What to see and do in Alderley Edge and Wilmslow
PUBLISHED: 12:46 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 12:46 11 March 2020
Known for being the home of the rich and famous, we explore why Alderley Edge and Wilmslow have become the most sought-after postcodes to call home
When you think of the village Alderley Edge and the town of Wilmslow you immediately get an image of glamorous, affluent people attending Champagne lunches and browsing the designer high street stores. And in all honesty, you aren't far off, but these two places have so much more to offer, which is why they are home to some of the most sought-after postcodes in Britain outside of Central London. Alderley Edge and Wilmslow sit right in the middle of Cheshire's Golden Triangle and offer a semi-rural escape from the city of Manchester, embracing both country and city life. With a direct train route into Manchester, both make for an ideal place to settle down.
The vibrant village of Alderley Edge is famed for being the Champagne capital of Britain and it boasts a wide array of independent restaurants, trendy bars and designer boutiques. A stroll down London Road, Alderley Edge's high street, ogling the impressive number of Range Rovers and Lamborghinis, you'll see several ways to spend an afternoon, and they don't all include sipping on Champagne - though that is still our top priority. Coggles, a premium international fashion retailer, sits at the end of the high street and is home to over 200 mens and womens designer collections from established fashion houses, emerging designers and rare international labels. Here you can browse your favourite designers or discover new ones and we're pretty sure you won't leave empty handed. For something with a bit more of a rock'n'roll vibe, head to Runway. Here you'll find distinctive style and if, like me, black is your wardrobe staple, you'll feel right at home.
The village offers a variety of restaurants; if the sun is shining grab a cocktail and sit outside in Piccolino's outdoor terrace. Parea is also a must visit - the glamorous pan-Asian restaurant is an Instagram lover's dream with its stylish interior and picturesque cocktails, a place to be seen in. If you fancy treating yourself, then we suggest you head to Dr Nyla's Medispa, which offers the latest technology for skin care and aesthetics. Though be sure to book ahead, this is one very popular lady!
Alderley Edge isn't just a beautiful place to visit but is also a wonderful place to work. Nicola Wilburn-Shaw, a partner at McAlister Family Law, says: 'There's an enviable pace of life in Alderley Edge; it's as dynamic as the centre of Manchester, but somehow, it's more measured. People here enjoy a good standard of living and there's a better work/life balance. Many of the businesses in the village are independents, so we get to know each other quite well and support one another. Everyone works hard and plays hard, and when it comes to the latter there's a fabulous selection of places to eat and drink! Piccolino is my all-time personal favourite; you can be sure to find me enjoying an Aperol Spritz or two on the terrace on a summer's evening!'
A three-minute train-ride will take you to the lovely town of Wilmslow, which boasts a wonderful selection of shops that will make any shopaholic weep in excitement. Here you'll find designer boutiques and upmarket interior designers, chic charity shops and the famous Hoopers department store. Black White Denim is a favourite of ours.Owned by the stylish Jo Davies, it offers contemporary designer clothing.
Jamie Carter and Richard Dash, behind food blog Lost in Cheshire, call Wilmslow home. 'Between the two of us we have moved over 30 times throughout our lives. We've never felt quite at home as we do in Wilmslow. It has a community that genuinely cares. They care about what happens in and to their town. They care about you; it's a place where the deli lady gives you free hugs and free tasters and where the local café owner recognises you and doesn't embarrass you about all the times you bulk-buy his hash browns!'
Wilmslow also has a lot to offer in terms of culture; the recently opened Rex Cinema is a must visit. The art-deco cinema offers vintage Hollywood glamour and shows the latest films: a perfect date night.
For those who want to embrace the stunning countryside Wilmslow has to offer then head to The Carrs. This park follows the River Bollin for just under a mile from Wilmslow town centre to Twinnies Bridge. The river meanders through picturesque parkland with footpath links into Styal Country Park and the Dean Valley. A perfect excuse to grab your hunters. After a long day of exploring, grab some delicious Thai food at The Chilli Banana which is a favourite amongst the locals.
With so much to offer, it's no surprise these areas are very popular; with beautiful scenery, exciting restaurants and an amazing shopping experience, we know where we'll be heading.