With Bury being named the happiest place to live in Greater Manchester by Rightmove’s 2017 ‘Happy at Home Index’, we thought we would take a look at some of the things that bring people here, keep people here and instill that happiness.
17,000 people were surveyed and some of the 12 factors judged were:
Whether they felt they could be themselves
Arts & culture
Nature & green spaces
Essential local services
Sport & recreational activities
Local amenities like restaurants & bars
1. Community spirit
There are over 10 community centres in Bury bringing the local people together and offering services for all kinds of needs from parent groups, yoga, meditation & social groups for all ages. Upon visiting groups like these you get a real feel of the warmth and community spirit in the town.
There are also a number of active social media groups across the borough offering help, advice and information on the local community.
2. Whether they felt they could be themselves
Bury is certainly one of the most diverse towns in the North West with people from many different cultures and backgrounds living in the town, all feeling the freedom to express themselves how they see fit. The Bury Pride festival further enhances the reputation as a forward-thinking town and you only have to look around the schools, colleges and sports clubs to see people of all cultures, beliefs and sexual orientation working together.
3. Arts & culture
When it comes to Arts & Culture the first thing that comes to mind is Bury MET which is operated by Bury Metropolitan Arts Association and has a wonderful mix of theatre, music and art throughout the year. Set right in the heart of the town centre The MET has always been the place to go to see comedy, live music, drama, theatre and literature events.
Having undergone an extensive refurbishment in 2016 the building in Derby Hall on Market Street is now looking better than ever. For more information visit http://themet.biz/
4. Nature & green spaces
If you are a lover of the outdoors then you don’t have to go far to find some wonderful outdoor spaces. Burrs Country Park is less than 2 miles from the town centre and sits in 36 hectares with an adventure trail & activity centre.
Close Park, Nuttall Park, Town Meadow & Whitefield park are all within a short drive. If you want to get out onto the moors you have Holcombe Moor on your doorstep and the Peak District, Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales within an hour’s drive.
6. Sports & recreational activities
Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor sports, there is something for everyone in Bury. There are many local sports centres including the town centre’s Castle Leisure Centre which have fitness classes, racket sports, swimming pools and gyms catering for all abilities and ages.
If you prefer to be outside there are football leagues for all ages and standards, rugby clubs, cricket clubs, golf clubs, ‘boot camps’ and also Bury Athletics club which has activities for all ages. There are a number of bowling greens and also walking groups if you are looking something social that is a little less energetic.
7. Local amenities like restaurants & bars
Bury town centre has a wealth of fantastic restaurants & bars around Silver Street & Market Street and over at The Rock, but there are also a few hidden gems like Crowded House and The Swan & Cemetery on Manchester Road or the Brown Cow pub in Burrs Country park. Whatever cuisine you are looking for, be it a quiet pint, a light lunch, an evening out with friends or a night on the tiles, you are sure to be able to find it either in the town centre or within a couple of minutes’ drive.