September has started and there are bucket-loads of free things to get stuck into during this first month of autumn.

From independent theatre showcases to a very special garden party – here’s the rundown of the best free things to do in Manchester this week that’ll help you save some pennies.

Major Project Showcases | Manchester School of Theatre | Mon 5 Sep - Thu 8 Sep | Various times

From Monday until Thursday this week, the creative lot down at the Manchester School of Theatre have got twelve free productions for you to take your pick from and see.

Whether you check out Mortar, a live performance and soundscape, exploring the highs and lows of the man upstairs, or swing by Horror Cabaret to catch a fascinating dive into a sinister but joyful state of mind even during the darkest of times – there is definitely something for every avid theatre-head.

Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 1306
BODIES, BODIES, BODIES Preview | Cineworld Cinema Didsbury | Tue 6 Sep | From 6.30pm

Be one of the first people to see the latest A24 film BODIES, BODIES, BODIES at Didsbury’s Cineworld in this exciting preview hosted by Massive.

Following a group of 20-somethings who get stuck at a remote mansion during a hurricane, watch on to see how a party game went very, very wrong and eventually ends with a dead body on the ground and fake friends at every turn as the group tries to find the killer among them…

Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury M20 5PG, Tel: 0330 333 4444
The Big Garden Party | Sadler's Wells | Sat 10 Sep | 11am - 7pm

Head to Sadler’s Yard this Saturday for a cracking all-day garden party filled to the brim with events and activities. A brilliant way to properly say goodbye to the summer, get ready for a whole day of creative workshops, local beers, street food and live music.

Featuring the likes of Cloudwater, Pulp coffee and a carnival of snackery amidst live music, creative gardening sessions and much more – this is sure to be a good one.

Redfern Street, Manchester M60 0AB
Manchester in 10 Songs | Manchester Central Library | Sat 10 Sep | 2.30pm - 6.15pm

Check out Manchester Central Library this weekend for a beautifully-curated event showcasing the sounds of the city, featuring the Smiths, the Fall, Elbow, Joy Division, Bob Dylan, John Cooper Clarke and more.

Led by Mojo’s Ed Glinert, this walking tour links ten classic tracks with Manchester’s city centre landmarks that tell a captivating story about the city.

Get ready to hear the Smith’s Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now over at Canada House where Morrissey once worked featuring many more…

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
Pop-Up Eco Swap-Shop | Dunham Massey | Sat 10 Sep | 6pm - 8pm

Get yourself over to Altrincham’s beautiful National Trust park, Dunham Massey, for the ultimate swap shop experience. Presented by Heritage Open Days, this is a great opportunity to declutter, refresh and contribute to supporting a more sustainable fashion solution.

Top tip: bring along more than five items and you’ll get a drink token to spend at the bar. Kick back and relax with music and art after a browse through the eco-friendly stalls.

Altrincham, Manchester WA14 4SJ, Tel: 0161 941 1025
Mon 5 Sep - Sun 11 Sep
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 5 Sep 2022