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CHARACTERFUL & FRIENDLY?
Famous for just about one thing in the world which is Peter Kay. Birthplace, study location and general reference point for all things Peter Kay like, Bolton is the main town situated within the Bolton Metropolitan Borough and is only 20 minutes from Manchester city centre. As England’s largest town it is twined with Le Mans in France and Paderborn in Germany. Bolton’s characterful and colourful nature continues to attract people to the area and with a population of around 262,000 it offers an attractive alternative to the bright lights of city living in an accessible location.
WHAT THE CITY HAS TO OFFER
Bolton is renowned for its theatre tradition with world class shows and performances on offer all year round.
The Octagon Theatre – www.octagonbolton.co.uk/
The award-winning Octagon Theatre is celebrating its 40th Anniversary from September 2007 – June 2008 and it has a host of exciting treats to suit everyone’s tastes during the course of the celebrations. The theatre also boasts many excellent facilities including its own Spotlight Cafe and William Hare Bar.
Also check out The Albert Halls – www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk/
Shoppers won’t be disappointed in Bolton with all the favourite high street names plus two department stores. Shoppers will also find one of the largest retail and leisure parks in the UK just out side of the town, the Middlebrook shopping complex. It is home to many shops including Asda, Craftworld, Comet, Curry’s, Holiday Hypermarket, JJB Sport, Pets at Home and Time Computers.
Log on to www.middlebrook-bolton.co.uk/ for more details.
Bolton has a wonderful selection of markets on offer. Bolton Market on Ashburner Street is a traditional market renowned for its fish, fruit and vegetables and is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a car boot sale every Sunday. Other markets which can be found around Bolton include The Market Hall, open every day and hosts around 70 specialist shops and market stalls, Farnworth Market on King Street and Horwich Market on Curteis Street.
Bolton is a centre for both outdoor and indoor leisure activities and as it is situated on the edge of the West Pennines it offers a gateway to many wonderful walking routes. Jumbles Country Park is one of the best known parks in the area offering wonderful facilities including a reservoir for fishing. Lever Park is another extremely popular park in the area which includes the Rivington Pike. This country park is set within the West Pennine Moors and consists of a moorland area of 90 square miles. Smithills Country Park is situated on the edge of the West Pennine Moors and provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Bolton region.
GOING OUT – NIGHT LIFE
Bolton offers a variety of entertainment after the sun has set from nightclubs, late bars and live music to cinema and bowling.
Soundhouse – www.soundhouselive.co.uk/ Bolton’s very own premier live music venue.
Hollywood Bowl – www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/ 26 ten-pin bowling lanes with cafe and licensed bar.
Vue Cinema – www.myvue.com/ 12-screen licensed cinema with games room and Baskin Robbins ice-cream.
By Train – Bolton is connected to all the major cities in the UK on the rail network. The main station can be found in the town centre at;
Travel Times – View train times at www.thetrainline.com
· Bolton to Manchester – 25mins
· Bolton to Leeds – approx 1hr 40mins
· Bolton to Newcastle – approx 3hrs 20mins
· Bolton to Edinburgh – approx 3hrs 40mins
· Bolton to Cardiff – approx 4hrs
· Bolton to London – approx 3hrs
By Air – Bolton is just a short journey to Manchester airport (www.manchesterairport.co.uk/) and the town has several airport transfer services on offer operating 24 hours.
Offer return journeys from anywhere in Bolton to Manchester airport for £40.
WHERE TO LIVE
Average house prices in Bolton: usually most property sales in Bolton involve terraced properties which sold in 2016 for on average £97,598. Semi-detached properties sold for an average price of £141,441, while detached properties fetched £261,549. Bolton, with an overall average price of £145,093 was more expensive than nearby Farnworth (£97,498), but was cheaper than Heaton (£161,812) and Lostock (£277,525).
Some of the top performing schools in the area include:
St Peter and St Paul Roman Catholic Primary School
St Maxentius Church of England Primary School
Kearsley West Primary School
St Teresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School
Blackrod Anglican-Methodist Primary School
Oxford Grove Primary School
Queensbridge Primary School
St Columba’s Roman Catholic Primary School
For a full list of primary schools in the Bolton area log on to www.schoolswebdirectory.co.uk.
Top schools for A-Level results include:
Bolton School Girls’ Division (Independent)
Bolton School Boys’ Division (Independent)
Canon Slade Church of England School
Turton High School Media Arts College
Thornleigh Salesian College
Westhoughton High School
University of Bolton – www.bolton.ac.uk/
Bolton is a relatively new university but is seeing a large rise in applications and a multimillion-pound development programme is underway to move all subjects to the main Deane campus in the centre of town which will be a wonderful boost for the town.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
LAND REGISTRY – www.landreg.gov.uk
Lytham St. Anne’
Tel: 01253 849849
Bolton Combined Court Centre
Tel: 01204 392881
THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE – www.cps.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 827 4700
BOLTON COUNTY COUNCIL – www.bolton.gov.uk/
Tel: 01204 333333
Other interesting websites on Bolton:
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