20 tonnes of sand will be used to make 'beach' in Queens Park

20 tonnes of sand will be used to make 'beach' in Queens Park

Blackpool Beach. The "beach" in Queens Park will look exactly like this.

Donkeys at Blackpool Beach.

Queens Park.

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BOLTON might be landlocked — but later this month the beach is coming to the borough.

Queens Park will be transformed into a Victorian seaside resort, complete with 20 tonnes of sand, donkeys and traditional fairground games to celebrate the £4.3 million renovation of the park.

Families will be able to build sandcastles, have their pictures taken in Victorian costume and enjoy a traditional ice cream.

Traditional deckchairs will surround a renovated amphitheatre at the park and visitors can enjoy a picnic to the sounds of a variety of bands.

People will also be able to try their luck at the coconut shy and hook-a-duck.

More adventurous visitors can have a go at beach volleyball, ride-a-surf simulator, take the wipe-out challenge, or climb the climbing wall.

There will also be a funfair, as well as rides around the park in a rickshaw or penny farthing bicycle.

A Punch and Judy show and a variety of other street performers will also entertain visitors.

At the Queens Park Pavilion, there will be a pop up cinema with a showing of Spring and Port Wine, made famous by James Mason, which was filmed in Queens Park and in Bolton.

Local people can also take part in a "living history film", which will record their memories and stories of the park and growing up.


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The film will then be archived as part of the Heritage Lottery project at Manchester Libraries archive.

Cllr John Byrne, Bolton Council's cabinet member for neighbourhood and community services, said: “We’re really excited to be holding this event, which celebrates the refurbishment of Queens Park and its restoration to its former Victorian glory.

“We hope that residents will enjoy taking part in all the traditional Victorian seaside activities, from donkey rides to penny farthing bicycle rides and from watching Punch and Judy to hooking a duck at a sideshow.

“We’d like to encourage everyone to come down to the park for what we’re sure will be a great day out for all the family.”

The attraction will be in Queens Park between 11am and 4pm on May 25.

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2:30pm Fri 2 May 14

Minimus says...

'The "beach" in Queens Park will look exactly like this' Your caption beneath a a picture of Blackpool beach? Come on! Wher's your sense of proportion?

Mnims
'The "beach" in Queens Park will look exactly like this' Your caption beneath a a picture of Blackpool beach? Come on! Wher's your sense of proportion? Mnims Minimus
  • Score: 20

2:32pm Fri 2 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

It should be a permanent feature really.

And BN it will not look 'exactly' like Blackpool Beach LOLZ

But I do suppose that the beach inclusive of some form of fecal matter could be construed as the same.
It should be a permanent feature really. And BN it will not look 'exactly' like Blackpool Beach LOLZ But I do suppose that the beach inclusive of some form of fecal matter could be construed as the same. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 8

3:03pm Fri 2 May 14

Chrome1 says...

Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever. Chrome1
  • Score: 36

3:54pm Fri 2 May 14

marco999 says...

A 'Victorian seaside resort' in Queens park. What next, a maypole and morris dancers on Great Lever park?
A 'Victorian seaside resort' in Queens park. What next, a maypole and morris dancers on Great Lever park? marco999
  • Score: 2

3:54pm Fri 2 May 14

marco999 says...

A 'Victorian seaside resort' in Queens park. What next, a maypole and morris dancers on Great Lever park?
A 'Victorian seaside resort' in Queens park. What next, a maypole and morris dancers on Great Lever park? marco999
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Fri 2 May 14

John Edwards says...

Nothing wrong with a Maypole and Morris Dancers.Nothing wrong with a Maypole and Morris Dancers. The problem we have is, all our traditions have / or are being lost because of this multicultural land. Yet others have theirs and ours are condemned.

But to spend our community tax on sand, it's an absolute disgrace. We need the roads and footpaths repairing before other stupid things. Roll on 22nd May, I know who will get my vote.
Nothing wrong with a Maypole and Morris Dancers.Nothing wrong with a Maypole and Morris Dancers. The problem we have is, all our traditions have / or are being lost because of this multicultural land. Yet others have theirs and ours are condemned. But to spend our community tax on sand, it's an absolute disgrace. We need the roads and footpaths repairing before other stupid things. Roll on 22nd May, I know who will get my vote. John Edwards
  • Score: 30

4:29pm Fri 2 May 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: -70

5:05pm Fri 2 May 14

templejohn says...

