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Bolton’s #Openforbusiness

Visit Bolton is here to help you get the most out of your trip. Never been to Bolton?  We can advise on what to see, where to eat and where to stay.  Please call 01204 332853 or e-mail tourist.info@bolton.gov.uk Take a look at some examples of great days out in Bolton:

What’s open

Bolton has a fantastic choice of shops, entertainment venues, things to do and places to eat and relax.

As more and more shops and businesses reopen their doors to the public come and join us to see what is on offer.

Enjoy life, shop, eat, drink and stay safe

As we continue to come out of lockdown remember to play your part, so that we can all enjoy what the borough has to offer,  these simple steps have been produced to help keep us all safe

  • Keep a 2m safe distance where possible
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser
  • Only handle items in shops if you intend to buy
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in enclosed spaces
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Respect others #bekind

In the town centre you’ll also see our new friendly and approachable town centre ambassadors, all there to assist visitors and help everyone move around the town centre safely and easily, helping with social distancing measures.

Free and easy parking

If you travel into Bolton town centre by car, don’t forget that to help lighten the load we have introduced two hours free parking each weekday, as well as weekends and Bank Holidays (in participating car parks).  For more information see our news article.

Room to move

To help keep visitors safe and observe social distancing, pavements have been temporarily widened to create more space so that everyone can move safely about including, where appropriate, the introduction of one way systems.

We’ve also introduced road traffic calming measures including at NCP Topp Way car park to the town centre and to and from the Transport Interchange.

Advice and support to help businesses

We’re working with all Bolton’s businesses, signposting them to national guidance and resources and offering direct support with our regeneration, planning and licensing teams all helping them reopen safely, in accordance with national guidelines.

For further information -

If your business needs support to safely reopen to the public please visit

www.businessbolton.org./Covid19 #SafeGM #SafeBolton


More guidance is available at 



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Youth Session - 13-17 years

13-17? Bored? Want something to do? Nowhere to go? Heywood Young Peoples Centre run by Bolton Play & Youth Service offers a range of activities designed and delivered by you! Whether it be drama, sports, arts or music, our staff are on hand to help facilitate every session to meet your needs. Youth Workers are on hand to offer confidential information or advice on relationships, bullying, health issues, the law and anything else which may affect you. Get involved, make a

Address: Heywood Young Peoples Centre, BL3 6SR
Tel: 01204 334332
Email: positive.activities@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 5 Oct 2023 from 19:30 to 21:45

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Silver Sketchers

Come along to the Silver Sketchers art class on Fridays at Breightmet Library. 

Address: Breightmet Library, Breightmet Fold Lane, BL2 6NT
Tel: 01204 332352
Email: breightmet.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 6 Oct 2023 from 11:30 to 13:30

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Knit and Natter

Fancy a chat while you knit? Come down to Horwich Library and join our friendly group of knitters that natter. 

Address: Horwich Library, Jones Street, Horwich, BL6 7AJ
Tel: 01204332347
Email: horwich.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 6 Oct 2023 from 14:00 to 16:00

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Free Play Session - 4-12 years Term Time Only

Bolton Play & Youth Service offer a range of free and safe child centred play provision across the borough offering activities within local communities for children and young people aged 4-12 years old. There are year round where children and young people can take part in lots of different activities including: arts and crafts, sports, drama, trips and accredited activities This gives the children and young people attending the opportunity to build skills and develop their confidence in

Address: Blackrod Young Peoples Centre, Manchester Road, Blackrod, BL6 5SY
Tel: 01204 338190
Email: positive.activities@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 6 Oct 2023 from 16:30 to 18:30

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Junior Youth Club

9-12? Feel too old for play club? Not old enough for youth club? Horwich Young Peoples Centre offers a range of free and safe young person centred provision across the borough offering activities within local communities for young people aged 9-12yrs. These sessions support young people during the transition from play to youth and help build life skills in an informal and fun environment. The young people get an opportunity to take an active role in their provision which can

Address: Horwich Young Peoples Centre, Fox Street, Horwich, BL6 4NZ
Tel: 01204 332323
Email: webteam@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 6 Oct 2023 from 19:30 to 21:30

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Writing Workshop

For those who would like to develop their writing skills further. Sessions are led by group members and focus on different aspects of the creative writing process.

Address: Harwood Library, Gate Fold, Harwood, BL2 3HN
Tel: 01204 332340
Email: harwood.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 16 Oct 2023 from 12:00 to 14:00

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