Ironman Bolton 2021 – All You Need to Know

Ironman Bolton has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. However; the event has already been rescheduled to take place on 2-4 July 2021

What is Ironman Bolton

Ironman Bolton is an athletics event where Bolton invites and hosts thousands of athletes to compete in an Ironman race beginning in Bolton Town Centre.

Ironman is a triathlon, a race where competitors complete a running, cycling and swimming section.

Ironman races are considered as a particularly difficult event by athletes, with a total distance of 140.6 miles (226.2 km).

You must be registered with Ironman UK before you are eligible to race at the Ironman Bolton event.

What is Ironman Bolton night run

The night run is a 5k fun run that starts at 7pm.

It involves around 1,500 runners, starting from Le Mans Crescent in the town centre.

The run goes through the town centre, into Queens Park and finishes at Victoria Square, at the same finish line the Ironman athletes.

Anyone aged 16 or over can enter the night run but tickets are limited.

In past Ironman events, tickets for the night run have been available for £10 per person.

What is Ironkids Bolton

Ironkids is part of the Ironman weekend that Boltonains have hugely enjoyed in the past.

So much so that the Bolton event has seen the largest Ironkids event in the world in past years.

Children aged from 3 to 14 are eligible to enter the race, the distance they race is dependent on the age of the child (between 500m and 2km) but all children run independently without parent assistance.

The Ironkids event is a combination of running and swimming and doesn’t include any cycling section.

How long is Ironman Bolton

All Ironman events are the same length, dating back to the original Ironman that took place in Hawaii in 1978.

The Ironman triathlon consists of three sections; swimming, cycling and running.

  • Swim: 2.4 mile (3.8 km)
  • Bike: 112 mile (180.2 km)
  • Run: 26.2 mile (42.2 km)

With the three sections combined, the total length of Ironman Bolton is 140.6 miles (226.2 km).

That’s roughly the direct distance from Bolton to Bristol!

The 2019 Ironman Bolton was won by Brian Fogarty in a time of 9 hours 27 minutes.

The average time taken to complete an Ironman is around 12 hours and 35 minutes.

How to Travel to Ironman Bolton

Ironman Bolton starts from Victoria Square in Bolton Town Centre which is easily accessible using various modes of transport.

By train

Victoria Square is a short 5-minute walk from Bolton train station.

If travelling from Manchester Airport you can commute to Bolton by train.

The journey is around 1 hour and you will need to change in Manchester Town Centre, either at Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Piccadilly.

By bus

Victoria Square is a short 5-minute walk from Bolton bus Interchange.

By car

During past Ironman Bolton events, Bolton Council has issued the following car parks as free to park.

Park for free for 24 hours (on Saturday and Sunday) at Bolton NCP multi-storey car parks: 

  • Topp Way (BL1 2DJ)
  • Octagon (BL1 1TN)
  • Deane Road (BL3 5DX)

For the most recent updates visit the Bolton Council website here and click on the most relevant article.

How to watch Ironman Bolton

There are plenty of opportunities for spectators to watch Ironman Bolton.

Saturday and Sunday play host to events within the town centre and Queens Park.

Previous years have seen the Festival Zone on Oxford Street showcasing live music, a bar and food traders throughout the weekend.

To view the race itself there are plenty of locations throughout Bolton, spending on the section of the race you would prefer to see.

Bike course viewing:

  • – Rivington Green, Rivington, where Sheephouse Lane meets Rivington Lane
  • – Black Dog pub in Belmont Village

Cyclists and runners viewing:

  • – Queens Park, where you can watch a transition point
  • – Chorley New Road
  • – Le Mans Crescent

Here is a link to the 2019 spectators guide, we’ll update this as soon as we have this year’s guide.

When is Ironman Bolton

Ironman Bolton is usually hosted early July.

The dates for Ironman Bolton 2021 have been released for 2 – 4 July 2021

Where to stay for Ironman Bolton

Located right at the heart of Bolton Town Centre, Gordon Moon Suites provide professionally serviced apartments for Ironman Bolton.

Gordon Moon Suites apartments are located just around the corner from the Ironman starting point.

We are always full of Ironman contestants every year and have even hosted a podium winner in the past!

Each apartment comes with complimentary town centre parking, a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom and smart TV with Netflix.

They also have plenty of space allowing you somewhere to store your bike and equipment in a much more convenient way than a hotel room.

You can take a look at our apartments and book via our website.


Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2020 – Is It Cancelled?

Bolton Food and Drink Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. For more information visit https://www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com/

What is the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is one of the country’s biggest and best food festivals. With an attendance of 400,000 food lovers over a period of four days, Bolton becomes host to a range of top celebrity food personalities and a gigantic range of cuisine from all around the globe.

Is there an entry fee for the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

There is no entry fee for the Bolton Food Festival and visitors are welcome to browse all the stalls at their own leisure.

Tickets can be purchased to see performances from celebrity chefs and TV personalities in the festival marquee at Victoria Square. To avoid disappointment, visitors should book these tickets online in advance of the festival as past shows have sold out fast.

