We’ve got wind of the fact that many of you have already have already started indulging in those summery al fresco beer garden bevs. Woah Sally! You’ll burn yourself out before June if you’re not careful. Here are some free things to do that’ll get you just as buzzing even if that flaky sunshine doesn’t make an appearance this weekend.

Richard E. Grant (pictured) at Selfridges
Yeah, you heard right. Richard E. Grant – English actor, Withnail & I legend and Spiceworld: The Movie’s only touch of class – is heading our way this weekend to celebrate the launch of his new fragrance, Jack Covent Garden. He’ll be popping into the store to meet customers, unveiling the new scent that boasts top notes of orange, lime, and ginger, middle notes of rose, pimento and peppercorn and base notes of carrot oil, Iris and musk. Kind of a big deal in our books.
Sat 18 Apr, Selfridges, 1 Exchange Square, M3 1BD, 2 – 3pm, FREE, www.selfridges.com

Red Deer Club’s 10th Birthday
Founded by Duncan James Sime, Red Deer Club began life as a live music night in South Manchester. Now it’s a small but thriving folk label continually supporting acts from Manchester and beyond, and this Saturday sees the beginnings of its 10th birthday celebrations as it returns to its spiritual home of Fuel for a special one-off show. Joined friends both old and new, the night features Foxtales, Sara Lowes, Ivarr-James, Cult Party and Jonnie Common.
Sat 18 Apr, Fuel, 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BW, 7pm – 1am, FREE entry, www.facebook.com

Manchester Print Fair
The Manchester Print Fair returns for its ninth bash – once again showcasing the city’s finest artists, designers and creatives while also providing a platform for them to sell their work. You’ll find artists’ books, zines, posters, postcards, T-shirts, tea towels and probably lots more left-field printed matter. Read our full preview here, before definitely, definitely heading down on Saturday.
Sat 18 Apr, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER, 11.30am – 4.30pm, FREE entry, www.facebook.com

Mr Bloom at Oldham Bookmark Festival
You’ll find tonnes of events on this weekend as part of Oldham’s Bookmark Festival, but one of the best freebies takes place this Saturday as children’s TV gardener Mr Bloom makes his way down to join in with festivities. Expect a whole host of veggie stories, gardening games and catchy nursery songs that are sure to be as much of a hit with children as they are with parents – wholesome green-fingered goodness usually strikes well for well-meaning Mums and Dads, so it seems Mr Bloom’s on track for a winner.
Sat 18 Apr, Town Centre, 12 Albion Street, Oldham, OL9 9HT, 11 – 11.45am, FREE, www.oldham.gov.uk

Know of any good freebies coming up? Email jess at manchesterwire dot co dot uk with the deets.

Fri 17 Apr - Sun 19 Apr
Jess Hardiman
Published on:
Tue 14 Apr 2015