The £10 Challenge – 50s fun with ten pin bowling @ Spinningfields

By Samantha Cordon

If you are fed up with the stresses of the recession ridden noughties , jump in your Delorean and let us transport you and your hard-earned tenner back to a simpler time when all you had to worry about was a date to the prom, the rock and rolling 1950’s.

Think, Happy Days, think Grease, and you’ll be imagining the all American diner experience which is has popped up in Spinningfields, set back off Deansgate in Manchester.

This is a one stop shop for our £10.00 challenge this week, starting off with a game of ten pin bowling.  If you are a student or have a Spinningfields card (free online), you can get a game for £6.00 on one of their four fully restored authentic fifties bowling lanes – shoes are free.

Still have some energy, then they have free ping pong but if you fancy kicking back and listening to some Buddy Holly you could get a traditional diner style shake for £3.00. 

That leaves you with exactly one pound for your Magic bus ride home (as long as you don’t live further than Didsbury).

Something that packs a little more punch than a strawberry milkshake is their Gutterball shot for £3.50; Jagermiester and Jack Daniel’s, a classic combo to get you in the mood to dance til 2am (no entry fee) to one of many DJ’s lined up to play until this blast from the past moves on after 6 November.

If you have been inspired by our trip back in time, go to for more details.

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