In recent years, celebrity appearances have been made by James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, Gregg Wallace and Ainsley Harriot.

When does the Bolton Food and Drink Festival start

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is held on the last August Bank holiday of the year.

The next festival will be held on Friday 28th – Monday 31st August 2020.

What’s on offer at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival has over 200 stalls spread across the town centre to sample from, each serving their own unique mix of fantastic food, locally brewed beer and artisan crafts.

Each year also brings an array of famous faces. Visitors are able to purchase tickets to watch cookery demos by famous faces such as James Martin, The Hairy Bikers and Ainsley Harriot in the festival’s marquee, located at Victoria Square outside the Town Hall.

There are also free cookery demonstrations which take place throughout the festival by professional chefs.

Travelling to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is located in Bolton Town Centre. It stretches from The Market Place and up to Newport Street, making it easy to get to by public transport.

You can get the train or bus to the town centre, the festival is just a short walk down Newport Street from the Interchange.

If you’re travelling by car then there are various pay and display car parks located in the town centre which you could use.

If you are staying with Gordon Moon Suites over the weekend then you are able to use our private town centre car park free of charge.

Where to stay for the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Located right at the heart of Bolton Town Centre, Gordon Moon Suites provide professionally serviced apartments for short term stays. They are ideal for a long weekend break in Bolton whilst enjoying everything the food festival has to offer.

Each apartment also comes with complimentary town centre parking, a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom and smart TV with Netflix.

Take a look at our range of apartments and enjoy the best food and drink festival in the country, at the best accommodation in Bolton.


Bolton is Back as Shops Reopen

It’s been a strange few months since March 23rd when Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the country:

From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.

Gordon Moon Suites has continued to operate throughout the lockdown, supporting our key workers who have put in an enormous effort to help keep Bolton moving through this pandemic.

It’s been a time of empty streets and closed up shops in the town centre, but things are beginning to change.

Today marks the first day where non-essential shops are able to open up and invite in customers once again.

Deansgate was full of shoppers from early in the morning

We’re beginning to see the streets surrounding our apartments returning to something close to normality.

This is just the first day of the restrictions beginning to be loosened and already the streets are full of eager shoppers.

There may yet be a way to go in this pandemic, but it’s great to see the local businesses that lie within a stone’s throw of our apartments starting to serve customers once again.


Bolton Accommodation for Key Workers

Here at Gordon Moon Suites in Bolton we are still providing accommodation for key workers in the Greater Manchester area. With many hotels being forced to close due to staff shortages there are still government identified key workers who require housing and accommodation to continue their vital work in supporting the country against COVID-19.

Our apartments are available to book by any guest meeting the government criteria of key workers.

The full list can be found here.

Each apartment includes its own fully fitted kitchen and bathroom with washing machine, dishwasher and Smart TV’s in every apartment, allowing guests to have minimal contact with others during their stay. For further information about how we are protecting our guests please read below.

Isolation and social distancing as recommended by government advice

Our secure entry system is entirely automated with guests using key codes to enter each apartment. Whilst we do have staff available if necessary, guests may choose how interactive they are with staff and other guests. 

Cleanliness

The safety and well-being of our guests is our absolute priority and as such we are taking the cleanliness of our apartments extremely seriously.

A priority is maintaining the highest of cleaning standards throughout our apartments, evidenced by an unrivaled 9.7 out of 10 score for cleanliness on Booking.com.

We would like to reassure guests our high hygiene standards have been further improved with housekeeping spending more time cleaning and sanitising our apartments.

Our team is closely following government and World Health Organisation advice to maintain the highest hygiene protocols and our team is committed to up keeping the highest levels of hygiene throughout our apartments.

Flexible bookings

We understand the disruption to travel plans and are supporting our guests during this uncertain period.

To give our guests more peace of mind and flexibility, we have amended our usual 30-day cancellation policy to 24 hours for any new bookings made with us directly at www.gordonmoonsuites.co.uk made after 20th March until April 30th.

We want all of our guests to feel safe staying with us and we know that events are currently developing on a daily basis.

We are a family run business who cares and can respond quickly to any guest concerns or questions, as well as the latest government advice.

If you do have a question please contact us at booking@gordonmoonsuites.co.uk.

We look forward to hosting you.


What we’re doing about COVID-19

In light of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we would like to inform guests of the steps we are taking to ensure a safe and comfortable stay with us.


Cleanliness

The safety and well-being of our guests is our absolute priority and as such we are taking the cleanliness of our apartments extremely seriously.

A priority is maintaining the highest of cleaning standards throughout our apartments, evidenced by an unrivalled 9.7 out of 10 score for cleanliness on Booking.com.

We would like to reassure guests our high hygiene standards have been further improved with housekeeping spending more time spent cleaning and sanitising our apartments.

Our team is closely following government and World Health Organisation advice to maintain the highest hygiene protocols and our team is committed to up keeping the highest levels of hygiene throughout our apartments.


