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Parent Led Stay & Play

Come along to Bury West and North Children’s Centre Hub to join in the fun at this Parent Led 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: 10:30am – 12pm

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

Parent Led Stay & Play

Come along to Bury West and North Children’s Centre Hub to join in the fun at this Parent Led 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: 10am – 11:30am

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

Victoria Wood Exhibition, Bury

Victoria Wood Exhibition Launch – 8th September 2018

A new exhibition is to be launched on 8th September celebrating the wonderful work of Victoria Wood.

Victoria was born in Bury, and lived locally whilst attending Bury Grammar School.  Some of Victoria’s school work will feature in the exhibition, including a story entitled ‘Pardon?’, exam certificates and school reports.

Early scripts, along with Victoria’s handwritten notes for the song and lyrics for ‘Fashion’ (the song performed during New Faces 1974) will be available to view.

Also on display will be: –

  • awards
  • photos
  • Kimberley’s friend’s yellow beret
  • costumes
  • scripts including ‘Wood & Walters’, ‘An Audience With’, ‘As Seen On TV’, Pat and Margaret will be on display.

Victoria was famously known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques and the comedy Dinnerladies.

The exhibition will run until September 2019.  Don’t miss the chance for this rare opportunity to view such amazing pieces.


Exhibition Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm

Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays



Entry to the exhibition is free



The exhibition will open at 2pm



Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre
Moss Street


Win a family ticket to Head For The Hills 2018!

We are excited to be able to offer you the chance to win a family ticket to this year’s Head For The Hills Festival.

To enter the competition, and to be in with a chance of winning the family ticket, all you have to do is: –

  • Like our Facebook page
  • Tag who you would take with you
  • Share the competition post with friends & family
The Competition winner will be drawn on Wednesday 12th September at 9pm.  We will then contact the winner directly, via Facebook, regarding the free family ticket.

Full details of this year’s Head for the Hills event can be found here

Head For The Hills


The award-winning family festival, Head For The Hills, returns for it’s 8th year on 14th, 15th and 16th September.

Surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of rolling Lancashire hills, this fun-filled family friendly festival, is renowned for showcasing exciting new music, alongside world-class headliners, as well as its great taste in food and drink.

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This year, headliners include: –

  • Slow Readers Club
  • The Bluetones
  • The Boomtown Rats
  • The Lovely Eggs
  • Stealing Sheep plus much more




Friday 14th September

The Slow Readers Club will open the festival in style on the Friday, with a double headliner spectacular.  They will be accompanied by underground surreal-psych punk rock Lancaster duo, The Lovely Eggs, and Manchester post-punk three piece LIINES.


Saturday 15th September

The Bluetones will head up an eclectic day full of music and arts with, Stealing Sheep, Barry Hyde (of The Futureheads), Alice Jemima and returning North East Newcastle folk rockers Holy Moly & The Crackers


Sunday 16th September

On Sunday, legendary Dublin rock band The Boomtown Rats will fulfill the legendary closing set. With a career spanning four decades and fronted by legendary Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof, the band announced in 2017 that they plan to release their first album in over thirty years and are set to close the family festival in style with the final headline show of the weekend.



Family Fun

With an inclusive family focused ethos, a relaxed atmosphere and an impressive arts programme, Head For The Hills has maintained a strong reputation as a great festival for parents and children.

Kid friendly highlights include: –

  • Performing Arts
  • Workshops
  • Face painting
  • Arts & crafts
  • Theatre shows –
  • Walkabout comedy
  • Installations

The event also has a fully dedicated baby changing tent, and is easily accessible for prams and strollers.


Theatre Shows

The shows at the event are set to include: –

Travelling Light Circus

Showcasing installations including the ‘Pendulum Wave Machine’ and new production, ‘The Playground of Illusions’, a collection of ‘giant toys’ that each contains a visual or auditory illusion; these toys are placed in an area that festival goers will be free to wander around and explore.

Mufti’s L_ve Hangman

A life-sized, 3D version of the timeless pen and paper favourite with a catchy original soundtrack, tongue-in-cheek puppetry and awful dress sense, L_ve Hangman is set to bring a huge amount of interactive fun to the weekend.

