It’s the first week of February and I’m sure we’re all chuffed January, at long last, is finally over. You’ll also be happy to know there are still shedloads of things to do in and around the city that won’t hurt your wallet one bit.

From art workshops in Longsight to the kings of Dub and Reggae taking over Ramona for a special mid-week party – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Art Workshops | Longsight Community Art Space | Tue 6 Feb | 12pm - 4pm

Longsight Community Art Space CIC has lined up a series of art workshops that will be taking place until the end of February.

From drop-in art classes to zen doodle sessions – these workshops are a great way to support the amazing work the guys at Longsight Community Art Space are doing while trying out your hand at arts and crafts.

89 Northmoor Rd, Longsight, Manchester M12 4PF, Tel: 07377 161828
Manchester Social Chess Club | The Waldorf | Wed 7 Feb | From 6pm

Calling all chess heads, this one’s for you. Whether you’re an aficionado or just starting out, the Manchester Social Chess Club aims to promote chess in the city and give enthusiasts a friendly place to meet, have fun and learn.

All about bringing people together through the love of the game – this is a fantastic opportunity to master the craft or simply get stuck into a brand-new hobby.

The Waldorf, 12 Gore St, Manchester M1 3AQ , Tel: 0161 235 5286
Ramona Radio Rave with Mungo's Hi-fi | Ramona | Wed 7 Feb | 9pm - 12am

Shake up the working week this Wednesday with the legends that are Mungo’s Hi Fi who will be spinning a three-hour exclusive set at Ramona.

This is a great chance to catch the Scotch Bonnet Dub Masters doing what they do best for absolutely nothing. However, be sure to book your free tickets soon as they’re subject to availability.

40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG, Tel: 0161 441 9020
Open Decks - Yours For The Night | The Old Abbey Taphouse | Fri 9 Feb | 6pm - 12am

Kick off the weekend the right way at The Old Abbey Taphouse this Friday with an exciting pre-midnight pub pop-up.

Powered by an open decks format where anyone is welcome to jump on the decks to make the party Yours for the Night – well, for a 30-minute slot at a time.

Guildhall close, Manchester M15 6SY, Tel: 0161 226 2052
Soul Station with Ellen Beth Abdi | Station South | Sat 10 Feb | From 8pm

Calling all movers & groovers and fans of sweet soul music! Head to Levenshulme’s Station South this weekend for an evening of soul through the decades.

Prepare to be guided through the various soulful eras, from vintage soul to contemporary classics of jazz, pop and disco, all while seeing for yourself the raw talent of one of Manchester’s most versatile and vocally finessed performers.

975- 977 Stockport Road, Off Crayfield Road, Manchester M19 3NP
Mon 5 Feb - Sun 11 Feb
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 5 Feb 2024