Bolton is a large town in Greater Manchester, England, composed of several constituent 'townships' along with Bolton 'proper'. 17 miles north-west of Manchester City Centre and 40 miles from Blackpool, Bolton can be found in the North-West of England.

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Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Bolton comes alive each year with the arrival of its food and drink festival. The town centre is filled with the sights, smells and tastes of cuisine from around the world, whilst its open spaces are occupied by stalls and stages, hosting household names and demonstrations. Previous guests include Michael Caines, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, Aldo Zilli and James Martin.

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A leafy suburb of Bolton, Heaton is a wealthy district, home to larger houses and the attractive Bolton School. Sandwiched between Lostock and the town centre, one can walk from Heaton into Bolton through the very pleasant and recently refurbished Queen's Park.

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Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe

One of Bolton's most prized food outlets. It's only open during weekdays and is renowned for its pasties. The pasties bought here can be taken into '''Ye Olde Man & Scythe Inn''', also in Churchgate, and enjoyed with a pint of their speciality - cloudy cider.

EAT   —  Churchgate

Little Lever

3 miles between both Bolton and Bury, Little Lever is home to the former Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal as well as a few pubs and shops. Like nearby Radcliffe and Farnworth, Little Lever does have its rough parts but is mainly a quiet and peaceful area.

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One of Bolton's three 'townships', Horwich is a former railway town, now home to Bolton Wanderers Football Club. It is very close to the beautiful countryside of the West Pennine Moors and is easily accessible by rail and motorway.

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Bolton Food & Drink Festival

is one of the town's major draws, featuring celebrity chefs and hundreds of stalls featuring local produce and delicacies. Attracting upwards of 200,000 people, the festival is the largest of its kind in the North West.

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Blackrod is located on hilly ground to the south of Horwich and the west of Westhoughton. As one of the higher points in Bolton, views across the area are particularly good.

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Located in the southern part of Bolton bordering Farnworth and Radcliffe and Whitefield in Bury, the village of Kearsley is located on very hilly and steep ground.

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Last Drop village

this is a small historic village created in the 1960s to resemble a medieval village.There is an Hotel there as well to stay in,which has a swimming Pool.

SLEEP   —  Bromley Cross

St Gregory's Social Club

For fans of the cult comedy series ''Phoenix Nights'', Bolton is home to the real deal on which the world famous Phoenix Club was based.

Rice and Three

an independent curry house,serving a plethora of home-made curry and other curry-based dishes.

EAT   —  Great Moor street

House Without A Name

a famous pub with brilliant ales.

DRINK   —  +44 1204 433568 —  75-77 Lea Gate

About Bolton

Generally considered one of Britain's friendliest towns, Bolton is a typical post-industrial Northern mill town, but one that is in many ways unique. Bolton is a proud town and has been known to call itself the United Kingdom's largest town, even though Reading holds this honour; its attempts to become an official city have been frequent, but equally unsuccessful. The borough is surrounded, particularly to the North and East, by the lush countryside that forms part of the West Pennine Moors. Bolton is twinned with Le Mans and Paderborn and many street and building names in the area reflect this connection.

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