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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Bolton, Greater Manchester

Your next family day out is sure to be awesome - just check out all the cool things to do in Bolton!

Taking the children out for the day can be expensive, which is why finding attractions like Bolton Central Library and Museum is so great! Free to enter, the museum has lots of interesting artifacts like a piece of Japanese Samurai Armour and a 3,200-year old mummy in the Ancient Egypt Gallery. It also has an aquarium featuring freshwater fish from all over the world.

Also free to enter is the Bolton Steam Museum, over 27 old steam engines have been lovingly restored by volunteers to bring them back to their former glory. There are activity sheets for children to help take them round and models for them to operate themselves!

Moses Gate Country Park is a free park and local nature reserve that has beautiful woodland, relaxing waterfalls and various nature trails. It’s home to Bolton’s largest adventure playground and plenty of cycle routes, which makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon on a Bolton family day out.

Indoor play areas include the animal adventure themed On Safari soft play, Wacky Warehouse – Bee Hive and Curly Whirleez, which is the largest in the town.

Find your perfect day out

Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Bolton Central Library and Museum we have a wide range of activities and resources to entertain the whole family. You can visit the cool on site a...

Amazonia Bolton

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Let your tribe run wild deep in the Amazonia! With a play frame for 4-14 year olds, a Lost Valley Adventure golf area, and a train ride through the j...

Bolton Skatepark

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Bolton Skatepark was designed and built by well known shred kings Freestyle and opened in 2015 so it's still all smooth and new! It's an all concrete...

Queens Park

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Queens Park If you are looking for a traditional town park, look no further. You can enjoy the parks pretty ornamental garden areas, or sit back and...

That Fun Place Bolton

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

That Fun Place Bolton is a play centre for all those kids who just can’t get enough of soft play. With a 3-level playframe to explore, a standard 2-h...

Jump Xtreme Trampoline Park Bolton

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Jump Xtreme Trampoline Park Bolton is on a mission to get people across the UK having bags of fun, and getting fit without even noticing it! It goes...

Go Ape Rivington

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Go Ape Rivington is a course like no other, with the only zip wire over water in the Go Ape family! Pair that with a whole load of other high ropes f...

Nevada Roller Rink

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Nevada Roller Rink Classic family friendly roller skating rink for some fun, exercise and skill development. It's a nice touch that during parties gr...



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Cineworld Bolton

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Dive into the world of classic movies, action-packed adventures and animated wonders at Cineworld Bolton. Share the magic of the big screen with your...

Smithills Hall

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Smithills Hall One of Bolton's more original family homes, Smithills Hall is a dignified Grade 1 listed building, full of history and drama with an 8...

Moss Bank Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

All parents know first-hand how stressful it can be keeping your kids entertained on a tight budget. Thankfully, places like Moss Bank Park exist. Ad...

Smithills Open Farm4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Bolton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Set on 70 acres of rolling countryside is the family run Smithill Open Farm. There are over 25 animals to meet. From traditional farm animals such as...

Moses Gate Country Park3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Moses Gate Country Park is a large Country Park and nature reserve with miles of scenic woodland and waterside walks, plus nature trails, and horse a...

Curly Whirleez

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Curly Whirleez is the largest indoor play centre in the area and includes a Café, Sports Court, Gymnastics Room, Fitness 4 Kids, 4 Party Rooms, and m...

Wobbly Bobs

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wobbly Bobs is an indoor family fun facility offering kids under about 10 years the chance to get some weather proof fun and loads of exercise! The T...

Wacky Warehouse Red Lion

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse Red Lion in Bolton is a soft play area filled with slides, obstacle courses, colourful blocks and balls. Want to be part of the fun?...

Blackleach Country Park

  • Walkden
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Blackleach Country Park is a recipient of the prestigious Green Flag award. Roam Salford's countryside and explore the wildlife it has to offer, or t...

Matchmoor Riding Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Matchmoor Riding Centre offer a variety of well-mannered mounts for lessons, which are available for all ages. Scenic hacks available, s...

Wacky Warehouse - Bee Hive

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The air conditioned Wacky Warehouse at the Strawberry Field features a family restaurant with children's plus multi level adventure play structure su...

Inflata Nation Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Bounce your way towards a whole lot of fun at Inflata Nation Manchester - the inflatable theme park for the whole family. With an incredible double-d...

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