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Market Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0BW
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Aiming High

Aiming High is The Met’s specialist drama group for learning disabled and autistic young people. It is an accessible and fun workshop run by highly qualified practitioners.

Aiming High are back in their home at The Met for another term of fun and creative drama activity.

Our groups use physical activities and drama games to create a safe place for young people to express themselves, encourage them to become more independent and improve team working, communication skills and confidence.

Performing in a short show every term, the young people learn to have focus, a goal and enjoy a big achievement.

If you would like to enquire about a place on our waiting list for this group, please contact us!

Sat 23 Oct


Sat 11 Dec


Bury Youth Theatre

After returning to the online world during the latest lockdown we are pleased to announce that Bury Youth Theatre is returning to its home at The Met in April.

We have continued to make special considerations to ensure that everyone is kept as safe as possible while attending sessions.

Last year, we split our group in two to make sure that we comply with the regulations on Bubbles. This structure will remain in place for this term. Our groups for this term will be:

We will be accepting new members for all our groups. Once we reach capacity, we will close, and new members will be placed on a waiting list. This is to ensure that we are keeping to our required delivery bubbles. If you find us and want to get involved after this, you will be placed on a waiting list for the next term.

We would like all members to pay in half termly blocks online using the link on this page.

We have a bright, shiny new risk assessment that outlines everything that we are doing to keep you and our staff safe in this new world. You can read it for yourself here. You are also welcome to request a copy of our Safeguarding policy by emailing

New members for transitions and seniors, please get in touch with before signing up, new members for juniors, please email

Tue 19 Oct


Wed 20 Oct


Tue 14 Dec


Wed 15 Dec


Diwali Lantern Workshops

Build your own lantern to display at Bury’s Diwali parade.

This year we are delighted to be supporting Walk The Plank’s Greater Manchester-wide celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

The centrepiece of this celebration will be a parade in Bury town centre on Friday 5 November and, in the run-up, we are hosting some free workshops to help families build their own lantern to display on the parade.

There are four workshops happening across the weekend of 23 and 24 October and we are also making a small amount of lantern kits available for families to complete at home and bring to the parade.

Sat 23 Oct
Sun 24 Oct

Hue & Cry

Hue and Cry

Soulful pop, jazzy influences and urban grooves from Scotrock veterans Pat and Greg Kane.

Fri 22 Oct


Justin Sullivan

Justin Sullivan stepped out from New Model Army to release his second solo album in May this year, eighteen years after the first. He has now announced a 14 date solo tour where he will be playing tracks from the album and from his extensive New Model Army back catalogue.

Surrounded is a collection of sixteen new songs, written in the first weeks of the 2020 lockdown. These songs are again guitar-vocal compositions highlighting Sullivan's love of storytelling, wide open landscapes and powerful atmospheres.

Mostly recorded at home, the album also features contributions from many other musicians including Jon Thorne on bass (Lamb), Tom Moth on harp (Florence and the Machine - and brother of NMA bassist Ceri Monger), plus string arrangements from composer friends Tobias Unterberg, Henning Nügel and Shir-Ran Yinon. Also featured are all the current members of New Model Army. The album was mixed by Lee Smith at Greenmount Studios in Leeds, co-producer and mixer of New Model Army's recent albums, including 2019's From Here, their highest charting album to date globally.

Sun 17 Oct


Meet Me at The Met

Meet Me at The Met is a brand-new social arts group for over 50s.

We are inviting you to join us in our beautiful building to chat about all things arty, find out about what we have on offer, learn some new skills and tell us what you want from us.

We’ll be starting off with a welcome and a tour of the building and following up with workshops in creative writing, drawing and singing.

We will be holding six sessions in this project with an ambition to continue running the project onwards from there.

Join us every Monday, starting from 18 October, 11am-12.30pm at The Met for a fun, relaxed and social time with friends old and new.

This is the start of a pilot project supported by Ambition for Ageing’s Aging in Place programme and, as such, we are especially keen on participants from Bury East but everyone is welcome.

Mon 18 Oct
Mon 25 Oct
Mon 1 Nov
Mon 8 Nov
Mon 15 Nov
Mon 22 Nov

Met Express

Met Express is The Met’s very own learning disability theatre company.

Our team of adults have been working together over a number of years to develop skills, find new talents and create amazing theatre. Met Express is an inclusive and accessible group run by expert facilitators with a diverse membership with a range of different disablities.

During 2020-21 they have been working hard online but now they are ready to come back to their home in The Met to re-commence face to face sessions.

Met Express is open to new members but please get in touch with to enquire before booking on so that we can make sure that we are able to cater for your needs in the group.

Members are invited to use the link on the right to book and pay for sessions on a half-termly basis. You can also pay at The Met ticket office in person if you choose.

Mon 18 Oct


Tue 19 Oct


Mon 13 Dec


Tue 14 Dec


Old Sea Legs

Crawling with vivid imagery and colourful characters, a timeless tangle of tongue-twisting, brain-burrowing lyrics that can swing from a breathless barrage to a lilting lament – at times without a moments notice – Old Sea Legs is more than just a nom de guerre for Dublin songwriter and performer Ian Bermingham; it is a window into a world entirely of his own creation.

Best known for his time as frontman of Dublin quintet The Eskies, Bermingham has wasted no time in stepping into new, uncharted waters as a solo performer since the group’s sad demise in the latter half of 2019.

Displaying all of the storytelling nous and craft of the quintessential folk troubadour, the melodic ear of a pop pioneer and the lyrical largesse that has become so synonymous with Ian’s songwriting, Old Sea Legs sees the Dubliner push himself to new and exciting territories.

Wed 20 Oct


The Stumble

The Stumble

A blistering mix of blues, soul and old school R&B, The Stumble have been wowing audiences with the energy and virtuosity for over 20 years.

Sat 23 Oct


The Met

A centre for live music The Met is noted for its specialist folk music programme. In addition to local, national and international folk artists and bands the programme includes theatre, comedy and a range of music workshops. The venue contains two performance spaces, a restaurant and the Edwin Street Recording Studio. The Met organises and promotes a number of outdoor events including the annual Ramsbottom Festival.

There is on-street parking in Silver Street and Bolton Street, where there is also a car-park next to the East Lancs Railway. Both the bust station and Bury's Metrolink terminus are a few hundred yards from The Met.

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