EST. BOLTON

Inspiring Music
Since 1832

Inspiring music for almost 200 years, Booths has seen music influenced from the classical and romantic periods through jazz, dance band and into modern times. We have guided thousands of students and musicians into a lifetime of musical enjoyment either through the scores of dedicated tutors or from retail sales.

With the introduction of online tutoring we endeavour to be no less committed to giving you the benefit of our experience in fulfilling your own personal musical journey.   

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

We are incredibly pleased to announce that your friendly local music shop is now back open during more regular hours, six days a week. We are here to help with whatever musical needs you may have whether it’s essential supplies, repairs, servicing, music tuition or just general advice. All the staff and tutors are working hard to make Booths a safe environment for customers and students, with sanitising stations around the building and regular thorough cleaning periods.

Tier 2 & 3 Information

Under current guidelines (22/10), the rules put down by the government do not affect Booths Music shop or educational services available in store, therefore lessons are continuing both online and on-site. More information on tier 3 rules can be found here

If you have any queries, please ask your tutor or direct any enquiries via email, telephone or any of our social media pages.

Thank you to all our loyal customers and friends who have been supportive throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Inspiring music in Bolton since 1832

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

We are incredibly pleased to announce that your friendly local music shop is now back open during more regular hours, six days a week. We are here to help with whatever musical needs you may have whether it’s essential supplies, repairs, servicing, music tuition or just general advice. All the staff and tutors are working hard to make Booths a safe environment for customers and students, with sanitising stations around the building and regular thorough cleaning periods.

Tier 2 & 3 Information

Under current guidelines (22/10), the rules put down by the government do not affect Booths Music shop or educational services available in store, therefore lessons are continuing both online and on-site. More information on tier 3 rules can be found here

If you have any queries, please ask your tutor or direct any enquiries via email, telephone or any of our social media pages.

Thank you to all our loyal customers and friends who have been supportive throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Latest News & Offers

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2 days ago

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Deliveries this weekend from Rotosound Music Strings and Westside Distribution containing best-selling guitar string sets in all manner of gauges. All our guitar strings are competitively priced.
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Deliveries this weekend from Rotosound Music Strings and Westside Distribution containing best-selling guitar string sets in all manner of gauges. All our guitar strings are competitively priced.
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3 days ago

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This morning, I have been busy continuing with my re-arrangement of the shop display and having a good sort out. We have a very varied selection of electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars in stock right now from student and entry level instruments up to quite desirable vintage items. Please feel free to call in any time and have a closer look or have a try for yourself in one of our studios. COLIN. #musicshop #guitars #electricguitar #acousticguitar #classicalguitar #bass Tanglewood Guitars Vintage Revelation Guitars Admira Guitars See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

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Just one week to go until the closing date for submissions if you’d like to sit your RSL Awards exam in "period C". Please make sure that your application is completed by Friday 30th October, and don’t forget to list "Booth’s Music" as your preferred exam centre. #rockschool #rsl #musicexams #guitar #bass #vocal #drums #piano #exam #Grades #music #bolton See MoreSee Less

Just one week to go until the closing date for submissions if youd like to sit your RSL Awards exam in period C. Please make sure that your application is completed by Friday 30th October, and dont forget to list Booths Music as your preferred exam centre. #rockschool #rsl #musicexams #guitar #bass #vocal #drums #piano #exam #Grades #music #bolton

4 days ago

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I’ve been busy having a bit of a shift around of products in the shop this afternoon, here is a selection of some of the great instruments that we have on sale at the moment. Feel free to call in any time and have a closer look or ask to try out anything that might catch you eye. COLIN. #musicshop #acousticguitar #guitar #classicalguitar #ukulele #violin #Banjo #mandolin #music #bolton See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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It’s a wet a miserable morning in Bolton so here’s a bit of a special offer that will hopefully cheer some of you up. These portable Bluetooth speakers are half price at the moment, just £3.99 each. Handy for camping trips, relaxing in the park or even for use at home.
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Its a wet a miserable morning in Bolton so heres a bit of a special offer that will hopefully cheer some of you up. These portable Bluetooth speakers are half price at the moment, just £3.99 each. Handy for camping trips, relaxing in the park or even for use at home. 
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Music Lessons at Booths

If you already know your chosen instrument and simply want to check availability, either phone us on 01204 522908 or fill in the enquiry form below.

