Fantastic Food Festival fun for families at Crompton Place
Free Egyptian-themed activities available all weekend
Crompton Place Shopping Centre is wrapping up the finishing touches for its fun-packed Egyptian-themed interactive activities as part of the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, which kicks off later this week.
In celebration of the culinary event, which is organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi, the centre has partnered with Bolton Library and Museum Services to create a sensational sensory space where children along with their mummies (and other family members!), will be able to enjoy a delectable selection of free entertainment including arts and crafts, cake decorating, storytelling, face painting and more.
Paula Wood, centre manager at Crompton Place, said there would be plenty of festivities for the whole family to get stuck into over the course of the three days. “The food and drink festival is a massive event in the town’s calendar and we are very proud to be a partner.
“We have a great line-up of activities for our younger visitors to do this weekend, with lots of glueing and sticking, instrument playing and singing, as well as the opportunity to have some quiet time for reading – it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Paula.
Activities will take place from Friday 25 August until Monday 28 August between 10am and 4pm, with young festival-goers able to show off their creative flair with ‘mummified’ spoon-making and badge and mask crafts that will see them reincarnated as Tutankhamun or Cleopatra.
There will be six sensory story-time sessions on each day of the festival lasting 15 minutes each. Greenhalgh’s bakery has donated items for free cake decorating sessions, which will happen three times a day.
Young ones can also keep themselves entertained in the fun-packed chill-out area complete with instruments, toys and games. Face-painting will be available on Sunday and Monday only, with all the free activities taking place in the unit next to Subway.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said the themed entertainment at the shopping centre had been chosen as plans are underway for Bolton to have its own Egyptian gallery. He said: “The Food and Drink Festival continues to get bigger and better each year, and Crompton Place’s involvement in the event has also grown.
“We are currently developing a new Egyptology gallery at Bolton Museum and have a full programme of events for the public to enjoy over the next 12 months,” said Cllr Byrne. “Our craft events at the festival will serve as a taster of the Egyptology programme and whet people’s appetite for our new gallery, Bolton’s Egypt. We’re looking forward to working with Crompton Place once again this year.”
Retailers across the centre including The Fragrance Shop, Blue Inc, Dr & Herbs, Greenhalgh’s and The Works will also have fantastic offers for visitors to take advantage over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Paula concluded: “We are very much looking forward to this brilliant celebration of all the delicious food and drink that Bolton has to offer. The festival is not to be missed and will be a wonderful way for families to spend quality time with each other.
“We hope Bolton has a brilliant weekend indulging in some incredible treats and enjoying the great atmosphere and fun,” Paula added.
The Bolton Food and Drink Festival runs from Friday 25 August until Monday 28 August at various locations around the town. For the full schedule of free activities at Crompton Place, please visit the centre’s events page at www.crompton-place.co.uk.
For more information about the festival, visit www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com, follow Bolton Food and Drink Festival page on Facebook, @boltonfoodfest on Twitter or @boltonfoodfest on Instagram.