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Our town centres’ are opening again, so please visit us and follow the simple steps to keep safe...

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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Live Literature

The University of Bolton’s English and Creative Writing department are proud to again partner with Bolton Library and Museum Services for a new season of exciting live literature events this Autumn/Winter. Join us for the last event of the season on Tuesday 7 December, join us for a script-in-hand performance of an extract from a new play by University of Bolton graduate Nathaniel Bennett. Free event and no need to book.

Address: Bolton Central Library and Museum, Le Mans Crescent, BL1 1SE
Tel: +441204332853
Email: askboltonlibraries@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 7 Dec 2021 from 18:00 to 19:00

Toddler Tales at Breightmet Library

Come along to our Toddler Tales sessions and enjoy listening and sharing stories and songs with your little ones. This free storytelling session is for children under 5, with their mums, dads, and carers. The session will be followed by a craft for your little one and you to do.

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

Date and time: 8 Dec 2021 from 10:30 to 11:00

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Silver Screenings

Come along to our free matinee film screenings on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Here's a list of the films we'll be showing: 13 October - Little Women 10 November - Yesterday 8 December - The Personal History of David Copperfield 12 January - Ammonite

Address: Bolton Central Library and Museum, Le Mans Crescent, BL1 1SE
Tel: 01204 332853
Email: askboltonlibraries@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 8 Dec 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00

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Craft A Story Tonge Moor area

During this session, children practise their reading and make a craft around the story they read.These sessions are used to help children improve on their literacy, it encourages creativity through crafts and allows children to learn simple BSL. We encourage children to read and want to provide them with a larger range of reading materials. With the reading reward children are given a book to take home and keep every two weeks. We encourage children to read a home. The children love

Address: Tonge Moor Family Support Centre, 2-8 Connaught Sq, BL2 2JA
Tel: 01204 522855
Email: enquiries@boltonymca.co.uk

Date and time: 8 Dec 2021 from 15:30 to 16:45

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Cinema at the Crescent

Join us for Cinema at the Crescent on the second Saturday of the month at 1pm. Watch a fantastic family film for free in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre and there’ll be light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Here’s list of the films we’ll be showing: Saturday 9

Address: Bolton Central Library and Museum, Le Mans Crescent , BL1 1SE
Tel: 01204 332853
Email: askboltonlibraries@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 11 Dec 2021 from 13:00 to 15:00

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High Street Library Reading Group

Join us at High Street Library for our free, friendly and informal reading group on the third Tuesday of every month at 2pm. 

Address: High Street Library , High Street , BL3 6SZ
Tel: 01204 332358
Email: high.street.library@bolton.gov.uk

Date and time: 21 Dec 2021 from 14:00 to 15:00

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