20 Best Things To Do In Bolton Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Bolton

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

How about a day out in nature? Get your picnic bag ready, put your comfy shoes on and head out on a walk up to Rivington Pike. It’s the perfect thing to do in Bolton on a sunny weekend. Don’t want to walk too much? Take a leisurely stroll at Moses Gate Country Park. Featuring beautiful woodland, relaxing waterfalls and various nature trails, it’s home to Bolton’s largest adventure playground and plenty of cycle routes. Another perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon on a Bolton family day out is Moss Bank Park.

Another one of our favourite family attractions in Bolton is Smithills Open Farm. With lots of furry farmyard animals to meet, tractor and trailer rides, donkey rides, and a whole bunch of family-friendly events throughout the year, it’s easy to see why.

Taking the children out for the day can be expensive, which is why finding attractions like Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive is so great! Free to enter, the museum has plenty to catch your kids’ attention, from a Japanese Samurai Armour and a 3,200-year old mummy in the Ancient Egypt Gallery, to an aquarium with freshwater fish from all over the world happily swimming about.

Looking for things to do indoors? That Fun Place Bolton is definitely the place to go - it puts trampolines and soft play under one roof. Another cool family day out idea is having a spin at Nevada Roller Rink - try it out!

Found ltos you want to do? Here are the UK school holiday dates to help you find the right time for all these fun activities.

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Kids at World Book Day at Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

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...

Boy on slide at Amazonia Bolton

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...

Boy skate boarding at Bolton Skatepark

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...

A little boy looking at a train at East Lancashire Railway in Bury

East Lancashire Railway

  • Bury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

All aboard the East Lancashire Railway! Step back in time and enjoy a family day out like no other with a spectacular 12-mile steam train ride throug...

Bench at Queens Park in Bolton

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...

Kids on soft play frame at That Fun Place Bolton

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...

Trampolines at Jump Xtreme Trampoline Park Bolton

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...

A little girl at Go Ape

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...

Kids rollerskating at Nevada Roller Rink in Bolton

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...

Cineworld Bolton

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...

Outside view of Smithills Hall in Bolton

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...

Girl on bicycle at Moss Bank Park in Bolton

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...

Piglets at Smithills Open Farm in Bolton

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...

Lake at Moses Gate Country Park in Bolton

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...

Mascots at Curly Whirleez in Bolton

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...

Indoor soft play frame at Wobbly Bobs Bolton

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

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?...

Lake at Blackleach Country Park in Walkden

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...

People riding horses at Matchmoor Riding Centre in Bolton

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...

Toddlers playing at Wacky Warehouse - Bee Hive in Bolton

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...

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