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Five fabulous things about Didsbury Village

Didsbury Village in South Manchester is a pretty special place to live and I’m lucky enough to have been born here. I’ve been thinking about why Didsbury is so special. Is it the parks, the people, the pubs, the sense of community or something else? 

You will have probably seen Didsbury on TV, it’s where Cold Feet is set, and it’s popped up on Queer as Folk, Coronation Street and loads of ITV dramas. Some days you can’t turn a corner without tripping over a film crew. 

Family legend has it that my family have lived in Didsbury village for over 400 years. I am not descended from titled landowners, but from carters and labourers, servants and shop workers. Didsbury is part of me, and I am part of Didsbury. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. But what’s so special about Didsbury Village?

Five fabulous things about Didsbury Village

Is it the pubs?

Didsbury is home to one of the best pub crawls in Manchester, the Didsbury Dozen. I have done it several times and it’s something of a tradition for me to do it on milestone birthdays. 

Didsbury has some great pubs, my favourite of which is the Fletcher Moss in Didsbury Village. It used to be called The Albert and my Grandad and his pals went to war from there. There are several ancient pubs in Didsbury which have in recent years been joined by glossy bars serving £10 gin and tonics and an array of frothy cocktails and craft beers. 

But the pubs in the village are among the longest running businesses in the area, The Royal Oak, The Famous Crown, The Didsbury and Ye Old Cock as well as The Station, The Dog and Partridge and The Nelson have all be serving pints to the good people for Didsbury longer than living memory serves.

Is it the parks?

Didsbury is a leafy suburb of South Manchester, fringed on one side by the River Mersey we are never short of places to walk our dogs. We have Fletcher Moss Gardens, with its untamed meadows, nature reserve, botanical gardens and woodlands to explore. Didsbury Park, a dog walking haven with a newly refurbished and extended playground, Didsbury Park is a hub of community activity. As well as Fog Lane Park, Cavendish Park, Parsonage Gardens and Marie Louise Gardens. We are spoilt for green spaces and when the sun shines we make the most of them.

Didsbury Village

Is it the people?

Didsbury has a great sense of community. Didsbury people have always looked after their own, be it the great benefactors who built schools and libraries in the area, to smaller community groups which help and support local people.

Despite our well heeled reputation, most of the imported millionaires who live here tend to lock themselves away in gated communities, ordering their shopping from Ocado and keeping themselves to themselves.

The streets of Didsbury weren’t always paved with gold, and if you look behind the polished facade you’ll find plenty of normal, every day people who have normal jobs and do what they can to support the local community. From the Didsbury in Bloom volunteers (who are currently planting up the flower bed near my house ready for judging day), to Didsbury Good Neighbours, the WI, Didsbury and West Didsbury Civic Societies as well as local churches and the mosque who collect for the local food banks and other charitable causes. 

There are plenty of opportunities for local people to get involved in their local community throughout the year. As well as the previously mentioned Didsbury in Bloom, there’s the Didsbury Festival, the Didsbury Beer Festival, the Didsbury Arts Festival and West Fest – a celebration of all things West Didsbury. Didsbury Traders support and advocate for local businesses, which in turn try to do their bit to keep Didsbury a thriving place to live and work.

The Shops in Didsbury Village

Didsbury has a strong independent streak, it’s an area which encourages and supports independent businesses. From Didsbury stalwarts such as Axons the butchers, The Cheese Hamlet, Evans the fishmongers, Peter Woolley Printers and Morten’s Bookshop who have been there for generations. To more recent and equally loved businesses like Giddy Goat Toys, Harriet & Dee, Healthy Spirit, Jo Padmore Opticians, Fresh Save and the new butchers – Three Little Pigs.

Didsbury is also known as a great place to go bargain hunting in our many charity shops. Most of my friends have at one time or another stumbled across a designer bargain or two. We are lucky to have a great range of shops and small businesses in Didsbury, but in order for them to survive we need to support them. Go forth and shop local!

Is it our Public Transport?

Reason number five to love Didsbury is our public transport. Yes I know how silly that sounds, but I don’t drive, so buses, trams, trains, planes, cycle lanes and safe pavements to walk down mean a lot to me.

