Archive for the ‘Sunday Day Out ideas’ Category

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Manchester walks

March 11, 2012

We all love our great city, but did you know the Manchester Visitor Centre is running a series of guided walks themed around our world-famous musical, sporting, political, and architectural heritage ?

The walks also include Underground Manchester, supernatural ghost walks, and even real ale pub trails.

And best of all, many of the walks are at weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) so they can make a great afternoon out, even if you’re working during the week !

For full details, see the Manchester Visitor Centre website.

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Sundays at Salford Art Gallery

September 18, 2010

Salford Museum and Art Gallery – just 5 minutes walk from Salford Crescent station – has a varied programme of activities on Sundays which could make a great trip out from Walkden – upcoming events include:

  • Sunday 3 Oct – “Tudors Live !” Tudor themed fun day
  • Sunday 10 Oct – International Food Festival – explore food from around the world … and Salford !
  • Sunday 17 Oct – Craft Fair with many stalls selling affordable handmade items
  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 Oct – Felt Making Workshop (2 sessions)
  • Sunday 7 Nov – “Tudors Live !” Tudor themed fun day
  • Sunday 5 Dec – “Tudors Live !” Tudor themed fun day

The Museum and Art Gallery are open from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.

For details of the events please see the museum website (if it’s working !) or call 0161 778 0800

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Exodus free festival – this Sunday

July 16, 2010

The 9th annual Manchester Exodus festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Albert Square. The festival is family-friendly and free and offers an amazing variety of music and dance on two stages – including Polish hip-hop, Gambian drumming, and Congolese pop among 25 international acts.

Of course, the Sunday train service from Walkden is the ideal way to visit – with no worries about car parking in town.

For full details see the Visit Manchester web page.

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Sunday Days Out #3 – Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre (Marsden)

July 5, 2010

Continuing our series of ideas for days out on the new Sunday service, we feature the fascinating Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre in the beautiful pennine town of Marsden.

Standedge Tunnel is a remarkable engineering feat: the highest, longest, and deepest canal tunnel in the UK !

The Tunnel Visitor Centre is a pretty 15-minute walk from Marsden station along the canal towpath and tells the remarkable history of the tunnel. It also offers a cafe and outdoor picnic area beside the canal.

Other activities available include:

  • guided boat-trips along the canal and into the tunnel
  • a nature trail
  • a heritage trail
  • pub lunches in Marsden
  • glorious walking in the surrounding hills

There’s a full programme of special events including:

  • Sun 11 July – Canal Arts and Crafts workshop
  • Sun 8 August – Falconry Day
  • Sun 12 September – Vintage Car Show
  • Sun 26 September – Rag Rug Making
  • Sun 10 October – Marsden Jazz Festival (starts Fri 8th)
  • Sun 17 October – Canal Art
  • Sun 31 October – Halloween
  • Sundays 28 November, 5 and 12 December – Christmas Craft Fair and Santa Trips

Please see the Standedge Tunnel website for full details of these and other attractions.

Marsden is reached by changing train at Manchester Victoria. Some suggested times are detailed below – but please check your journey on National Rail Enquiries before travelling as weekend engineering works can affect services.

Take the 09.37 from Walkden (arrive Victoria 09.58) and change at Victoria to the 10.43 to Marsden arriving 11.15. Both services run approximately hourly during the day. PLEASE NOTE there are bus replacements between Victoria and Stalybridge for much of July and August as Marsden trains are diverted to/from Piccadilly.

The service pattern is approximately hourly for the return journey too. The last advertised connection leaves Marsden at 16.50 and arrives back to Victoria at 17.26 (or slightly later – at 17.42 – when the bus replacement is running). The last train to Walkden leaves Victoria at 18.12.

Train times between Victoria and Marsden change on September 12 but there will still be some services operated as bus replacements. Full details can be found on National Rail Enquiries’ Journey Planner website.
Sample fares include:
Off-peak Adult Return: £10.30
Off-peak Child Return: £5.15

Disclaimer: The information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but we cannot be responsible for any errors, changes, or consequences thereof. Please check all times, opening hours, and prices with the relevant providers before travelling.
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Sunday Days Out #2: Lyme Park

June 18, 2010


Over the coming months FOWS will be suggesting day out ideas to make the most of the brand new Sunday service and today we feature Lyme Park – the spectacular stately home and park near Disley (south of Stockport).

Disley station is close to the estate entrance: you can walk back along the  (busy) A6 toward Stockport for about 0.5 mile to the main entrance or – for a more interesting and scenic approach – follow the way-marked Gritstone Trail footpath for about 1.5 through moorland and woods to reach Lyme Park house.

