BURY Art Museum hosts the Bury Art Festival which opens on Friday and runs until next Saturday.

This is the ninth annual festival and it attracts work from artists across the region.

There really is something to appeal to everyone and all budgets - from modest mugs to major paintings.

All the artwork on display is available to buy and a minimum of 35 per cent of the sale price will be donated by the artists to Bury Hospice.

The museum is in Moss Street in Bury town centre. Telephone 07984 633 650 for more details.

BURY Met’s Big Whistle Festival features discussions and demonstrations by Rob Gandra, one of the world’s leading makers of traditional instruments.

He will be at The Met at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday sharing his love of piping and traditional music.

He’ll also be uncovering the sensational development of these virtually indestructible and precise instruments.

WITH spring in full bud what better time to get outdoors and visit Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom?

Apart from a healthy stroll (or jog) there are bowling greens, tennis courts, a football pitch, an outdoor gym, and a children’s play area.

EXHILARATION is promised at Heaton Park on Sunday with a charity run in aid of Mencap.

Take your pick from either the 5km route or, for the more ambitious, the 10k.

For families with little ones, there’s even a fun 1km run.

For further details please call 020 7696 6946 or email: events@mencap.org.uk.

WITH wedding season imminent, why not visit The Fusilier Museum?

Army Brides: Dresses Through the Decades is an exhibition showcasing wedding dresses dating from the First World War to the present day, showcasing styles and trends through the last century.

Among the exhibits is a dress worn by Kathleen Sutcliffe on her 1915 wedding day.