It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through summer already! As we approach the end of July and things ease back towards some kind of normality, there are still a wide variety of virtual and real-life events to check out in Manchester. We’ve rounded up the best free things to do in Manchester this week, including the reopening of the National Football Museum and a virtual reading group for socialist magazine The Tribune.

Tribune Reading Group | Tue 21 Jul | 7pm - 8pm

Tribune, the socialist magazine established in 1937, is discussed fortnightly in Manchester by the Tribune Reading Group. No prior knowledge is needed, so whether you’ve long been interested in contemporary social issues, or you’re just starting to learn more, tune in to this virtual discussion for some fascinating perspectives (and even share your own).

Biconic Bingo from the LGBT Foundation | Wed 22 Jul | 7pm - 9pm

As part of their Bi Programme, which aims to create a safe, social place for Bi people, the LGBT Foundation is hosting virtual Biconic Bingo, featuring customised bingo cards starring bisexual icons. There’ll be prizes up for grabs, and you can play from the comfort of your own home – what’s not to like? You can book a place by emailing the LGBT Foundation or contacting them via the Facebook page below.

Celebrating Summer in Art from Art Across | Thu 23 Jul | 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Art Across project invites artists and art lovers to engage with the history of art through interactive events (held virtually at the moment). Art historian Sara Riccardi will lead a session on summer through the eyes of artists across different centuries. If you’ve always wanted to know a little more about art, this should be a great introduction to how a wide variety of artists engage with the subject of summer.

National Football Museum Returns | Thu 23 Jul | 11am - 4pm

The National Football Museum reopens on Thursday this week (23 July), and will be operating on limited hours at the moment – open Thursday – Sunday from 11am til 4pm. There’s a timed ticketing system in place to ensure government guidelines can be followed and social distancing can be carried out effectively. Admission is completely free if you live in Manchester – eligible postcodes can be found on their website – and they’ve extended their Strip! How Football Got Shirty exhibition, so if you missed out before the museum closed, now’s your chance to check it out.

National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG
Altrincham Market

Altrincham Market, with loads of local food and drink traders, is open to shoppers from Tuesday – Saturday from 9am til 10pm. The outdoor market is also open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am til 1pm, so if you fancy picking up some great food and supporting local businesses, it’s definitely worth stopping by. They’re also still running shopping preorders which you can collect on Saturdays – all information is on their website.

Altrincham Market, Greenwood Street, Altrincham WA14 1SA
Mon 20 Jul - Sun 26 Jul
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Mon 20 Jul 2020