JOHN EDWARDS, is quite right, our traditions are condemed, others

are deemed to be ok? wonder why? but once again bolton council

cant wait to waste more money,, the sooner this lot are gone-

the better it will be....
JOHN EDWARDS, is quite right, our traditions are condemed, others are deemed to be ok? wonder why? but once again bolton council cant wait to waste more money,, the sooner this lot are gone- the better it will be.... templejohn
  • Score: 19

5:36pm Fri 2 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

A whole 20 tonnes?
One lorry load isn't going to go very far.
A whole 20 tonnes? One lorry load isn't going to go very far. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 18

5:52pm Fri 2 May 14

AndyMorton says...

Haha what is this town coming to? A beach will be good with all that sun we have. Will we be able feed the ducks there? If we wanted build sand castles id go moss bank park. Wanted go beach id go blackpool.
Haha what is this town coming to? A beach will be good with all that sun we have. Will we be able feed the ducks there? If we wanted build sand castles id go moss bank park. Wanted go beach id go blackpool. AndyMorton
  • Score: 10

6:14pm Fri 2 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I really cannot wait to see the results of this and the interest from the local community.

I think I will go to the pub now.
I really cannot wait to see the results of this and the interest from the local community. I think I will go to the pub now. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 8

8:27pm Fri 2 May 14

soup153 says...

What do donkeys at Blackpool get for lunch? half hour like every one else.
What do donkeys at Blackpool get for lunch? half hour like every one else. soup153
  • Score: 9

9:47pm Fri 2 May 14

boltonnut says...

Oh I do like to be beside the sea side,oh I do like to be beside........... what do you mean mam,you mean it's not real? Well I'll be tiddly om pom pommed.
Oh I do like to be beside the sea side,oh I do like to be beside........... what do you mean mam,you mean it's not real? Well I'll be tiddly om pom pommed. boltonnut
  • Score: -2

10:06pm Fri 2 May 14

eatmytruth says...

As silly as it sounds I will be going. It would be nice to have an event in Bolton. Also experience some history. But is 20 tonnes of sand even a lot? I doubt it will look anything like the picture haha.
As silly as it sounds I will be going. It would be nice to have an event in Bolton. Also experience some history. But is 20 tonnes of sand even a lot? I doubt it will look anything like the picture haha. eatmytruth
  • Score: 7

10:19pm Fri 2 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

eatmytruth wrote:
As silly as it sounds I will be going. It would be nice to have an event in Bolton. Also experience some history. But is 20 tonnes of sand even a lot? I doubt it will look anything like the picture haha.
20 tonnes will cover at about 6" maybe 30ft x 30ft, not much room for sandcastles and Donkeys lol
[quote][p][bold]eatmytruth[/bold] wrote: As silly as it sounds I will be going. It would be nice to have an event in Bolton. Also experience some history. But is 20 tonnes of sand even a lot? I doubt it will look anything like the picture haha.[/p][/quote]20 tonnes will cover at about 6" maybe 30ft x 30ft, not much room for sandcastles and Donkeys lol mr.mark.c
  • Score: 7

11:06pm Fri 2 May 14

tinypet says...

marco999 wrote:
A 'Victorian seaside resort' in Queens park. What next, a maypole and morris dancers on Great Lever park?
hahaha that made me laugh
[quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: A 'Victorian seaside resort' in Queens park. What next, a maypole and morris dancers on Great Lever park?[/p][/quote]hahaha that made me laugh tinypet
  • Score: 3

1:23am Sat 3 May 14

crazyoldme says...

Bagsy not cleaning it up after!!! :)
Bagsy not cleaning it up after!!! :) crazyoldme
  • Score: 6

9:01am Sat 3 May 14

adatherton says...

Minimus wrote:
'The "beach" in Queens Park will look exactly like this' Your caption beneath a a picture of Blackpool beach? Come on! Wher's your sense of proportion?

