Bask is Stockport’s latest speakeasy and music focused bar – click in to find out more!
Last year Stockport hosted Stockport Enduro and Cycling Festival, this event brought in 1000s of visitors to the town centre to watch live stunt cycling performances, have a go cycling sessions, running races & more. The event returns but has grown and is now StockSport 2022 on June 26th!
There is so much going on it is almost impossible to fit it all in… So instead we are going to pop in what we think are the best bits! Remember, most of the events are free to watch, free to participate and are for the whole family!
1, Stunt Mountain Bike Shows
The Extreme Mountain Bike Show will be setting up in St Peter’s Square, Stockport 11-4 so visitors can watch amazing stunts live! Last years performers brought in huge crowds so no doubt this team will do the same!
2, My First Mile, 5k and 10k Run
Stockport will host a 10k, 5k and a My First Mile race through the town centre – Whether you are a seasoned runner or looking to start there is an option for you to take part. If you want to find out how to enter click here
3, Participate in the “Have a go activities”
There is going to be a whole host activities available for visitors to try including: Electric Bikes, Cycling circuits, Smoothie Bike, Stockport County Football Penalties, Lancashire Cricket Nets, Spin sessions and much more
4, Bring your Bike
There are going to be road closures in place throughout the day so even more of a reason to bring in your bike and ride around Stockport Town Centre. A section of Stockport town centre will have barriers and Marshalls so that you can cycle in areas that you might not usually go. If you do not have a bike there will be a host of free electric bikes available to trial.
*All images were taken at the last event and will not represent exactly the same activities – some acts have changed but offer similar offering.
Located on Bridge Street (near that outrageously steep hill to the marketplace) This Godless Place joins the ever growing independent food & drink scene in Stockport. This Bar & Canteen is all about offering a new relaxed dining space in the historic setting of the Old Union Bank.
This Godless Place is the latest venture by Martin Healy of The Good Rebel, he told us “Stockport continues to thrive and grow and I wanted to grow with it”. It is great to see local businesses expanding and choosing to contribute further to SK1’s regeneration.
The space itself does an excellent job of reinvigorating the features of the iconic bank – whether that be from opening up the ornate ceiling, stripping back to the historic brick walls or utlising the old bank vaults. The height of the room really is incredible and the feeling of openness and depth takes you back as you enter the restaurant. We should also mention that there is disabled access and disabled facilities.
Martin was well aware that there is room for more eateries to set up shop in Stockport and the casual dining menu including tacos, Mac n Cheese, burgers, loaded fries and grilled cheese will help fill that gap. The food offering includes a variety of options for changing pallets, with a special mention of the on trend Vegan Beyond Burger.
Currently on draft, Union Bank Craft Lager (for obvious reasons), Estrella, Guiness, Poretti and some other crowd pleasers. There are also a selection of cocktails, bottled beers, and curated wines.
Opening next week this new establishment offers a new type of venue to Stockport town centre with a focus on eats and casual drinks. If you are looking to support new and local we highly recommend you pop down, follow them on socials and show them your support.
Oh yeah, forgot to mention, it’s dog friendly!
Underbank Revival Continues
The Cracked Actor is the latest addition to Stockport’s night time economy. Located amongst the ever changing landscape of Stockport Underbank, the bar owner Joe tells me “it’s all about helping Stockport become the place we all know it can be”.
The beauty of Underbank is not to be understated. Yes, it has some buildings that need repairing but every week it feels like another business is setting up and helping in the regeneration.
The Cracked Actor is centred around craft ale, a wide range of gins and a blues atmosphere. The old large shop front windows create an incredible setting for a bar which allow visitors to feel almost part of the historic street outside.
The interior, whilst small, really uses the space brilliantly. It has the charm of always feeling busy. All of the work has been done by Joe and it has a sense of realness to it. Wooden floorboards, old loom tables for seating, copper containers, traditional chandelier lighting and vintage furniture – it all feels very rustic but contemporary at the same time.
The bar itself is spread over two floors with the bathroom being on the second. The history of the building is felt even more on the second floor by the original fireplace still standing proudly for all to admire. There is more seating available and some fantastic views from the bay windows.
We have to admit it was a big win for us knowing that Paulaner was available on draft. A draft beer not available in Stockport we are led to believe!
There are a number of interesting gins on the menu and some classic home brew. We have to admit it is hard to choose but there will always be quality advice given!
All we can say is is we are immensely grateful to all the work Joe has put in to create this new indie bar in the centre of town. If you are looking for another drinking hole The Cracked Actor must be on the list!
Find out more things to do in Stockport here.