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A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites

Speke Hall is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Liverpool. You could say it’s an old Tudor dame...

A group from Ancoats Run Club running with the Etihad Stadium in the background

Ancoats Run Club

Ancoats Clubs & Groups

Ancoats Run Club began life in the midst of the pandemic lockdowns when a group of Royal Mills residents began...

Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property close to Liverpool.

Rufford Old Hall

Lancashire Historic Buildings & Sites

Tudor house and garden Rufford Old Hall has all the classic features of a National Trust day out. Beautiful gardens,...

The aquapark at Alderford Lake

Alderford Lake

Whitchurch Activities

Alderford Lake is the perfect summer day out. It’s an idyllic location but you won’t be able to sit still...

Snake Woodlands, off the A57, a recommended place for walks near Manchester.

Snake Woodlands

Glossop Parks & Gardens

Not long after the road descends from the summit of the Snake Pass, you'll find an area of Forestry England...

Spring flowers and the mansion at Buile Hill Park in Salford

Buile Hill Park

Salford Parks & Gardens

L.S. Lowry used to be a regular visitor to Buile Hill Park, and Frances Hodgson Burnett is thought to have...

Paddleboarding at Wild Shore Delamere - one of our recommended places to go paddle boarding in Manchester, LIverpool and the North West

Wild Shore Delamere

Delamere Swimming

If you've never known the joy of flying over a lake on a rope swing and daring yourself to let...

Spring flowers in the rain at Castlefield Viaduct - a new garden ran by the National Trust in Manchester city centre.

Castlefield Viaduct

Manchester City Centre Parks & Gardens

Castlefield Viaduct is the National Trust’s newest opening in the region - and it's a bit of a departure from...

One of the walkways at Walkden Gardens in Sale.

Walkden Gardens

Sale Parks & Gardens

Walkden Gardens is a very grown up sort of park. Like a mini RHS Bridgewater ran in partnership with the...

Hathersage Swimming Pool

Hathersage Swimming

Catch the Hope Valley line train from Piccadilly to this picturesque Peak District village for a dip in Hathersage Swimming...

David James Seed at The Farm Club doing cold water immersion

The Farm Club

Pickmere Gyms

The Farm Club started life as a triathlon training centre before it expanded into offering a wider wellness experience. Situated...

Paddleboarding at Trafford Watersports Centre, Sale Waterpark

Trafford Watersports Centre

Sale Activities

Trafford Watersports Centre is the organisation that runs most of the lake-based and land-based activities you'll see happening at Sale...

Open water swimming at Liverpool Watersport Centre.

Liverpool Watersports Centre

Waterfront Swimming

Nothing shakes up the senses quite like a winter dip in the docks. Head to Mariners Wharf for all-year-round aquatic...

FWD Manchester

Manchester City Centre Therapeutic Services

Want to give Wim Hof style cold water immersion a try but without leaving Manchester city centre? Head to the...

Haigh Woodland Park

Wigan Parks & Gardens

Haigh Woodland Park is a good mix of cultivated prettiness and ancient woodland with plenty of things to do.

Worsley Woods - a recommended place for walks near Manchester

Worsley Woods

Worsley Parks & Gardens

You can spend a pleasant few hours wandering through Worsley Woods, a 30-hectare woodland with well-marked trails, ponds, a children's...

Alexandra Park, Manchester in autumn.

Alexandra Park

Whalley Range Parks & Gardens

Alexandra Park, or Alex Park as it’s known, was once rather shabby but has now been restored to something approaching...

Stand-up paddleboarding at Salford Watersports Centre

Salford Watersports Centre

Salford Quays Activities

Situated at Dock 8, Salford Quays, Salford Watersports Centre aims to make its activities accessible to everyone who wants to...

Heaton Park in Manchester, UK

Heaton Park

Prestwich Parks & Gardens

If you’re craving greenery but don’t want to stray too far out of the city, Heaton Park, on the Manchester-Bury...

Marvin Tomlinson coaching at Corner HQ, a boxing tech gym in Manchester.

Corner HQ

Piccadilly Gyms

This boxing gym next to Mayfield Park doubles as the headquarters of boxing tech company Corner, hence the name Corner...

The swimming pool at Waterside Leisure Centre in Didsbury, Manchester

Waterside Leisure Club

Didsbury Gyms

If you like your gym to be the kind of place where you can spend an entire day, hopping from...

Chorlton Meadows - a large area of green space in Manchester

Chorlton Ees

Chorlton Parks & Gardens

Chorlton Ees is a bit of a wild gem in such a densely populated area. If you’re lucky you could...

USwim Salford Quays

Media City Swimming

The idea of voluntarily getting into the oily, cone-strewn waters of Salford Quays would once have filled us with horror....

Al fresco eating at The Village restaurant in Blakemere Village.

Blakemere Village

Northwich Activities

Blakemere Village is the Cheshire one-stop for shopping, outdoor activities and family-friendly events.

