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British Science Week 8th-17th March

British Science Week is a ten day celebration of science, engineering, technology and maths.

Whether you have arranged an event, have activities taking place in schools, there is plenty to look forward to.


There are lots of events planned for British Science Week, take a look below: –


ScienceX is a free, interactive festival hosted by the University of Manchester this weekend at Intu Trafford Centre.  There will be a whole host of activities open to everyone, including robots, race cars and virtual reality.

Full details of the event can be found HERE


Science Show

Join this fun and interactive family-friendly science show journeying through the history and achievements of scientists at Jodrell Bank.

The show will last approximately 45 minutes and is aimed at aged 7+

Full details of the event can be found HERE

Science Show - A Jodrell Journey

ExoMars Rover

Come along to Jodrell Bank this weekend to meeting Barnes, Aberystwyth University’s full scale model of the ExoMars Rover!

The ExoMars mission is a joint mission between the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos to search for signs of life, past and present, on Mars.

Full details of the event can be found HERE

Jodrell Bank - Barnes, the ExoMars Rover

Telescope Walking Tour

The Telescope Walking Tours at Jodrell Bank take you on a stroll around the base of the impressive Lovell Telescope.

Find out how it works, explore it’s history and discover some of it’s ground-breaking research.

Find full details HERE

Jodrell Bank - Telescope Walking Tour

For further information there are plenty of ideas for activities and ideas at

British Science Week 2019


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World Book Day – Thursday 7th March 2019

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child, and young person, a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books, and reading, by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

World Book Day Events

Waterstones Bury

7th March:  2pm – 5pm

Activities on the day include a book quiz, a treasure hunt, and lots more fun activities.

Full details can be found HERE

World Book Day 2019 Waterstones Bury

World Book Day Fun at Bury Libraries

7th March

Stories, songs & crafts for pre-school children and their grown ups.

When: 2pm – 3pm

Full details can be found HERE


Family story time session

When: 6pm – 7pm

Where: Ramsbottom Library

Full details can be found HERE


8th March

Stories, songs & crafts for pre-school children and their grown ups.

When: 2pm – 4pm

Where: Prestwich Library

Full details can be found HERE

World Book Day 2019 Bury Libraries


ReadingZone are challenging young people aged 4 to 18 years to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day, with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2019.  The competition is now open and will run in homes, schools and libraries until Tuesday 30th April.

The competition includes four categories:

  • Young creators (aged 4-6)
  • Primary Award (aged 7-11)
  • Secondary Award (aged 11-18)
  • Achievement Award (for the school with the most enthusiastic approach)

The winners will be announced in June 2019. You can find out more about this HERE

World Book Day Costumes

Is your child’s school or nursery having a fancy dress day to celebrate World Book Day?

If you’re looking for a costume there are plenty of places locally with plenty of ideas and fancy dress outfits for sale:

  • Matalan
  • Asda
  • Tesco
  • TKMaxx
  • Lidl are doing a range of book day costumes. Online and in store from 24th Feb.
  • Sainsburys

More dressing up ideas can be found HERE

2019’s £1 Books

This year’s £1 books include:

  • The Hundred And One Dalmations – Cruella And Cadpig
  • Ten Little Bookworms
  • Bad Mermaids
  • The Great Rocket Robbery
  • Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend

Full details of all of the books available can be found HERE

Where To Spend The Book Token

More than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be given to children and young people.  When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookseller

Find your local participating bookshop:

  • WHSmith, 15 Haymarket, Bury BL9 0BX

  • Waterstones, 4 Union Arcade, Bury BL9 0OF


First Steps Nursery Open Day

Come along to First Steps Nursery to take a look at the facilities offered at this fabulous nursery.

See the different rooms and the types of activities that happen during the day in each of the 5 base rooms, plus the holiday club room for children aged 4-11.

When: 10am – 2pm

Where: 1 Orrell Street, Bury, BL8 1PB

Contact: 0161 764 6752

Sulzer Theme Day

East Lancs Railway are holding a special celebration themed around the masterpieces of the legendary Sulzer Brothers Foundry.

All of the day’s services will be hauled by one of a number of Sulzer Diesel Locomotives that will be present at this special event.