Mnims
Methinks a little tongue in cheek by the BN there
[quote][p][bold]Minimus[/bold] wrote: 'The "beach" in Queens Park will look exactly like this' Your caption beneath a a picture of Blackpool beach? Come on! Wher's your sense of proportion? Mnims[/p][/quote]Methinks a little tongue in cheek by the BN there adatherton
  • Score: 0

9:04am Sat 3 May 14

adatherton says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
She's fixed it. John Mills was of course in the other great Bolton film "The Family Way", with his immortal line "He looked neither to the right or to the left, he walked through here like it was a public convenience"
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]She's fixed it. John Mills was of course in the other great Bolton film "The Family Way", with his immortal line "He looked neither to the right or to the left, he walked through here like it was a public convenience" adatherton
  • Score: 1

9:04am Sat 3 May 14

adatherton says...

How much will this cost? What about the potholes?
How much will this cost? What about the potholes? adatherton
  • Score: 9

11:24am Sat 3 May 14

cosmicma says...

i would have thought moss bank park would have been a better venue for something like this queens park is known as a bit of a no go area and will put a lot of people off

on the whole it sounds like a pleasant distraction for a day but not at queens park
20 tonnes of sand just isn't enough to create any sort of illusion of a beach they would have been better off paying attention to something else after all a beach in bolton isn't exactly part of our heritige
i would have thought moss bank park would have been a better venue for something like this queens park is known as a bit of a no go area and will put a lot of people off on the whole it sounds like a pleasant distraction for a day but not at queens park 20 tonnes of sand just isn't enough to create any sort of illusion of a beach they would have been better off paying attention to something else after all a beach in bolton isn't exactly part of our heritige cosmicma
  • Score: 4

1:18pm Sat 3 May 14

templejohn says...

Yea, 20 tonnes of sand is a bit of a waste in Queens park, a better

idea would be a couple of ripped three piece suites and one or two

supermarket trolleys, that would make the area look more natural..
Yea, 20 tonnes of sand is a bit of a waste in Queens park, a better idea would be a couple of ripped three piece suites and one or two supermarket trolleys, that would make the area look more natural.. templejohn
  • Score: 9

3:57pm Sat 3 May 14

123garykevin says...

All that money spent... yet they couldnt find the funds to save the much loved animal world at mossbank park... bolton council you make me feel sick :(
All that money spent... yet they couldnt find the funds to save the much loved animal world at mossbank park... bolton council you make me feel sick :( 123garykevin
  • Score: 20

4:12pm Sat 3 May 14

tillyflop53 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
re read article, it does say James Mason
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]re read article, it does say James Mason tillyflop53
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Sat 3 May 14

tillyflop53 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
At the Queens Park Pavilion, there will be a pop up cinema with a showing of Spring and Port Wine, made famous by James Mason, which was filmed in Queens Park and in Bolton.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]At the Queens Park Pavilion, there will be a pop up cinema with a showing of Spring and Port Wine, made famous by James Mason, which was filmed in Queens Park and in Bolton. tillyflop53
  • Score: -2

6:15pm Sat 3 May 14

cosmicma says...

Julian Thorpe wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.
it was corrected after the error was made known
[quote][p][bold]Julian Thorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.[/p][/quote]it was corrected after the error was made known cosmicma
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Sat 3 May 14

Chrome1 says...

cosmicma wrote:
Julian Thorpe wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.
it was corrected after the error was made known
Thank you for your back up.
[quote][p][bold]cosmicma[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Julian Thorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.[/p][/quote]it was corrected after the error was made known[/p][/quote]Thank you for your back up. Chrome1
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Sat 3 May 14

vicric87 says...

It will be nice until the chavs get their hands on it and it ends up full of urine, dog poo, and bit of glass.
It will be nice until the chavs get their hands on it and it ends up full of urine, dog poo, and bit of glass. vicric87
  • Score: 2

9:24pm Sat 3 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

vicric87 wrote:
It will be nice until the chavs get their hands on it and it ends up full of urine, dog poo, and bit of glass.
Chavs on Queens Park?
They won't walk that far, it must be 10mins from the bus station.
[quote][p][bold]vicric87[/bold] wrote: It will be nice until the chavs get their hands on it and it ends up full of urine, dog poo, and bit of glass.[/p][/quote]Chavs on Queens Park? They won't walk that far, it must be 10mins from the bus station. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Sat 3 May 14

SleepingThunder says...

Come on build some thing which will last,who do they consult on these hairbrained schemes.
Come on build some thing which will last,who do they consult on these hairbrained schemes. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Sun 4 May 14

Liamdog says...

