Last November I wrote a blog celebrating all that is great about the corner of South Manchester which I choose to call home. I shared “10 reasons to love Levenshulme” with the Levy Massive on Facebook; and only then did my Mother inform me that I’d misspelled Levenshulme in the title. Thankfully, everyone else was too kind to point out my error and instead, put forward their own reasons for loving Levenshulme by way of comments below the post.
I’m not quite sure how 12 months has passed, but here’s the promised follow up, comprising everyone’s suggestions in what has somehow become the anniversary edition.
Over the past year, Levenshulme has gained several high profile accolades. Neil Buttery was runner up in the Telegraph’s Fabulous Foodie competition. Levenshulme Market were BBC Food and Farming Awards finalists, and also scored a mention in the Lonely Planet, which named Manchester one of the Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World. Earlier this week, Jamie Whittaker’s Breakfast in Bed project featured in The Guardian. It’s amazing what can happen when a community pulls together.
So let’s all bask in Levenshulme’s reflected glory and take a moment to celebrate 10 more reasons to love our suburb.
1. The Secret Lake
Not so secret these days but still a delightful place to enjoy wildlife, and almost on the doorstep.
Situated in the heart of Levenshulme, the studios are not only a workspace for local artists but a venue for frequent exhibitions and events.
3. Nutsford Vale Park and the exercise machines in Green Bank Park
Just a short stroll from the A6 lies green space aplenty – for when you want to feel like you’ve escaped to the countryside, or fancy something a little more energetic.
4. The Klondyke Club
Hosting a range of spectacular events throughout the year; setting Bonfire Night off with a bang, marking the Summer Solstice at Lev-Stock, and serving up pints at Levy Beer Fete.
5. Blue Bell Inn
Just what a local pub should be, with a friendly landlord and a cosy atmosphere.
6. Highfield Country Park
Accessible from the Fallowfield Loop, this is another place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a stroll in the sunshine.
Don’t forget to say ‘hello’ to the animals at Shores Fold Farm while you’re there.
7. Levenshulme Bakery
Selling delicious Turkish breads and sweet treats from Stockport Road.
8. Betty Boop Café
The shop name that always brings a smile.
9. The Bottle Corner
Even though it’s firmly closed, this lovely frontage would lend itself to a café, or place to buy wine and craft beer. Does anyone know anything of its history?
10. Local festivals
Thanks to Jamie Whittaker, Ellen Hackett, Geli Berg, Sara Nilsson, Mary Peek, Neil Fitzpatrick and Teresa Stones, whose suggestions shaped this post, and encouraged me to explore new corners of Levenshulme.
Did your favourite places make it on to the list? Are there any I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.