From Didsbury I can hop on a tram and be sat in a bar in town in less than half an hour. I can get a bus, tram or train to Manchester, Stockport, the airport, the Trafford Centre or a hundred other destinations. The Metrolink tram system has opened up Greater Manchester to us and far-flung outposts such as Bury, Oldham and Eccles are just a tram change away. 

Didsbury Village straddles the busiest bus corridor in Europe. Wilmslow Road – the busy artery which runs from the Cheshire border to the university fringes of the city literally is the lifeblood of South Manchester.

Without the buses, trams, trains, planes, cycle lanes and safe pavements of South Manchester, it’s entirely possible this thriving and popular suburb would be nothing but a dusty neglected one horse town with nothing of note to wave a flag about.

Didsbury is a beautiful and historic suburb with lots going for it and so much going on. It’s my home and my history and hopefully my future. What do you love about Didsbury?

Five fabulous things about Didsbury Village

Thanks to Didsbury Traders for the map above.

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Blog Birthday Giveaway! Win a Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy

Today is the 4th anniversary of the day I started my blog, HodgePodgeDays. It’s been four fantastic years with lots of highs, some lows and a lot of learning along the way. Getting to my 4th year seems like something of a personal triumph, looking back many of the newbie bloggers I started out with are no longer blogging and I feel like something of a veteran these days. An old hand if you will. 

Still, four years is worth celebrating, so I’ve put together a few giveaways as a thank you to my readers. To see what else I’m giving away this month, visit my giveaways page.

Giddy Goat Toys

I’m really, really pleased to be giving away a Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy from Giddy Goat Toys in Manchester. Giddy Goat Toys is a brilliant, traditional and independent toy shop in South Manchester. I shop there a lot, mainly because it’s my local toy shop and because their selection of traditional toys, games and craft kits is fantastic. Plus I shop there because I really believe in supporting local businesses.

Blog Birthday Giveaway! Win a Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy

Giddy Goat Toys have a wonderful range of toys, but I’m really drawn to the Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy (£12.99) from Tokidoki’s unicorn character range. Pixie is super cute and collectable too!

“The unicorns were once simple little ponies that were out trotting and wandered into a magic waterfall. Passing through the waterfall, the ponies transformed into unicorns and found a hidden magical kingdom. The unicorns live between the magic kingdom and our world.”

WIN A Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy WORTH £12.99

To be in with a chance to win a Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy worth £12.99, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Check out our other giveaways over on our competitions page.

 
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2. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5. The winner will receive a Pixie Unicorno Plush Toy worth £21.99.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 5th July 2017.
7. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date.
8. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
9. The winners name will be available on request
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Win a Stargazer Lottie Doll worth £21.99

This month I’ve teamed up with Giddy Goat Toys in Didsbury, Manchester to give away a wonderful Stargazer Lottie Doll worth £21.99 to one lucky winner.

Lottie Dolls were launched in 2012 and are relatable dolls aimed at children aged 3+. Lottie does all the activities that real children do and she has been incredibly popular since her launch five years ago.Win a Stargazer Lottie Doll worth £21.99

The Stargazer Lottie Doll has won several awards and most notably was the first doll in space! She joined British ESA Astronaut, Tim Peake on the Principia mission to the international space station which launched on 15th December 2015.

The idea for Stargazer Lottie came from Abigail, a six year old girl from Canada. Abigail has a real passion for space, so her mum contacted the makers of Lottie and suggested they made an astronomy-themed Lottie doll.

This Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a collaboration with the European Space Agency and includes a telescope and tripod, a set of solar system collector cards and a fact sheet filled with information about notable women in astronomy.

Giddy Goat Toys stocks a wide selection of Lottie Dolls and Lottie accessories. I am pleased to be able to offer my blog readers 15% off Lottie Dolls and accessories purchased online from Giddy Goat Toys until 31st August 2017 using the discount code HPLottie.

Win a Stargazer Lottie Doll worth £21.99

To be in with a chance to win a Stargazer Lottie Doll worth £21.99, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Check out our other giveaways over on our competitions page.