Cost: From £14 (under 5’s free)

When: 9am – 4pm

Where: Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY


The Faery Trails, Bury

The Faery Trails

A magical experience by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao showcasing a new series of films alongside previous work.

The exhibition will run until 23rd February 2019

Contact: 0161 253 5878

When: 10am – 4:30pm

Where: Bury Art Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DR

East Lancashire Railway Offers

East Lancashire Railway – Kids Go Free!

Take advantage of this Kids Go Free discount to enjoy a day of fun for less!

From 5th January to 17th February 2019 one child accompanying one Freedom of the Line paying adult will be able to travel for free. Download your voucher HERE and present it when purchasing your ticket.

Free travel is for children aged 5-17.

When: 9am – 4pm

Where: East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY

Free Cricket Little Lever

Free Cricket Sessions!

Do you have a budding cricketer?

Pop along to Little Lever Sports Centre to let them have a try for FREE from this weekend until 17th February.

Suitable for ages 7-`12

Contact: Paul 07843 098456

When: 1-2pm

Where: Little Lever Sports & Leisure Centre, BL3 1BT

Cost: FREE!

First Steps Nursery & After School Club

Are you looking for excellent, local childcare?

First Steps nursery are now booking places for January 2019 onwards.  Take a look at our recommendation to find out more information about this wonderful nursery.


About First Steps

First Steps Nursery provide high quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years in a homely and caring environment.  Children are cared for in a secure and comfortable setting.  Fully trained staff facilitate a comprehensive early childhood program, designed to help children reach their full potential.  The nursery provide a high standard of childcare and education as well as a unique environment in which children are actively encouraged to explore, learn and interact with others.

All staff are also 100% trained in paediatric first aid.

The nursery is open 51 weeks a year from 7.00am to 6.00pm.


First Steps Keywork


  • Early morning sessions available
  • Base rooms are set up to have age-appropriate activities including home areas with kitchens, dress up, musical instruments, painting, wet play, and sensory play
  • Nutritious, healthy, home cooked foods
  • Under 2’s Outdoor play – wide range of textures and senses for younger ones with a quiet area, a small climbing frame to aid in physical development and safety surface to enable children to begin to use walkers, small bikes and cars.
  • Over 2’s Outdoor play – stage and music area where children can play on drums, xylophone and musical chimes.  Story area where children can sit and enjoy fun, interactive learning through stories.  The climbing frame and construction site provides a physical and stimulating environment where children can enjoy the slide, look-out tower and site office. There is a roadway where children can learn about road safety and play on bikes, and the Trim Trail includes a climbing wall, balance beams, stepping logs and Burmah Bridge.
  • Indoor hall/ play area
  • Sensory room
  • After School Club
  • Holiday Club
  • Food hygiene rating 5 – the highest rating in food safety management
  • 2 and 3 year old funding available


First Steps Play Area

Events & Activities

Various events are held over the year including: –

  • Themed celebration days (royal wedding, Roald Dahl day, dress up days)
  • French lessons (pre-school class)
  • Sports lessons (pre-school class)
  • Sports Day (pre-school class)
  • Halloween Party
  • Christmas Party


Working Together

  • Hand-over is provided when collecting children to update you on your child’s day, meals etc.
  • Parent Log-In – provides additional information about your child’s day
  • Weekly Newsletter – keep you informed of the week’s activities
  • Parent’s Evening are held to keep you informed of your child’s progress


After School Club

The nursery provide an after school club and collect children from the local primary school, Guardian Angels.  Children are provided with a snack and refreshments in a fun, stimulating environment where they can enjoy the outdoor play area, computers, books – to name but a few.  The After School Club runs from 3.30pm to 6.00pm.



‘The children form close relationships with their key persons, who work hard to help children develop the confidence and independence they need to cope with change.  This prepares children well for the next stage in their learning’.

‘Children enjoy daily opportunities for outdoor activities and their physical development is supported well.  The various challenges available to the children in the garden have been well thought and are well managed.  It allows children to grow not just in confidence but in physical ability’.

Children of all ages are happy in this warm, welcoming nursery.


Parent’s Comments

What better way to hear about the nursery than first hand from existing parents of children at the nursery.  Take a look at some of the parents comments here



The nursery’s goal is to provide a nurturing environment, with the best staff, to encourage happy healthy children.

