About us

Open Up magazines are a voice for South Manchester: its people, its community organisations and its thriving independent businesses. We love where we live and so do our readers.

There’s always something going on: we’re surrounded by committed, creative and passionate people, all helping to make ours the best part of one of the best cities in the world.

At Open Up, we cover local arts, culture and community events; we celebrate our urban villages and champion our community heroes. We also feature grass-roots sport and share the fascinating histories of where we live.

It’s all about life with a local focus: no bland bought-in articles, just original content, tailored to our readers’ tastes. Health and beauty; families; homes and gardens; life outdoors; food and drink, and more.

Everything you need to get the most from life in South Manchester.

Open Up provides an affordable platform for retailers, tradespeople, local services and groups to advertise locally. We work closely with local Traders Associations and know that it’s that diverse range of small businesses and independent traders that make our town unique.

We cover – and uncover – what makes our South Manchester neighbourhoods distinctive and special.

Our two titles

Open Up Chorlton

Delivered door-to-door to 20,000+ readers in Chorlton, plus magazines in shops, bars, libraries and cafes for visitors to pick up.

Open Up South Manchester

Delivered door-to-door in parts of Didsbury, with magazines in shops, bars and cafes across a wider area, including Didsbury, Withington, The Heatons, Northenden, Stretford, Old Trafford, Urmston, Sale, Altrincham, Hale, Timperley and Gatley.

You can also find us in Sainsbury’s in Urmston, Altrincham and Sale; the Tesco Superstore in East Didsbury and Tesco Extra in Stretford.

We publish both magazines six times a year.

 Edition Covering Deadline
New Year 2021January/February 2021 1 December 2020
Spring 2021March/April 20211 February 2021
Late spring 2021May/June 20211 April 2021
Summer 2021July/August 2021 1 June 2021
Autumn 2021September/October 2021 1 August 2021
Winter  2021November/December 2021 1 October 2021


We’re the same small team (Linsey, Deborah, Lesley and Sam) who produced Community Index  in Chorlton and Didsbury for ten years. We’ve a great track record – with Open Up magazines, we just freshened things up a little.

If you’ve a story to tell or something to sell, let us help you do it. Just get in touch