The best outdoor activities to do in and around Manchester right now

Enjoy the great outdoors this year.

Sure, things might be a bit gray and overcast right now, but has that ever stopped a Manc? From epic treetop adventures (ziplines included) and fun water sports on our doorstep, here’s our guide to the best outdoor activities to enjoy in and around Manchester.

1. Trek in the trees, Prestwich

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Located in Heaton Park, Treetop Trek allows guests to complete 20 aerial challenges on the two-hour course, including 14 ziplines through the woods and many difficult-to-cross bridges and beams. Treetop Adventure is suitable for ages 5 and up, however, for those under 5, there is a fun treetop net filled with awesome slides, bouncing balls, tunnels, and cabins in the treetop area. trees. Learn more here.

2. Recreational lake in Heaton Park

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Want a change of scenery? Particularly healthy in summer, Heaton Park rents boats and pedal boats to those who wish to take to the water between April and October. Boats leave all day until 6:55 p.m., which means you can enjoy the balmy summer night air on a romantic boat ride, or entertain the kids with something new all summer long. . Heaton Park, Sheepfoot Ln, M25 0DL.

3. Skate Park Projekts, city center

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If skateboarding is more your thing, the skateboard hidden under the Mancunian Way – Projekts – is the perfect place to practice. Offering both skate sessions and lessons, patrons can enjoy the many ramps and half-pipes, while admiring the fantastic street art of Akse that has long been called the home of Projekts. Find out more.

4. Paintball at Eccles Forest

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Located in the forest of Eccles, Delta Force Paintballing is the perfect day for Call of Duty fans, offering not only an epic game of paintball for friends, but also plenty of hidden spots for snipers, a 100ft Berlin Wall and even a full scale Wild West Gold Rush storyline with swinging doors living room, alongside a zombie infested graveyard. Learn more and book here.

5. Stand up paddleboarding on the Bridgewater to Sale canal

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Launched only last year, Mancs can now paddle and kayak along the Bridgewater Canal, a body of water that spans Worsley, Salford, Trafford and the Castlefield area. The perfect activity to do in the warmer months, all budding paddleboarders must purchase a British Canoeing membership which can be done here.

6. Water sports at Sale water park

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The birthplace of water sports here in Manchester, the Trafford Water Sports Center at Sale Water Park offers plenty of fun activities including canoeing, bushcrafting, Kata Kanuing, kayaking, rafting and sailing. All the activities run from April to October (because okay that would be absolutely freezing otherwise), and you can find out more here.

7. Come on monkey, Delamere

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Just a short drive from Manchester, in the charming Delamere Forest, Go Ape is the king of the outdoors. From ropes high in the trees to forest segways, there is something for all ages, including high and low obstacles to try in the trees, as well as large and small ziplines. Find out more.

8. Dovestone Sailing Club, Oldham

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If there’s one place in the Northwest that offers breathtaking scenery, it’s Dovestone. Using the beautiful 100-acre reservoir, locals can enjoy a unique boating experience surrounded by views of the Pennines, with beginners and enthusiasts alike welcome. Learn more here.

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