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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 



Libraries and literature

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Twilight Reading Group

Join our free and friendly informal book group on the third Thursday, 6pm to 7pm, of every month. No need to book, just come along.

Address: Blackrod Library, Church Street, Blackrod, BL6 5EQ
Tel: 01204 332380
Email: blackrod.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 19 Oct 2023 from 19:00 to 20:00

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Book Group

Do you love reading? Or maybe you haven’t read for a while and would like to get back into it? Join our monthly book group at Farnworth Library, meet other readers, discuss the books you’ve

Address: Farnworth Library, Market Street, BL4 7PG
Tel: 01204 332344
Email: farnworth.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 21 Oct 2023 from 11:30 to 12:30

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Hear to help

Do you need new batteries or parts for your hearing aid? Staff from Bolton’s Audiology department will be at Little Lever Library once a month to help.

Address: Little Lever Library , Market Street, BL3 1HH
Tel: 01204 332360
Email: littlelever.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 23 Oct 2023 from 11:00 to 13:00

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Macmillan surgery

Questions about Cancer? Drop in to the Macmillan session on the last Thursday of every month, 10.30am to 12.30pm. We offer information and support to anyone affected by cancer.

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

Date and time: 26 Oct 2023 from 11:30 to 13:30

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