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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...

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...

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...

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. 

Christmas at the Magical Woodland at Blakemere Village, Cheshire.

Blakemere Village

Northwich Activities

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

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....

Outdoor swimming at Wild Shore Delamere

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

Castlefield Parks & Gardens

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

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,...

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...

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....

We Invented the Weekend festival includes live DJs

We Invented The Weekend

Media City Festivals
Christmas light trail at Heaton Park, Manchester.

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...

Fletcher Moss

Didsbury Parks & Gardens

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

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...

The spin room at the Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester.

Sugden Sports Centre

Oxford Road Gyms

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

Alexandra Park, Manchester in autumn.

Alexandra Park

Moss Side Parks & Gardens

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

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...

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...

Mayfield Park, Manchester

Mayfield Park

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

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

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...

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 –...

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...

David James Seed at The Farm Club doing cold water immersion

The Farm Club

Cheshire Gyms

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

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...

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...

Manchester Tennis and Football Centre

Beswick Gyms

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

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...

Fireworks at Haigh Woodland Park in Wigan

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.

A sign at Etherow Country Park on the edge of Stockport, Greater Manchester.

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Christmas at Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tatton Park

Cheshire Parks & Gardens

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

Christmas lights at Dunham Massey

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...

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

Corner HQ

Ardwick Gyms

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

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

Belle Vue Racers

Clayton Clubs & Groups

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

Sunset at Lyme Park, a National Trust property near 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....

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