Welcome to Bolton, the perfect place for your next event

In Bolton, our straight talking, no-nonsense approach to life, combined with a can-do attitude and a great sense of humour, pride and commitment help to make us your first-choice location to hold an event. We pride ourselves in creating and supporting some of the country’s best loved events as well as grass-roots community activity – all of which put Bolton on the ‘map’ at local, national and international level, enhancing the cultural offer and adding to our appeal as a great place to live, work, visit and invest.

We offer a great range of locations for event organisers, from bustling town centres and historic halls to purpose built venues and award-winning parks and green spaces – all of which can be adapted to suit most events!

If you or your organisation is looking to hold an event in Bolton, we’d love to hear from you.  To create an event that delivers we’ve put together a checklist and provided links to national guidelines and legislative requirements.


Application process

  1. Review our event organisation checklist
  2. Register your interest in holding an event
  3. We will respond to you with a provisional booking (or a request for further information) within 10 working days
     

Register your interest in holding an event


If your event is approved

Large scale events

For large scale events (attracting 500 people or more) Bolton's Safety Advisory Group (SAG) will provide contact details of local agencies (such as the police, ambulance service, highways) with whom you should consult at a Joint Agency Meeting. This list will not be exhaustive but will include the agencies generally liaised with for larger events. You should hold at least one Joint Agency Meeting (JAM) where representatives of these agencies are in attendance.

The following are our minimum recommended timescales that should be followed for large scale events:

Minimum timings Action
12 months to event Expression of Interest – application form to be submitted
9 months to event Joint Agency Meeting – hold initial meeting
12 weeks to event

Licence applications – if you are applying for a premises licence please ensure you complete and submit your forms

Road closures – if you are applying for permission to close a public highway, you must apply a minimum of 12 weeks before your event

Event Management Plan – draft copy to be submitted to SAG

8 weeks to event Safety Advisory Group – Event organiser / committee attend SAG to present the EMP

Small scale events

Some smaller scale and community events may not need a licence, for example if alcohol is not supplied, there is no music or dancing, or if you are holding a fair or market with four stalls or less

For small scale events (attracting up to 499 people) we will advise if the event organiser will be required to attend a Safety Advisory Group meeting to share more information about the event.


Do I need a license

Organisers who are putting on the types of events listed below will no longer have to apply for a licence. However, if you are in any doubt whether your event fits the required criteria please review our licences webpage.

Types of events that no longer need a licence:

  • Entertainment organised by, or on behalf of a local authority, health care provider or school on its own premises between 08:00 - 23:00. There is no limit on audience size or any other conditions.
  • Live and recorded music provided by third parties taking place between 08:00- 23:00 on local authority, hospital, school and community premises before audiences of no more than 500, subject to prior written consent from the premises owner given to the event organiser.
  • Audience limits for live music between 08:00 - 23:00 in alcohol licensed premises (exempted under the Live Music Act 2012) will increase from 200 to 500.