It’s the last weekend of the month so we have decided to give the piggy banks a rest this week. Here’s our guide to the best of what’s free in and around our region, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media buddies.
- The Street Athletics finals are taking place throughout Friday and Saturday at Exchange Square in the city centre. Either sit back and enjoy the entertainment or stand track-side and cheer on some of the fastest young people from across the country as they bid to become the next big thing in urban athletics.
- The free music and food celebration in the heart of Rochdale returns, with organisers promising another explosion of entertainment, eats and culture. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall and more at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival. Celebrity chefs will host live cooking demonstrations throughout the event and Scouting for Girls will be headlining.
- The city’s biggest annual picnic is back. Grab your blankets and baskets, and get down to The Manchester Picnic in Piccadilly Gardens. The much-loved family festival offers a variety of gourmet pop-up picnic traders, alongside live music, games and entertainment. This year’s theme is ‘Play’ to celebrate the recent opening of the new children’s playground.
Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:
- @Ioncewasa: look around the alternative @NQManchester stop for some coffee & a gorgeous cake @teacupandcakes then off to Mchr Art Gallery 🙂
- @IRCCherryl: how about a spot of lunch on #theterrace @rbg_manchester Whatever the weather, guests can dine al fresco
- @jrobinsondesign: @SKOldTown festival featuring a photography exhibition at @SevenMilesOut
- @deancharlotte: Stockport Hat Museum
- @revealmcr: Saturday tour includes fashionable societies of C19 Mcr. Mosley St & Northern Quarter, 11am from outside @mcrartgallery £7
- @SADD_Fest: 8 hours of the best live music in the beautiful scenery of Saddleworth at #saddfest £20, kids free, gates open at noon!
And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:
- Charlotte Smailes: Alex park reopening!
- Tracey Edmondson: John Rylands library on Deansgate: a gem in the centre of town!
- Steve Moreton: Watch the Champions at the Etihad
- Nancy Hopkins: Last weekend to catch all of our free, family friendly events at MOSI http://www.mosi.org.uk/whats-on/summer-holidays-imagine-it,-make-it,-move-it.aspx
*Did you know you can buy discounted tickets for the following regional attractions from our Visitor Information Centre: Legoland, Sealife Centre, MCFC Tour, Tatton Park, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. All tickets are cheaper than on the gate and the big advantage is that they are fast track tickets so there is no waiting in a long queue. Ask in store for details.