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Hop Into Spring With The Middlebrook

Middlebrook Retail & Leisure Park will be hosting five days of free Easter fun for all the family from Wednesday 12th April to Monday 17th April (excluding Easter Sunday).  Taking place from 11am-4pm the events will spring into action with a treasure hunt with the Middlebrook Angels around the park followed by Hopping Mad Bunnies and more treasure hunt fun on Thursday, Friday they will be mucking around with face painting and on the petting farm and Saturday you can get snap happy in their spring photo booth then get crafty making the frame for your picture. Easter Monday the fun continues with their sassy skating birds, the roller chicks and craft workshops all chick themed will take place.

Heather Ingham, Marketing Manager for Middlebrook said “Our free seasonal entertainment always goes down a treat with both children and parents.  The children love getting up close to the baby spring animals and the face painting and crafts are always popular.  I think the shoppers are going to love the hopping bunnies and roller chicks they are something new to Middlebrook.”

For more information visit www.middlebrook.co.uk , Download their new app or pick up a leaflet while shopping.

 

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Calling All Brides And Grooms

CALLING all brides and grooms – THE GREAT ONE IS BACK!

The Great Northern Wedding Show is back at the USN Bolton Arena on April 23rd – and it’s bigger and better than ever!

This bi-annual show is THE biggest one-day, free-entry bridal event in the North West.  Featuring everything the future bride and bridegroom could possibly need to plan their best day ever – over 120 creative suppliers will be ready to meet you, and inspire your individual creativity.  And you will be thoroughly entertained, it’s an absolutely cracking day out!  For behind-the-scenes info in the run-up to the show check out #GNWS2017 on Instagram and Twitter.

With two catwalk shows, including the very popular Alternative Catwalk with Legend Bridal Designs, as well as collections for the classic bride and the curvy bride from Foxglove Brides and Bridal Wear By Esme.

Slaters will be showing their huge range of menswear and Aubergine Ladies Wear have beautiful options for the Mothers of the Bride and Groom.

There are live performances and demonstrations and stalls for absolutely everything you will need for The Big Day – from cakes and stationery to fabulous food to sample and superb wedding cars of all kinds on show.

Now for the freebies – everybody loves a freebie!  As well as a beautiful goody bag, free for the first 500 brides to arrive on the day, two free wedding magazines and show guide for all brides we are bringing back the #GreatNorthernBride giveaways!

Team LWB will place ‘I’m a Great Northern Bride’ signs randomly around the Arena. Should you find one just hand it in at the Little White Books stand and collect your prize there and then!

The show runs from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free for you and your guests if you pre-register to attend at www.littlewhitebooks.co.uk/wedding-fairs If you don’t pre-register there is a £2 per person charge on the door.

The Arena is super-easy to reach by car – we’re 400 yards away from Junction 6 of the M61 – by train as Horwich Parkway Station is just a short walk away or by car with free parking for 2,000 vehicles.

See you there – it’s going to be a blast!  Little White Books – All You Need!

 

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Make Some Noise Event A Roaring Success

Thursday 9th February saw the Arena host our Make Some Noise business event. The event was put on to showcase how working with the Arena could benefit local businesses. USN Bolton Arena chairman Richard Hurst hosted the event.

Sponsors Stateside Foods, Emerson, Craftprint and Lostock Motor Works all gave fantastic speeches to over 60 businesses, talking of the positive impact that working with the Arena has had on their business. After the speeches guests were able to network at their own leisure.

Events and B2B Manager, Hannah Mooney said “The event was a huge success. It allowed local businesses the chance to find out more about the Arena and what goes on here.

“Not many people realise that we are in fact a charity with all our profits going back into the facility and the programmes which we run. So to be able to support the community whilst advertising to our many visitors is a win win for our sponsors.”

Thank you to all that attended. Our next networking event will take place on Thursday 11th May, 3-5pm. You can find out more information here.

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Make Some Noise Event 2017

If you are looking for ways to improve your business, your workforce and your presence in the community, then take a look at what the USN Bolton Arena can do for your business.

Apart from being a legacy facility of the Manchester Commonwealth Games offering world class sports facilities, we welcome 50,000 business delegates every year to meetings and events. We provide businesses with affordable office accommodation and advertising and sponsorship opportunities that help them to benefit from the Arena’s location, 1.1 million footfall and international profile. We also offer bespoke solutions to help businesses achieve a fitter and healthier workforce, ranging from discounted gym membership to bespoke wellbeing programmes.

At our Make Some Noise Event 2017 on Thursday 9th February from 3pm-5pm, you will find out more about the opportunities for your business. You’ll also get the chance to meet some of our sponsors and partners and hear from them how the Arena has benefitted their businesses. There will also be an opportunity to network with other local businesses and sample our new conference menu.

And, as a thank you for coming, you will receive a USN goody bag and an activity bundle worth £49.99. You will also be entered into a prize draw, where you could win a 3 month gym membership or a £100 conference room voucher.

