Things to do in Manchester this weekend: 13-15 January, including Backyard Cinema and An Inspector Calls

From a vintage clothes to an immersive cinema experience, here are some of the events in Manchester to look out for this weekend.

It looks like it’s going to be another rainy weekend in Manchester this week, but luckily there are plenty of indoor events taking place to keep you and the family entertained.

Some of the highlights include a vintage kilo sale, a family-friendly music festival and even more films to see at the Backyard Cinema, which has announced that it will be extending its run through to 22 January. Here is our round-up of things to do in Manchester this weekend.

Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale

Manchester Cathedral, Saturday 14 January

The UK’s largest vintage kilo sale is coming to Manchester Cathedral this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There will be nine tonnes of clothes on offer, including branded items and vintage items from the sixties and seventies. It costs £20 for one kilo, and there is no maximum or minimum spend limit.

The event is ticketed, early bird tickets for admission between 10am and 11am is £3, while general admission from 12pm is £2. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite, and walk-ins are also available, although you may have to wait as ticket holders get priority entry. More information about how the sale works, including prices per weight and entry, can be found on the Worth the Weight website.

Sheffield Vintage Kilo Sale.

A View from the Moon Weekender

Band on the Wall, Friday 13 – Sunday 15 January

A family-friendly celebration of world music is taking place at Band on the Wall this weekend, featuring emerging artists from around the globe playing across two stages. The line-up includes roots reggae singer Golty Farabeau, who hails from the Seychelles, Magaly Flores from Mexico and Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival from Zimbabwe, plus many more.

Tickets cost £15 for day tickets and £35 for the full three-day weekend tickets. Day family tickets, which admit two adults and two under-16s, are also available for £25. Under 16s get in for free. Tickets can be purchased via the Band on the Wall website.

Backyard Cinema

Depot Mayfield

The pop-up immersive cinema experience that arrived in Manchester in time for Christmas has extended its stay until Sunday 22 January, featuring a selection of both classic and newly released films. Some of the new titles on offer include Strange World, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Avatar: The Way of Water, and Matilda the Musical. What’s more, they are also offering 50% off for shows on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday to Sunday at reduced off-peak prices. Ticket prices vary depending on where you choose to sit. They can be purchased via the Backyard Cinema website.

A sneak peak inside the Lost Theatre at the Backyward Cinema. Credit: Backyard Cinema

Pop-up Painting – Starry Night

Whitworth Locke, Saturday 14 January

Relax with a glass of wine in one hand and a paintbrush in another at this weekend’s pop up painting event at Whitworh Locke. The theme is Van Gogh’s Starry Night, all supplies are provided and there will be an art teacher on hand to help you along. Tickets are £34.99 and can be purchased via the Pop-up Painting website.

An Inspector Calls

The Lowry Theatre, 10-14 January

The classic thriller by JB Priestley will be brought to life this weekend in the National Theatre’s production of An Inspector Calls. For those who did not cover this one in GCSE English, the story tells of an Inspector Goole who visits the wealthy Birling family as part of his investigations into the death of a young woman, turning their lives upside down. Tickets start at around £15 and can be purchased via the venue’s website.