Prestwich, Greater Manchester
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A word of warning: residents of this smart northern address with family-friendly Victorian homes, leafy streets and parks, and outstanding schools, don’t like to be labelled the “new Didsbury”. So much so that the constant comparison with Manchester’s smugger southern suburb inspired locals to launch its own community arts festival in 2018, in addition to Festwich, its tribute-band bunfight.
“I was so sick of hearing people saying that Prestwich is the new Didsbury. It’s its own place, with its own community and lots of talent of its own, so we decided to do something to show it off,” says Jane Thomson, the DJ behind the roving club night Take Me to Church. The festival now involves 500 volunteers and theatre, music and art events aimed at showcasing local talent and bringing Prestwich’s enviably diverse communities together.
It has left its mark, not least on the walls. There are giant murals of local legends Victoria Wood on the side of a tattoo parlour and Mark E Smith, next to Chips@No 8, a superior chippie, painted by street artist Akse P19. There are many lively places to eat along Bury New Road, the main drag. You can hardly move here for craft beers, cocktails, oat lattes and smoothies — which gives you an idea of the new demographic.
The pub scene is companionable, the dining scene lively — you can’t move for craft beers, cocktails, oat lattes and smoothies on New Bury Road — and the scenery is life-enhancing. Walk along Prestwich Clough, a pretty valley that will take you all the way to Bolton without crossing a road, or stay closer to home in Heaton Park where on Saturdays 400 runners gather for a parkrun. On Thursday evenings, amateur astronomers gather to scour the dark skies, proving that this really is the Northwest’s starriest address.
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