People in Manchester have some of the worst access to sporting facilities in England, an exclusive investigation has revealed. Manchester - England’s seventh-poorest area by income - has the fewest sporting facilities per person outside of London, with only one sport complex for every 2,491 people. A Manchester Evening News investigation showed that people living in Greater Manchester’s richer areas have better access to sport facilities. Rochdale - the second-poorest authority in Greater Manchester by income - has the second-fewest sports sites, with one for every 1,693 people. Meanwhile, people living in Stockport - the wealthiest area by income in Greater Manchester - have the best access to facilities such as football pitches, swimming pools and tennis courts in our area. The data shows the trend in Greater Manchester is reflected across the country - people in England’s poorest areas are less likely to have access to sporting facilities. Those living in the … [Read more...] about People in Manchester have some of the worst access to sporting facilities in England
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School's almost out for another year and you'll soon find yourself with six weeks of summer holidays to fill. Before you start worrying what on earth you'll do to fill the time - don't worry, we've got it sorted. We've put together a mammoth list of fun days out and events to keep the whole family happy over the school summer holidays. And because we know how expensive it is keeping the kids entertained, we've made sure it includes loads of free and cheap ones to make the most of too. If these don't take your fancy then take a look our guides to the best family parks , adventure days out , playgrounds , beaches , castles and picnic spots where you could take your brood for a decent day out. And if the recent spell of hot weather continues, you might also be on the lookout for an outdoor water park, splash zone or paddling pool - and a decent ice cream parlour for that matter. Don't forget to contact us using the details below if we've missed any decent events off the list. Manchester … [Read more...] about FREE and cheap things to do with the kids in Manchester this summer holidays
We’ve enjoyed weeks of lovely sunshine this summer, so like many of us the Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley got caught out when the rain clouds opened again in Manchester. The reality TV beauty managed to raise a smile despite the downpour as she raced to take cover while heading on a girls’ night out at swanky Spring Gardens restaurant Rosso. Glam Tanya, the wife of Burnley footballer Phil Bardsley, was out on the town on Thursday night to celebrate a pal’s birthday - and she looked summery in an orange floral dress with tan high-heeled sandals. The resourceful mother of four held a gift bag above her glossy brunette tresses to keep them dry as she raced to the town celeb haunt, clutching a bag from her own Tanya Bardo boutique in Wilmslow in the other hand. Sharing a photo from the night on her Instagram she said: “Happy birthday to my bestie @gingerlocks_cheshire I love you to the moon and back always.” And fans rushed to compliment her … [Read more...] about Real Housewives star Tanya Bardsley gets caught out in the rain in Manchester
As you'll probably know, there's a quite important football match on this weekend. But that's not the only reason to get out and about in Manchester over the next few days. If you don't have World Cup fever (and if not, why not?). there's a big food festival at Heaton Park, some great gigs and a beery block party to have a look at. If you are at fever pitch however, you can find our tips on the best sports bars in Manchester for watching England beat Sweden 3-0, or the places you can find big outdoor screens to gather round and shout at. As for the rest of it - here you go... Friday July 6 Music / John Bramwell Still gutted by the demise of Manc music heroes I Am Kloot? Don’t worry: as the band’s frontman, Mr John Bramwell, is keeping busy with his impressive solo career, producing the sort of poetic, heartbreaking indie-folk songs that should go down a storm with fans of his old band. Waterside Arts Centre, Sale / watersidearts.org / 0161 912 5616 / Friday July 6, 8pm / … [Read more...] about Things to do in Manchester this weekend: July 6-8
Manchester prides itself on its industriousness. So much so that the city has even adopted the humble worker bee as its civic emblem. But many of the next generation of Mancs are growing up in homes where no-one works. It’s having a devastating impact on their lives and potentially on our city’s future. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics more than a quarter of kids and teenagers in the city live in a ‘workless’ households. That’s almost 35,000 youngsters - one of the highest rates in the country. The bitter irony is Manchester is, in many respects, booming in a way not seen since the city became the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. A property explosion has seen thousands of new flats being flung up to house the people flocking to the city to work. But in many of the estates just a few minutes’ walk outside the city centre it’s a vastly different story. And it’s not just Manchester, the … [Read more...] about Why are so many children in Manchester growing up in homes where no-one works?