Chocolate Festival

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival 8th 9th April 2017

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival is back again on the 8th and 9th April 2017 for it's 9th year! A weekend full of chocolate! This is a well known fun filled family event including Chocolate themed market featuring artisan chocolatiers and bakers, entertainment, children's area with face painting, family fun area, alfresco dining, and local craft and food stalls. 

Take wander through our market and you can browse the many varied stalls sampling artisan chocolates and a variety of carefully crafted products.

Also Throughout Town we have a wide range of independent shops and cafes or you can jump on a steam train with the East Lancashire Railway. 

The event runs all day Saturday from 10-5pm and Sunday 10-4pm. 

There is limited free parking in Town and so we would urge you to use the park and ride service from Woodhey High School, for just £2 you can leave your car there all day and use one of our FREE shuttle buses which all day long and drive you into and out of the event.   The address and postcode for your sat nav for the parking is Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom, BL0 9QZ.

Ramsbottom has so much to offer, well known for it's eateries, bars and even it's own brewery, There is so much to see, do and eat in Town, come along for a fun family food filled event! 

If you would like to apply to trade at the event then please click on the link below to be taken to the Application form:

Apply to Trade at the Chocolate Festival 2017 

Where it all started...

A little bit of history about our Chocolate Festival... Back in 2008, Paul Morris, owner of The Chocolate Cafe in Ramsbottom, had an idea of creating a chocolate market. ‘A few stalls around the Urn’ he said. Collaborating with the Council’s Town Centres business support officer, Ruth Shedwick, together they created a Festival that exceeded expectations.  We already had the quirky name, the great location and excellent independent businesses, but it was the town’s growing number of quality chocolate retailers that led to the quirky idea to hold a chocolate festival.  The first festival in 2009 focused on a chocolate market with just 12 chocolate stalls situated on Market Place around the towns iconic Urn sculpture. Thousands attended the first Festival and we quickly came to realise ‘we needed a bigger boat!’ With support from Ramsbottom Business Group the Festival has grown year on year and has certainly put Ramsbottom on the map. From these small humble beginnings the Festival has grown into a two day event, still very much focused on high end quality chocolate, but with a great family appeal. With the addition of new and innovative ideas each year, the winning combination of chocolate, entertainment and fun is what makes our Festival the number one choice.  

Chocolate Festival wins Award 

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival won the coveted Manchester Tourism Award 2012 – Best Small Event. Yes, our quirky little festival that had grown beyond expectations from humble beginnings was proud to have won this prestigious award. Battling competition with big town centres, our market town came out on top. Ruth Shedwick (former organiser) and Paul Morris (Chocolate Cafe) collected the award at the Lowry presentation evening.  Ramsbottom remains the home of the original and the best UK chocolate festival offering a truly unique chocolate experience for all the family.

Ramsbottom Hits Top Ten

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival was also noted as being in the Top Ten best Chocolate Festivals in Europe. Not only is our quirky event top billing for our innovative Festival design, but Ramsbottom as a town itself has also made the Top Ten for best places to live in the UK (The Sunday Times).

The 2017 Festival

The Chocolate Festival is due to take place on the 8th and 9th April and we are planning it to be bigger and better this year with more stalls than ever before!

Contact Us

For further information about the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, please contact 

Getting Here

We advise our Festival goers to take public transport where available or utilise our popular park and ride service. Disabled parking facilities are available in town for blue badge holders behind Murray's Family Clothing.

By Steam Train

Catch The East Lancashire Railway and travel in style. For more information about return trains, other services throughout the day and prices call 0161 764 7790 or go to

By public transport

There are frequent bus services from Bury linking with direct tram services from Manchester. Go to or tel: 0871 200 2233.

By Car

Ramsbottom is 14 miles from Manchester and easily accessible from the M66 and M60 motorways via the A56 and has free parking in town. Limited Parking is available in town, however, there are time restrictions on supermarket car parks, we suggest you use our Park and Ride service (see below) and take the stress out of finding a spot.

Park & Ride

Park and Ride facilities are available at Woodhey High School, Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom (BL0 9QZ). Note a small charge of £2 per car is applicable. The gates will be open from 9.30am until 5.30pm. All vehicles must be removed before 5.30pm on Saturday (Last bus leaves Town at 4:45pm) and Sunday until 4:30pm (last bus leaves at 4:15pm). Our Stewards at both Woodhey and the Festival drop-off point will inform you of shuttle bus times to avoid any waiting. Note on both days – first bus leaving Woodhey 10am.