Vantage Happy Days
Explore some of Manchester’s top attractions this summer with Vantage. The FirstDay Group ticket gives you unlimited off-peak daily travel for up to five people for just £9.50*. So you can splash into summer fun with all the family, happy days!
With the number of fun activities to do along the Vantage route, you and your family will be spoilt for choice. Whether it’s learning something new at one of Manchester’s many museums or exploring the beautiful Pennington Flash Country Park in Leigh, there’s something for everyone.
Discover the top 10 best things to do this summer along the Vantage route.
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* When purchased as an mTicket on the First Bus app. FirstDay Group ticket is valid for 5 people of any age for off-peak travel. Customers using this ticket must board together. Available for use after 9.30am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. mTickets price £9.50 when purchased on First Bus App. Otherwise, £10 when buying from the bus driver (cash and contactless payments available).
Top 10 best things to do this summer
Discover the best family fun-packed activities along our Vantage route this summer. Simply catch either our V1 or V2 line at your closest bus stop, a route map can be found here. Alternatively, you can use our Park & Ride locations and hop onboard from there.
1. Manchester Aquatics Centre | 2 Booth Street East, Manchester (alight at Oxford Road Stop just before Booth Street East)
The Aquatics Centre was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester so has excellent facilities including a full-size 50m swimming pool, diving pool, gym and health suite. Kids will love the flumes, while adults can relax in the sauna and steam room.
Free swimming for under 17s during the school holidays and special fun and floats sessions from 12pm (charges apply).
2. Pennington Flash Nature Reserve | Leigh, Wigan (alight at Leigh Bus Station for a short walk to the Nature Reserve via cycle path on A572)
Pennington Flashes is part of an impressive country park. The lake and surrounding marshland are home to a diverse group of mammals, birds and insects for you to discover. You can play a 9 hole golf course, ride horses (along designated paths) and fish (subject to permits) and there’s also plenty of nature walks to enjoy with the family.
3. Museum of Science and Industry | Liverpool Road, Manchester (alight at John Dalton Street stop for a short walk to the museum)
The museum is on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station and celebrates industrial innovations, scientific discoveries and ideas that changed the world. Here you can see working steam engines, textile machines, aeroplanes, cars and robots.
4. Manchester Museum | Oxford Road, Manchester (alight at Oxford Road stop)
One visit to this museum won't be enough with its huge collection of over four million objects! There's something for everyone with displays on fossils, archaeology, animals and pre-historic life, featuring Stan a 65 million years old T.Rex skeleton.
5. The National Football Museum | Todd St, Manchester (alight at Princess Street stop for a short walk past the Arndale Centre – via Cross street)
Experience the world’s favourite sport at the National Football Museum. You can take your football fanatic family to enjoy the world’s biggest and best football museum. Learn about past and present football legends, stadiums and all the competitions!
6. Great Northern Warehouse (Cinema & Bowling) | 235 Deansgate, Manchester (alight at John Dalton Stop, for a short walk to Deansgate)
The Great Northern is a converted entertainment centre built by the Great Northern Railway between 1896-1899. What was once a 3-way railway goods exchange station is now a hub of shops, restaurants and more. There’s an Odeon cinema and All Star Lanes Bowling Alley, so if the weather isn’t great, this is a must!
7. The John Rylands Library | Deansgate, Manchester (alight at John Dalton Street stop for a short walk to Deansgate)
Home to a unique collection of books, manuscripts, maps, works of art and objects. Activities during the school holidays include crafty Peg Dollmaking for the family as well as toddler tales; find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories.
8. Tree Top Adventure Golf | The Printworks, 7 Dantzic Street, Manchester (alight at Princess Street stop for a short walk past the Arndale Centre – via Cross street)
Looking for an epic adventure? You can play two indoor, 18 hole mini-golf courses, right here in Manchester! Tackle the Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer then brave the bonus 19th hole to win a free round. What’s more, you can arrange amazing kid’s parties for all ages including a pizza feast and birthday treats. The champion of the day can even win a free trophy!
9. Crystal Maze Experience | Lower Byrom Street, Manchester (alight at Bridge Street stop for a short walk to the experience)
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is the ultimate team challenge. It’s a frantic, interactive and fun series of mental and physical challenges. Based on the popular TV show, you and your team can solve puzzles and challenges in four adventure zones – Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic. All are against the clock. Open to anyone aged 13 and over.
10. Kick Air Manchester | Great Ducie St, Manchester (alight at Chapel Street just before Bridge Street for a short walk to the venue)
Enjoy hitting new heights? Kick Air Manchester has fun trampolines, total wipeout, dodgeball, basketball and more! You can watch your little ones go wild in the two-tiered soft play and climbing wall area and toddlers aged 2 to under 5’s are permitted to go on the main Trampoline Zones, with a Little Kicks Pass when accompanied and supervised by an adult.