A Bird In Hand Theatre

A Bird In Hand Theatre will be offering a sweet and gentle alternative piece of puppet theatre called ‘Special Delivery’, which is a show without words that appeals to both adults and children, blending beautiful puppetry with a good dollop of silliness.

Dizzy O’Dare

Topping off the theatre programme will be ‘Baba Yaga’s House’ a new unique and bizarre walkabout from contemporary circus theatre company Dizzy O’Dare.




There will be some exciting interactive workshops, including a new playful, physical comedy workshop by Shifting Sands Theatre called THE FILM KREW, where families can help re-create epic films such as Spartacus, Star Wars, Gone With The Wind as you’ve never seen them before.

Manchester and Bury collective, Gang Of Five, will be setting up their spectacular ‘ART-tillery Tent’ at the festival – a special art studio space, that is set to inspire festival goers’ artistic flare with exciting and interesting arty sessions inspired by the whole Head for the Hills experience including creating a Monster Head Army, making your own festival Zine and lively figure drawing with a difference.


Food & Drink

The festival will feature a wide variety of food stalls and beverage tents offering a range of locally-sourced produce including its very own beer festival, organised by festival partners, Hollinworth & Price and Silver Street Brewing Co. The beer extravaganza will be a celebration of the region’s brewing talent with over 30 cask ales from across the North West.



Tickets are now on sale for the event, which is organised by The Met in association with Blueprint Studio and Scruff of the Neck.

Ticket prices start at £40 for a day ticket and £100 for a weekend ticket, with discounts for children and families.

Further information, and updates, for the event can be found here

Buy tickets here



The event is to be held at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS


Travel & Parking

Further information regarding getting to, and from, the event can be found here


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New TV Series Featuring Ramsbottom

A new TV series is set to include people from the Ramsbottom area

Studio Lambert, the makers of BAFTA winning Gogglebox and Four in a Bed, are developing a brand new series and would love to speak to anyone living in Ramsbottom.  This new series will celebrate community spirit, and they are really keen to  speak to any great characters who live in Ramsbottom.

At this stage, it would just be an informal chat with the producer, so if you live in Rammy or have a great story about the town please contact James on

Heaton Park Open Air Cinema: 23rd – 28th August 2018

The UK’s first open air cinema designed for kids will be showing hit films this Summer at Heaton Park from 23rd to 28th August.

There will also be a full bar serving food and drink so you can enjoy the event with a glass of something cold and bubbly. The Luna Kids Bar will also be serving soft drinks, healthy juices and water.   There will be plenty of tasty gourmet food options available too.

Bring a blanket/ picnic chair, sit back and enjoy!

What’s On

Click on the links below for film times and how to book:

23rd August

24th August

25th August

26th August

27th August

28th August



Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester M25 2SW


General Tickets:

Adults £12.50

Children (3 to 15) £7.50

Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children/ 1 adult & 3 children) £32.50

Premium tickets:

Adults £17.50

Children £12.50



*In the event of bad weather, the events will still take place (however please check with the event organiser) so please go prepared.  There will be ponchos available and a small covered area.

Kids adVentures Radcliffe Nursery & Forest School

Brand new to Radcliffe – a full time pre-school Forest School Nursery.

Kids adVentures, an already established nursery in Radcliffe, are expanding to offer a dedicated pre-school forest school site within 5 minutes walking distance of their nursery.

Here, 3 and 4 year olds will have the opportunity to learn within a safe and enclosed outdoor environment full time, led by a fully qualified forest school leader.



This dedicated pre-school forest school opened in August 2018.

The ‘family approach’ of the nursery works, not only for the children who attend, but also their families.  Group sizes are kept small so that care can be on a personal level, tailored to meet the needs and interests of your child/children.

The nursery offers a safe and enclosed space for outdoor learning. Led by a forest school leader, alongside fully qualified nursery staff, the children learn through different outdoor adventures everyday.

The nursery itself caters for children from 3 months to 5 years old, with the full time forest school provision available for 3-5 years olds.

Government funded places are available and childcare vouchers are accepted.


