Remember  Dr Fred Dibnah  

1938 - 2004



121 Radcliffe Rd, Bolton, BL2 1NU

Tel: 01204 531303

"Stop Press: See our fantastic CALENDAR & DVD in The Gift Shop!"

Please note the charitable trust headquarters has the same address as the Heritage centre but is not run by the Heritage centre owners. We want you to be there to see us when we have 'steam up' so you can also share in this fantastic and unique time! To donate - please use this link here










Hello! The requests to reserve Equity holdings is gathering pace now and we are receiving lots of requests!  

Please get your request in now before we go public as we want Fred's genuine fans and people who are interested in preservation to have first Dibs.   The minimum is £250 but if you invest £500 or more you should qualify for 30% tax relief. That is not a miss print! I did say 30% tax relief under the EIS scheme, so you get a third of your investment back almost immediately, subject to us being granted EIS status.


As well as people investing £250 or £500 even, we are also looking for investments of £5000 and upwards.  So don't settle for the banks silly rates of 1% to 2% (which is taxable) we envisage being able to offer around 3% in dividends for investments up to £5000 and 5% for investments over £5000. Remember though these interest rates will be TAX FREE! Get in now before the big investors do.   After much discussion with our advisors we have been advised that we must reintroduce a minimum Equity amount if we are to attract serious investors, so the minimum investment will be £250. Should anyone that cannot afford this, they  can make a donation to the charitable trust that has been set up, and the trust will buy equity in the Heritage centre on their behalf.  


If you email us at freddibnahtours@live.com we will email you an application form which you can print off and return with your cheque, or you can telephone us and we can take payment over the phone. Lots of people have already sent their application forms in this way.  By doing it this way means that those that want to help preserve this wonderful piece of English Heritage can now do so by helping the charitable trust and help preserve Freds legacy for future generations to enjoy and learn from.


This Equity offer is for Fred fans and people who care about preserving our wonderful English Industrial Heritage the opportunity to buy equity in the Heritage centre, this is a genuine opportunity to own a piece of this amazing legacy left by one of the greatest Lancastrians of the century Dr. Fred Dibnah MBE. Our aim is to raise £1m without having to go cap in hand to the lottery fund. This we see as the best way for the heritage centre to move forward and to take it to the next level, the current owners have brought the site back from the derelict state it was left in after Fred's untimely death, and it is now a thriving successful Heritage centre, however the current owners who are at retirement age are looking to step aside and allow a younger team to take the Centre to the next level. We do have the team set up and they are dedicated to preserving this wonderful legacy. If we are successful in raising the target of £1m then up to £200k will be spent on the centre to improve the experience for visitors, and the centre will be run by the charitable trust on behalf of the Ltd. Company. The minimum Equity holding is £250 with no maximum, Equity holders will receive annual dividends and if we are successful in obtaining Enterprise Investment scheme status then investors would receive a tax rebate of 30% of their initial investment and the annual dividends will be tax free, investments over £5,000 will receive 5% annual dividends which is better than most banks or building societies. Equity holders will also  get special benefits such as lifelong membership of the supporters club, FREE tour vouchers, other discount deals.



If you would like to register as an Equity holder please email us NOW as we have  already started allocating the Equity holdings. When you email us we will give you instructions for payment. Remember we are making history here by preserving an important part of English Heritage that Fred spent 40 years putting together. Once the target is reached we do not envisage issuing more Equity options.  Having spoken to many of our past visitors the response has been very positive, so please register your interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Remember there will be special benefits for Equity owners together with excellent dividends and tax relief subject to EIS status pending. So Come on Folks lets make history.


So please to email us now at freddibnahtours@live.com to reserve your Equity, as once they are gone they are gone.





Massive Congratulations to Thomas Ridyard. Chairman Bolton and District Branch, RNLI. awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queens birthday awards for charitable services. (Bolton, Greater Manchester). Tom is one of our tour guide volunteers and does a brilliant job, Well done Tom we are so proud of you!!



From the Owners of the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre!


This is a very important year for the Heritage Centre. We are in the process of bringing Fred's yard back to steam power and I am going to ask a massive favour of our followers if I may! We are in the process of sorting out a new boiler for the centre so we can be in steam for this spring. This will be the first time that we will have 'steam up' in the Yard since Fred was there! However, it will be an expensive project because it is not just about the boiler - but the Health and Safety checks as well as insurance costs.


As you will be aware we run the centre as a Business as it has to make a profit to exist. There is however also the Fred Dibnah Heritage centre Charitable trust which is a charity registered with the charity commission reg. No 1141313. This was set up to assist us in the preservation of the Fred's wonderful legacy, and is a totally seperate entity to the business. Should you be able and willing to assist us in helping to get steam up and would like to gift a one off donation to the charity then it will make our mammoth task that much easier and quicker. In return we will send you one of our own unseen footage DVD's (RRP £15).


You can either send a cheque or call us on either 01204 531303 or 0797 681 2596 and we can take payment over the phone, or you can make a "Donation" to the FRED DIBNAH HERITAGE CENTRE CHARITABLE TRUST. So come on folks lets get the show on the road and bring Fred's place BACK TO STEAM!




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When we meet the target of £1million, out of the proceeds we will buy the whole site from the current owners and purchase a steam roller or traction engine and give it to the Heritage Centre.  This will mean a significant increase to visitor numbers to the Centre! We have some fantastic idea's to improve the centre and make it even more successful thus making it a very worthwhile investment for Equity investors. Also we will pay for a toilet block (approx cost £50k ), including disabled facilities and also to have the boiler fixed so we can steam up.  Then at last, Fred’s place will return to steam as promised.