After muted celebrations in 2020, this year we’ve been counting down the days until we can indulge in all the festivities and traditions that we missed out on last year.

But with the entire country eager to throw themselves into the seasonal spirit, it’s all the more reason to plan ahead and fill your calendar promptly with bonfires, fireworks, pantos, Christmas markets and Santa trips – before the masses descend!

Want to know where to find the most fantastic firework displays? Who mulls the most fragrant festive wine? Where to stock up on all the seasonal specialties?

Check out our local listing of what’s on in our area throughout autumn and winter.

Bonfire Night 2021 at Haslingden Cricket Club – November 5th 2021


Last year’s dark skies set to be replaced by a fanfare of firework colour and sound this Guy Fawkes night at Haslingden Cricket Club. Arrive in time for the bonfire lighting at 6:30pm before the main event kicks off from 7:15pm. Payment is on entry at either Private Lane or Manchester Road priced at £4 per adult and £2 per child. Family saver tickets are available for £10 covering the entry of two adults and two children. Sweets, treats and soft drinks are available alongside traditional bonfire night fare such as pie and peas, hot dogs and burgers. Grownups can quench their thirst at the JW Lees outdoor bar where there is a selection of Manchester Craft Lager, cider, bitter and pale ale on offer.

Elton Cricket Club Fireworks Display & Bonfire – November 6th 2021


Bonfire night at The Elton Cricket Club is “back with a bang” following its hiatus during 2020. Pre-paid tickets are currently on sale; £5 for adults and £2.50 for children for the event taking place from 5pm on Saturday 6th November at Elton Cricket Club. Tickets on the night are available at £6 per adult and £4 per child. Fireworks are served up alongside food, with drinks available at the outdoor bar. Funfair amusements feature too in this all-out bonfire night extravaganza.

Santa’s Christmas Grotto at Newbank Garden Centre, Radcliffe – December 2021


Storytelling, sing-songs, elves and Santa – what could be more magical than a trip to Santa’s grotto at Newbank Garden Centre? Tickets cost £12.99 for one child accompanied by one adult, with reduced price tickets available at £4.99 for each additional adult. Following an audience with Father Christmas, your child will receive an elf-wrapped gift to take home with them.

Christmas Craft Market, Bury Fusilier Museum – November 27th -28th 2021


Make your way to Castle Armoury Drill Hall in Bury for the Christmas Craft Market at the Fusilier Museum. With stalls opening at 10.00am right through ‘til 4.00pm, support local and pick up all your handmade decorations and pressies from the gift stalls. Artisan foods and refreshments are also available alongside a bar. Best of all, this event is free entry!

Santa Specials, The East Lancashire Railway – November 27th – December 24th 2021


Recapture the festive magic of yesteryear with a family trip aboard a Santa Special, running between Heywood to Bury Bolton Street Station aboard the Santa Shuttle Diesel Railcar. Costing between £20-28 per person, your ticket gifts you passage along the heritage railway accompanied by Father Christmas and his happy elves. Soak up the nostalgia of steam travel, beginning at Bury Bolton Street Station, illuminated with dairy lights and over 200 Christmas trees. Gifts for the children, mince pies and a drop of festive tipple all make this a journey to remember.

Christmas Market with The Barlow and Edgworth Cricket Club – Sunday, December 5th 2021


Head down to Edgworth’s community centre at The Barlow on Bolton Road this December 5th and shop ‘til you drop from 10:30am ‘til 3:30pm at their festive Christmas Market. Mince pies, mulled wines and gifts for all the family, alongside the opportunity to meet and mingle with friends you missed out on seeing last Christmas.

Festive Diner 2021, East Lancashire Railway, Bury – December 1st – December 22nd 2021


Enjoy all the trimmings of Christmas past on the East Lancashire Railway this festive season. Board a steam train for a two and three-quarter hour journey through the Irwell Valley aboard a comfortable and festively decorated carriage. Your ticket includes a traditional four course festive feast followed by tea, coffee and homemade mince pies. Offering a lunchtime schedule and an evening service, this yuletide train ride ticks all the boxes.

The Albion Christmas Band, Bury – December 12th 2021


Serving up a musical tour of British Christmas customs, make your way to The Met on Market Street, Bury to see the Albion Christmas Band. Featuring the talents of Simon Nicol, Kellie While, Simon Care and Ashley Hutchings, enjoy an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and general merriment. If you’re looking for roasting chestnuts, open fires and red nosed reindeers, this show is a must.

Awake Arise, Bury – December 16th 2021


Another must-see at The Met this festive season is critically acclaimed English folk group Awake Arise with their ‘Christmas Show For Our Times’ celebrating winter traditions, hope and resilience. Listen to traditional songs, folk carols, newly-penned poetry and spoken word offerings. Embrace the season of winter and dig deep to discover what matters most in these uncertain times.

Support local and enjoy the very best that Bury and the local area has to offer!


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