Didsbury - Take a saunter on the southside
PUBLISHED: 17:18 05 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:09 20 February 2013
Take a saunter on the southside
Didsbury is arguably Manchesters most famous suburb, synonymous with an enviable lifestyle thats on the right side of affluent but a bit bohemian too. Its a place of two halves. East Didsbury, with its parklands, semis, grand detached houses and buzzing village and West Didsbury, which has a different, more alternative feel. Combined, they make this one of the most sought after locations for anyone who wants a cosmopolitan neighbourhood with the buzz of a city.
What Didsbury has, which the city definitely doesnt, is lots of green spaces. Theres the pretty Marie Louise gardens close to Palatine Road, created in memory of a long departed young woman, which is a fine place to stroll and watch squirrels hide their nuts, the 1920s Didsbury Park, adjacent to where Richard and Judy lived when they were morning telly stars at Granada, Fog Lane Park and the wonderful Botanical gardens at Fletcher Moss, a place where you can take the papers on a sunny Sunday morning for peace, quiet and pretty flowers.
Day and nightlife
Didsbury is one of those locations people travel to for a night out, whether it is to enjoy fine food in restaurants that cook up everything from a pizza to Nepalese, or dive headfirst into the social whirl at a cool bar. The areas greatest asset is its ability to cater for to everyone. Its an area where somehow the bars, pubs and restaurants can appeal to both the older generation and their kids.
West Didsbury and Didsbury Village combines, offer a wide range of independent shopping. Stroll around Burton Road area for example and youll find charming interiors stores, cleverly-picked fashion labels, cupcakes, flowers, cards, gifts and wedding gowns. Wander along Barlow Moor Road and pick up health foods, gifts and deli snacks and in the village, check out everything from books and art to delicious cheeses.
Didsbury has its very own arts festival which this year runs from September 24th to October 1st, featuring a wide variety of film and visual art events, including the Festival gallery, music, comedy, dance and drama. There are competitions for photography, short stories, poetry and short films and local people are encouraged to take part in any way they wish, whether by taking part, volunteering, sponsoring an event or even hosting one at their own venue.
While you're here
Sit at a pavement cafe and watch the world go by. Didsbury is famed for its cafe culture.
Eleven Didsbury Park Hotel looks like a smartly turned-out Victorian townhouse but it is actually one of the city's most exclusive boutique hotels
It's arty bohemianism. Poet Laureate carol Anne Duffy and writer Sophie Hannah are current residents, while those who lived here formerly include the Velvet Underground's Nico.