The town used to be a small agricultural village until the arrival of the railways in 1830, where it was then transformed into the worlds first railway town. The town also developed into a major coal mining area.
The Vulcan Foundry was opened in the early 1830's and became the worlds foremost locomotive manufacturers. The Vulcan Village was developed for the workers and eventually became a conservation area.
Newton has two historic railways Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown train stations. Today they serve as great links for the commuter.
The picturesque Newton High Street with its village appearance serves the local community with a variety of small shops, restaurants, pubs, doctors and dentists. With local schools in the vicinity too!
Earlestown shopping centre also serves a variety of shops and the weekly market is popular with the locals.
There are plenty of community events throughout the year which are worth a visit; Willow Park Craft Display, Newton Beer Festival, Christmas High Street Market and Newton Town Show just to mention a few.
Things to do in Newton-le-Willows:- Willow Park, Mesnes Park, Earlestown Weekly Market, Earlestown Saturday Flea & Craft Market, Trebaron Garden Centre, plenty of places to eat and drink!
Newton-le-Willows Heritage Trail is a circular walk around the town remembering its rich heritage. The walk is approximately 6 miles (10km) and has information boards at key locations giving details of its history.
Things to do close by:- Haydock Park Racecourse, Pennington Flash Country Park, The World of Glass, Carr Mill Dam, Lyme & Wood Pits Country Park, Gemini Retail Park, Trafford Centre.
It is also worth checking out the local community groups hosting a mixture of activities suitable for all ages. If you fancy a game of Bridge, a craft class or joining a fitness group there will definitely be a group to suit your needs.
The next community event will be the Christmas Market on Newton High Street - Sunday 3rd December 12 - 6 pm.
Join us for a mince pie and glass of mulled wine! We look forward to seeing you then.