Manchester Life

The Ultimate Manchester Bucketlist: 60 Things To Do In Manchester This Year

By Laura O'Neill February 17, 2019

60 things to do in Manchester this year.

What will you do in the city this year? Get some inspirational ideas for things to do in Manchester with our magical bucket list.


  1. Re-live your childhood in an underground arcade bar
  2. Adopt a bee
  3. Listen to classical music by candlelight
  4. Or jazz in a secret club
  5. See the Lego cats at Chester Zoo
  6. Or build your own Lego creations while you booze
  7. Get your new profile picture in front of the Spinningfields neon signs
  8. Or in front of the Brexit billboards
  9. Party like Freddie Mercury
  10. Visit Alan Turing
  11. See the wall of death at Circus Funtasia
  12. See the new show by the producers of the Moscow State Circus
  13. Or an x-rated circus
  14. Or immerse yourself in a circus-themed club night
  15. Give blood
  16. Sing along with Mamma Mia
  17. See the Da Vinci drawings while you can
  18. Help the homeless

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  19. Get some dirty vegan food
  20. Celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing at Bluedot festival
  21. Or head to Parklife
  22. Visit the UK’s first naked Lush store
  23. Be part of the Jury at a live murder trial
  24. Visit Manchester’s ‘most beautiful’ restaurant
  25. Get a Freakshake
  26. Win two tickets to see the Spice Girls
  27. Get a selfie in the toilets at the Ivy
  28. Go for lunch
  29. Or brunch
  30. Or pizza
  31. Get your face on a cappuccino
  32. See the Manchester Giants
  33. Eat at the Arndale’s fancy food court
  34. Visit the Peaky Blinders-themed bar
  35. Have your tea in a giant igloo
  36. Go for a fancy kebab
  37. Visit the ‘happiest restaurant’ in Manchester
  38. Enrol in wizard school
  39. Visit the bar that looks like a laundretteWashhouse Speakeasy Bar
  40. And this password protected speakeasy
  41. Then test out the ultimate hangover cure
  42. Or go for a full English in a giant Yorkshire pudding
  43. See the Elvis-fronted Nirvana tribute band
  44. Claim victory at fancy darts
  45. Take your dog for a drink
  46. Or to the dog cafe
  47. Or throw it a Birthday party
  48. Eat at UK’s first toastie restaurant
  49. Get a G and T at all the Manchester bars on the Ultimate Gin Crawl
  50. Visit the world’s first Tango Ice Blast kiosk
  51. Go to the pictures
  52. Go for a Harry Potter-inspired afternoon tea
  53. Pull an all-nighter at Venue
  54. Try Crazy Pedro’s bizarre pizza of the month
  55. Spend all your money in the Arndale’s Harry Potter shop

  56. Get all the free stuff at the Trafford Centre on your Birthday
  57. Take on the four-foot ‘Monster Sub’
  58. See the Piccadilly Rats
  59. Go swimming outdoors
  60. Or drink outdoors in one of the gorgeous beer gardens

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