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  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Sat 01 September, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Story Activity Saturday - High Street Library

    Come along for a storyteling session and then join in a craft activity.

    Sat 04 November to Sat 29 September, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    LEGO brick building club - Breightmet Library

    Become a better builder, learn new skills about building with LEGO. Family friendly free event for children aged 6 to 11 years old with their carer. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies who do not sponsor, authorise or endorse this LEGO Brick Building Club. The club is held on the first Thursday of the month. Please contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to make sure there has been no change to the date or time of the sessions. See 2018 dates below the photo.

    Thu 04 January to Thu 06 December, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us for stories, crafts and fun at our monthly Sunday Stars session. Sessions are for children aged 4 to 11 years, but families are very welcome. The sessions run from 2pm to 3pm. See left hand side of the page for 2018 dates.

    Sun 14 January to Sun 16 December, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Horwich Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Horwich Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the third Thursday of the month between 10.30am and 12pm. For more information contact Horwich Library on 01204 332348 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Thu 18 January to Thu 20 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby Play - Breightmet Library

    Inspire your baby to develop through sensory touch, song, movement and play. Meet other parents and carers, relax in our supportive and friendly atmosphere, creating precious memories together in the most important years of your baby’s life. We welcome all parents and carers. Free session, no need to book, just pop by. The sessions will take place on the first Friday of each month. Friday 4 May, Friday 1 June, Friday 6 July, Friday 3 August, Friday 7 September, Friday 5 October, Friday 2 November and Friday 7 December.

    Fri 04 May to Fri 07 December, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Breightmet Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Breightmet Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3pm. For more information contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Tue 01 May to Tue 04 December, The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 3pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Arty Babies! - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years. Free entry, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 5 June, Tuesday 19 June, Tuesday 3 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 31 July, Tuesday 14 August and Tuesday 28 August.

    Tue 05 June to Tue 28 August, 10.30m

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - reminiscence group - Bolton Central Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Bolton Central Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm. For more information contact Bolton Central Library on 01204 332853 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Wed 04 July to Wed 05 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - Ponyo - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to watch this great family film which has been inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen Story 'The Little Mermaid'. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 22 August, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - The Post - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch this thrilling film 'The Post' which is based on a true story and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film screening will take place at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 29 August, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Heritage Open Day - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    To celebrate Heritage Open Days join us for a tour of this beautiful building. The tour will include a rare chance to view the attic space where Samuel Crompton allegedly hid the spinning mule during an outbreak of machine-breaking in the late 1700s. The tours will take place at the following times: 12.15pm, 1pm, 2pm and 2.45pm.

    Sat 08 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and the tours will take place at: 12.15pm, 1pm, 2pm and 2.45pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery exhibition by W. D. Fielding - Harwood Library

    For the month of August Harwood Library’s Gallery exhibition will be 'Local Views'. It will feature line and wash pen drawings by W. D. Fielding. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Thu 02 August to Fri 31 August, the exhibition is opening during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Painting the Mytheopeic 2 - Harwood Library

    For the month of September Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of acrylic abstracts by Frank Meadows. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Sat 01 September to Sun 30 September, The exhibition is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Family History course - Blackrod Library

    Bolton Family History Society will be running a five week course to show you how to trace your family history. You will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course is run by Bolton Family History Society. The sessions will run from 10am to 12pm and start on Monday 1 October until Monday 29 October. The cost for the five workshops is £20. For further information please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Mon 01 October to Mon 29 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: The course is run by Bolton Family History Society and the cost is £20 for 5 sessions.

  • Family events

    Heritage Open Day - Smithills Hall

    Discover more about Smithills Hall at this year’s Heritage Open Day with a tour of this fantastic building . Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. Today, much of the Hall has been restored to its original splendour and you can see rooms and displays from across the centuries. You can stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher, George Marsh, was interrogated by the owner of the estate, Robert Barton. Marsh was later burned at the stake because of his faith. Legend has it that as George Marsh was being led from the Hall he stamped his foot on the flagstone, leaving a mark that has remained there ever since as a declaration of his steadfast faith. There will be tours at the following times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Sun 09 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and there will be tours at 12:30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet Karen Maitland - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Queen of the Dark Ages, historical medieval writer Karen Maitland, returns to Bolton to talk about her new book 'A gathering of Ghosts'. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed copy of Karen’s new book. Light refreshments will be available.

    Thu 13 September, 6.15pm

    Admission: Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-historical-medieval-writer-karen-maitland-tickets-48561311189 or call 01204 332853.

