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FEATURED EVENT: Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market

Start date to be confirmed
Time: 6 AM - 1:30 PM
Bowlee car boot market.
Venue: Bowlee Community Park
Address: Heywood Old Road, Manchester​​​​
Postcode: M24 4SB
Price: Various
Suitable for: Families, Adults, Teenagers, Business
Facilities: Parking, Wheelchair accessible, Refreshments, Toilets
Event organised by: Rochdale Borough Council

Important update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following recent developments and the continuing risks presented by COVID-19 we are sorry to say we have taken the decision to postpone our 2020 season. We have to consider public safety concerns in light of recent government advice around not attending public gatherings. At this moment we don’t have any further information, but we are monitoring the situation closely and we will update this page as soon as we can. 

If it's time for a de-clutter, you can easily offload your unwanted possessions in exchange for cash, or explore and bag yourself a bargain. There's a huge range of goods available at one of Greater Manchester's most popular outdoor car boot events.​

Because it's run by us, you can be sure we've done all the right checks so you know you're buying and selling in a legal, safe environment.​

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Help us reduce delays on arrival

We do all we can to get vehicles onto site as quickly as possible. You can help too by doing the following:

  • Sellers - we don't open our gates until 6am, so don't arrive too early. You won't get on site and will be waiting longer.
  • Buyers - the buyers' car park opens at 6.15am. Please don't arrive more than 5 minutes before opening time.
  • If you can, please bring exact change to pay on the gate. This will save us time and means everyone gets on site faster.

Warning - please use the official onsite car park

There's a residents only parking (permit holders) scheme around Latrigg Crescent and the surrounding area which will be in force throughout the duration of each sale.

Please use the official onsite car park or you could be issued with a fine.

2020 car boot sale dates


Please note there will be no car boot sale on Monday, 3 May 2020 due to the Tour de Manc event.

  • Sunday, 10 May 2020
  • Sunday, 17 May 2020
  • Sunday, 24 May 2020
  • Monday, 25 May 2020
  • Sunday, 31 May 2020


  • Sunday, 7 June 2020
  • Sunday, 14 June 2020
  • Sunday, 21 June 2020
  • Sunday, 28 June 2020


  • Sunday, 5 July 2020
  • Sunday, 12 July 2020
  • Sunday, 19 July 2020
  • Sunday, 26 July 2020


  • Sunday, 2 August 2020
  • Sunday, 9 August 2020

Check for cancellations​

We want the day to be a great experience for both buyers and sellers so we keep a close eye on the weather. In the event of a poor forecast we will cancel on the evening before the sale. If bad weather is forecast, we’ll announce the cancellation by 6pm the day before. Visit our Bowlee Facebook page, check @RochdaleCouncil on Twitter or call 07812 082 826 to see if it's being held.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If​ you're selling

Bowlee car boot sale from the air.

No need to book. Just turn up and pay at the gate. Prices for selling:

  • Cars: £15
  • Estate vehicles, small vans, people carriers, 4x4s: £20
  • Large transit van upwards: £25

Arrive early to get yourself a good spot.

We do let sellers onto the site before the buyers and we allow as much time as we can before letting buyers enter the site. However, when the event is very busy we need to reduce congestion and queues by allowing vehicles into the buyers' car park.

Car boot seller terms and conditions for advice on who can sell, what can be sold and more.

Please note, sellers must take all their rubbish home when leaving the site.

B​uyers information​

Customers at the car boot sale.

The buyers' car park at Bowlee is located within the park. £2.50 per vehicle to park. The car park opens from 6.15am on car boot days.​

  • There's a new drop off and pick up point for buyers near the entrance to speed up access.
  • Discounted parking passes are available for regular buyers. The pass costs £18 and allows you to park a maximum of 10 times. You can buy one from a member of staff at the entrance to the car park.
  • Portable toilets are located on site. There are also additional customer toilets located in the Pavilion at the entrance.

Parking pass terms and conditions

  • The parking pass is valid during the 2020 season only.
  • The fee must be paid upon purchase and is non-refundable.
  • The parking pass is only valid for one vehicle on any one date.
  • Parking passes are individually numbered and a record of the holder is taken at the time of purchase.
  • Re-selling of the parking pass is not permitted.

Staff member showing people where to park at Bowlee Car Boot Sale.

​​Keep up to date on social media

​​​Search for us on Twitter using #BowleeCarBoot and share photos of your purchases using #BowleeBargain

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