1. Reach new fitness highs at Oxygen Freejumping
Take a trip to this huge trampoline centre in Manchester’s Trafford Park, which is also home to an indoor ski slope and an indoor skydiving centre. Fitness classes take place across 50 interconnected trampolines and according to NASA, jumping burns around three times more calories than running.
2. Watch the football
Whether you’re a ‘Red’ (Manchester United fan) or a ‘Blue’ (Manchester City fan) there are many bars and pubs showing live matches in and around the city centre. To join Blues fans cheering at the screen, head to the Crown & Anchor: real ales, a pool table, live sport and roof terrace make it one of the most popular places to drink in the Northern Quarter.
3. Reds or Blues?
Reds fans can be found at The Green, a sports fan’s dream destination, with pool tables, indoor golf, table football and XBox Kinect, and it also shows Premier League matches on large screens. In Piccadilly village, it is a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.
4. Take to the slopes
Enjoy skiing or snowboarding? Head to Chill Factore, Britain’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope and get the kids to try their skills with the Mini Moose Mountain Climb Rescue challenge, all with the convenience of being located right next to the Trafford Centre.
5. Eat in Rio Ferdinand's restaurant
Owned by Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand, award-winning city centre Italian eatery Rosso, situated in a Grade II-listed building, it is well-known for attracting famous faces. All diners can enjoy tasty Italian fare to the accompaniment of live entertainment, and themed drinks connected to Ferdinand’s #5 shirt
6. Work up a sweat on two wheels
Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, the home of British cycling, is one of the world’s finest and fastest board tracks and, for good reason, the busiest in the world. There’s a comprehensive range of activities suitable for everyone from complete novices to elite athletes, but start with a taster session and find out what it feels like to ride around a 42.5° banked velodrome. You could find yourself sharing the track with members of the tremendously successful Team GB track cycling and Paralympic teams.