Schools Out!

Bolton’s full of talented young people and it’s their time to shine. Throughout the school holidays we have inspirational activities, much of it about food, to help you explore your hidden talents and have fun.


  • Children’s Marquee

  • Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) 

  • The Great Bolton Cake Off

  • Rumworth School’s Field to Fork Programme

  • Get Active

Ancient Worlds Children’s Marquee

There’s plenty of free fun for everyone in this year’s Children’s Marquee:

  • Find ancient treasures in the dig pit

  • Dress up as an Ancient Egyptian

  • Get close up to dinosaur bones and try on some Roman armour!

  • Take part in mosaic and dinosaur crafts

  • Travel in Time with renowned international man of Science “McGovern”. Strap yourselves in as he uses secret scientific techniques to explore ancient civilisations and meet bygone characters. Only with the help of “McGovern” can we hope to unlock the mysteries of the ancient world.

  • Magic shows – with Magic Mark

  • Facepainting (£3)

  • Plus lots of fun games with the chance to win prizes.

Family fun

We have so much to keep your children happy at the festival they are all free and there is no need to book just turn up!

Games and Chill

Arcade games, air Hockey, table football, big games and mobile phone charging/chill out zone for teens

10am to 6pm Friday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm Monday

Former Hayes Travel unit, Victoria Square

Disco and gaming

Silent disco and large screen gaming Station (Giant projected Mario Kart)

10am – 7pm Friday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm Monday

Former Virgin Media’ store, Oxford Street

Hawaiian island

Join us for a match on the large volleyball court.

10am to 5pm, daily

Octagon Plaza

Find out more here:

Competition entries now closed for our first ever schools cake competition.
Keep your eyes peeled over the festival weekend for the winning cake being brought to life by professional cake maker Kaykes. Plus don't forget to vote for the people's choice cup cake awards!

Rumworth School Field to Fork programme

Rumworth teaches special educational needs children from all parts of Bolton to be more confident, resilient and independent through innovative vocational courses.

Its horticulture and catering teams help them market their produce to the local community.

The Field to Fork programme sees young students grow ingredients in their horticulture centre and cooking dishes for the Parents Tapas Evening and supply produce and help deliver activities at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival including the Faulty Towers experience!

Keep an eye out for their video which documents the great work and achievements of the school and its students.

Book Faulty Towers experience now….

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If you’d prefer to do you own thing and explore the best of Bolton with great ideas you can do during the school holidays at Active Bolton