Bored This Summer? How About Some Geocaching Fun by Bus?

Stagecoach Manchester launches a city wide treasure hunt Treasure hunting has gone a long way from paper clues and finding given objects on a sketch map. Even the technology used in the Treasure Hunt game show (1983 – 89) looks joyously archaic: clunky radios have given way to cellular communications. Had Chatsworth Television’s series been…

Seven Different Ways of Rediscovering Greater Manchester By Bus

East of the M60’s look at seven unusual ways of rediscovering Greater Manchester – by bus A bus is for life, not just for schoolchildren. It is, like it or not, Greater Manchester’s most popular form of public transport. With Andy Burnham on the verge of re-regulating all of Greater Manchester’s bus routes, there is…

Could You Spend a Week in Oldham?

Does Oldham and surrounding area have enough attractions for a week’s holiday? This week, Northwest Tonight and its predecessor Look North West have celebrated its fiftieth birthday. Via social media channels, the BBC Archive has scoured the library for weird and wonderful regional clips.

Moovit’s Big Bang Update

Moovit 5.0 sees radical change in design Moovit 5.0 has been given a complete redesign. Its recent developments have been based on fully understanding its users and their needs. These have been from primary research and user input over the four years since the app’s existence. The new version restructures the incredible amount of data transport…

App Update Details Station Closures and Engineering Works

Moovit 4.13 for Android enables users to record temporary station closures and track maintenance issues When Allen, Brady, and Marsh prepared their advertising pitch for the British Rail contract in 1976, the newly-appointed BR chief, Peter Parker, was ushered into a scruffy reception area. There were cigarette dimps, used coffee cups and a table with tea, coffee and beer…

Brexit Fails to Curb Brits’ Enthusiasm for International Travel

Survey Reveals Britons’ Spirit of Adventure 43.2% wish to travel internationally this summer; 20.3% are planning a staycation; 65% of participants cited affordability as the key factor when choosing a holiday; 80% of Britons abroad opt to live live a local and use public transport in their host country. In spite of Brexit fever, our love…

Run to the Hills: A Go Cheapway… Special

Hillside views east of the M60 motorway, a bus, train or tram ride, or quick walk away Oh, the weather we have enjoyed in the last month has been nothing short of incredible. A fantastic month for picnicking, hosting a barbecue, or admiring rural views. In other words, a great time to explore our rural surroundings, and take…

Hollingworth Lake Named Top Place To Date

Love is… only 20 minutes away from Rochdale Interchange Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale has been identified as one of the best places to go on a date in the UK.  Forming part of the Great Date Guide, a new collection of top dating locations and activities created by relationship website eHarmony, the two-and-a-half mile walk…

Go Cheapway… to Stalybridge

An alternative way of visiting the Cheshire town  Mention Stalybridge, and the first two things which spring to most people’s minds are the station’s buffet bar (no bad thing in my book!) or Staly Vegas. If they’re of a sporting persuasion, it is none other than the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic. Then there’s the town’s place…

Go Cheapway to… The People’s History Museum

The cheaper way towards visiting one of Manchester’s free museums I first knew about the People’s History Museum by means of a regional programme on the BBC. By 1997, I made my first trip to the museum, thanks to a temporary exhibition known as ‘The Office of Hope’. This was an exhibition on Labour Exchanges,…

In Search of Today’s Belle Vue

Which part of Greater Manchester best assumes the guise as a worthy successor to Belle Vue? Almost 35 years ago, the 11 September saw the closure of part of Manchester’s most noted attractions. Between 1836 and 1977, Belle Vue Zoological Gardens attracted numerous visitors to see the likes of Rita the Tigon, ride the Bobs…