…To Be A Dad.

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If you are in or around Stockport, here are some local resources that may be useful.

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Trips out with the kids
Indoor Play Centres
Toddler and Pre-Schooler Groups
Places to eat

Trips out with the kids

Blue John Caverns, visited August 2009.

Blue Planet Aquarium, visited December 2007.

Lyme Park, visited August 2009.

Manchester Museum, visited January 2010.

Manchester Wheel, visited October 2009.

Middlewood Way (on bikes), visited April 2009.

Museum of Science and Industry, visited November 2009.

Stockley Farm, visited Summer 2006 and Summer 2007.

Aerial Extreme (Knowsley), visited Autumn 2010.


Thornfield Park. A local hub with a playground and a large grassy area.

Bruntwood Park. A large park with two playgrounds, trails and open fields for a picnic. Also a nice little cafe.

Didsbury Park. Big park, small playground but a great fair every summer.

Indoor Play Centres

Head Over Heels. A few miles from us but the best around.

Anchors Away. Favourite local playcentre, in Reddish.

Run of the Mill. Large playcentre, in Bredbury.

Funizuz. Gotta love that slide!

Toddler and Pre-Schooler Groups

St Paul’s Church Hall, Heaton Moor, Thursdays 9.15am-11am. This is the playgroup Hayley runs.

Green Lane Evangelical Church, Heaton Moor, Wednesdays 9am-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm.

Heaton Moor Methodist Church, Mondays 9.45am – 11.15am.

Heaton Mersey Methodist Church, Tuesdays 9.15am – 11am.

“Who Let The Dads Out”, Green Lane Evangelical Church, Heaton Moor, irregular Saturdays (every couple of months). A playgroup for Dads and their pre-schoolers.

Places To Eat
Blue Corn. Our local organic store with a comfy sofa and a couple of tables. It does rather nice cheese on toast and tea (amongst other things).

Pokusevskis. A local deli with a couple of tables inside but also a nice little paved garden at the back.

Back’s Deli. Another local deli with a couple of tables. They also do meal deals to take out: e.g. two canneloni’s, large salad and a bottle of wine for £9.95. (Not tried it yet but I plan to very soon!)

The Town Bar Cafe. A good range of food and welcoming staff make this one of the better places to eat with or without the kids.

The Orangerie. Next door to the Town Bar (above), the sofas are welcoming but the staff not always so much so (especially if you have kids in tow). Nonetheless still worth trying particularly if quiet.

Babies (& Kids) in the City. Three Manchester Mums’ guide to local attractions and days out. Published January 2010.

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