Some of the team at Belle Vue Racers - a long-standing running club in Manchester

Belle Vue Racers

Beswick Clubs & Groups

The distinctive black and white vests of the Belle Vue Racers are a familiar sight at road and cross-country races...

The tennis courts at Wythenshawe Park

Wythenshawe Park

Wythenshawe Parks & Gardens

The six, resurfaced floodlit tennis courts at Wythenshawe Park have just been repainted ready for summer 2023. Anyone can book...

View from Alderley Edge, a red sandstone escarpment in Cheshire

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Historic Buildings & Sites

There are two very different Alderley Edges. One is a chi-chi town of footballers and wealthy socialites, the other –...

Manchester Road Runners near their base at The Wharf in Castlefield

Manchester Road Runners

Castlefield Clubs & Groups

Part running club, part social club, The Manchester Road Runners turns ten-years-old in 2023. 

Woman on rope bridge at Treetop Trek Manchester

Treetop Trek Manchester

Prestwich Activities

If you're looking for a fun way to get outside and get active, try Treetop Trek Manchester at Heaton Park....

Swimming at Manley Mere in Frodsham, Cheshire

Manley Mere

Frodsham Swimming

This man-made lake used to be a field full of cows until the owners diversified their business model from dairy...

We Invented the Weekend - one of Greater Manchester's best festivals.

We Invented The Weekend

Media City Festivals

We Invented the Weekend festival is a massive, free, two-day celebration of all the cool stuff people do in their...

Dunham Massey - a National Trust property with parkland and gardens near Altrincham

Dunham Massey

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s top 10 most visited properties, bringing in 439,000 people in 2020/21. We...

Fletcher Moss

Didsbury Parks & Gardens

Fletcher Moss has four outdoor, floodlit clay tennis courts which are open to everyone and accessibly priced.

Hyde Running Community - a running group based in Hyde, Tameside, Greater Manchester

Hyde Running Community

Hyde Clubs & Groups

While much of Greater Manchester makes for flat, fast running, head towards the outer edges and the terrain gets a...

The spin room at the Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester.

Sugden Sports Centre

Manchester City Centre Gyms

This huge sports facility just off Oxford Road is part of Better, the organisation that runs all the council’s leisure...

Sale Water Park in Manchester where Open Swim UK is based

Openswim UK

Sale Swimming

If you want to go swimming at Sale Water Park, the safest way is with Openswim UK. They hold casual...

Mayfield Park, Manchester

Mayfield Park

Manchester City Centre Parks & Gardens

It’s no secret that Manchester city centre is short on decent parks. The opening of Mayfield Park in September 2022 goes...

Etherow Country Park

Romiley Parks & Gardens

If you want a woodland walk complete with den-making, wildlife, picnic spots, and beautiful views, Etherow Country Park on the...

Runners at starting a race at Wythenshawe Park, from the Manchester Harriers FB.

Manchester Harriers

Wythenshawe Clubs & Groups

Manchester Harriers and Athletics Club was established way back in 1886 and has some pretty impressive alumnae to its name....

Spring at Tatton Park

Tatton Park

Knutsford Parks & Gardens

Tatton Park is a historic estate on the edge of Knutsford, home to an opulent neo-classical mansion, landscaped gardens, a...

Manchester Tennis and Football Centre

Beswick Gyms

The Aquatics Centre, the Etihad Stadium, the Velodrome . . . anyone who doubts the legacy of the Manchester 2002...

Sale Harriers - a running club in Manchester

Sale Harriers

Sale Clubs & Groups

Sale Harriers is one of Greater Manchester's biggest and oldest athletics clubs. It has been running, quite literally, for over...

Runners from Run the World MCR - a women-only running club in Moston, Salford, Greater Manchester

Run the World MCR

Monton Clubs & Groups

Channelling Beyoncé with its name and empowering ethos, Run the World MCR is an inclusive, women-only running club based in...

Daffodils bordering the lake at Lyme Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Lyme Park

Stockport Historic Buildings & Sites

Lyme Park is a huge estate with a Medieval herd of red deer, stunning views and a handsome Regency house....

Chorlton Runners

Chorlton Clubs & Groups

Looking like a swarm of bees in their black and gold running vests, the Chorlton Runners are always well-represented in...

View from Mam Tor, a popular walking destination in the Peak District

Mam Tor

Derbyshire Historic Buildings & Sites

Mam Tor is one of the highlights of the Peak District in an area that’s full of gems. The name...

Winter at Worthington Park in Sale

Worthington Park

Sale Parks & Gardens

Worthington Park is looked after by a green-fingered bunch of volunteers who raise money, return lost property, improve facilities and...

Outdoor swimming at Swim Liverpool at Princes Dock, Liverpool.

Swim Liverpool

Princes Dock Swimming

Swim Liverpool at Princes Dock is the Liverpudlian base of We Swim Run, the team behind various races, courses and...

A sauna at Carden Park, an award-winning countryside spa hotel near Manchester and Liverpool.

Carden Park

Chester Spas

Carden Park is one of the North West’s ultimate spa destinations. This place has won award after award, and deservedly...

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