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions:
1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only aged (18) and over.
2. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5. The winner will receive a Stargazer Lottie Doll worth £21.99.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 31st May 2017.
7. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date.
8. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
9. The winners name will be available on request
10. Address details will be passed onto an agency to post the prize out to the winner, and is therefore beyond my control. I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post although I will endeavour to liaise with the agency.
11. Your email address may be passed on to the promoter for marketing purposes, you may unsubscribe at any time.
12. Entry to this giveaway confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
13. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this giveaway.

Win a Pip Ahoy Prize Bundle

For those who haven’t yet seen Pip Ahoy, it’s a lovely cartoon on Milkshake on Channel 5 and it’s all about the adventures of Pip the puppy, and his friends including cute kitten Alba and adorable Alan the penguin in the seaside town of Salty Cove. Pip Ahoy features the familiar voices of David Jason, Stacy Soloman, Teresa Gallagher and Jimmy Hibbert. Pip Ahoy is aimed at pre-schoolers and my 5 year old son loves watching it on catch up and gets really involved in the goings on at Salty Cove.

My local independent toy shop, Giddy Goat Toys in South Manchester have given me lots of lovely Pip Ahoy goodies to give away. One lucky winner will receive a Pip Ahoy plush toy and a Pip Ahoy jigsaw puzzle. Eight runners up will win a Pip Ahoy plush toy – so there are plenty of chances to win!Pip Ahoy prizeGiddy Goat Toys is a brilliant, traditional, independent toy shop in South Manchester. I do most of my toy shopping there, mainly because it’s my local toy shop and their selection of traditional toys, games and craft items is fantastic. I also shop there because I believe in supporting local, small businesses, so shopping there makes me happy. They have a lovely online store and their Didsbury shop is open 7 days a week!

Win a Pip Ahoy Prize Bundle

If you’d like to win a Win a Pip Ahoy Prize Bundle, or one of the 8 Pip Ahoy plush toys, then just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, don’t forget to read the terms and conditions too. Good luck!

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Terms & Conditions:
1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only aged (18) and over.
2. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5.The winner will receive a Win a Pip Ahoy Prize Bundle, and 8 runners up will win a Pip Ahoy Plush Toy.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 30th June 2016.
7. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen.
8. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
9. The winner’s name will be available on request
10. Address details will be passed onto an agency to post the prize out to the winners, and is therefore beyond my control. I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post although I will endeavour to liaise with the agency.
11. Your email address may be passed on to to the promoter for marketing purposes, you may unsubscribe at any time.
12. Entry to this giveaway confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
13. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this giveaway.

Win a Shivering Shaun the Sheep toy RRP £14.99

Shaun the Sheep is a bit of a legend. My small boy won’t go to bed without clinging bodily to his Shaun the Sheep hottie and he loves Shaun in all forms. My local independent toy shop, Giddy Goat Toys in South Manchester have given me an adorable shivering Shaun the Sheep toy worth £14.99 to give away to one lucky blog reader.

Shaun the Sheep

Giddy Goat Toys is a brilliant, traditional, independent toy shop in South Manchester. I do most of my toy shopping there, mainly because it’s my local toy shop and their selection of traditional toys, games and craft items is fantastic. I also shop there because I believe in supporting local, small businesses, so shopping there makes me happy. They have a lovely online store and their Didsbury shop is open 7 days a week!

win a shivering Shaun the Sheep toy

If you’d like to win a shivering Shaun the Sheep toy, just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, don’t forget to read the terms and conditions too. Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions:
1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only aged (18) and over.
2. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5.The winner will receive a Shivering Shaun the Sheep toy.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 5th June 2016.
7. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen.
8. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
9. The winner’s name will be available on request
10. Address details will be passed onto an agency to post the prize out to the winners, and is therefore beyond my control. I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post although I will endeavour to liaise with the agency.
11. Your email address may be passed on to to the promoter for marketing purposes, you may unsubscribe at any time.
12. Entry to this giveaway confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
13. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this giveaway.

