As the days start to get a little shorter and the weather seems to be taking a turn for the decidedly chillier, there are still plenty of things to do both online and in person in the city. We’ve rounded up the best free things to do in Manchester this week, including a walk around Fletcher Moss Park and a traditional Friday Market in Stockport.

Domestic from Word of Warning | Wed 7 Oct | 8pm - 9.15pm

Domestic, Word of Warning’s informal online platform for artists to test their own work, was developed specifically in light of the pandemic for artists working at home for an audience also at home. Eight artists will present their work via Zoom, all of which has been developed under the current circumstances to speak to people also living through these difficult times.

Stockport Friday Market | Fri 9 Oct | 10am - 3pm

The Stockport Market houses an eclectic mix of traders within a Victorian market hall. Their traditional Friday Market brings together their regular local traders with the region’s best independent traders, so you can find local produce, artisan creations and loads more. Everything is socially distanced and COVID-secure, so stop by to support a diverse range of local traders.

The Stockport Market, Market Hall, Stockport SK1 1YJ
Fletcher Moss Park & River Mersey Walk | Fri 9 Oct | Noon - 2pm

This gentle walk has been organised by Social Circle to help people ease out of lockdown with a local walk around the beautiful gardens at Fletcher Moss Park. Social Circle brings together people who are looking to meet others in Manchester and share new experiences, so it’s absolutely encouraged to come along on your own. The route is graded easy and will consist of a walk through the Fletcher Moss Gardens continuing along the banks of the River Mersey – and it’s a great way to meet new people outdoors and take in some of the prettiest places in Manchester. Head here for more Autumn walk inspiration.

Fletcher Moss Park, 18 Stenner Lane, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RQ
Road Rider Ready Bike Training | Sat 10 Oct | 9.30am - 11.30am

Transport for Greater Manchester have organised this short session to increase the confidence of recreational cyclists who are looking to move to cycling on roads. You’ll learn the skills you need to cycle safely on roads with traffic, all with the guidance of professional cycle instructors. The course will begin in a traffic-free area and will progress to practicing on quiet roads – it’s the perfect way to build up some confidence in what can be an intimidating environment.

Cale Green Park, Heath Road, Davenport SK2 6JN
Second-hand book sale | Elizabeth Gaskell's House | Sun 11 Oct | 11am - 4pm

If you plan a trip to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House this weekend (one of the best spots in the city for exploring Manchester’s literary heritage) you’ll catch their legendary second-hand book sale. The sale consists of two rooms crammed with books of all genres, and prices start from just £1 per paperback – book lovers really shouldn’t miss the chance to stock up on some new reads.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW
Mon 5 Oct - Sun 11 Oct
Amy Callaghan
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Mon 5 Oct 2020