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Things to do with kids in Stockport and Tameside

Stockport viaduct

Home to the largest brick viaduct in Europe (!), Stockport's proximity to beautiful contryside and the city of Manchester makes it perfect for families who want to do a bit of everything (including look at viaducts). Our Local editor gives a guided tour

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Let's get back to nature - where can we find some greenery?

Reddish park

Reddish Country Park is ideal for blowing away the cobwebs, with walks, cycle trails and bridleways stretching 161 hectares along the River Tame. In the week the park has its own toddler group that meets up for walks or indoor activities, and there are also regular orienteering events. 

How about sniffing out some culture?

Basin Museum

Head to the Portland Basin Museum; not only are there plenty of activities for children at weekends and during the school holidays, it's also a wonderful picnic spot. If the weather is nice, hop on Tameside's Canal Boat for a ride along the canal.

Phew! It's time to refuel

Stockport's Foodie Friday has become a much-loved regular feature. Held on the last Friday of every month, it's a great start to the weekend. The market has gone from strength to strength and is well known for its variety of street food, live music and craft ales.

The kids need to burn off some steam - where can we take them?

Ariel hoop

Try Aerial Kids Circus Classes in Hazel Grove. They offer classes for children and adults, so it really can be a family affair.


If the air isn't your prefered element, take to the water instead. Puddle Ducks has an abundance of classes from pregnancy to popular baby and children's activities.

We feel like going off the beaten track - any hidden gems to share?

Savoy cinema logo

The Savoy Cinema in Heaton Moor opened its doors last year as an independent cinema after being brought back to life by Amanda Mundin and her family. Curl up on a sofa for two with your snacks and enjoy the experience of this luxury community venue. Well worth a visit.

Ok, it's time to spend some pocket money - any good shops?

Old Town

Brimming with local independent shops, Stockport Old Town is always worth a mooch around. Meander through the old cobbled streets that lead to the Old Market Square - host to a variety of live events, including this year's Folk Festival in May and The Stockport Fringe.

The kids need sugar and we need caffeine - where should we go?


Cafe 31 is perfect for adults and kids. There's outside space to enjoy coffee while the kids choose from a great selection of smoothies, ice creams and milkshakes.

We've got a babysitter - quick, get us to a pub!

Queens Head

If it's a proper pub and a natter your looking for, then The Queens Head is the place to go. It's cosy, friendly, has roaring open fires, great ales - and the UK's smallest toilet!

About the Local editor: Rachel

"I love being in the city and feel really lucky to have both Stockport and Manchester on my doorstep. Stockport is a thriving place to be, with so much going on for children, while the Old Town offers shopping and going out for grown-ups. We are also fortunate enough in Stockport to be close by to stunning countryside - it really has the best of both worlds."

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