From squid-gaming to gladiator-duelling, love is a battlefield with these unconventional Manchester date nights

YOU want to do something different for Valentine’s Day but hot air ballooning and trips to Paris are a little beyond your budget. 

No fear, over at we've picked out a bunch of memorable date destinations right here in Manchester. Rather than formal dinners for two by candlelight, we've gone for neon-lit playgrounds for grown-ups; the kind of places where you'll soon end up laughing at each other and (top dating tip) at yourself. 

With an activity like, say, axe-throwing to focus on, there won't be any awkward silences even if you barely know each other. And if you've been boring each other across dinner tables for years, it'll give you something new to talk about.

Competitive couples will love kicking each other into the dust on the arcade games or the go-carting track. And if it all gets a bit heated between you, well, we've done our job haven't we? Just make sure you make it home before you start making up.

Read our seven alternative date nights in Manchester

Prefer to keep it romantic and classy this Valentine's Day? Read our guide to Manchester restaurants offering Valentine's menu

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