"I'm a writer who thinks Manchester has quite interesting things to tell"
Published August 13th 2012
Situated in south Manchester, Platt Fields is more than a park. Surrounded by the wide, green field, is located its lake, home for different species of birds, ducks, geese and swans. Feeding them, although forbidden, is one of the favourite activities of children, who every Sunday fill the park's playground.
For those who enjoy doing sports, the park has a basket and two tennis courts, a football pitch, a skate park, and even a BMX Track. Also, this is a great place for joggers and walkers, as there are plenty of paths where to get lost. In contrast, for those who just look for relax, this is also an excellent space to bring your towel, some music, and drinks and lay down having a nice time with friends or family.
There is also a bit of history in this place: the Platt Hall, name of the building that dominates the park, was built in 1764 by a textile merchant and is now one of Britain's largest and oldest museums of historic and contemporary dress.
Another interesting historic note about this area and that just a few people know, is that the park contains part of the Lancashire Nico Ditch. This earthwork was created at some point between the 6th and 11th century, some believe as a defensive line against Vikings, others, as a limit to distinguish one field from another.
Out of the blue, especially in the summer, this centenary park might undergo a transformation: park during the day, night club during the night. The reason is that the park is a welcoming host for bands and music events in many occasions. One of the lasts to join the events was Ian Brown, former singer of the Stone Roses.
It is that mix of nature, history and culture which makes Platt Fields Park one of my favourite spots in Manchester.