The nursery’s emphasis is to provide quality care encompassing fun, learning, movement, well-being, nutrition and awareness.


  • Baby Room (3 months to 2 years) – Babies are cared for by a team that specialise in care for the under 2’s.  The room is designed in black and white to encompass babies in a safe, soothing, stress-free environment, whilst keeping their brains alert.
  • Lower Toddlers (2 years to 2.5 years) – A large, stimulating space designed as a home from home environment to encourage little ones to grow, encourage independent play and explore confidently.
  • Upper Toddlers (2.5 years to 3 years) – A warm and welcoming environment with a varied activity programme.  There is a wide variety of equipment to encourage exploration, stimulation and learning.
  • Pre-school (3 – 5 years) – A spacious and exciting area designed to prepare child for starting school.  Activities in the room aim to develop speaking, listening, early reading and fine motor skills.


The nursery’s chef designs tasty and nutritious meals made daily using fresh ingredients.  Menus have achieved the Golden Apple Award which meets the high standards of nutrition and dental health.


Some of the activities at the nursery include: –

  • Forest school
  • Swimming sessions
  • Move and Groove
  • Sing and Sign
  • Cooking sessions
  • Nature walks
  • Learn Spanish



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Forest School Holiday Club

The Forest School also runs holiday clubs so your child can remain in the familiar environment they are used to.  With activities including den making, mini beasting, clay creatures and nature walks, the kids are sure to have fun-filled days to remember.

Get the Summer holidays FREE!  If you book your child to join the Radcliffe Nursery with a funded place from September, the nursery will refund your holiday club payment once your child starts in September.

Find out more about the Forest School Holiday Club here

What parent’s say

What better way to learn about a nursery than to hear what current parents have to say?  Take a look at parents comments here


To book a visit, and enquire about availability, please contact: –

Kids adVentures – Radcliffe

Tel: 0161 724 0700

2-4 Sandford Street
M26 2PT


Find out more about Kids adVentures here


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New – Forest School Holiday Club

New – Forest School Holiday Club in Radcliffe

Kids adVentures specialise in outdoor education and have recently opened their second Forest School in Radcliffe.  Open to 4-12 year olds in school holidays and as a dedicated pre-school in term time, this is a modern way of learning, utilising nature and the outdoors as an inspirational classroom.

Here a fully qualified childcare team, headed by a Forest School leader, run a variety of outdoor activities from den making, and mini beast hunts to nature crafts and animal habitats.

The Forest School meets at the Kids adVentures Radcliffe Nursery on Sandford Street, where they walk 5 minutes to the full enclosed Forest School site.

The Forest School site has shelter and full facilities meaning that the children can enjoy the site all day long.

Rachel Doyle, Nursery Manager at Kids adVentures says: “The children love being outdoors, being in the open space really inspires the children to use their imagination to learn and play.  The children naturally build communication and teamwork skills from doing activities like den making and they increase their confidence in general from trying new things.”

At the end of the day the group heads back to the nursery base where parents can pick up from 4.30pm onwards.


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Opening Times

The holiday club is open from Monday 30th July through to Friday 31st August, from 7.30am to 6pm daily.

Suitable for ages 4-12 years


This Summer we are offering a number of special introductory offer prices –

  • Day rate = £20 per day
  • Week rate = £90 per week (discounted by 10%) limited availability
  • 5 week offer = £400 Summer ( discounted by 20%) limited availability

Get the Summer holidays FREE If you book your child to join us at our Radcliffe Nursery with a funded place from September we will refund your holiday club payment once your child joins us in September.

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What’s included?

Snacks are included. All children must bring a packed lunch.


Childcare Vouchers

We accept all childcare vouchers.



Who runs the Forest School?

Kids adVentures is a not for profit childcare provider that runs nurseries and Forest Schools across Greater Manchester. The sessions are all run by fully qualified Forest School Leaders.  The team are all fully qualified in childcare and have up to date first aid qualifications.  The site is risk assessed daily before the children go to Forest School.

Find out more about Kids adVentures, and their Forest School, here


How do I book?

To book contact us at


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