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Whitworth Park, Dogwatching and Medieval Combat

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by Kike Rubio (subscribe)
Fine Art Student living on Manchester. Insta @kikespy
Published May 1st 2017
It has beautiful botanical life, with a great variety of trees and flowers blossoming this spring, a sculpture park, and a picnic space, not to mention its direct proximity to the Whitworth art gallery, but those are not the reasons I like to visit Whitworth Park. The reason I go visit it (and most parks to be honest) is to go see people walk their dogs.

It's a guilty pleasure. And I'm not alone. Many animal lovers who can't afford the money or the space to have a pet often visit parks to see the dogs they can't have and, on lucky days, pet one of them.

Park Parks Manchester Whitwork
Whitworth Blossoming

The best day to go "dogwatching" is on Sundays, a very popular day for visiting parks in general, and on Whitworth it also means an ice cream truck. So, I went a few Sundays ago and besides the ice cream, the blossoming flowers, and the dogs playing catch, there was something else that caught my attention: a group of young people in medieval grab were practising Medieval Combat. They had big shields, and swords and spears and seemed to have great fun. I was thrilled.

I decided I'd go and try to join them next Sunday. But to make a great impression I decided to be as historically accurate as possible. I decided to make an appearance as a Celt Warrior. It did not go as well as expected. First, I discovered that while it showed commitment appearing almost naked and covered with blue paint and a longsword screaming "FREEDOM!" is rather inappropriate. Second, I also discovered that I made a vital mistake: The Naked Celt Warrior comes from reports from the Roman period not the Medieval period. Probably I should just have visited their page Historia Normannis and joined the Manchester Cell Group instead.

I did get to see a beautiful Saint Bernard having his daily walk, so the day wasn't wasted after all.
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When: Anytime, but Sundays are great for dog-watching
Where: Whitworth Park
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