Now that we’re slap-bang in the middle of July you’ll be happy to know there are still shedloads of things to do in and around the city that won’t cost you a single penny.

From catching one of the coolest collectives down at Ramona to a cracking bike repair workshop at Levenshulme’s Station South – we’ve most definitely got you covered for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Apocalyptic Nostalgia | Imperial War Museum North | Thu 13 Jul | 10am - 5pm

Stroll down to Stretford this Thursday to catch this cracking conference all about exploring Cold War imagery within popular film, television, games, music, graphic novels and social media content.

Featuring a bunch of presentations from experts in the field – this event is geared around how imagery impacts understanding of the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic within contemporary culture.

Trafford Wharf Road, Stretford M17 1TZ, Tel: 0161 836 4000
Women in Workshop | Station South | Thu 13 Jul | 6pm - 8pm

Calling all ladies who bike! Get yourself over to Levenshulme’s Station South to join Bee, Greater Manchester’s newly-appointed Bicycle Mayor, on a beginner’s journey into bicycle maintenance.

Equipping you with the key skills of what to do when you get a wheel puncture as well as an introduction into brake adjustment – this is a great opportunity to meet the local cycling community, receive a complimentary puncture repair kit and sip on some free refreshments!

975- 977 Stockport Road, Off Crayfield Road, Manchester M19 3NP
Monica Pearl's Queer Salon | The Whitworth | Thu 13 Jul | 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Join Monica Pearl, a lecturer in 20th-century American Literature at the University of Manchester, at the Whitworth for a glass of wine and chat all about the crucial queer questions that we should be asking now.

Whether you fancy sharing your own thoughts or just sitting back and listening, Monica invites attendees to come with curiosity and discuss key ideas that matter in queer films, books, art, and ideas in our present day.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450
The Clockwork Testament | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Fri 14 Jul | From 6pm

Any Anthony Burgess fans out there will be happy to know they’re invited to a summer party to celebrate the publication of The Clockwork Testament, published by Manchester University Press.

The comic novel follows some fascinating reflections on Burgess’s experience of being in the firing line when Kubrick’s controversial film, A Clockwork Orange, was released. Swing by to find out a little more about the cult flick that still holds such a legacy to this day.

3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776
Me Gusta Collective: Latin Special | Ramona | Sat 15 Jul | 7pm - 1am

Ramona is the place to be this Saturday night to catch the mesmerising Me Gusta Collective launch their third instalment of Ramona’s MOT club-dance special.

Collective members Obeka, Atiké and Yohan are set to spin out the best Reggaeton, Salsa, Cumbia and Latin Club music into the early hours – definitely throwing you head-first into some proper summer vibes.

40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG, Tel: 0161 441 9020
Mon 10 Jul - Sun 16 Jul
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 10 Jul 2023