Bolton has been revealed the happiest place in Greater Manchester.

And we think this is why:


Festivities –

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Manchester may have the biggest Christmas markets in the region, but Bolton does not disappoint and especially this year given how successful the ‘Put Big Light On’ festival has been so far.

Since the festival started, there is Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at Bolton Library and Museum, which shows an apparition of the moon before your very eyes.

It’s beautiful and mesmerising.

In week one of the festivities, the 'Aurora Borealis' came to town with a stunning light display which captured the most attention during the two weeks it was displayed, and more recently, giant light filled baubles took centre stage in the town centre.

These attractions show that people in Bolton do not need to travel very far to see something different.

Shows –

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It is not only the sights of Bolton that keeps people happy, but there is plenty of entertainment in the town itself.

The Octagon Theatre is known for putting on the best theatre and comedy shows from across the country.

Around the World in 80 Days is a current show running along with Alfie the Elf’s Christmas Rescue.

Bolton’s very own Albert Halls is an impressive venue in the town centre with a traditional theatre setting and is currently showing a Cinderella panto.

Recently, Bolton Food and Drink Festival won the live event of the year at the I Love MCR awards.

This event attracts thousands of people to the town centre for a whole weekend of hundreds of delicious food and drink stalls, demos from renowned chefs like James Martin, and food tips from TV personality Gok Wan are all part of one of the best food festivals in the country.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Nick Peel, said in August: ““Attracting half a million visitors is a significant milestone, and further cements our reputation as a host of world-class events.

"The town centre was buzzing with happy, smiling people, and bringing income to the traders and Bolton businesses is a real boost to the local economy.”

Heritage –

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Bolton’s Town Hall turned 200 this year and to mark it, the then newly crowned King Charles III paid the town a visit.

It was a momentous day for the town as the King paraded around Victoria Square, speaking to children and community groups along with Queen Consort, Camilla.

Bolton is also home to the Bolton Steam Museum, which is one of the largest collections of steam engines in the UK, and Smithills Hall, one of the most well preserved and oldest manor houses from the 14th century.

Green Spaces –

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Queens Park is a stretch of a beautifully well-kept public park leading into the main town, but there is also Moses Gate Country Park, Leverhulme Park, Seven Acres, Doffcocker Lodge and even the famous Rivington Reservoir on the outskirts.

There are farms like Smithills Farms with attractions for children, and transport links make it easier for people to get around.