Victoria Wood inspired ‘Happy’ festival set for Bury Town

Arts festival ‘Happy’, inspired by the legacy of Bury-born comedian Victoria Wood, is coming back to the town centre. 

Part of the Bury Town of Culture programme, the festival will run from Saturday 4 September to Sunday 5 September to celebrate performance and ‘musical virtuosity’.

Simply put, the festival aims to put a smile on everyone’s faces and get people laughing!

The television star, well-known for her role in the Dinnerladies comedy series which was set in Manchester, died in 2016 aged 62 after a battle with cancer.

Dubbed a ‘true northern hero’, Wood’s statue can be found in Bury and is a popular landmark for fans to visit.

Library Gardens, Bury
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A programme of events, performances and exhibitions are planned to go ahead in and around the town centre, which will move across to Burrs Country Park nearby on the Sunday, taking over Burrs Live by The Met, a two-week festival, for one day only!

A variety of upcoming comedians and female talent such as Rachel Fairburn, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Royle and the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band will make an appearance.

Visitors can even try their hand at a variety of different musical instruments in the Library Gardens on Silver street with ALFA Education.

Keep an eye on the official Happy website for more announcements and information and book tickets here.


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