Etherow Country Park is one of my favourite places to go. I've been on my own, with my family, with friends and have taken my cousin's.
The park is what you make it. There is a lake which is the centre of the park where ducks and geese like to be. You can walk all of the way around it with a choice of trails (depending on how good you are with hills).
I buy some duck seeds from the information centre (20p a bag!) and feed the ducks and geese as I walk around the park. If you're brave enough the geese will eat the seeds out of your hands if you keep still!
There is a lovely little waterfall at the back of the park and little bridges to cross if you want short cuts!
The park has a sailing club. If you visit on a nice day, you'll see small sailing boats on the lake as well as toy sailing boats that are controlled from the shore.
I've visited in the sun, rain, ice and snow - I've never had a disappointing visit. The paths are not concrete or tarmac, so when the weather has been a bit naff, I would recommend shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy. Personally, I opt for wellies.
The car park is a pay & display and can get very busy as Etherow is a popular place. They have a visitor's information centre which caters for children's exploration too. There is a cafe where you can get a brew (hot drink) and a snack - hot and cold. The prices are reasonable.
I have some amazing memories of this park, I hope you make some too!
To my knowledge this is the only hat works museum in England.It is interesting to see how Stockport got the name ,,the hatters``and how hard the people had to work.I loved the Victorian style machines and the hat collection.A charming place which is worth a visit.
If you're in Stockport and have children aged 0-12 years old. You may want to consider this play centre!
Zoom is an indoor play area for children. They have sectioned-off areas for children of certain ages, for example, 0-1 year so they have their own space without the bigger children posing any kind of danger.
There are climbing frames, ball pools, slides, bridges and it's all cushioned for safety.
Zoom have an imaginary play area with dressing-up clothes, a home corner and games.
There is a cafe their which is reasonably priced. They sell hot and cold drinks and hot and cold food; some snacks, some meals.
The bathrooms and toilets are clean and child-friendly.
There is a seating area with tables where you can sit and watch your children play.
This place also does children's parties that you can find information on their website (listed below) and also if you go in and ask; the staff will be more than happy to help you.
Originally held as two seperate manors, Bramall is one of the finest Black and White timber-framed buildings. A Manor House built in the local style, the framework is constructed with Oak timbers, joined with mortice and tenon joints and held together with Oak pegs. Either wattle and daub, or lath and plaster were used to fill in the spaces between the timbers.
Around the year 1070, William the Conquerer gave both parts of the Manor to Hamon de Masci, the first Baron of Dunham Massey. Throughout the next 800 years, just three families would own the estate: the Davenports; De Bromales and Nevills.
Today, the hall is a momento to the history of these families, particularly the Davenports, who built the current house in late 14th Century.
The House and Grounds have been used for various functions, including the proclamation of George VI succeeding his brother King Edward VIII.
At the begining of their visit, visitors are shown a short, 15 minute film telling them the history of the hall, and can have either a guided tour or just wander the hall on their own.
Adults: £4.05* (inc. audio guide)
ages 5-16/consessions: £3.05*
Under 5's: free
Leisure Key: free
Combined Entry Ticket:
Visitors can purchase a Combined Entry Ticket for the Staircase House, Air Raid Shelters and Bramall Hall for £10 for adults and £5 for consessions and under 16's. A Group Ticket for any four people costs £25. This Combined Entry Ticket is not limited to time, i.e. you do not have to visit all three sites in a day for example.
* the prices given on the Bramall Hall website, of £3.95 and £2.95 are incorrect.
Housed in this Hidtoric building,the centre provides a range of services to visitors and residents.Once inside,there is a view of the excavated cobbled floor and an intriguing glimpse of a blocked doorway.
Stockport story museum is part of the newest heritage attraction in the town centre.It tells the story of Stockport from prehistoric times to the present day.
This is a rare survival of a mediaeval merchant's town house,parts of which date back to 1460.
The building also houses a 17th century cage newel design staircase,a mediaeval cruck framed hall and 17th and 18th century oak panelling.
