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The £10 Challenge – A day of sci-fi, stars and freebies for a tenner

By Emma Davies

I have been set the challenge of finding the best way to spend this weekend in Manchester with a measly budget of £10.

As a girl who will never turn down a challenge and who is used to hunting for bargains, I have planned out the perfect weekend of alcohol, sci-fi, freebies, constellations, tasty grub and even some education.

To begin, I would advise eating a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning to prepare you for the day’s activities.

Enjoy a lie in and once you have surfaced take a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry for a mix of free education and fun.

OK, so that sounds cheesy, but I have been and I would recommend for those less avid museum lovers to explore the air transport section.

You will be amazed at the crazy inventions that people dared to fly or at least attempted to fly in the past 100 years.

Following Armistice Day, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the military aircraft from the First World War.

For any proud or closet Trekkies, there is even a model Starship Enterprise among the historical aircrafts.

Everyone loves to look at the stars, so I felt that for as little as £2, it would be worth visiting the purpose built planetarium, to feast your eyes on a magical view of the stars and planets as seen from the North West.

Before you leave the museum make sure to pop into the free Holland’s Pies exhibition to have your photo taken next to a giant pie.

Why? You ask. Well, why not?

You will be feeling pretty peckish by now and what better way to indulge than by tasting the free cheese samples at the Cheshire Cheese Company stall, on Piccadilly gardens.

Be brave and try the unusual Taste of Raj curry flavoured cheese, the delicate champagne with strawberries and cream or for a sweet treat, feast on the sticky toffee flavour cheese.

Now for the evening’s entertainment head to TV21 the television, film and arts themed venue located on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter.

The bar is free to enter and has many strange things to explore such as a life sized alien and predator in the window and the secret basement bar downstairs.

For just £3 wet your lips with a glass of wine or pint of Fosters and explore the memorabilia and retro arcade games.

DJ Stoney will entertain you with a broad mix of old school indie, dance, chart, pop, rock, funk, soul.

Guys, I am afraid you will have to stay sober or break the £10 rule and as much as I don’t condone talking to strangers, girls, you may want to use your feminine charms on a man conveniently placed at a bar for a drink or two. Sorry if any feminists are reading this.

Reporter for Mancunian Matters, Andy Little, has informed me that he is happy to oblige anyone following the £10 challenge willing to chat him up for a drink.

After a night of dancing, have a relaxing duvet day and then head over to Trof in Fallowfield at 7pm to gorge on a burger, relish, fries and a beer for only £5.

Let your food go down while you relax to a free film and popcorn from 8pm at Trof’s Cine Sunday, this week’s films will be Kickass and Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

I hope you enjoy your fun packed, slightly geeky, indulgent £10 weekend in Manchester.

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