Yesterday myself, chris and wendy went down to Bolton`s Winter wonderland for a road test.
We started off with a game of curling which provided plenty of giggles for the assembled press and the instruction was second to none.

You can tell that a lot of planning has gone into the two ice rinks this year and its great that local schoolchildren across the borough are getting to try out ice skating as part of the festivities with school trips.

Second stop for us was the Tipi`s (There is a slight disagreement here at BL whether that should read teepee so if anyone knows the answer get in touch!)
As soon as you walk you in the attention to detail hits you, wooden tables with real actual candles , fairy lights and also a compact stage that we are assured will be having lots of local musicians entertaining the crowds over the coming weeks. As soon as we were seated our drinks order was taken (mulled wine for me and wendy and chris , as he was driving opted for coffee, which were of really good quality)

The menu is literally just what you want after a heavy christmas shop. The spring rolls were devine, the sloppy jo was just how it should be and the rest of the menu was simply exquisite. Also the portion size compared to the price and the quality of the food was exceptional.


Also in the Tipi`s will be pop up Christmas Cookey Demos with Luis Troyano,  3rd and 10th December 12noon – 2pm (£5 – hot drink included)
and 17th December 6pm – 8pm (£7.50 – glass of fizz included)

Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano at this year’s Food and Drink Festival
Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano at this year’s Food and Drink Festival


A one off special ‘Hungry Gecko Street Food’ menu on Saturday Dec 4

Jackie’s dishes are inspired by foodie travels from India to Indonesia with prices from £3. No need to book, please come along to the tipi starting from 2.30pm serving through to 8pm.

jackie kearney
Jackie Kearney

12 days of Christmas by Robert Brown (11 and 12th Dec £30pp)

Robert Owen Brown
Robert Owen Brown

Nordic Supper Nights by Simon Wood (18/19th Dec £30 pp)

Simon Wood
Simon Wood

Obviously (as we are big kids at Bolton Live we had to nip in and see Santa himself in his extended grotto…


Also new for this year is the festive artisan market on Deansgate which includes a variety of local traders and from further afield in case you need to grab that essential gift or want something that little bit different for a present (More on that coming soon in a food blog)

All in all it`s looking like it is going to be a very merry Christmas in Bolton Town Centre!

Pete Hopkinson For

For more information on this years Winter Wonderland and to book tickets click HERE