AN arts and culture week has kicked off in Radcliffe - giving townsfolk a chance to flex their creative muscles.

Thanks to funding from the Culture and Arts grant, given out by Bury Council, Growing Together Radcliffe has teamed up with various local businesses and organisations for a week of artistic activities.

The event will form the focal point of Radcliffe’s festive celebrations, and will include a historical talk at Radcliffe Manor, carols, and wreath decorations and will run from today until Sunday December 12.

The stalls and activities will put a strong focus on education, giving Radcliffe residents the chance to learn about the area’s history through drama, arts, dancing, singing, crafts and more.

Gill Smith, a spokesperson for Radcliffe Growing Together said: “I’m really pleased that the week has got off to a great start start, it’s excellent for Radcliffe.

“I never thought I would see it go so well and it lets people know there’s a lot going on and we want everyone to give it a try.

“We’re all friendly, so if you’re not sure if you want to do it, you might as well come along.

“Since lockdown, Radcliffe has grown a lot closer together, because we had to help each other, which fostered a very familial atmosphere and that will shine through this week.”

Tina Harrison, manager of Radcliffe Growing Together added: "Kicking off the week of festive activities will be a day of seasonal wreath and table decorations.

"The fun will continue (today) with drama sessions with MAD Theatre Group, and a performance by Radcliffe Hall school choir.

This year’s event will then culminate in an archaeological ramble and community carol service.

Music fans will also be treated to a performance by Radcliffe Brass Band on Saturday at Radcliffe Market.

Tina said: “This event is crucial to the regeneration of Radcliffe, which I have been involved in for the past two years.

“It’s about putting Radcliffe on the map and letting people know that we’re here, and teaching them about its culture and history.

“We’ve got things for kids, adults, there’s something for everyone, regardless of your culture or background so I’d encourage anyone to come along.”

On Saturday, there will be an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourite stallholders at Radcliffe Market, to decide who will win up to £5000 in ‘Pitch’ funding, a grant given out twice a year to the best community groups.