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About Xplode Magazine Bolton

Xplode Magazine is a registered charity that gives young people a voice and the chance to gain and develop skills needed for employment. Xplode’s registered charity number is 1155789.

So why is the word Magazine in our name?

In September 2011, a group of friends got together to help combat negative stereotypes of young people. At the time, 57% of press coverage was negative and they thought they could change this – locally, at least. Young People are brimming with enthusiasm, drive and talent. Why make them invisible?

They thought they could be part of the press themselves and then, Xplode was born! Xplode Magazine is a free, quarterly magazine created by 25 of Bolton’s young people, aged between 12 & 19. There are over 5,000 copies distributed across Bolton & Bury.


What’s in the magazine?

  • Xplode covers:
  • Youth Culture
  • Music
  • Fashion
  • Sport
  • Health
  • Entertainment
  • Social Issues
  • Emerging Talent

We also dip into more serious issues and deal with them in ways that you, our readers are most comfortable with.

I’m a young person, can I get involved?

We’re always on the lookout for new talent. If you want to get involved, take a look at our ‘Join‘ page.


How do you do what you do?

We provide training sessions for Bolton’s teens. Our training programmes are fun, inclusive and are really informative! 100% of our people say that since joining Xplode, their motivation to do more has increased. 94% say that Xplode has increased teamwork, confidence and leadership skills.

Who do you work with?

We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with organisations that support us. The Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief are our current main supporters. Xplode is also supported by O2 Think Big, UnLtd, The Cooperative, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Locally, we love to have a brew with the crews at ASDA, Cineworld, Domino’s Pizza, 96.5 Bolton FM, Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Bolton University and many more.

Can I advertise with you?

Of course! We’re a community organisation and we’re not here to make profit… That’s why you can engage with over 35,000 readers for a very affordable price. Info on prices, sizes and numbers are on our Advertise page.

Annual Report


You can view our annual reports on the Charity Commission Website.

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