Alternatively, discover more through the links below.

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On-Site Music Lessons

Read more about how our on-site music lessons work at our Bolton centre. Simply fill in the enquiry form below and we'll find a weekly day and time that works for you. These include after school times until 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Online Music Lessons

Discover more about our online music lessons, available throughout the week. We use Zoom technology to arrange one-to-one lessons with all popular instruments at a day and time that is convenient for you.

Faye Woodwind Lessons

On-Site Music Lessons

Read more about how our on-site music lessons work at our Bolton centre. Simply fill in the enquiry form below and we'll find a weekly day and time that works for you. These include after school times until 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Online Music Lessons

Discover more about our online music lessons, available throughout the week. We use Zoom technology to arrange one-to-one lessons with all popular instruments at a day and time that is convenient for you.

We teach all popular instruments in various styles. All lessons at Booths are one-to-one to provide maximum productivity. All exam boards covered. Click the icon above to read more. 

Read through all the individual profiles of over 30 enthusiastic and experienced music tutors across all instruments as well as the staff here at Booths. Click the icon above to read more. 

Read through our latest student achievements at our Bolton centre as well as testimonials from musicians and customers.

STUDENT INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC

Discover our own Booths Music range of student guitars, brass, woodwind and violins and see what sheet music we have in stock. 

Booths is proud to be an official RSL (Rockschool) exam centre, welcoming hundreds of enthusiastic candidates every year.

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The Shop

Discover more about BOOTHS

Read more about our stock and history.

The UK's oldest music retailer in the same family since 1832

Booths Music shop is situated on Churchgate in Bolton and has been one of Bolton’s leading musical instrument shops since 1832. It was Mr. James Booth, who is the great, great, great, great grandfather of the present owners who originally founded the music shop. His passion for music has been passed down through the generations and to all our expert staff and music tutors.

Our music shop stocks a wide range of new and preowned musical instruments and accessories from guitar tutor books, banjo’s and electric violins to guitars, brass and woodwind instruments. We also have a workshop instore and can help with all musical instrument repairs and restoriations including professional guitar set ups.

Booths Student Instruments

Student Guitar Range

These new products are of good quality and will see you a student happily through to intermediate level.

From £54.99

Booths Woodwind Instruments

Discover our range of woodwind instruments including student saxophones, flutes and clarinets. 

From £149

Student, Intermediate & Advanced Violins

Upon delivery, all sizes of beginner violins are taken to the workroom where each and every one is individually set up.

From £99

Booths Brass Instruments

Perfect for the beginner brass player, discover our individually-checked trumpets and cornets. 

From £179

Repairs

INSTRUMENT AND ELECTRONIC REPAIRS

Conducted at our Bolton workshop, Booths Music’s instrument repair service covers everything from professional guitar setups, instrument restoration and all manner of musical instrument repairs.

From £40 + Strings

Services & Setups

Setups, Damage, Services

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Recording Studio

Booths Music has an in-built recording studio, available to hire with engineer for only £30 per hour.

Previously known as Talent Pool, our studio is ideal for singer songwriters, smaller groups and any project that needs a professional recording, including music, voice-over work and more. Sessions in the studio are £30 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours. If you wish to enquire, please click the read more button below where you can fill in our contact form. 

Store & Tuition Opening Times

TEMPORARY COVID-19 STORE TIMES

MONDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

TUESDAY:  CLOSED

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

THURSDAY: CLOSED

FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

SATURDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

SUNDAY: CLOSED

Please note, lessons are only available online for the time being until in-store teaching is deemed safe to do so.

