Archive for October, 2020

Children’s artwork showcased with ‘Autumn sheds’ at The Rock

Creative schoolchildren from across Bury will see their unique colouring competition designs brought to life at The Rock Shopping Centre this October half term.

The shopping and leisure destination has been working with local schools as part of its Autumn Sheds campaign.

Earlier in the year, youngsters from: Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School, Millwood Primary Special School, Tottington Primary School and Sunny Bank Primary School took part in an in school competition to design a ‘Spring Shed’ and come up with a colourful, creative design.

Due to lockdown the activity was put on hold but now, a few months later than planned, each school’s winning design is being brought to life and painted directly on to the sheds in front of shoppers.

Artists will be ‘live’ painting the designs onto the sheds in the shopping centre from Saturday 24th October and will continue daily throughout the school half term.

A public vote will also take place where visitors can vote for their favourite Autumn Shed.

The school children’s designs include creations from:

  • Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School Pupils: Sadie Cohen (Year 5) Harry Jamil (Year 5) and Amelia Joseph (Year 4)
  • A full school submission from Millwood Primary Special School
  • Tottington Primary School pupils: Sophia Hogg (Year 4) and Brooke Spindler (Year 4)
  • Sunny Bank Primary School pupils: Ayla Rashid (Year 4), Zaynab Ali (Year 5) and Thomas Hughes (Year 6)

To view the winning entries click here.

As well as the four colourful Autumn Sheds, a larger shed will be painted by artists and later donated to Bury-based Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.

The winner of the public vote will be announced in November. Once the sheds are removed they will be donated back to the four schools for their own use.

The Rock’s Centre Director, Arnold Wilcox-Wood, said: “We are very excited to be running this special legacy project with four of the town’s primary schools.

“This activity was just due to run during the Easter break but was put on hold. At the time of postponement so much of the work had already been done and we already had all the competition entries so we have been working hard to fulfil our promise of bringing these designs to life and are pleased to have been able to turn our Spring Sheds into Autumn Sheds

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working all of the schools on this project. We hope the completed sheds will add some colour to our malls and our customers enjoy seeing the artists at work.  We’re sure they finished sheds be put to great use back at the schools.”


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Customer safety measures at The Rock

From Monday 15th June non-essential retailers at The Rock will reopen their doors for the first time in months.

To ensure the safety of our visitors we have adopted the following measures at The Rock:

  • We have an enhanced cleaning regime, including the cleaning of all key touch points
  • We have introduced additional signage to assist everybody in following the latest social distancing guidelines
  • You’ll spot a lot of visual cues to ensure everybody is maintaining a 2 metre distance between each other. If you’re unsure about anything, please ask.
  • Our teams are following a strict personal hygiene regime, including regularly washing hands, the use of disposable gloves and disposable face masks.
  • The installation of customer hand sanitising stations on the malls and in the lift lobbies

Please note: There may be occasions where access to The Rock is restricted to allow social distancing measures to be observed. Many shops will also be restricting the number of shoppers allowed into store so visitors are advised to plan extra time for their trip.

The Rock does not have any public toilets and it is likely that the toilets within our retail stores will also be closed. Please keep this in mind when planning your visit.

The Rock car park is open and usual tariffs apply.

Please bear with us during this time as we work hard to keep our customers safe and please continue to follow government advice and adhere to social distancing measures.


From Friday (24th July) face coverings will be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England.

We would like to remind you to please wear a face covering when visiting shops at The Rock.

More information on this is available here:

The government also advises that you also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

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