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Where to Enjoy a Rainy Summer’s Day in Manchester

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British summertime is here, but England often misses the memo...

It was only last summer that England was experiencing a major heatwave and it seemed as if football really was coming home. Flash forward a year and the sun seems reluctant to make an appearance. That doesn’t mean that you should be stuck inside, there’s tons of different attractions throughout the city, all perfect for a rainy day. 

If you think you’ve got a brain to match Sherlock Holmes himself, get yourself down to one of the many escape rooms scattered around Manchester. With Breakout, Manchester’s only live escape room, you have to find all the puzzles and crack all the clues in just sixty minutes. If that’s not quite enough for you, Lucardo have created a number of themed rooms, designed to immerse you completely. In a matter of minutes you can become a jewel thief, an esteemed detective from Scotland Yard or even a wizard - just make sure you choose your teammates wisely!  

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Manchester’s many museums give you the opportunity to learn more about the city, with hands-on experiences that can be fun for all of the family! The Science and Industry Museum is a must. Featuring the world’s oldest passenger railway station, the world’s first railway warehouse and a number of live demonstrations and science shows, you can learn how Manchester grew into the powerhouse of a city that it is today. The People’s  History Museum shows you a different, but equally interesting side of Manchester’s history, with its galleries focussing on the different revolutions that the city has seen, including the birth of the suffragette movement. 
The two football stadiums are not to be missed. If there’s a Red Devil inside of you then book a tour of Old Trafford. For those lifelong fans, they offer the ‘Legend’ experience, where you can relive the club highs and lows through the eyes and words of the men who were at the very heart of those nail biting moments themselves. If blue is more your colour, The Etihad Stadium offers a similar experience, giving the opportunity to explore the football academy and the stadium itself. 

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Kickair is the 'largest indoor activity park in the North West', offering a range of different activities areas for children and adults alike. This includes trampolining, a ninja warrior course, a total wipeout course and climbing walls. There is also a 'kick zone' offering a range of football related challenges, including Speedgoal, Kick Darts and Footpool, as well as a WallJam feature, used in the training ground of football teams including Real Madrid. Relaxed, autism friendly sessions are also available. 
Finally the Trafford Centre offers shopping, a cinema, restaurants and a number of different experiences all under one roof. Take a trip under the sea, as the Sea Life centre allows you to get up close to almost 5000 different creatures. Fly down the slopes at Chill Factore, featuring a new snow park and the UK’s longest indoor ski slope. If that’s not enough action for you then the Laser Quest course is right up your street, but if not, the Paradise Island Adventure Golf has eighteen holes for you to mosey your way around, keeping you entertained for hours.