STORE TIMES

MONDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 17:30 pm

SATURDAY: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

SUNDAY: CLOSED

Please note, whilst the shop closes at 6pm during the week, the school however stays open until 9pm.

Updated times 2/9/20 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

TUITION HOURS

MONDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

SATURDAY: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

SUNDAY: CLOSED

Please note, tuition closing times may vary from week to week dependent on teacher schedules.

Updated times 2/9/20 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

Facebook Reviews

  • 5 star review  Helpful. Trustworthy. Honest. These 3 words sum up the service and excellence of Booths. Will recommend to one and all.

    James 'Edward' Mcpherson Avatar James ‘Edward’ Mcpherson
    9th September 2017

    positive review  My daughter as been having singing ???? lesson from rob, Iv got to say I’m very impressed with his lessons and the patience he has with my daughter, she has only been having lessons for the last few months but I’m so impressed with what she’s achieved so far. Thank you Rob I can’t wait to see the outcome this time next year can’t thank you enough for all your patience with her

    Julie Dorne Leigh Avatar Julie Dorne Leigh
    30th August 2019

    5 star review  Booths music shop , is the best place to buy your instruments the staff are very helpfull and very nice to know , I come all the way from warrington to booths music so I can learn to play the guitar , the tutors are fantastic the same has the staff I would not go anywhere else to learn guitar a great place to be with friends as they are great persons ……

    Caroline Larkin Avatar Caroline Larkin
    6th November 2014

    5 star review  Took my guitar in for a repair, which is putting it mildly, god knows what had been done to it before it was given to me. New frets, and some serious rehabing later it looks great and sounds great.They even remembered to restring it for a left hander. I honestly though it was a lost cause but they proved me wrong and for less than a cheap replacement would have cost.

    Emma Riddiford Avatar Emma Riddiford
    8th September 2017

    5 star review  My 8 year old came in on Sunday for his first guitar lesson with James. At 12.00 he had to be told that he was holding his guitar the wrong way round and at 12.30 he came home to show his Mum he could play Jurassic World!!!! He’s full of enthusiasm and cant wait for next week. Thank you.

    Barry Watson Avatar Barry Watson
    16th July 2018

    positive review  Friendly and enthusiastic staff. Great to hear music being taught in the back rooms too! Highly recommend to anyone looking to use their local music shop!

    Don Logie Avatar Don Logie
    27th October 2018
  • positive review  Excellent guitar lessons for my son. He’s made more progress in 3 weeks than 2 yrs at school in a mixed group!!

    Dan Davies Avatar Dan Davies
    11th March 2020

    5 star review  Love it here you are part of the Booths family

    Max Wahid Avatar Max Wahid
    17th July 2016

    5 star review  Lovely

    Alexandria Langford-Taylor Avatar Alexandria Langford-Taylor
    9th August 2014

    positive review  Nick is an awesome teacher very patient with my son toby and has a good laugh teaches at the students pace but knows when to push hard and show my son he can do things

    Craig Morrison Avatar Craig Morrison
    23rd November 2019

    5 star review  Lovely shop, have always visited booths music in Bolton to pick up gear! very friendly and helpful staff too!

    Luke McColl PT Avatar Luke McColl PT
    12th April 2018

    5 star review  Been coming to the shop since I was a kid, always loved it in there – lovely staff, reasonable pricing and always something mad to look at!

    Johnny Wood Avatar Johnny Wood
    30th May 2018
  • 5 star review  To me and Ken they are more like family then teachers and shop owners, everyone is so friendly, Ken and love them all, They are very special people, Sadly Ken is no longer here, but lm sure he will agree, we always looked forward to Our lessons.

