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There’s a ‘Seaside Experience’ coming to Bolton this Bank Holiday weekend

The new 'Seaside Experience' is free for all festival-goers to attend.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th August 2021

We all know that famous Ian Brown quote by now – “Manchester’s got everything except a beach”.

Well, Manchester might not have one, but Bolton does.

It may not be what you’d expect from an industrial, former mill town – but a ‘seaside experience’ complete with a giant sandpit and all the retro games you’d expect from a trip to the beach are arriving in Bolton town centre this August Bank Holiday weekend as part of the Bolton Food & Drink Festival.

With the festival having already kicked off today, and set to run for the next four days, Bolton Council and the town’s Library and Museum Services have taken to social media to share photos and spread the word of the new attraction.

The post has already amassed hundreds of interactions, shares, and eager comments.


As well as a giant sandpit, which takes centre stage at the experience and surrounded by candy-striped deck chairs, there’s also a paddling pool with a hook-a-duck game.

There’s even a Victorian ‘strongman show’, face painting, a space hopper track, and so much more to make the most of.


The Seaside Experience is free for all festival-goers to attend.

The retro seaside experience is popping up in the town as the hugely-popular Bolton Food & Drink Festival is finally returning this weekend after a year of postponement due to COVID-19 – which saw the annual festival go online for 2020.

World-renowned chefs will share their secrets during free cookery demonstrations, and a collection of outdoor bars, live music and street entertainment are creating the usual festival atmosphere that draws visitors from far and wide.


Over the course of the four-day festival – which is designed to be COVID-secure with a thorough risk assessment in place – families will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities.

Visitors can also relax in the new picnic zone in the nearby Queens Park.

Keen to learn a little bit more about the food vendors, cooking demonstrations, and other activities happening this weekend?

You can find everything you need to know about Bolton Food & Drink Festival 2021 here.

Featured Image – Bolton Library and Museum Services