The building suffered fire damage in 1995 and remained vacant until its restoration in 2004.Staircase House is Grade II listed and serves as a visitor attraction complementing the adjacent Stockport Story Museum.A cafe is also located here.
In 1838,William Robinson purchased the Unicorn Inn on Lower Hillgate and his son Frederic joined him in 1865 when he started to Brew his own beer on this site.By 1878,a horse and dray had been purchashed to allow deleveries to be made by themselves.The company now owns over 400 pubs.Old Tom the renowned winter warmer was supreme beer champion in 2005.
Call 0161 480 6571 for details of brewery tours.
This street was famously painted by L.S.Lowry in 1930 and the painting can be seen at the Stockport Art Gallery.The slang name for Crowther street was 'Bombers Brow'literally Bailiffs Brow.It was notorious locally for moonlight flits and Lowry,as a rent collector,would no doubt have had to bear this in mind.The houses were demolished earlier in the century and were reconstructed in 2004.
It is likely that the current building on this site dates from the the 19th century.The building was first mentioned in 1744 as surgeon Dr.Briscalls practice,who gave free consultations.This bulding was effectively the forerunner to Stockport infirmary.The bulding is now a pub and open to the public seven days a week serving a variety of fine ales and wines.
The church is a Grade I listed building.The Chancel originates from before 1334,with the Nave and 125 foot tower being rebuilt in 1814 after the original tower was severely cracked by bell ringing in celebration of Nelson's victory at the battle of Trafalgar.
Judge John Bradshawe,who presided over the court that condemned Charles I to death,was also baptised in St.Mary's on December 10th 1602.
The churchyard is home to a number of interesting gravestones including that of St.John Wainwright born in 1723,the church organist who composed the tune 'Stockport'to which is sung the hymn'Christmas Awake'.Another gravestone worth noting has the incription"in memory of James Thorneley of Stockport,died October 30th 1825,age one thousand one hundred and forty-five moons".The graveyard is a resting place of some 50,000 souls.The earliest gravestone dates back to 1630.If the church is open,its well worth a look inside.
Open-10.30am till 4.00pm Tues,Fri and Sat.Also Sun for services.
In 1680,the largest corn mill in the manor operated near the River Goyt on Millgate.Originally the 'Milne Gate'was virtually opposite the Arden Arms.Its continuation Newbridge Lane,was possibly a Roman road.The Anglo-Saxon word Gata means way,highwayor road.
The mill was demolished in 1822.A 1703 paving stone still exists on the corner of Market Place.
under construction (not the chapel, just the tip)
Opening Times for the Chapel:
Saturdays: 1pm - 4pm., throughout the year
Sundays: 1pm - 4pm (November - March, winter)
Sundays: 1pm - 5pm (April - October, summer)
Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm, 11am - 4pm, winter (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
The estate is open all year round
Underneath St. Petersgate Bridge is The Queens Head, also known as Turners Vaults. (It was called Turners Vaults before the steps up to St. Petersgate were built)
it is a Great little pub that dates back to the 1790's. it is small and has a 3 room layout with a narrow bar at the front which includes alcoves decorated with old adverts and reviews of the pub including it's history. Behind a partition is a small snug which has a wood burning fire and a quiet room at the back. It is said to have a haunted windowless room upstairs as well as what is said to be the smallest toilet in Europe.
The White Lion originates from the 15th Century but it was rebuilt in 1904 in an Art Nouveau Style.
In 1815 the landlord fired a cannon to inform the town's people of to Victory at the battle of Waterloo.
In 1831 a wife sale took place here and a William Clayton sold his wife for 5 shillings to a J Booth, She was handed over with a halter around her neck.
Opened on the 24th febuary 1868 and cost £10,500. It consists of 5 arches and was designed by rawlinson and built by Peter Pierce. the Span above Little Underbank is 27 feet 3 inches long and the bridge has the borough's coat of arms.