It’s half term for schools in Manchester. If you’re looking for fun things to do with the family, or if you fancy finding more great online events to stimulate the mind during lockdown, we’ve put together the best free things to do from home this week, including Swimming Home from The Lowry, Junk Orchestra from your own kitchen and more…

Swimming Home | The Lowry | Ongoing

This immersive piece of theatre is the latest creation by Italian director Silvia Mercuriali. It leads participants through a swimming-themed private meditation to the bottom of a deep meditative pool – all of this from your own bathroom. Come for an exploration of the boundaries between what’s real and what exists in your imagination…

Family Junk Jam | The Junk Orchestra | Wed 17 Feb | 9:30am - 10:15am

This session shows you how to turn everyday junk from your kitchen into musical instruments – how cool is that? During the event, you’ll be taken through the steps to make your own band by Saul Eisenburg from musical storytelling collective The Junk Orchestra. This one’s perfect for younger ones at a loose end during half term.

The Extraordinary Origins of Chess | MACFEST | Fri 19 Feb | 6pm - 7pm

Enjoyed Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit? Find out about chess’s Indian, Persian and Arab roots in this talk given by Dr Sushma Jansari. The event is part of this year’s MACFEST, which celebrates Muslim arts and culture – it’s worth checking out their full programme of events if you fancy exploring more. Many of their events are free to attend – get booking those tickets here.

Create The Space | National Football Museum | Fri 19 Feb | 7pm

As part of the National Football Museum’s LGBT+ History Month celebrations, join this discussion of identity in women’s football, led by Sky Sports presenter Jess Creighton and with guests including former England international Anita Asante.

Mon 15 Feb - Sun 21 Feb
Hugh Morris
Published on:
Mon 15 Feb 2021