Here are the best ways to enjoy the sun in and around Greater Manchester

When the sun comes out in Manchester, you make the most of it.

If the weather forecast for Manchester is anything to go by, there's going to be sun this weekend, and lots of it.

This city is blessed with some of the best outdoor spaces, activities and scenery in the UK - you just have to know how to find it.

From secret beaches to inner-city oases, here's your guide to enjoying the sun in and around Greater Manchester.

Sunbathe in a park

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Manchester's Heaton Park is famously the biggest municipal park in Europe, so theres no shortage of space to lay on the grass, or head to Whitworth Park in South Manchester, where stints of sunbathing can be diffused with a trip to see some inspiring art exhibitions.

Meanwhile, Fletcher Moss remains something of a hidden gem; a sprawling green space stretching from the River Mersey to Stenner Woods, it's a countryside idyll in the heart of Didsbury .

Another South Manchester park, Chorlton Water Park is a popular spot. The picturesque lake at the heart of this pretty park is the perfect place to while away a summers day.

Visitors can enjoy a picnic at the waters edge, have a go at water sports including dinghy sailing, canoeing and windsurfing, and explore the surrounding woodland and wildflower meadows.

From here you can also get onto the banks of the River Mersey and follow the trail to Sale Water Park - which is also well worth a visit in its own right.

For a full list of parks and picnic spots in Greater Manchest....

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