Looking to join a local group in Bury, Bolton or Manchester?

Our reporter Gill shares some information on local groups you can join in Prestwich, Bolton and Whitefield, Manchester.

PADOS – Prestwich Amateur Dramatic and Opera Society

They’re always on the look-out for new members and for people to support their shows. They occasionally appear at The Met in Bury. Their normal venue is in Prestwich close to a good bus route and not too far from the Metrolink. People of our generation are welcome because we have skill and experience and often a little more time that other folk.


This is an initiative of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. It is for anyone over 50 in Bolton and surrounding area. There is a Facebook group. See the site about how to join. It is about enjoying creative activities form the comfort of your own home.

ReAct has also set up the Theatre Club. Places are limited so you need to book BUT as not everyone attends every event you can usually get in. You are invited to watch a play – usually you are sent a link to something you can watch on line though occasionally you are given an opportunity to buy a cheaper ticket at the Octagon. Then you join an online discussion of the play. The discussion is usually on Zoom but recently, face to face discussions are being offered as well.

The Whitefield Garrick

This is a friendly little theatre, very close to the Whitefield Metrolink station. It puts on several plays a year and includes matinees. Again people of our generation are appreciated as we have the time and expertise. You can join as an acting or back stage member.

You can also join as an audience member and get priority and cheaper bookings. Or just join the mailing list so that you know when the plays are on.

Bury U3A

U3A is run by members for members. It is for people over fifty who are no longer in full time work. (It’s fine if you still work part-time). Meetings are helped in easy-to-reach venues in or near the centre of town, members’ homes or via Zoom or similar. It offers monthly meetings with speakers, social meetings, book groups, foreign language groups, theatre visits, day trips, short holidays, lunch groups, dining groups, cake and coffee groups, and a beer and curry group.

New interest groups are forming all the time and include music, reading, cooking, walking, painting, crafting, history, writing, photography, dancing and MUCH more!

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