In the meantime, have some fun with our megaphone and make some noise about your business! Take a photo, tag us @BoltonArena and the best selfie will win a year’s free gym membership. The winner will be announced at the event.

For more details or to confirm your place at the event, call 01204 488112 or email hannahmooney@boltonarena.com

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Arena Is Up For An Award

THE USN Bolton Arena has often been acknowledged as the best independent sports and fitness centre in the region so it’s logical that we’ve recently joined marketing and support organisation thebestofbolton.

This is the organisation that represents hundreds of local businesses. So it was particularly pleasing for the Arena to be swiftly recognised by being in contention for thebestofbolton’s Health and Fitness category in The Business of the Year 2017 Awards.

David Ramsden from thebestofbolton commented: “It’s great that the USN Bolton Arena have reconnected with thebestofbolton to be promoted as one of Bolton’s best businesses.

“The response from their customers, clients and members has been great in the early stages of their renewed membership, allowing them to qualify so quickly for The Business of the Year 2017Awards.

“We’re delighted they’re in the final stages of the competition to be recognised nationally. What they need now is for all those who know them to get behind them and leave a review for them at www.thebestof.co.uk/local/bolton/recommend

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Networking Arena – 15th December 2016

Are you a new or established business in Bolton? We have the perfect event for you!

We are hosting our fourth and final networking event of 2016 on Thursday 15th December, between 3-5pm.

The event is FREE to attend and is a great way to build lasting relationships within the community.

For more information on the event or to register please email hannahmooney@boltonarena.com or call 01204 488112.

 

 

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Meet The Olympians

USN UK presents the “Olympian Tour”.

The Olympians Tour is a unique opportunity to meet USN athletes Ryan Terry and William Bonac.

Learn from the best in the business as they exclusively reveal their secret to becoming a pro athlete in the fitness industry. You will be given the chance to ask questions relating to training and nutrition and what they have found paramount to their success on the Mr Olympia stage.

You’ll also:

You’ll get a FREE B4-Bomb with every ticket purchase – RRP £37.99

You can get your tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/olympia-tour-seminar-tickets-29072943958

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Couch To 5K

Are you looking to get fit and active, but struggle to find the motivation to get going?

With effect from Wednesday 26th October, 11.30am – 12.30pm on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, we will be launching our “Couch To 5K” running group!

The group will be run by Gaynor and is for members only. It’s targeted at beginners with the aim to build up their fitness over the weeks. In the final week of the group participants will get the chance to run the local Bolton Park run on 17th December.

Although the sessions are aimed at beginners, all the runs in the current block will be on the track so we can accommodate any standard of runner and in a safe environment.

For more information and to put your name down for the sessions you can speak to a gym instructor on 01204 488118.

 

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Meet The Staff: Mark Peach

NAME: Mark Peach

AGE: 42

JOB: Catering Operations Manager for Bolton Whites in the Arena.

CAREER SO FAR: I was born and brought up in Derby and first went into the catering industry at 16 as a bottle-washer. I progressed to becoming a barman and supervisor then assistant manager. I came to work as deputy manager for The Malthouse Farm pub restaurant in Chorley when it first opened and was there for about five years. Then I  went to work for De Vere’s at the Bolton Whites Hotel for seven years as bar manager, dealing with the hotel and conferencing for about two years which was a very busy lifestyle with hundreds of staff. I wanted to improve my work/life balance (I’m married with a seven year-old son) so moved over to working for Bolton Whites in the Arena just a month or two ago.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES NOW? I look after all the conference and event catering at the Arena and also the Refresh Café.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE ARENA? It’s less corporate and  more family-oriented and I really like all the smaller clubs which are attached to the Arena. There’s a great atmosphere and buzz here and people are very friendly.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE CURRENTLY? The Refresh Café – we want to get it absolutely right and I’ve been asking lots of customers exactly what they want from it.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS HERE? I’m looking at several different things including outside catering, taking orders – including made by Twitter – to the various businesses and offices nearby.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORTING INTERESTS? I like running and I’ve also started using the Arena gym – it’s great that we can do this so easily.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I’m here for the long-term, and looking forward to all that brings.

* To follow the Arena Café on Twitter go to @RefreshArena1

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Strong Response To Event

COMPETITORS from all over the country flocked to the USN Bolton Arena on October 1st and 2nd to take part in the Bolton Strongman competition.

It is the second time the event has been held at the Arena and the sixth such event in the town overall. Around 100 men and women came to compete in a variety of strength challenges including shield holds, pressing car axles, vehicle pulls and deadlifts, supported by friends and family and cheered on by strongman fans from a wide area.

Mark Felix, 10 times World’s Strongest Man was on hand to meet fans and it was a real family occasion with stalls, demonstrations, games, sports and children’s activities.

Organiser Andy Seddon said the two days “went really well” and he was very happy with this year’s event and looking to build on it for the future.

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