A mini-guide on what to do in Cheshire and South Manchester

PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 August 2013

Macclesfield Town Hall

Macclesfield Town Hall

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Hit the hotspots of Cheshire and South Manchester for fab food, super shopping and more...

Altrincham and Timperley

Cafe life, shopping and its variety of specialist markets are what are making Altrincham and its neighbour Timperley buzz at the moment.

Alrincham Farmer’s Market is held the first Friday of every month and here you can source everything from seasonal vegetables and free-range eggs to savoury pies, cheese and artisan bread.

On the third Sunday of each month the historic covered market has around 60 stalls selling everything from locally-produced crafts and foodstuffs to jewellery to vintage clothing, homewares and collectables... so you’re sure to find something to suit everyone.

And there’s just one month to go until the Timperley Country Fair which is the largest one day event in village and remains as popular as ever. The aim of the Fair is to provide an event suitable to all age groups and allow local charities and small businesses the opportunity to raise income for their activities and display information about their work. And you can’t get more community focused than that!

Bramhall

Bramhall is the perfect backdrop for good old British festivities with its delightful housing, top notch shopping and delicious restaurants and cafes, so it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax at the weekend.

Whether it’s in the Village Square, the main shopping area, which actively encourages performances by local talent in the Piazza, or at the Brookdale Theatre, which stages regular performances, it’s a town with an air of the theatrical.

Chester

The perfect location for a day out. It has everything. From the historic Rows, medieval shops that are now the location for prestigious retailers and cafes, to the museum and zoo. pop into the five star Chester Grosvenor for a Michelin-starred lunch or to sample their new menu of gin and tonics, or dress to impress for a night at one of the great bars.

Chorlton

The boho part of Manchester continues to flourish thanks to its mix of funky cafes and shops. Popular with fashionable young professionals it is where you can stroll along, drink craft beers or listen to live music in one of the many cool bars. or if you want to be more energetic hit the water park for a sail or a jog. It’s got a bit of an iconic pop status too as Morrissey, The Stone Roses and the BeeGees are amongst those who lived there. Indeed Barry Gibb bought the house on Keppell Road where the BeeGees used to live and now rents it out!Didsbury

West and East Didsbury are the more affluent suburbs of south Manchester with lovely big houses, homes to judges and surgeons. The village is where to shop for a whole range of goodies from cheeses and artisan foods to art. Away from the centre of the village is Burton Road in East Didsbury which has a greater concentration of independent shops, restaurants and trendy bars.

Hale

Hale has a very laidback feel with the vibe of a mini Hampstead. Lovely boutiques, hairdressers interior shops and smart cafes are amongst the attractions for those who live and visit. Check out the specialist wine shop - they have their own vineyard in France - and the ladieswear shops. Hale may be small but it is hugely appealing.

Lymm

Pretty Lymm is a world away from nearby Warrington with its desirable waterside housing and picturesque village. As the summer gets into its stride it is a fine location for enjoying all that summer offers, from delightful walks to award-winning cuisine at an idyllic pub.

Macclesfield

There are some beautiful uses around Macclesfield which is the perfect location for anyone with a regular commute to London and the town is scheduled for something of a renaissance. Famed for its high quality silk production, Macclesfield has a buzzing feel and plenty of shops and bars for locals and visitors to enjoy too.

Stockton Heath

Those living in Stockton Heath are lucky to enjoy a vibrant and cosmopolitan location with cafes, galleries, high end boutiques and beauty salons on the doorstep combined with a more laid back feel of village life.

Stockton Heath is not so far from the bustle of Warrington, where there are high street stores and entertainments aplenty. More striking then is the fact that it has its own charming identity.

The main residential area of Appleton is within walking distance and is separated from Stockton Heath by the canal with its picturesque swans, ducks and narrow boats. And all these delights add up to a great place to make a home. Who can argue with the fact that it is surrounded by great schools, beautiful walks and great places to eat out, a real family place?Chorlton Water ParkChester Grosvenor

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