As lockdown restrictions seem to be easing up and shops start to re-open, advice on whether to stay home or not sometimes isn’t the clearest. That said, there are still loads of great virtual events taking place so you’ve got plenty to do while staying safe at home. Read on to find out our picks of the best free things to do at home this week.

Mini Outdoor Market | All-In-One Garden Centre | Mon - Fri | 10am - 2pm

It’s not technically from home but the All-In-One Garden Centre in Rochdale is trying to help local small businesses get back on their feet by hosting a mini outdoor market on weekdays from 10am-2pm. The stalls are socially distanced and feature a selection of local businesses including The Candy Shak and Northern Treats Co.

All-In-One Garden Centre, Rochdale Road, Middleton, M24 2RB
Let's Play Pictionary | Horizon | Tue 9 Jun | 7.30pm - 9pm

Horizon, a relaxed social group for lesbian and bisexual women run as part of the LGBT Foundation, are hosting an online game of Pictionary using It’s a fun and informal way to connect with other LGBT women virtually – and makes a change from the typical Zoom pub quizzes that are cropping up a lot in lockdown.

The Story of Plastic Film Screening | Tue 9 Jun | 8pm - 9pm

The Manchester chapter of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth are hosting a virtual screening of The Story of Plastic, a film exploring the man-made crisis of plastic pollution. The film will be shared to those interested via a link to watch at their leisure and there will be a discussion of the film and how to take action on Tuesday.

The Mountaintop Digital Reading | Wed 10 Jun | 7.30pm - 11pm

The Royal Exchange Theatre will be streaming a new digital reading of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall’s powerful play looking at the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Organised by Roy Alexander Weise, joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange, the reading will raise funds for those incarcerated while protesting as part of the recent Black Lives Matter movement. It will be available on the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Youtube channel from the 10 until the 15 of June. For more online theatre events, head here.

Nine Lives DJ Set live from The Delph | Fri 12 Jun | 7pm - 9pm

The Delph in Worsley have managed to switch to a digital format, bringing live DJ sets from their venue into your home. This Friday night, nu disco DJ Nine Lives will perform at The Delph and stream the set on Facebook live for everyone to enjoy.

Cruz 101's 28th Birthday Live Stream | Sat 13 Jun | 8pm - 10pm

It’s been 28 years since iconic Manchester gay club Cruz 101 first opened, and they’re holding a big – and free  – 28th birthday party, all live-streamed directly into your home. Hosted by Manchester drag artists Cheddar Gorgeous and Miss Cara, along with DJ Christopher Dresden Styles, there’ll be music, live performances and interactive competitions – get a couple of drinks in and enjoy the party!

Mon 8 Jun - Sun 14 Jun
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Mon 8 Jun 2020