Better and brighter days are on the way, with springtime in full swing. With this in mind, it is the perfect time to go and explore the green spaces that Manchester has to offer. Whether it’s for a jog, a cycle or a good old-fashioned walk, it’s good to get out of the houses that we have spent a little too much time inside recently. At the start of the pandemic, sitting on a park bench was illegal, so we’ve made progress in that aspect at least. So, here is a list of the best parks that Manchester has to offer.
1. Fletcher Moss Park
Fletcher Moss Park is located in Didsbury and is a great place to go if you really appreciate nature. The pathways take you through some lovely scenery, making it an ideal place to take a long, relaxing walk. There’s also a café on-site for when you’re feeling a bit peckish, and you could get a little picnic going with your household/bubble. And if you’re lucky, you may even spot the odd cow or two – just be careful where you step!
2. Platt Fields Park
Located in the heart of Fallowfield Platt Fields park is definitely a favourite in the student community. It has been a hive of activity since the incessant lockdowns began because it’s just so versatile. You can go there for a run or to meet a Tinder date, who knows? Just be sure to go to the lake as it looks very pretty on a sunny day.
3. Alexandra Park
Alexandra Park is a green space that dates back to the 1860s and spans 60 acres! It really has got something for everyone: a football pitch, cricket pitch, fishing lake, tennis courts, and a café. Plus, there’s loads of space for a sit-down and a nice picnic on a warm day. This one really is a great place to explore.
4. Whitworth Park
Whitworth Park is located near the University of Manchester on Oxford road. The best thing about this park is that it is right next door to the Whitworth Art Gallery, so when it reopens after the lockdown, you can make a day of it by looking at art and going to the park. So that’s two birds with one stone. Plus, this park is known to be popular with skaters, so if you’ve got a skateboard, Whitworth would be a great park for you.
5. Chorlton Water Park
Chorlton Water park is a lovely family park located in Chorlton. Unfortunately, if you have four-legged friends, you’ll have to leave them at home as there are no dogs allowed, but there is plenty for humans to enjoy. The main attraction is, of course, the water, very tranquil. Plus, it’s an ideal place to feed the ducks if you’ve got a spare piece of bread going.
6. Marie Louise Gardens
Marie Louise Gardens is located in Didsbury and is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Manchester life. Often described as Didsbury’s hidden gem, it’s full of flowers and wildlife, making it a great place to go for a stroll on a warm summer’s day.
7. Heaton Park
Heaton Park is a little out of the way from central Manchester but definitely worth the trip. This park has something for everyone with loads of family-orientated activities like rowboats, garden centre and you can even try your hand at beekeeping. Some of these services are not available currently due to the lockdown, but once restrictions lift, this is a great place to go for outdoor fun.
There is a list of great places to explore this spring. The daffodils are already starting to bloom, and days are gradually getting longer and warmer, which is more of a reason to get out in the fresh air. Parks have definitely become popular places of socialisation since the first lockdown, and now is as good a time as any to get out and explore Manchester.