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Bowlee Car Boot Sale back in July, but return delayed

01 July 2021

Shoppers at Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market.

Bowlee Car Boot Sale & Market – one of the biggest and most popular in Greater Manchester has postponed the start of its 2021 season for the second time. The event that was due to return on Sunday, 4 July 2021 has been pushed back and will now start 3 weeks later on Sunday, 25 July 2021. 

The delay is due to the site at Bowlee Community Park in Middleton being used as a new NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-through vaccination clinic. It will be the largest of many extra clinics across the borough of Rochdale as the drive to increase vaccination take-up and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) variants continues.

Councillor Liam O'Rourke, cabinet member for environment at organisers Rochdale Borough Council, said:

"Earlier this year we said Bowlee Car Boot Sale would be back in July, and it will, but of course the vaccine roll-out takes priority. We are looking forward it to returning on Sunday, 25 July 2021, hopefully when restrictions will have been lifted and some normality will have returned. I know thousands of people are keen for it to return, and so are we. Obviously this will be a late start to our season but we will be adding extra dates and possibly extending the season into October, weather permitting."

The event attracts more than 40,000 buyers and over 3,600 sellers each season.

The 2021 season at Bowlee Community Park in Middleton begins on Sunday, 25 July 2021 and then runs on Sundays (excluding 5 September 2021). On August Bank Holiday weekend, the event will be held on Sunday, 29 August 2021 and Monday, 30 August 2021. As always there's no need to book, just turn up, and the events run from 6am to 1.30pm.

'Extra dates'

For the third year prices have been frozen, so for sellers it's still £15 for cars, £20 for small vans/people carriers/4X4s and £25 for large vans and above. For buyers, there are spaces for more than 1,200 cars in Bowlee Park at £2.50 per vehicle.

There will be increased on site signage and a new drop off/pick up point for buyers near the entrance to speed up access. There will be no last minute cancellations – if poor weather is forecast a decision will be announced by 6pm the day before the sale.

The event takes a break on Sunday, 5 September 2021 to make way for Tour de Manc – the annual Greater Manchester cycle sportive that sets off from Bowlee Park with the choice of a 100-mile or 100-kilometre ride. Details on Tour de Manc

Bowlee Community Park is off Heywood Old Road (A6045), Middleton, M24 4SB with easy access from the M60, junction 19.