Fun things to do this Winter

From fun festive family activities at local attractions and some of the best theatrical entertainment around, to fabulous ways to enjoy our stunning countryside or finding out things you didn’t know about our Industrial heritage; Bolton offers something for everyone!

See below for just a few of our favourite things…

Bolton Winter Festival

A host of attractions are in Bolton to make this festive season a cracker! This December brings the return of the covered ice rink with a traditional Santa’s grotto indoors for the kids! Check out the Bolton Winter Festival website for more details.

A cultural day out at the Octagon Theatre or Bolton Albert Halls

If you love a good show and want to take in some of Bolton’s finest stage performances, then there’s plenty on offer at the Octagon Theatre and Bolton Albert Halls. With a great range of productions and pantos on offer that you can’t find anywhere else you’ll be sure to find something up your street.
You can find out what’s on and book tickets at Bolton Octagon Theatre and Bolton Albert Halls.

Family fun at Bolton’s Libraries and Museums

There’s always something going on at Bolton Libraries and Museums with free family activities on offer. From getting crafty, fish feeds, storytelling, object handling and lots more. Also don't forget to take a look at Bolton's Egypt, the fantastic new addition to Bolton Musuem, Visit to find out more! Visit Bolton’s Libraries and Museums to find out more!

Seek out Bolton’s Industrial Heritage

Spend a day exploring Bolton’s wonderful industrial heritage which lives on through its canals, coal, cotton, railways and of course it’s people. You can find out more about Bolton’s famous names including The Duke of Bridgewater, Gilbert Brindley, Richard Arkwright, Samuel Crompton, William Hesketh Lever and others whose inventions helped to forge and shape the industrial revolution. Explore them now here..

Check out a local event

There are lots of seasonal events and activities featured on our website that are hosted by Bolton’s attractions, hotels, retailers, partners and community groups. These could be anything from our Winter Festival and Christmas light switch on to a Panto, Beer festival, Firework display, fun day or local art exhibition but you’ll be sure to find something interesting to pass the time.
To find out what’s happening on a weekly basis, check our what's on page.

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Other places of interest

Enjoy a family day out in Bolton...

If you enjoy nothing better than some quality time out with your favourite little people there is a great range of activities for all the family to enjoy a top day out in Bolton.

Bolton's heritage

Please see the heritage guides below which are available to download to help you start exploring!

Bolton town centre, you'll find it all here...

Bolton Town Centre has a great range of high street names and independent retailers, places to eat and relax.

Visit our award winning markets

Bolton has a long heritage as a bustling market town with four to choose from.