The festival spirit of Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme

Get into the festival spirit this month at this Cheshire favourite

The Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme area is the ideal base for anyone who wants to explore Cheshire. Based on the Cheshire plain and a swift train ride into Stockport and Manchester, it's no wonder it has become a commuter hot-spot.Past timesThe area is steeped in its own unique history. Situated alongside one of the tributaries of the River Mersey, the Lady Brook, it has been a settlement since Stone Age Times. The area remained very sparsely populated and, unlike many other northern towns and villages, the Industrial Revolution did little to change the way of life here and it remained very much a rural settlement.

The introduction of the railways and improved road network did however bring change, but rather than an industrial change it was a change in population. It brought commuters from Manchester and Stockport, as these places became overpopulated there was a need for expansion and with good road and rail connections it wasn't long before the town started to grow into what we see today.

All you'd ever wantNice houses, great schools, a wide range of local shops... this is indeed a much sought after location for those living and working in Cheshire and the city. There's a real sense of community too which is why so many people want to call it home.

New movesCheadle station is being upgraded and this month we should see lifts finally installed although apparently there are no plans for lifts to go from street level, in spite of the issue being raised with MP Mark Hunter. So not everyone is pleased by the renovations.

Festival funBut let's look on the bright side. The Together Trust campus will host the annual Cheadle Festival on June 4th. The fun day has been a family favourite since it was organised in 1921, making this its celebratory 90th year!

Expect a wide variety of attractions,  including arts and crafts stalls, tombola's, face painting, a funfair featuring traditional exciting and inflatable rides and a range of refreshments from a traditional terrace cafe to hot dogs and fries. Relax in the sun with something stronger from the fully licensed bar available throughout the day. And look out for Graham Fisher's International It's a Knockout the original touring version of the legendary BBC TV show.

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Grand designsThe Church Inn Ravenoak Road, is tiny and may easily be mistaken for a cottage or house entrance, although inside a number of extensions create sufficient room to sup the local Robinsons bitter. It sits next door to All Saints Parish Church - thus "I am going to the 'Church' " has a number of meanings!

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