Isolation and social distancing

Our secure entry system is entirely automated with guests using key codes to enter each apartment. Whilst we do have staff availability if necessary, guests may choose how interactive they are with staff and other guests.


Flexible bookings

We understand the disruption to travel plans and are supporting our guests during this uncertain period.

To give our guests more peace of mind and flexibility, we have amended our usual 30-day cancellation policy to 72 hours for any new bookings made with us directly at www.gordonmoonsuites.co.uk made after 20th March until April 30th.


We want all of our guests to feel safe staying with us and we know that events are currently developing on a daily basis.

We are a family run business who cares and can respond quickly to any guest concerns or questions, as well as the latest government advice.

If you do have a question please contact us at booking@gordonmoonsuites.co.uk.

We look forward to hosting you.

Kind regards,

Gordon Moon Suites


The Winter Festival Returns to Bolton Town Centre

The annual Bolton Winter Festival returned again this weekend, with a special opening performance from X Factor and Dancing on Ice star Ray Quinn.

Ray Quinn performing at the Bolton Winter Festival

We went along to sample the mulled wine in the Festive Teepee in Victoria Square, followed by a live performance from Ray in the ever-popular Ice Rink.

With everything the Winter Festival has to offer just a 60-second walk from our apartments, we’re sure plenty of our guests will enjoy this year’s festivities and a skate on the ice.


Bolton Christmas Lights Switch On

Local Boltonian, star of The Chase and X Factor Celebrity contestant Jenny Ryan wasn’t the only bright spark in the town last night as she switched on the Bolton Christmas Lights.

There was a great turn out in a packed Victoria Square, overlooked by the beautiful Bolton Town Hall, to watch the annual Christmas Lights switch on. We had a great time and we know many of our guests did too.

It was especially great to see Jenny Ryan showcase her vocal talent before switching on the lights and prompting a huge fireworks display from the rooftop of the town hall.

It was a clear and suitably chilly night in Bolton, luckily our Suites and office are located just a couple of minutes walk from the square, so we didn’t have to endure the festively low temperature for too long!


Bolton Film Festival – Lights, Camera, Accommodation!

We were delighted to see the Bolton Film Festival return to the town centre once again. Now in its third year, the festival has grown from strength to strength, with film entries growing from 350 in the first year, to a massive 1,200 this time around.

The festival continues to be a popular attraction both for people in the town and further afield. The festival director, Adrian Barber, commented “Across each of our five venues it has been a huge success to the point that a main problem was worrying about how we were going to seat people.”

We were thrilled to host an array of talented guests attending the festival, held at The Light cinema, just a stone’s throw away from our apartments.

We can’t wait for the Bolton Film Festival 2020, all signs are pointing towards it being the biggest and best yet!


Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2019 – A Review

The sun was shining on Bolton Town Hall

The annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival is over for another year, and what a culinary celebration it was. Regarded as one of the very best food festivals in the country, Bolton welcomed around 400,000 food lovers to its town centre over the four-day festival.

We had a fantastic time sampling the huge range of cuisine, drinks and entertainment which can be found at the festival and feedback from our guests tells us they did too.

The record-breaking August Bank Holiday weather set the perfect stage for the event, with the streets packed with people enjoying the spectacular sunshine, food and drink which the festival offered.

Le Mans Crescent was packed with food lovers

There were over 200 stalls to sample from, each serving their own unique mix of fantastic food, locally brewed beer and artisan crafts.

There was also a great array of entertainment on offer, from musical performances and cooking demonstrations from celebrity and local chefs alike.

It’s fantastic to see the reputation of the Food and Drink Festival grow year-on-year and the line-up for 2019 was certainly difficult to rival, with top chefs and TV personalities; Michael Caines, The Hairy Bikers, Gregg Wallace and James Martin all attending the festival and showcasing their cooking skills.

James Martin called Bolton ‘the biggest and best food festival in the UK’

Located right at the heart of Bolton Town centre, our serviced apartments are the perfect resting spot for anyone thinking of spending the weekend in Bolton for next year’s Food and Drink Festival.

So, if you’re a food lover too, don’t forget to get in touch and book your stay for the best Food and Drink Festival in the country, at the best accommodation in Bolton.


Introducing our new Market Street apartments

Off the back of a hugely successful 2018, which included winning a Guest Review Award from Booking.com, we have expanded our luxury serviced apartment offering in Bolton to one of the best locations in the Town Centre.

Our new apartments are located on the prime parade of Market Street, with direct access to The Market Place and a fantastic array of shops, restaurants and cafes.

Situated in a beautiful and historic property which has been newly redeveloped, we have further expanded our range of one and two bedroom apartments, offering all the generous space and modern amenities one would need to truly feel at a home from home.

We’ve already had great feedback from our guests, and our team is focused on continuing to provide the faultless service and comfort for every guest that we strive for.

After all, we want to win that 2019 Guest Review Award too!

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