The pubs and restaurants might be officially open, but everything still looks very different to normal – some people can’t wait to get back to their favourite venues, while others are (understandably) reluctant to venture out. We’ve rounded up the best free things to do in Manchester this week, featuring things to do both at home and from home – read on to find out our top picks.

The Proud Trust: Glow Up like a Pro | Mon 6 Jul | 5pm - 6.30pm

North West LGBT+ youth organisation The Proud Trust host a livestreamed drag transformation on Monday evening. Andrew will transform himself into drag queen Filla, giving viewers the chance to transform themselves alongside him, or simply watch and listen as he explores the history of drag and gives tips on gender blending.

Mustard Tree: Abstract Art Tutorial | Tue 7 Jul | 2pm - 3pm

Graham, the Creative Programmes Manager of Ancoats-based community centre Mustard Tree, will be hosting an abstract art paint-a-long, sharing helpful tips and techniques over Facebook Live. You can ask questions in the live chat, and send your creations over when you’re finished – if you love the chance to get creative, this is the perfect event for you.

Partisan Collective Coffee Morning | Wed 8 Jul | 8.30am - 9.30am

We’re all used to Zoom pub quizzes and seminars but how about a Zoom coffee morning? Partisan Collective are hosting just that, bringing people together to wake up and face the day with some easy socialising. It’s a pretty unique way to start the day – definitely worth tuning in while you’re waking up with a cuppa.

Pet Shop Boys Quiz | Sat 11 Jul | 8pm - 9.30pm

Gutted that the Pet Shop Boys tour has been cancelled this year? It’s not quite the same but Eletropop Curious? are hosting a virtual quiz entirely about the Pet Shop Boys, featuring their music throughout. Right after the quiz, a Pet Shop Boys disco will happen online – if you’re missing out on seeing them this year, or just a big fan, make sure you don’t miss this one!

Plant Powered Sundays at the Redbank Project | Sun 12 Jul | 12pm - 6pm

The Redbank Project’s Plant Powered Sundays – Europe’s first weekly vegan street food event – is making a post-lockdown return this Sunday. Things will look a little different than before – you need to book a table in advance – but there’ll be loads of great vegan street food on offer, along with local beers, ciders, wines and soft drinks.

Mon 6 Jul - Sun 12 Jul
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Mon 6 Jul 2020