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Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Friday 23 August to Monday 26 August

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

What’s happening

Bolton’s annual Food and Drink festival returns this August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 23 August to Monday 26 August).

Over 250,000 food lovers are expected to attend the four-day event, meaning both the town centre, public transport and the road network around Bolton will be much busier than normal.

For information about what to expect and how your taste buds will tingle, please visit the Bolton Food and Drink Festival website.

Additionally, Bolton Wanderers host Ipswich Town in the EFL Championship on Saturday 24 August at 3pm.

Manchester City Centre is also likely to be very busy over the weekend as the city celebrates diversity and inclusivity with its world famous Pride festival.

We have provided help and advice to keep you moving so you can prepare and minimise the impact on your travel plans.

Advice for your journey

  • Bolton town centre is expected to be very busy from 10am to 6pm and you should allow extra time to get to and from the festival.
  • Bolton is well served by public transport and this is the recommended travel option to get to and from the event.
  • Bolton’s road network is expected to be busier than normal through the days of the festival and car parking facilities will be near capacity. You should try to avoid driving where possible.
  • Follow @OfficialTfGM for the latest travel information and updates.

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Need to know

What you can do

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
  • Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services.
  • Follow them on Twitter or get their contact details in advance.


Need to Know

Rail services are expected to be busier than normal from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August.
- Full information about rail services over the weekend can be found on the National Rail website..

What can you do


Need to Know

  • If you are planning on driving to the festival please be aware that the local road and network is expected to be busy and parking facilities in the town centre are likely to be close to capacity.
  • There will be a number of local road closures and diversions in place during the times of the event (10am to 6pm).


Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people. We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.