About Octagon Family Festival 2024

The Octagon’s Family Festival is back with a Jungle Book theme! And for 2024 we’re bigger and better than ever.

We’ve got storytelling, live theatre performances, our famous family disco, bubbles, arts and crafts and lots more! Get down to the funky beats at our Jungle Book disco and Ellie the Octagon Elephant makes a welcome return – there's something for everyone.

This year we’re not just inside the Octagon but we’re running activity throughout the town centre too. Look out for Octagon puppets and performances entertaining audiences throughout the weekend across the whole of the Bolton Food and Drink festival.


Our Family Festival is free to attend, but we are asking families to book a free slot for everyone who is visiting. You can then arrive any time between the beginning and end of your slot. You’ll be given a wristband for each family member when you arrive which will enable you to stay for up to 2.5 hours, with various activities happening at different times for you to enjoy.

Check out our video from last year to give you a taste of what to expect: