We decided to go bowling for Father’s Day. Little did I know when I booked All Star Lanes that the weekend would be such a hot one! But it was actually a great way to keep cool for a couple of hours.
We love Manchester
Father’s Day fell on the same date as Manchester Day. Although we missed the street parade by the time our train got in, the city was bustling with people enjoying the festivities and sunshine. There were lots of food stalls in the squares and we could hear live music.
All Star Lanes, Deansgate
We headed straight to All Star Lanes – a cool, retro-inspired bowling alley and diner. The prices are comparable to your standard leisure park bowling alley (off-peak – which includes Sundays – is £6.95 per person per game), but it’s a bit more of a fun and quirky experience thanks to the décor, soundtrack (lots of Motown tunes!) and restaurant-bar refreshments.
It was fairly quiet, but there were a few other families playing games too. Our three-year-old really enjoyed the bowling and took his time by running up in an extravagant way to get his ball to go further. Check out the vlog at the end to see what I mean!
Ply Pizza, Lever Street, Northern Quarter
After our two games (Noel and Charlie won one each, I lost both!), we headed to the Northern Quarter to try the pizza at Ply. The restaurant is really spacious and airy inside – perfect for a hot and sweaty day.
Although we felt welcome as a family, there wasn’t a children’s menu and they weren’t able to do a small pizza for us. It’s worth noting though that they do offer a smaller Pizzeta during the week for lunches. Despite this, the sour dough pizzas were fresh, tasty and arrived quickly. This was a bonus as our little boy was tired and grumpy by this point. The prices were what I’d expect, around £10 for a pizza. I’d recommend Ply as somewhere for pizza-loving families to get lunch or an early tea.
Check out the first Play & Adventure vlog to see what else we got up to over the weekend: