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1. History of Bury
Bury Market has been a prominent part of the town for over 500 years and became famous for its Black Pudding. Bury became an important centre for wool and cloth in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is thought this came about after the Black Death in the Middle Ages, which meant there were not enough people to plough the land. Much of the land was then turned into pastures for she...Read more
2. Now in Bury
Bury market still remains a very important retail centre in the town and attracts 250,000 visitors every week from across the region. Much of the town centre has been redeveloped in recent years and this has included a large covered shopping mall called The Mill Gate precinct, which was opened in 1992, and The Rock shopping and entertainment centre. Bury has a mixture of attrac...Read more
3. Events in Bury
The Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival is a huge annual event that takes place in the Ramsbottom area, on the outskirts of Bury. The celebration of all things cocoa takes place in April and includes a chocolate market, chocolate workshops and craft activities. The Forever Bury Beer Festival takes place over three days in March in the Bury FC Social Club. The event includes a wide se...Read more
4. Attractions in Bury
The Bury Art Museum contains famous Victorian paintings, contemporary art by local and international artists and objects from Bury's past, all housed in an Edwardian building. Family-friendly workshops and activities are regularly held at the museum. The Fusilier Museum has interactive galleries of regimental history and has regular activities and events for all ages and a ...Read more
5. Things To Do in Bury
The Rock is a shopping and entertainment centre in Bury featuring a cinema and family bowling centre as well as shops, restaurants and cafes. The East Lancashire Railway runs steam and diesel trains from Bury's Bolton Street Station. Many themed events take place throughout the year. Burrs Country Park offers woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. The site offers o...Read more
6. Business in Bury
Coaches take visitors to Bury Market from the surrounding areas. The popular shopping attraction has a wide variety of stalls covering everything from gifts to fresh produce. A selection of events and demonstrations are held at the award-winning market throughout the year. The Mill Gate shopping area has over 140 shops and cafes and many of these are undercover. The Rock shoppi...Read more
7. Transport in Bury
The Metrolink tram line links Bury to the heart of nearby Manchester in just 30 minutes. By road, the M62 links to the east and west and connects to the M6 and the M1, giving good access to the rest of the UK. It takes around 30 minutes to drive to Manchester Airport from Bury. There are also good public transport links to the airport from the town.
8. Entertainment in Bury
The Met Arts Centre offers a programme of theatre, music, comedy and more, and is the town's main venue for live entertainment. The town's cinema is based in The Rock entertainment centre.
9. Famous Landmarks in Bury
Peel Tower is a monument in the village of Holcombe, on the outskirts of Bury. The memorial commemorates Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of Britain between 1841 and 1846 and founder of the modern Police Force.
10. Interesting Facts about Bury
Bury is famous for the popular Bury Black Pudding, a local delicacy served boiling hot and eaten as a takeaway snack. It can still be bought at specialist stalls in the town's market.
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01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
There is plenty to delight the tastebuds at the town’s annual food and drink festival. The festival runs for four days in August and events take place in various venues across the town. Celebrity chefs are a common sight at the festival and big names to have appeare ...more
01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
For anyone who doesn’t get invited to the Queen’s annual garden party, Smithills Hall offers a great alternative. The museum’s annual event takes place on a Sunday at the end of July and attracts around 1,000 visitors. The Garden Party Dog Show is always a popul ...more
01 October 2012 - 31 October 2012
The Bolton Beer Festival takes place once at year at the Bolton Rugby Club and is a popular event in the town’s calendar. The festival is held over four days in October, and includes a wide selection of beers and other drinks as well as live music. The event boasts ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The skies are full of colour above the town’s Moss Bank Park during the town’s annual kite festival. The event takes place over one day in June and involves kites of all shapes and sizes being shown off in the air above the park. Children and families are entertai ...more
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Firefighters have discovered a time capsule hidden in the walls of their station. The capsule, from 1965, was found in the wall of The Rock station in Bury, and contained details and artefacts from when the building was first...
Singer-songwriter Ian Reynolds has made his debut album at the age of 53, after first being discovered 35 years ago. Ian, of Tottington, has released his CD Shreds after his talent was spotted for a second time last year. He was...
Local sportswoman Zoe Robinson is going for gold after being chosen for Team GB at the Paralympics. Zoe, 22, who has cerebral palsy, has been picked to take part in both individual and team events in the sport of...
Bury baby James Nuttall has been given a special commemorative book of his birth after being the last baby to be born at Fairfield General Hospital. Maternity services at the hospital have now been transferred to North Manchester General Hospital....
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