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Bonfire & Firework Displays

Everyone wants to have fun on Bonfire Night don’t they?  As we all know organised events are the safest option for everyone to enjoy a safe night.

So, we have done all the hard work for you and put together a guide of local, organised Bonfire & Firework displays.  Details of these events can be found here.

Please note some of these events require tickets to be purchased prior to the event.

Have fun, stay safe x



For more local events, take a look at our latest Weekend Guide here

For a full list of upcoming events, take at look at our Events Guide here

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Primary School Admissions: How To Apply

For those children due to transfer to Primary School in September 2019, the online systems for applications is now open.

You will need to apply for a Primary School place if your child was born between: –

1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015.

The Application Process:

  • Apply online November 2018 (there is no need to complete a paper application once an online application has been submitted).
  • The deadline for applications is 15th January 2019
  • Emails will be sent on 16th April 2019, confirming your child’s place, after 9am.

How To Apply:

You can apply online here

You are able to create an account, add your child and add 3 school preferences.

Once your school preferences have been created and submitted, they are available for the Local Authority to view.

Online applications are treated in exactly the same way as a paper applications received by post, however, online applications have the additional benefit of providing an email acknowledgement of your application so you have the extra peace of mind that your application has been received.

Making Changes To Your Application

Once your application has been submitted you will need to contact the Admissions Team at or on 0161 253 6474 if you wish to make any changes.

Notification Of Primary School Allocation

At the end of the Admissions application period, the Local Authority will begin allocating school places to children and notifications will be sent out via email on 16th April 2019.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions regarding the online admissions process you can contact the Local Authority on 0161 253 6474 or email us as

How To Appeal

If your child does not receive their first choice, you are entitled to appeal the decision.  Further details regarding the appeals process can be found here

Apply To Be On The New Series Of ‘The Island With Bear Grylls’

Fancy being stranded on a desert island (or need a break from the kids/ other half)?

The producers of ‘The Island With Bear Grylls’ are looking for the next lot of adventurers to take part in the new series.

The situation remains the same, with a group of people being stranded, left to survive… but this time there is prize money to be won!

Closing date is 19th October so get those entries in 👍

Doctor Dolittle

As the new stage production of Doctor Dolittle begins to take shape in the rehearsal room, The Lowry is pleased to provide a first glimpse at images and footage showcasing some of its exotic menagerie of animal friends.

Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, will head to The Lowry this Christmas (Tue 11 December 2018 – Sat 5 January 2019) as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison.

Nick Barnes and Caroline Bowman are responsible for creating the collection of puppets that will be an integral part of the production. Caroline Bowman, Associate Puppet Designer, said “Nobody has ever seen puppets like these before. I think these are puppets beyond your wildest dreams.” Nick Barnes, Puppet Designer, added “It’s a real privilege to be able to create puppets for a show like this where there’s going to be a wonderful cast of people operating them and performing with them. We’re very excited.”

Meet The Puppets


The show will feature amazing puppetry, take a sneak peak here…


Mark Williams will play the title role during the show’s run at The Lowry with Brian Capron, Vicky Entwistle, Adèle Anderson, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan playing Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow, Polynesia, Lady Bellowes/Poison Arrow, Emma Fairfax and Matthew Mugg respectively.


Eccentric Doctor Dolittle embarks on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place. Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty sidekick Polynesia the parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well!

The new stage production of Doctor Dolittle will be directed by Christopher Renshaw (Le Grand Mort, Zorro, Taboo, We Will Rock You, The King and I), with choreography by Josh Rhodes (Carousel and Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum, Company starring Neil Patrick Harris for PBS, and Cinderella and Bright Star on Broadway), design by Tom Piper (Associate Designer at the RSC from 2004 to 2014, and designed the installation for the Tower of London poppies installation and subsequent tours – original concept and Poppies by Paul Cummins), puppet design by Nick Barnes, puppet direction by Jimmy Grimes, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Ben Harrison, and musical supervision by Mike Dixon (most recent theatre includes Mrs Henderson Presents, Oh What A Lovely War, Bodyguard, Taboo, Hair, Zorro, Never Forget and We Will Rock You).

Doctor Dolittle is based on the Doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting and the Twentieth Century Fox film.

Doctor Dolittle is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.

The UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle is produced by Music & Lyrics Limited, the producers behind the highly successful recent tours of The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, High Society and The King and I, in association with Churchill Theatre Bromley.


Dates: Tue 11 December 2018 – Sat 5 January 2019

Times: 2pm & 7:30pm

Prices: £19.50 – £47.50. Concessions £3 off (selected performances). Discounts for group bookings.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Buy your tickets here


Read our review of Doctor Dolittle The Musical here…

Baby Relax

Baby Relax is a lovely, enriching class.

The aim is to allow you to bond with baby, feel uplifted and relaxed.

The session includes massage, sensory play, nursery rhymes and parachute play.

Find out more about Empathy Holistics here

Contact: 07913 708419

When: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Sunnybank Community Centre, 246 Sunnybank Road, Unsworth BL9 8JL.

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Organic Cookery School Duke of Edinburgh Courses

Is your child currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and a lover of cooking?  Take a look at The Organic Cookery School!

They are the only DofE Approved Activity Provider offering cookery skills opportunities to teenagers, and young people, across the UK.

Does your teen love cooking?

Cooking is an extremely popular choice for the Skills requirement of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Organic Cookery School are offering a great opportunity for participants to take part in the popular home study DofE skills ecourse.

The current course is focused on Street Food, and offers 18 hours of cookery skills, over 3 months (or 6 months if preferred), with flexible fortnightly modules.  The course includes the opportunity to master over 30 street food recipes from around the World.

Upon enrolment, students are allocated an Organic Cookery School Tutor who will also be their DofE Assessor and complete students online assessment report at the end of the course.  There will be the opportunity to join a study group, including 16 other students, who will all be completing the course at the same time.





With 10 years experience, you can have every confidence that your child will be guided through their online assessment professionally and efficiently by The Organic Cookery School.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to know more, and read the FAQs, take a look here.

Book On The Course

Book your child’s place on the course here






Stay & Play

Come along to Bury West and North Children’s Centre Hub to join in the fun at this Stay & Play Session.

This is a fun play session suitable for children aged 0-5 and their parent/ carer, led by local parents.

Cost: £1.50 per family

When: 9:30am – 11am

Where: Bury West and North Children’s Centre Hub, Woodbank Primary School, Brandlesholme Road, Bury BL8 1AX