Whats happened to standards in journalism
Whats happened to standards in journalism Liamdog
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Sun 4 May 14

bluebusman says...

It's a lovely idea but totally wrong place I agree moss bank park the better alternative as it has 20 tonnes of sand already and fairground attractions ,the showing of classic British cinema filmed locally is excellant as shows the real Bolton as it was ,classic buildings , lifestyle , morals and traditions and not this 21st century lifestyle and multiculturalism of them and us .
It's a lovely idea but totally wrong place I agree moss bank park the better alternative as it has 20 tonnes of sand already and fairground attractions ,the showing of classic British cinema filmed locally is excellant as shows the real Bolton as it was ,classic buildings , lifestyle , morals and traditions and not this 21st century lifestyle and multiculturalism of them and us . bluebusman
  • Score: 3

11:58am Mon 5 May 14

Donkey Stone says...

Julian Thorpe wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.
Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.
Kids from Brandwood St School appeared as extras. It is a journey back to my school days every time I watch it.
[quote][p][bold]Julian Thorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sigh, don't you just hanker for a journalist with some knowledge and experience? John Mills wasn't in Spring and Port Wine; it was James Mason. Never mind Jane, you can go back to watching X factor or whatever.[/p][/quote]Yes, you are quite right. Apologies for this error.[/p][/quote]Kids from Brandwood St School appeared as extras. It is a journey back to my school days every time I watch it. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 2

6:07pm Thu 8 May 14

the hand says...

How much money will this cost us its just a waste of time money and effort maybe this is why they put our council tax up this year to pay for another dodgy idea by cliff and his goonieS( hey you guyyyys )
How much money will this cost us its just a waste of time money and effort maybe this is why they put our council tax up this year to pay for another dodgy idea by cliff and his goonieS( hey you guyyyys ) the hand
  • Score: 3

6:22pm Thu 8 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

I bet it's a nice day out especially for families, but i bet within a day or two if the sand is still there it will be full of dog s h i t from the lazy dog owners :-)
I bet it's a nice day out especially for families, but i bet within a day or two if the sand is still there it will be full of dog s h i t from the lazy dog owners :-) Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Fri 9 May 14

Ernagy2 says...

I'd like to see Queens park play host to bands like it use to in the past. What happened to the walk way idea that went from the Town Centre to Queens Park - oh that's right we built an Industrial estate on spa road!

Hopefully it will be good. Hope it's a warm day for it, but will the women have their bathing costumes out?
I'd like to see Queens park play host to bands like it use to in the past. What happened to the walk way idea that went from the Town Centre to Queens Park - oh that's right we built an Industrial estate on spa road! Hopefully it will be good. Hope it's a warm day for it, but will the women have their bathing costumes out? Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

4:08pm Sun 25 May 14

gizmouk1 says...

I comments the council for trying to put something on for the local town, but after calling at Queens Park, the 'beach', if that's what you can call it was dire and a total waste of money...it was rectangle with a net stuck in the ground.....donkey rides were going up and down the grass verge.......

So much more in terms of entertainment could have been done with the money spent on Donkey Rides and the Sand.....
I comments the council for trying to put something on for the local town, but after calling at Queens Park, the 'beach', if that's what you can call it was dire and a total waste of money...it was rectangle with a net stuck in the ground.....donkey rides were going up and down the grass verge....... So much more in terms of entertainment could have been done with the money spent on Donkey Rides and the Sand..... gizmouk1
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Sun 25 May 14

gizmouk1 says...

gizmouk1 wrote:
I comments the council for trying to put something on for the local town, but after calling at Queens Park, the 'beach', if that's what you can call it was dire and a total waste of money...it was rectangle with a net stuck in the ground.....donkey rides were going up and down the grass verge.......

So much more in terms of entertainment could have been done with the money spent on Donkey Rides and the Sand.....
*commend
[quote][p][bold]gizmouk1[/bold] wrote: I comments the council for trying to put something on for the local town, but after calling at Queens Park, the 'beach', if that's what you can call it was dire and a total waste of money...it was rectangle with a net stuck in the ground.....donkey rides were going up and down the grass verge....... So much more in terms of entertainment could have been done with the money spent on Donkey Rides and the Sand.....[/p][/quote]*commend gizmouk1
  • Score: 0

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