If you’re looking for some fun, age-appropriate days out, that you and your loved one can both enjoy, then it’s lucky Borough Care is based in Stockport!
From beautiful parks, to amazing museums, to historical community hot spots, Stockport is a rich and varied town. We know how important it is that our residents maintain links with the local community and continue to get out and about after they move in with us (it’s why we have a packed calendar of social events and trips lovingly organised by our ALFs). So, if you’re looking for a change of scenery the next time you visit, here’s some ideas of local attractions that would be a real treat for your loved one.
Home to some of the best parks in South Manchester, there are so many glorious ways to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and a gentle stroll in beautiful surroundings.
Woodbank Memorial Park has good pathways for our more active residents, as well as a Nature Trail, that has been restored by the Friends of Woodbank Park group.
In the adjacent Vernon Park, there is a lovely café. The park received a £1.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to give it new life and restore it to its former Victorian and Edwardian splendour. It also happens to be very close to our lucky Bruce Lodge residents.
Bramhall Park is a beautifully landscaped greenspace. It sits in the grounds of Bramall Hall, a 14th century timber framed hall, not far from Meadway Court. The park, combined with the hall and the delicious on-site restaurant, has all the ingredients of a lovely day out.
The Hatworks, in Stockport Town Centre, is a wonderful place to reminisce, taking residents back in time through the wonderful world of hats.
Stockport Story Museum allows visitors to time-travel from Palaeolithic times, to present day Stockport, to experience the town’s entire history under one roof. From Mellor Iron Age hilltop settlements, through life in medieval times, to the thriving textile industry of the Victorian era, and the impact of World War I: the museum has something for everyone.
Staircase House is famous for its rare Jacobean cage-newel staircase. A state-of-the-art audio guide recounts the full history of the house and is perfect for older visitors.
Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, this intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain. This can be particularly poignant for those of our residents who will have their own memories of WW2, or have been told stories by their parents. This trip could be a wonderful way to trigger memories for those living with dementia.
Plaza Cinema with Afternoon Tea
Stockport Plaza is an art deco gem, hosting a cinema, theatre and a sumptuous café. Treat your loved one to a live musical, or a screening of a new or classic film, followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the 30’s grandeur of the Plaza café.
With over 50 independent businesses selling everything from beer to buttons, there’s a great shopping experience four days a week at Stockport Market. And with the newly restored Stockport Produce Hall opposite the covered market, you can make it an enjoyable day of shopping, eating and people watching.
The flight of 16 locks at Marple is a spectacular sight, one of the steepest flights in Britain. It’s an absolutely fascinating part of our industrial heritage. And there is so much to do, from short walks and trails, to picnic spots, to fishing, to boat trips down the canal.
With such a wide variety of age-friendly places to explore in Stockport, we hope this list has inspired you and reassured you that visits don’t have to be limited to within our homes and gardens.