We’re all feeling the heat as the week ahead looks to be a scorcher. If you’re after getting out while still saving those pennies, we’ve got you covered.

From pop quizzes to summer fairs, here’s our guide for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

The Illustrated Woman | Manchester Metropolitan University | Tue 12 Jul | 11am - 8pm

The Manchester Writing School and Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University are hosting an incredible all-day event this Tuesday, The Illustrated Woman: the art of tattoo.

Celebrating the launch of Helen Mort’s new Forward Prize shortlisted collection, the event will include discussions, workshops and performances exploring tattoos as art, looking at tattooed women through the ages and exploring what it means to live in a female body.

Grosvenor East Building, Cavendish Street, Oxford Road Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Beagle Quiz | The Beagle | Tue 12 Jul | From 8pm

Head over to Common’s coolest suburban cousin The Beagle this Tuesday.

Hosted by Nanny Banton, rock up to show off your general knowledge, sip some great beer, stuff yourself with Nell’s slice shop pizza and, you never know, you could be the lucky winner of a £100 bar tab!

456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BQ, Tel: 0161 881 8596
Cocktail Launch | The Font | Thu 14 Jul | From 7pm

For the brand-new launch of their new and improved cocktail menu, The Font in Chorlton are giving away 100 free cocktails this Thursday evening.

Kicking off at 7pm, be sure to download The Font app to secure your bevs. The offer is first come first served so be sure to get there early!

Perfect for a post-work drink or a precursor to an even bigger night out, check out Chorlton’s gem of a cocktail bar and kick back with a cocktail that won’t hurt your wallet.

115 - 117 Manchester Rd, Chorlton M21 9PG, Tel: 0161 871 2022
Hold Tight | YES | Fri 15 Jul | 11pm - 4am

Start your weekend right over at the Pink Room in Yes this Friday evening. For a full night of alternative dance tunes and a stacked line-up of ace DJs – this will not disappoint.

Spinning the likes of Overmono, Bicep, Pinkpantheress, Four Tet, Peggy Gou, DJ Koze, Kaytranada, Leon Vynehall and heaps more – Hold Tight will have you grooving into the early hours of the morning.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Summer Fair | A4 Studios | Fri 16 - Sun 17 July | Various times

Check out Altrincham’s A4 Studios for a whole weekend-long summer festival. Featuring local, makers, crafters, artists and traders; this is a great way to see for yourself the creative talent of the city whilst supporting local small businesses.

Whether you have a peruse, pick up some bits or hang out in A4 Studio’s on-site cafe with a selection of summer cocktails and afternoon teas – this is definitely the place to go this weekend.

30 Grosvenor Rd, Altrincham WA14 1LD
Mon 11 Jul - Sun 17 Jul
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 11 Jul 2022