    Dolores Evans Attard Avatar Dolores Evans Attard
    6th December 2016

    5 star review  So many positives about this shop. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. If you need any advice or fancy learning an instrument, these guys will make you feel comfortable while helping you out. They always have some great offers and will sort out your essentials to keep you going. Top marks folks

    Daniel Godwin Avatar Daniel Godwin
    30th May 2018

    5 star review  Unfaultable. Always has everything I need in stock and the staff are always willing to assist. From the small things of kazoos and harmonicas to guitar restringing I have been helped with everything. Highly recommendable and a joy to see a local business doing so well.keep up the great work.

    Tony Tank Dooley Avatar Tony Tank Dooley
    9th September 2017

    positive review  fabulous vocal teacher, John. They also teach musical instruments.

    Leah Wilkinson Avatar Leah Wilkinson
    17th April 2019

    5 star review  I do drum lessons there every week and its amazing!

    Joel Wolstencroft Avatar Joel Wolstencroft
    30th November 2015

    5 star review  Lots of instruments,knowledgable friendly staff, would recommend to any musician, well worth a visit

    Garry Moores Avatar Garry Moores
    10th January 2017
  • 5 star review  Have made 2 big purchases in the last year and had a great experience both times, first time i got an honest opinion regarding the acoustics available and was aloud to thoroughly try a clouple of guitars in private, second time eas to purchase an item out of atock and the sales manager went out of his way to vet me exactly what i wanted……. Ill be back

    Paul Gastall Avatar Paul Gastall
    31st May 2018

    5 star review  I have always had great service from Booth’s and all the staff, be it buying new or having repairs or refurbished. Always a happy atmosphere and a warm welcome and very expert advice.

    Gavin Walker Avatar Gavin Walker
    12th April 2018

    5 star review  Friendly local music shop. Knowledgeable staff, always have the bits in that you need. Impressive collection of strings, straps, accessories, and various instruments. I’ve even had luck buying a Floyd Rose saddle block from here, something you’d usually have to get on eBay.

    James Kershaw Avatar James Kershaw
    30th May 2018

    5 star review  staff were amazing had an amazing drum kit to practice on <:

    Sean Lythgoe Avatar Sean Lythgoe
    11th July 2016

    5 star review  Best music shop in the world great staff great atmosphere – deserves every ounce of business it gets

    Paul Meagher Avatar Paul Meagher
    26th October 2015

    positive review  Excellent staff who really look after their customers

    Deepest Shabz Avatar Deepest Shabz
    13th September 2019
  • 5 star review  Lovely people, great instruments & services, great knowledge & experience! Top class place for all your musical needs! :-D★★★★

    Gemma Taylor Avatar Gemma Taylor
    18th September 2013

    5 star review  Brilliant people who are always there to share their vast knowledge with customers

    Christine Greenall Avatar Christine Greenall
    22nd January 2015

    positive review  Amazing teachers and it’s great for getting guitars Amps violins trumpets flutes clarinets Personal experience I have been at booths for a few years and they have always helped me , I have done my grade 8 recently and I can say that the teachers there are super friendly and positive

    Derek Williams Avatar Derek Williams
    13th November 2019

    5 star review  My daughter has been going to guitar lessons and has come on leaps n bounds in a short time. Tutors and staff are so friendly it’s great. Would recommend anyone to start lessons here or just go in and look around lots to offer.

    Leanne Ailsa Rowles Avatar Leanne Ailsa Rowles
    15th February 2017

    5 star review  A most friendly and warm local store, well stocked with a veritable fountain of instruments and accessories. Experienced and knowledgeable staff

    Steven Luke Avatar Steven Luke
    30th May 2018

    5 star review  Great place to buy any instrument, very helpful and friendly staff.

    Daniel Liptrott Avatar Daniel Liptrott
    19th March 2013

GET IN TOUCH

For any general enquiries please fill in the form below, call 01204 522908 or come in store.

Booths Music
17 Churchgate, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 1HU 

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01204 522908

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