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Greater Manchester itinerary for groups
AM: Venture beyond the city centre for less than £3 one-way to Greater Manchester's Countryside, easily reached within 15 minutes by train. The countryside costs nothing to explore, with superb walking trails and routes through Haigh and Smithills Country Parks in Bolton and the Peak District National Park bordering Stockport.
Whilst visiting Smithills Country Park, head to Smithills Hall. One of Bolton's original and most impressive family homes, it is a Grade 1 listed building, full of history and drama. Containing fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval and Tudor right through to Victorian times, the hall is set in formal gardens next to the West Pennine Moors.
Bolton is a culturally diverse town, so whilst you're there why not experience an afternoon out that's a little bit different.
PM: Later in the day visit the Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal. This arts and cultural centre hides a superb decorative ceiling that interprets the Hindu faith. The shrine is a magnificent focal point and is carved out of solid hardwood with intricate floral designs embellished with real gold leaf. Displayed within the shrine are three pure white marble idols. Some say it is Bolton's very own Sistine Chapel.
Zakariyya Jaame Masjid - Islamic Cultural Centre, 20 Peace Street, Bolton BL3 5LJ
T: 0161 280 3508
AM: Head north of the city to Bury Market for a unique shopping experience where you can buy the best black pudding in the world! It is a very large traditional market in a modern setting making it a great day out for individuals and groups.
Lunch: Whilst in Bury, groups will not want to pass up the opportunity to visit the family-run Slattery's Patissier and Chocolatier. Pick up home-made chocolates, freshly baked cakes, preserves and other treats. Alternatively, book a chocolate demonstration workshop taking approximately 2.5 hours, ending with a delicious box of handmade chocolates to take home - ideal for groups. There's also the renowned café upstairs for lunch or afternoon tea.
PM: Board the East Lancashire Railway which takes you on a captivating journey to discover part of the region's rich transport heritage, taking in viaducts, bridges and historic towns and villages. The beautifully restored steam railway runs along the Irwell Valley, along the edge of the West Pennine Moors. There are spectacular views of the West Pennine Moor as the train crosses the River Irwell, passing through two tunnels en route.
AM: Start your morning at the ultimate getaway destination at the Trafford Quays Leisure Village. Choose from a variety of unique experiences from practising your golf swing at Playgolf, gliding down the 180m real snow indoor ski slope at Chill Factore, or scoring some goals at the Powerleague Soccer Dome.
Once you've worked up an appetite, head over the road to The Trafford Centre and grab a bite to eat in one of the 60 restaurants, cafes and bars within The Orient.
PM: Once refuelled, a 20 minute drive away will find you at Sportcity, the largest concentration of sporting venues in Europe. Here you will find the Velodrome, official home of the British Cycling Team. Hire yourself a bicycle and helmet and practise on the professional track. If that's too much exercise for one day, catch Manchester City FC playing at the City of Manchester Stadium. Tickets are available for most games and can be bought on the day. Outside of the football season the stadium hosts major national and international football events as well as summer concerts. There are more than enough reasons to get your group down to Sportcity!