As we say goodbye to June and enter the month of July and all the back-garden barbecues, staycations and Pimms o’clocks galore that naturally come with it – you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of cracking things to do in the city that won’t cost you a thing.

From a full-day affair over in the suburbs for the Didsbury Arts Fest to a proper good art exhibition at KAMPUS – we’ve most definitely got you covered for the best free things to do in Manchester this week. Check it out:

Poetry and Health | Manchester Poetry Library | Mon 26 June | 5 pm - 7 pm

Start the week off right down at the Manchester Poetry Library to celebrate the NHS turning 75 years old in July.

All about commemorating the nation-defining institution while uplifting voices of the NHS – be sure to head over to catch a handful of cracking performing poets highlight the NHS’ remarkable legacy in their work.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor East Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 6106
Our Proud Past | KAMPUS | Wed 28 June | 5 pm - 7 pm

Swing by the über cool KAMPUS gardens this Wednesday for the public launch of Our Proud Past – a photography exhibition celebrating the past, present and future of Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre.

This is a great opportunity to check out a slice of the city’s history and learn a little about snapshots of Manchester’s not-so-distant past while celebrating Pride month in one of the buzziest venues in town.

Aytoun Street, Manchester M1 3GL, Tel: 0161 546 1350
Yoga in the Garden | Platt Fields Market Garden | Fri 30 June | 9 am - 9:45 am

Start the weekend with a chiller over at Platt Fields Market Garden in Fallowfield for a pay-as-you-feel yoga class on the grass outdoors led by Chelsey, a qualified and insured instructor.

Take some time to slow it right down, stretch those limbs and soak in the rays all in the beautiful vistas of Fallowfield’s gem of a community park.

Platt Fields Market Garden (Mabfield Road Entrance), Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, Manchester M146LT, Tel: 0161 224 2902
Sonics, Stories and Scenes of the Diaspora | Manchester Museum | Sat 1 July | 6 pm - 11 pm

Rock up to Manchester Museum this Saturday for an evening takeover celebrating global majority and South Asian diaspora with a bunch of mega-talented DJs and artists as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Presented by SEEN Magazine, this event seeks to show just how immeasurable the South Asian diaspora impacts on the UK music scene and wider culture while shining a light on the incredible artists making waves today.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Arts in the Park | Didsbury Park | Sun 2 July | 12 pm - 6 pm

In the mood for a wholesome Sunday? Look no further than Didsbury Arts Festival for a full-day affair with something for every member of the family in mind.

Complete with immersive art, food stalls, Didsbury Superstar, salsa dancing with La Suetre, circus workshops with the Circus House, performances from Didsbury Theatre School, traditional Persian drummers, facepainting and live DJ sets to soundtrack the entire afternoon – what’s not to love?

Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5LS
Mon 26 Jun - Sun 2 Jul
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 26 Jun 2023