The house is of course famous for its beautiful historic interior and spectacular gardens, but the wider estate is also criss-crossed by open-access public footpaths which lead over moorland and woods. There is a cafe and shop within the house, or a selection of pubs in Disley for refreshments.

Suggested trains: leaving Walkden on the 9.37 to Manchester you can change at Salford Crescent for the 10.11 to Piccadilly, and take the 1052 from Piccadilly to Disley arriving 11.22.

There is an hourly service between Disley and Manchester Piccadilly. The 16.53 from Disley gets back to Manchester in good time for the 18.12 from Victoria back to Walkden (change at Stockport and Salford Crescent, or walk/tram between Piccadilly and Victoria).

Please check the National Rail Journey Planner for any changes to the  train service  on the date you plan to travel.

Costs: Off-peak adult return is £6.50 as Disley is one station beyond the GMPTE Rail Ranger (£4 All Day) boundary at Middlewood.

The public footpaths across the Lyme Park estate are free to use but entry to the house and gardens costs £9 (adult) or £22 (family). Cheaper house-only and garden-only tickets are available. Entrance is free to National Trust members.

If you have any suggestions for days out using the new Sunday service, please drop us a line at friends@walkdenstation.org.uk

Disclaimer: The information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but we cannot be responsible for any errors, changes, or consequences thereof. Please check all times, opening hours, and prices with the relevant providers before travelling.

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Sunday Day Out Ideas #1 – Historic Hebden Bridge

June 12, 2010

Over the coming months FOWS will be suggesting day out ideas to make the most of the brand new Sunday service and today we start with the fascinating and picturesque town of Hebden Bridge, just over the Yorkshire border and easily accessed from Victoria on the Calderdale trains to Leeds.

Hedben Bridge has something for everyone …

  • a great selection of independent shops (said to be the best in the country)
  • historic buildings
  • a lovely park for kids to play in
  • easy access to walks to suit all ages
  • great places to eat and drink

It’s hard to know where to start but here’s just a few tips for ways to spend your time in Hebden Bridge:

  • Walks:
    • Easy – along the canal footpath to neighbouring towns like Mytholmroyd or Todmorden (both are also served by Victoria trains)
    • Moderate – the beautiful Hardcastle Crags woodlands lie just outside the town with a great cafe at Gibson Mill
    • Difficult – Hebden Bridge is a great launching point for challenging walks all over the moors that loom over Calderdale. Stupendous views are possible from walks to the landmark Stoodley Pike or along the Pennine Way.
  • The Flying Saucer Cafe in the centre of town (next to Tourist Information) is recommended for families with creative kids – design your own pottery and the cafe will fire it !
  • Stroll around the historic centre visiting the cafes and free galleries
  • Take the local bus (or prepare for a very steep walk !) up the hill to the historic stone built village of Heptonstall for views over the valley

There are often festivals and special events organised by the town – next weekend (19th/20th June) is the Brass Band Heritage Weekend for example. Contact Hebden Bridge tourist information centre for more details: hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

For more information about the town and events see HebdenBridge.com or HebdenBridge.co.uk

Suggested trains: leaving Walkden on the 9.37 to Manchester you have just a 10 minute wait at Victoria for the 10.08 to Leeds which arrives Hebden Bridge at 10.52.

There is an hourly service between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria. The 16.45 from Hebden Bridge’s picturesque Victorian station (an attraction in its own right) gets back to Victoria at 17.30 – in good time fora coffee before getting the 18.12  back to Walkden.

Important – Service Disruptions: Engineering works between Manchester Victoria and Hebden Bridge may affect some Sunday services over the summer (for example services are due to be replaced by buses on Sunday 18th July).

Please check before travelling using National Rail Enquiries website (tip – click on the “Details” link for the trains you plan to travel on and check the “Travel By” column shows a picture of a train and not a bus!)

Sample Costs: Off-peak adult return is £9.30, or a bargain £13.90 for 2 adults thanks to Northern’s off-peak “Duo” offer.

Disclaimer: All information is correct to the best of our knowledge but we cannot be responsible for any errors, changes, or consequences thereof. Please check times, opening hours, and prices with the relevant providers before travelling.

If you have any suggestions for day trips using the new Sunday service, please drop us a line at friends@walkdenstation.org.uk

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Take the train to the Manchester Day Parade !

June 9, 2010

The Manchester Day Parade on Sunday 20th June is a great reason to head into town using the new Sunday train service from Walkden.

The parade of floats, musicians and dancers begins at 2pm at Castlefield then follows a route through the city centre. With road closures and high demand for car parking the train is the best way to go !

For further details see the Manchester Day Parade website.

Sunday trains leave Walkden for Manchester Victoria every hour from 9.37 to 17.37, and return from Victoria at 10.09 then every hour from 11.12 to 18.12