First Steps know that choosing the right nursery is a huge decision.  It is a responsibility they take seriously and their promise is to do everything possible to ensure the time your child is with them is happy, fulfilling and worthwhile.

Don’t delay – take a look around the nursery and secure your place today!

First Steps Room



Address: 1 Orrell Street, Bury BL8 1PB

To arrange a visit contact the nursery on 0161 764 6752 or contact them on

Further details about the nursery can be found here

First Steps Logo



Elf Adventure Challenge Review

How magical is Christmas for kids? Imagine being able to take them to Elf Training!

That’s exactly what we did today at the Elf Adventure Challenge!

Our Adventure

We were greeted by Ginger and Baubles the elves, who recruited us as elves in training, and challenged us to complete certain tasks in order to qualify as honorary elves.

Challenge 1: Building Toys

After being put into teams we were challenged to see which team could build a robot the fastest.  Then, when we thought we were defeated, we had another competition to see who could dismantle it the fastest! Those IKEA flat pack furniture making times came in handy!

Challenge 2: Stacking Presents

Armed with a chart full of clues, we had to race to see who could put the presents in the right order the fastest.  It was great to see my little one steadily stacking his presents one on top of the other until his face lit up when the pile was even bigger than he was!

Challenge 3: Fuelling The Sleigh

Given a sack full of snowballs, the kids had to throw them one by one into the buckets.  Parents/ guardians had to catch the snowballs, for them to be used as fuel in Santa’s sleigh.  How hilarious when you have a large number of kids trying to aim snowballs at buckets all at the same time!

Challenge 4: Sorting Santa’s Treats

Baubles sat everyone down to tell the story of how he had managed to mix up Santa’s treats so the kids had to search for specific items in the sack to put on Santa’s plate, including some milk, sherry, mince pie and carrot.

Elf March

Our challenge was completed by performing the Elf March, made even more magical with all the lights and bubbles.  Every one of the children seemed to have forgotten that parents were even present by this stage and enjoyed dancing and jumping around in excitement.

Honorary Elf Presentation

After learning the ‘Elf Hand Shake’, each child received an Elf Adventure Challenge Completion Certificate and a copy of ‘Sprout’s Elf Adventure Challenge’ book to take home.

What A Way To Finish The Day

As we went to The Ice Cream Farm for the Elf Adventure Challenge, it would have been rude not to finish the day with a play in the park area and, of course, an ice cream!

Don’t Delay, Book Your Tickets Today!

There are still a small number of tickets remaining for Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th December.  Don’t miss out!  Follow the links here to book your tickets!

For Elf Adventure Challenge at The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire book your tickets here!

For Elf Adventure Challenge at Red House Farm, Dunham Massey book your tickets here!

For Elf Adventure Challenge at Rivendell Garden Centre, Widnes book your tickets here!


For further information please take a look at Elf Adventure Challenge


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Christmas & New Year Bin Collections in Bury

Christmas & New Year Bin Collections:

As we’re all busy with the festivities it’s easy to forget that bin collections can change due to the holiday dates.

With the extra waste that is generated at this time of year, it important to note the new collection dates: –

Normal Collection Date New Collection Date
Monday 24th December Monday 7th January
Tuesday 25th December Monday 24th December
Wednesday 26th December Thursday 27th December
Thursday 27th December Friday 28th December
Friday 28th December Saturday 29th December
Monday 31st December No Change
Tuesday 1st January Wednesday 2nd January
Wednesday 2nd January Thursday 3rd January
Thursday 3rd January Friday 4th January
Friday 4th January Saturday 5th January

Collections will return to normal from Monday 7th January 2019.

If you are looking to dispose of your real tree, the Council recommend that you remove all decorations, lights and the wooden base, then chop it up so it fits inside your brown bin.  If you went all out this year and won’t be able to fit it in your brown bin, you can take it to the recycling centre where it will be disposed of.

Recycling Centre

If you are wanting to take your real Christmas tree, and extra waste, to one of the recycling centres they will be open every day except 25th December and 1st January from 8am to 6pm:

  • Every Street, Bury (0161 762 4810)
  • Cemetery Road, Radcliffe (0161 723 5249)