Now, with the day of love right around the corner, there’s bound to be a whole load of Valentine’s spending on dates, dinner and just about everything else which is sure to leave us pretty skint this week.

But, do not fear, as we’ve collected some of the best free things to do in and around the city that’ll help repair that hole in your wallet.

From Italo disco nights tucked away in the Northern Quarter to free pancakes on Shrove Tuesday – here’s our rundown of the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Pancake Day | The Smithfield Social | Tue 13 Feb | 9am - 12pm

Bringing on Pancake Day with a bang, The Smithfield Social will be giving away free pancakes for a few hours.

All you sweet treat fanatics out there will be able to choose between the OG classic lemon and sugar pancakes for free or pick from three other flavours including matcha, strawberry and maple syrup or Nutella for just £1.

And the best part? No booking is required, simply rock up and flippin’ enjoy.

53 - 55 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA, Tel: 0161 441 3522
Fat Tuesday Special | Matt and Phreds | Tue 13 Feb | 8pm - 11pm

Add some spice to the working week at Tib Street’s belter of a jazz bar, Matt and Phreds, for the venue’s annual Fat Tuesday celebration.

Made famous by New Orleans traditions, Fat Tuesday is all about making the most of the food that’s on offer, ahead of Lent, and enjoying some killer music.

Sit back and vibe out to two of the most highly-regarded Blues musicians in the North, Mat Walklate and James Lawley, while you indulge in the night-long happy hour pizza deal which sees punters get a whole free pizza with two drinks.

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 273 5495
Free cocktail | New Century Hall | Wed 14 Feb

If you’re after some free bevs this Valentine’s Day, look no further than New Century Hall who will be giving guests who book a table in the kitchen on Wednesday a free Sweetheart cocktail or pint of house draught.

Made by combining pink gin with grenadine, apple, cranberry, lemon, and topped with a silver raspberry – The Sweetheart is the latest creation from New Century’s expert mixologists and is sure to get the big day off to a good start.

34 Hanover St, Manchester M4 4AH, Tel: 0161 552 6719
Sound Of The Crowd | The Peer Hat | Sat 17 Feb | 11pm - 3am

Kick the weekend off with a banger down at The Peer Hat and check out the scenes at Manchester’s ‘newest night of retro electro’.

With selectors Dinsdale Godfrey and Liam Moody spinning all the best New Wave, Synthpop, Italo, Hi-NRG and all things Retro Electro – this event is sure to keep you grooving until the early hours.

14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, Tel: 07510 728092
Golden Mummies of Egypt | Manchester Museum | Sun 18 Feb | 10am - 5pm

After a hugely successful tour across the USA and China, this stunning exhibition coming to the incredible Manchester Museum this Sunday offers attendees unparalleled access to the museum’s world-class Egypt and Sudan collections.

With more than 100 objects and eight mummies on display, Golden Mummies of Egypt presents a rich perspective on beliefs about the afterlife during an era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds.

University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Mon 12 Feb - Sun 18 Feb
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Tue 13 Feb 2024