It’s finally 2023 and now that the chaos of New Year’s celebrations is behind us and hopeful resolutions are fresh and optimistic – there is plenty to get involved in around the city that won’t cost you anything.

From immersive fun over at the Science and Industry Museum to a proper good evening over at Escape to Freight Island – here’s our rundown of the best things to do in Manchester this week.

Winter Holidays | Science and Industry Museum | Tue 3 Jan | From 10am - 5pm

Head to the Science and Industry Museum this Tuesday where there’s a great opportunity for children to play with light, colour and music.

With stacks to do including science shows, illuminating experiments, light tricks and heaps of of informative and immersive fun – there’s fun for the whole family.

Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP, Tel: 0330 058 0058
Thursday + Friends | Escape to Freight Island | Thu 5 Jan | 4pm - 11pm

Spice up the mid-week with Escape to Freight Island’s jam-packed evening, Thursday + Friends, all about providing inspiring entertainment for free.

With a cracking ethos of celebrating killer DJs alongside up-and-coming talents, local residents and friends – this night is sure to ease you nicely into the weekend for a laid-back yet groovy night out.

11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ, Tel: 0161 823 8747
In the Forest | Eccles Friends' Meeting House | Sat 7 Jan | 9am - 1pm

If one of your New Year resolutions was to soak up a bit more of what the city has to offer art-wise then look no further than In the Forest this Saturday for a chance to meet North West-based artists with an emphasis on the climate and all things environmentalism.

Go along to socialise, find out something new or just to support Manchester’s local art scene.

13 The Polygon, Wellington Rd, Salford M30 0DS, Tel: 0161 834 5797
The Secret History of Manchester Revealed | Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel | Sat 7 Jan | 2pm - 3.45pm

If you’re after something more active then get involved with local Manc tour guide expert, Ed Gline, for a brilliant wander through some of the city’s unknown and most unique stories.

From an atomic bunker under Piccadilly Gardens to some very fun facts about Mancunian icon L. S. Lowry – this tour is sure to show you the city in a whole new light.

Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH, Tel: 0161 751 1412
Mon 2 Jan - Sun 8 Jan
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 2 Jan 2023