The £10 challenge: BMX taster sessions, comedy boat trips in Salford and Vertigo restaurant

By Robbie Gill

With a shrinking economy, prudence is both a national and local priority and MM’s £10 challenge aims to offer great entertainment at a low cost.

Manchester has been scoured, no stone has been left unturned, as MM find the best way for you to spend your hard earned cash in the city.

For the more active Mancunian looking to ride the wave of cycling enthusiasm a trip to the Velodrome beckons for a bike ride with a twist.

For £5.50 residents of the city can undertake a BMX taster session at the National Cycling Centre including bike hire and still have plenty of change left over.

The two hour session will introduce riders to the BMX track and the hill for the more confident beginners looking for an added thrill.

Full safety equipment is compulsory and is provided as part of the cost of the session. You can also bring your own bike, reducing the cost to just £3.50.

Level two qualified coaches will be on hand to offer advice and award accreditations and those who enjoy the sessions can progress to some of the more advanced training.

Bookings can be made online at  or by calling 0161 223 2244.

The change can be saved for next Saturday for a comedy boat trip around Salford Quays with local funnyman Sam Avery.

His unique take on buildings, history and some heckling of passersby can be enjoyed for £3.00, tickets are available from

Those looking for a more indulgent way to blow £10 can venture down to the decadent Vertigo Restaurant and Bar.

Located on John Dalton Street in the heart of the city diners can enjoy a two course lunch any time between 12pm-7pm Monday through to Saturday.

The lavishly decorated, five story establishment offers creative food in elegant surroundings from head chef Glen Morril, who has worked in restaurants across the region.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 0871 231 7780.

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