Defy the weather, spend less than a tenner and become rich in culture in Chorlton this weekend.
In true British festival style, don a waterproof and some wellies and kick off the summer festival season at Chorlton Arts Festival, where a whole day out will cost you less than a takeaway.
MM explores the wide variety of performances, including bands, artists and photography, many of which can be seen for free.
Logically, it is possible to pack more into your day if you go back in time.
So kick off your day by heading back to the Tudor era as the Horse and Jockey celebrate their 500th birthday with falconry displays, Sir Robert Cecil’s Men and a folk musician.
The Tudors were known for their love of ales and mead, so it would be rude not to sample their traditional fares and as such, a healthy dose of mead from the pub would not go amiss here.
The Horse and Jockey pub will be hosting most of the celebrations, although it is safe to say that the falconry display will not take place inside the building, but out on Chorlton Green.
The revelry begins at 12pm, and is free to attend.
We think that while you’re in the past stay in the past with Snap: A Sound Installation by Sunshine Gray.
The installation will showcase recorded sounds of vintage cameras.
While it’s playing there’ll be a photograph display for you to enjoy hanging from washing lines attached to the church columns.
The installation will be at Wilbraham St. Ninian’s Church from 3pm and is free to view.
As the evening approaches Jazz Hands is due to perform at St. Werburgh's Church at 7pm.
If you love jazz then this evening of slick licks, cool grooves and toe-tapping tunes will take you to seventh heaven!
Pianists from the Royal Northern College of Music will entertain listeners at the free gig with the music of Kapustin and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
For a more chilled out music vibe MM can highly recommend buying tickets to see Jesca Hoop, plus special guests Hall of Mirrors in a semi-acoustic solo set.
She will be playing at St. Clement's Church from 7.30pm, tickets are £8 in advance or £9 on the door.
The gig will showcase some of the new tracks from her upcoming album, ‘The House that Jack Built’, along with some favourites from her previous albums.
After joining the Eels on their US and European tour last year, Jesca sang backing vocals for Peter Gabriel during his performances on the David Letterman Show and Later With Jools Holland.
Now in its 12th year Chorlton Arts Festival, which runs from May 17 – May 27, will feature a wide variety of performances from musicians, artists and craft workshops.
For more information about the festival visit www.chorltonartsfestival.com