Unusual Date Ideas To Try in Manchester

Sip cocktails at The Refuge
Sip cocktails at The Refuge | © The Refuge
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19 May 2020

Bored of going out for a meal with a stranger or fancy spicing up your dates by opting for something a little bit different? We’ve pulled together a list of fun, unusual and downright strange date ideas in and around Manchester.

Wander the passageways of The John Rylands Library

Building, Library
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Literary lovers and architecture advocates will revel in a trip to The John Rylands Library, one of the most interesting buildings in the city. Spend some time admiring the collections or simply wander around the corridors, getting lost in the labyrinth of passageways.

Enjoy a chocolate-themed afternoon tea at Cocoa Cabana

Bakery, Patisserie, Dessert Shop, Contemporary, Bangladeshi, British, Pastries, Dessert, Fast Food
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If your date has a sweet tooth, they’ll definitely appreciate a chocolate-themed afternoon tea experience at Cocoa Cabana in West Didsbury. Conveniently located right next to Burton Road tram stop, this chocolate boutique offers everything from steaming cups of hot cocoa to mouthwatering tarts.

Cook Indian food together at The Spice Club’s cookery class

Offering pop-up supper clubs all across Manchester, The Spice Club also run a series of Indian cookery classes where you can learn how to make their delicious dishes yourself. Held in a private kitchen in north Manchester, the classes take you through cooking a complete Indian meal from scratch. Following the class, the obvious second date would be to cook for each other at home.

Cuddle kittens to your heart’s content at Manchester’s Cat Café

Cafe, British, $$$
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Does your date love cats? If so, we’re pretty sure they’ll be in their element at Manchester’s Cat Café, where you can both enjoy a refreshing drink and slice of cake in the presence of an array of friendly felines. Walk-ins cost £1 for every five minutes including unlimited drinks, so be prepared that it could get a bit expensive if you fall in love with the cats!

Take to the skies at Mainair Microlight Centre

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If you really want to impress your date (and they have a head for heights), book a lesson at Mainair Microlight Centre in Eccles. Choose from a 30-minute flight or take a series of lessons to learn to fly yourself, admiring the views of Manchester from above as you soar over the city.

In need of more inspiration? Read our guide to 10 Free and Cheap Date Ideas To Try in Manchester.

These recommendations were updated on May 19, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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