Five fun things to do this weekend in Manchester: 27-28 November 2021

From a comedy show especially for kids to live music, there is plenty going on across Manchester this weekend - here are a few of our favourite things to do.

Science Made Simple / Comedy Store for Kids

Saturday 27/Sunday 28 November, Escape to Freight Island, Manchester

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There are two fun events to take the kids along to at Freight Island this weekend.

First up on Saturday are two 50-minute workshops called Science Made Simple - the first, Music to your Ears, will allow little ones to hear, see, and touch sound, while learning secrets of how sound works. The Science of Sport workshop, is an interactive show explaining exactly how science impacts sporting ability. The events run from 10am-12.30pm and cost £7.

The Comedy Store For Kids


Saturday 27 November from 7pm, O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

If you missed the band’s triumphant homecoming gig at Emirates Old Trafford earlier this year, here’s your chance to catch them in their last scheduled date this year in their latest UK tour. Expect old hits plus new material from More Again Forever. Tickets are £51.90 from GigsandTours.

Liam Fray of the Courteeners, pictured previously Credit: Shutterstock

Northern Publishers’ Fair

Saturday 27 November, Central Library, Manchester

Catch some Christmas-themed tales performed by northern writers, starting at 11.30am til 4pm. Plenty of ideas for new reads for the bookworms in your life. It’s free entry but you need to register via Eventbrite.

Saturday Music Club

Saturday 27 November, from 9.30am, Halle at St Michaels, George Leigh Street, Ancoats

A chance for little ones to make as much noise as possible without getting told off! These workshops run every weekend and give kids aged 8-12 a chance to try different instruments, sing, dance and chat to pro musicians. There is a session for kids 11+ at 10.15am too. It costs £4 a session and you need to register in advance - email [email protected]

Child with a violin Credit: Shutterstock

The Not So Ugly Sisters

Daily til 1 January, Waterside, Sale

A twist on the usual panto tales, Cinderella gets a shake-up in this fast-paced family show where the action centres around Dolly and Barb in their hairdressing salon on the day of their sister Cindy’s wedding to Prince Smarming. It’s just under an hour so should hold the attention of younger family members. Tickets are £12-14 and show times vary: see the Waterside website.