samples before you play games and make at two drinks of your own.
If you fancy something more action packed, head to Go Ape and go wild in trees with their Treetop Adventure. You’ll scale heights of 30m above ground as you take on high speed zipwires, rope bridges, platforms, walkways and an epic Tarzan swing. Will you be brave enough to look down?
21st Birthday Activities in Manchester
Celebrate this milestone birthday by unleashing your sexy sides with burlesque dancing! This fun-focused workshop teaches you how to channel your inner Dita Von Teese as you learn a choreographed routine that’ll tease and please any audience! It’s a great confidence booster as you learn how to embrace and shake what your mama gave ya with your besties to a soundtrack of seriously sassy hits.
Have the most rip roaring of Manchester birthday parties with an awesome outdoor activity like quad biking! A professional instructor will get you kitted out before taking you on a 40-minute, six-mile quad trek where you’ll get down and dirty, splashing through muddy puddles and tearing up some tricky terrain across 300 acres of woodland. There’s nothing quite like it!
30th Birthday Activities in Manchester
You did it! You survived your 20s and we think that deserves a big celebration! Gather your friends and really mark the occasion with a makeover and photoshoot. Professional make-up artists will give you a red carpet ready makeover followed by a private photoshoot with a talented photographer who’ll capture all your best sides. We highly recommend coming in fancy dress and bringing a few props to make things even more fun!
If you’re looking for birthday party activities in Manchester that are a bit livelier, how about indulging in free-flowing booze at a fun bottomless brunch? You’ll get hands on totally unlimited drinks, from cocktails to fizz, as well as a tasty brunch dish plus a range of music or live entertainment. Themes range from 80s to 00s, ABBA to Beyonce, drag to Spice Girls and more.
40th Birthday Activities in Manchester
Congrats on hitting the big 40! To help you have the best time, we’ve got a massive range of activities to suit any kind of celebration, big or small. It’s no surprise that afternoon tea is one of our most popular Manchester birthday party activities. After all, who doesn’t love the combination of good company and good food? You’ll tuck into delicate fingers sandwiches, cakes and, of course, scones with jam and clotted cream. Yum!
If you’re feeling craft, why not try your hand at making something new? With chocolate making, you’ll learn how to make and decorate mouth-watering choccies with expert tuition from a chocolatier. Or you could try perfume making where you’ll blend a selection of fragrances to make your very own signature scent to take home.
Manchester Nightlife for Birthdays
Even when night falls, Manchester birthday ideas are the gift that just keeps on giving! Whether you want to drink or dance, hit the Northern Quarter with its chilled, boho vibe, bang on trend Deansgate locks or student hangout Oxford Road, you’ll come across a brilliantly diverse range of pubs, bars and clubs for a night that can be as chilled out or wild as you are.
The Best Bars and Pubs in Manchester for a Birthday
You really are spoilt for choice in this party loving city but here’s a quick summary of some of the most popular venues to celebrate your big night at.
Revolution, Arkwright House, Manchester, M3 2LF – Whether you want to sit and people watch, drink, eat, dance or all of the above, this buzzing bar is always popular with birthday parties in Manchester, pairing a feel-good atmosphere with value for money.
Tiger Tiger, The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS - For a big night out, you can’t go wrong with this huge nightclub. It’s got eight rooms to explore and party hard in, each featuring a different theme and music, from 80s cheese to Ibiza anthems.
The Living Room, 80 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2ER – Fancy a more sophisticated watering hole in the heart of the city centre? The Living Room is known for their swanky décor, top selection of cocktails and bubbly and they offer loads of space for groups to celebrate in style.
Dog Bowl, 57 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW – Combine drinks and bowling (yep, you read this right!) at this seriously cool bar. They’re known for their craft beers, unique cocktails and, of course, the five full-length bowling lanes.
Fancy a Birthday Party Manchester?
Whether you know exactly what you want or need a bit more inspiration, browse our full listings of adult birthday party activities in Manchester. There’s something for everyone to help you special day go with a bang!