Manchester in all it’s glory is a big place. So, understandably there is a huge amount of things to do in Manchester and things to see in Manchester. You may be wishing to visit Manchester for the Coronation Street tour or to see a football match at Old Trafford, but I’m here to tell you that there is so much more that Manchester has to offer. Nicknamed the capitol of the North there is bound to be a few Hidden Gems of Manchester that you are unfamiliar with…

Frog and Bucket Comedy Club

If you are moving to Manchester or you are visiting on the right day of the week, the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club is a nice relaxed night out. This comedy club is always hosting new talent and you get to watch up and coming acts from as little as ten pound. Or if you are a student you can get free entry on selected nights. Located in the Northern Quarter, the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club has the best selection of drinks.

On a Monday night an event called ‘Beat the Frog’ takes place. This is a game where three members of the audience each have a card they can hold up at any point. The aim is for the comedian to perform for five minutes however if the three cards in the audience get held up then the comedian has to get off the stage. The acts are in competition with each other to see who can stay standing for the longest. It is great fun and this event is one of my favourite Hidden Gems of Manchester.

If you have time however, I would recommend having a look at the other comedy clubs in the Northern Quarter. You never know which venue the best comedians are going to choose, after all.


Inflatanation is one of the best kept secrets of Manchester and I would really recommend paying a visit if you are a big child at heart. Located in Trafford Park is a gigantic bouncy castle arena where you can spend an hour jumping down inflatable slides, knocking your friends from podiums and having a war in the giant ball pit. It is a brilliant place for both children and adults. But, be sure to take plenty of drink as after half an hour you will be needing a gallon of water and a good nights sleep. No wonder the place is often used for fitness classes!

Chill Factore

If you’re interested in learning to ski or learning to snowboard then Chill Factore is the place to be. Not everyone can afford a family trip to the French alps, but that does not mean you have to miss out on all the fun.

Roxy Ballroom

Roxy Ballroom is in the ideal location. Situated in Deansgate, it is right next to a Weatherspoons and just round the corner from the cinema, so whichever date you had in mind Roxy Ballroom is in an ideal location. It is a small activities centre where you can play ping pong and snooker and even beer pong. It is the perfect Hidden Gem for many reasons.

Hidden Gem in Manchester
Roxy Ball Room – Hidden Gems in Manchester

Axe Throwing

An activity that is fairly new to the Manchester City Centre is Axe Throwing. I came across this by chance as I was walking to the cinema one day and it sounds like so much fun. People were cheering and having a good time. This to me stands out as one of the best Hidden Gems of Manchester because it is a fairly unique experience. Until I discovered it in Manchester that day, I didn’t even know that it was something people did for fun. It is now high up on my bucket list!

I could go on all day about all the adventures you could get up to in Manchester but I guess you would just have to visit the city for yourself!

If you would like to read more Hidden Gems posts then please see the following:

Hidden Gems of Dover

Hidden Gems of Edinburgh

Hidden Gems of Saffron Walden

Hidden Gems of Crawley

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