WIN an Interplay myStyle Jewellery Design Studio rrp £14.99

Christmas is fast approaching and I am pleased to have an Interplay myStyle Jewellery Design Studio set to giveaway to one lucky blog reader. The set has been kindly donated by the lovely Giddy Goat Toys in Didsbury, Manchester who stock a huge selection of the award winning sets from Interplay, including science kits, jewellery making and crafts for kids. You can see their full range of Interplay sets here.

The Interplay myStyle Jewellery Design Studio allows you to become the ultimate jewellery designer. Design your very own fashion jewellery with this bumper pack! It contains everything you need to customise your look and start creating your own stylish jewellery collection. Just follow the 28-page activity guide and learn how to make a trendy charm bracelet, sparkling necklaces, fabulous earrings and much more! Recommended for ages 8 years and over.myStyle Jewellery Design Studio

Win a myStyle Jewellery Design Studio

To be in with a chance to win a myStyle Jewellery Design Studio from Interplay, courtesy of Giddy Goat Toys, simply complete the rafflecopter entry form below – good luck!

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4. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will receive an Interplay myStyle Jewellery Design Studio rrp £14.99.
5. The competition will close on 6th December 2015.
6. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
7. Address details will be passed onto an agency to post the prize out to the winners, and is therefore beyond my control. I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post although I will endeavour to liaise with the agency.
8. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this competition.

Gifts for girls which aren’t too “girlie”

When I was growing up I climbed trees, built dens down by the river, I played football and I didn’t own a dolly. In a last ditch attempt to feminise me, while I was away for the weekend my bedroom was painted pink and teamed with some very pink and very frilly bedding. I was not best pleased but had to learn to live with it. In short I am not a girlie girl. These days when I’m buying gifts for girls I always remember five year old me and try and find something she’d approve of.

I do not go out to shop for tomboys, but I can’t help buying for them. I think there’s room in every girls toy box  for things that aren’t always pink, purple, fluffy or glittery. My inner feminist wants every little girl I meet to become a scientist, author, doctor, solicitor, professional footballer, anything but the sparkly princess they probably dream of becoming. Let’s face facts, it’s probably easier to become an astronaut than it is to become a princess, so I am going to buy them that astronomy kit and help them shoot for the stars!

gifts for girls

Buying gifts for girls can be pretty tricky. The Giddy Goat Toys website has been designed to help busy people search and buy the perfect gifts for girls and boys. One of the best things about the website is their range of toys and gifts for all children, there’s a delightful selection of gifts for girls which aren’t pink, glittery and fit for a princess (although those are available at Giddy Goat Toys too).

Speaking to the mums of little girls in our social circle, I know that they do appreciate receiving a more diverse range of toys, games and puzzles for their little ones, and it’s always nice to be the one bringing something a bit different to the party. I know when I was a little girl all I wanted was the Millennium Falcon (didn’t get) and some LEGO (had to share my brothers). In this day and age when parents are increasingly aware of gender specific and gender neutral toys, it’s great to have a website which will help you find the perfect gift for your child.

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Win a Shivering Shaun the Sheep Toy

To celebrate the release of the Shaun the Sheep Movie, I’ve teamed up with my local independent toy shop, Giddy Goat Toys to give away an adorable shivering Shaun the Sheep toy worth £14.99.

Shaun the Sheep

Giddy Goat Toys is a brilliant, traditional, independent toy shop in South Manchester. I do most of my toy shopping there, mainly because it’s my local toy shop and their selection of traditional toys, games and craft items is fantastic. I also shop there because I believe in supporting local, small businesses, so shopping there gives me the happys.

During February Giddy Goat Toys have their annual and rather fantastic sale, clearing out older stock and making space for new. Do check out their sale and maybe bag a bargain for half term.

If you’d like to win a shivering Shaun the Sheep toy, just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, don’t forget to read the terms and conditions too. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
  2. There is no cash alternative offered.
  3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
  4. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will receive a shivering Shaun the Sheep toy worth £14.99
  5. The competition will close on 25th February 2015.
  6. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this competition.
Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep available from Giddy Goat Toys