One of the best viewpoints in the North West, Rivington Pike is located on Winter Hill and is popular with hill walkers and mountain bikers. The Pike Tower is a local Bolton landmark can be found at the top of the summit on the West Pennine Moors.
If you fancy stretching your legs and taking in the Bolton countryside, there are numerous paths you can take up to Rivington Pike. Walkers can explore Rivington Terraced Gardens, and it’s man-made caves and Japanese Garden before taking the steep track up the hill. With views as far as the Isle of Man on a clear day, it’s well worth the effort though.
Why not stop at Rivington Hall Barn afterwards for refreshments and a bit to eat, or explore the woodland around the Lowe Rivington Reservoir? For those who seek a little more adrenaline, there’s also Go Ape Rivington where you can test your ability to climb, swing and glide through the treetops.
Established in 1967, the Octagon Theatre brings fantastic theatrical experiences to Bolton, and it’s community. The first theatre to have been built in the North West since World War One, the Octagon is a unique venue and has welcomed both local and world-class performances to its stage.
With a diverse and exciting programme of events, the theatre hosts a wide range of shows, plays and performances from comedy to groundbreaking plays, much-loved musicals thought-provoking dramas. So, discover what’s on, and get your tickets booked today.
Smithills Open Farm
Open all year round, Smithills Open Farm is perfect for a family day out in Bolton. A family-run business, the farm is located in Bolton’s glorious countryside and is home to over 1000 animals including cows, pigs, goats, sheep, ducks and deers. There’s also a few you may not expect including meerkats, donkeys, skunks, llamas and even a Burmese python!
Visitors are welcome to meet the animals, explore the farm and learn about modern farming techniques too at the Dairy Farm. For the younger children, there is also a bouncy castle, an adventure playground, an inflatable assault course and donkey rides available.
Before leaving, make sure you head to the cafe for some homemade ice cream or a meal. There’s also a souvenir shop where you can pick up a gift to remember your fabulous day at the farm.
Bolton Steam Museum
History enthusiasts seeking the best things to do in Bolton should head to Bolton Steam Museum to witness the largest collection of working steam mills in the UK. Over 100 years ago, Bolton was in the heart of Lancashire’s cotton textile industry and the county produced over half of the world’s supply.
Located on the site of the old Atlas Mills in Bolton, the museum is open to the public most Wednesdays and Saturdays and is well worth a visit for those fascinated with the North Wests industrial past. Discover magnificent engineering exhibits such as the restored Dee Mill Engine, the impressive Crossfield Mill Beam Engine and the Robey Cross Compound.
For a more immersive experience, visit Bolton Steam Museum on a Bank Holiday Weekend (except Easter) to see the powerful steam engines working in all their glory.
Jump Xtreme Bolton boasts over 6,000 sqft of fun and action for all ages with its huge trampoline park and adventure soft play area with over 30 activities. Ideal for fun and fitness, Jump Xtreme is a fantastic Bolton attraction, and it’s indoors location makes it perfect for rainy days too.
Visitors and members can bounce around, practice flips and learn some new skills in the trampoline park. There’s also a ball pool, swinging donuts, a racing slide, rope course and many more activities in the adventure area. To get the most out of your day, purchase a Jump N Play package for access to all areas.
If all that bouncing around has got you peckish, there’s a 60-seater coffee shop serving food and refreshments and views of the trampoline park so you can keep an eye on the kids!