Stockport has always been about style and understated class. From its production of hemp and rope in the 16th century, to the opening of the first mechanised silk factories in the UK, the town’s association with textiles has seen it thrive as an industrious centre of production. It’s most famous for its connection to the nation’s hatting industry: by 1884 it was exporting a staggering 6 million hats a year, that’s over 16 thousand a day. The last hat works here closed in 1997 but since then one of the former factories has been converted into the highly acclaimed Hat Works Museum of Hatting. The museum is well worth a look, as the guides to how the factories work and the extensive collections are surprisingly interesting and diverse.
The industrial aspects of the town mask a beautiful bit of countryside. It’s this more serene, easygoing aspect of Stockport that tends to get forgotten when people visit the town or write about its many attractions. Away from the tourists and the cold, grey concrete however, lies a secret side that’s just waiting to be explored. Taking a trip down the rivers of Stockport provides a fresh new way to see the area, and a great way to escape the bustle and appreciate the natural wonder of the area. The Marple Locks are a stunning way to spend an afternoon. Their idyllic banks are lined with lush green grass, brightly painted canal boats and picturesque little cottages. It’s the ideal place to go when you want to enjoy a quiet stroll and a little bit of introspection, or when you’re enjoying the company of one of the many beautiful escorts in Stockport and you want to slip away from the world.
After you’ve enjoyed your stroll in the country, you may be wondering what there is in the town that can compare to such a stunning location and such a peaceful atmosphere. A recently restored theatre named the Plaza may be just what you’re looking for. As you step through the doors of The Plaza, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had been transported back to the 1930’s. Elegant Art Deco curves and colours dominate the entire space, with a beautifully renovated mosaic work providing an especial treat with its use of the influential “sunburst” technique. The foyer is an understated, utterly elegant lounge area, the perfect sort of place to relax for an afternoon with a Stockport escort, a selection of dainty cakes and a large pot of tea. The smartly dressed waitresses are all exceptionally friendly and the atmosphere is really quite wonderful and thoroughly laid back.
The cinema itself continues these trends, with highly adorned walls and a sweeping balcony that holds an upper level of seating. It’s frequently graced by the sound of the terrific Compton organ that long stood forgotten but has now been restored to its previous glory. It shows a variety of attractions, from classic films to arty, indie projects. The Plaza’s live music celebrates everything from the glitz and glam of Broadway to the soaring rock of ELO, whilst their comedy focuses on the odd and the outrageous and has attracted big names like Jimmy Carr in the past.
Like the rest of Stockport, it offers a wide variety of choices, all wrapped up in copious amounts of style and amiability.
Secrets and Surprises in Stockport