  • Family events

    Bolton Food and Drink Festival - Market Place

    Find us at the Market Place for this year’s Food and Drink Festival where we will have lots of activities for you to get involved with! 

    Fri 24 August to Mon 27 August, Every day from 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Peter Rabbit - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch this great family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 08 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - Darkest Hour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Darkest Hour,' a war drama film about Winston Churchill. Come along to our matinee film screenings on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 12 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Society Helpdesk - Blackrod Library

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family history. There’s no need to book just come along to Blackrod Library, from 10am to 12pm on: Saturday 22 September, Saturday 20 October, Saturday 17 November and Saturday 15 December. If you have any queries please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Sat 22 September to Sat 15 December, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Sat 01 September, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Story Activity Saturday - High Street Library

    Come along for a storyteling session and then join in a craft activity.

    Sat 04 November to Sat 29 September, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    LEGO brick building club - Breightmet Library

    Become a better builder, learn new skills about building with LEGO. Family friendly free event for children aged 6 to 11 years old with their carer. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies who do not sponsor, authorise or endorse this LEGO Brick Building Club. The club is held on the first Thursday of the month. Please contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to make sure there has been no change to the date or time of the sessions. See 2018 dates below the photo.

    Thu 04 January to Thu 06 December, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us for stories, crafts and fun at our monthly Sunday Stars session. Sessions are for children aged 4 to 11 years, but families are very welcome. The sessions run from 2pm to 3pm. See left hand side of the page for 2018 dates.

    Sun 14 January to Sun 16 December, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Horwich Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Horwich Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the third Thursday of the month between 10.30am and 12pm. For more information contact Horwich Library on 01204 332348 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Thu 18 January to Thu 20 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Breightmet Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Breightmet Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3pm. For more information contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Tue 01 May to Tue 04 December, The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 3pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby Play - Breightmet Library

    Inspire your baby to develop through sensory touch, song, movement and play. Meet other parents and carers, relax in our supportive and friendly atmosphere, creating precious memories together in the most important years of your baby’s life. We welcome all parents and carers. Free session, no need to book, just pop by. The sessions will take place on the first Friday of each month. Friday 4 May, Friday 1 June, Friday 6 July, Friday 3 August, Friday 7 September, Friday 5 October, Friday 2 November and Friday 7 December.

    Fri 04 May to Fri 07 December, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Arty Babies! - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years. Free entry, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 5 June, Tuesday 19 June, Tuesday 3 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 31 July, Tuesday 14 August and Tuesday 28 August.

    Tue 05 June to Tue 28 August, 10.30m

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - reminiscence group - Bolton Central Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Bolton Central Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm. For more information contact Bolton Central Library on 01204 332853 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Wed 04 July to Wed 05 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery exhibition by W. D. Fielding - Harwood Library

    For the month of August Harwood Library’s Gallery exhibition will be 'Local Views'. It will feature line and wash pen drawings by W. D. Fielding. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Thu 02 August to Fri 31 August, the exhibition is opening during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - Ponyo - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to watch this great family film which has been inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen Story 'The Little Mermaid'. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 22 August, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bolton Food and Drink Festival - Market Place

    Find us at the Market Place for this year’s Food and Drink Festival where we will have lots of activities for you to get involved with! 

    Fri 24 August to Mon 27 August, Every day from 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Starting your own Food and Drink Business

    Have you been inspired by the Bolton Food and Drink Festival to turn your enthusiasm for food into a business?

    Tue 28 August, 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - The Post - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch this thrilling film 'The Post' which is based on a true story and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film screening will take place at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 29 August, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Painting the Mytheopeic 2 - Harwood Library

    For the month of September Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of acrylic abstracts by Frank Meadows. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Sat 01 September to Sun 30 September, The exhibition is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Peter Rabbit - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch this great family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 08 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Heritage Open Day - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    To celebrate Heritage Open Days join us for a tour of this beautiful building. The tour will include a rare chance to view the attic space where Samuel Crompton allegedly hid the spinning mule during an outbreak of machine-breaking in the late 1700s. The tours will take place at the following times: 12.15pm, 1pm, 2pm and 2.45pm.

    Sat 08 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and the tours will take place at: 12.15pm, 1pm, 2pm and 2.45pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Heritage Open Day - Smithills Hall

    Discover more about Smithills Hall at this year’s Heritage Open Day with a tour of this fantastic building . Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. Today, much of the Hall has been restored to its original splendour and you can see rooms and displays from across the centuries. You can stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher, George Marsh, was interrogated by the owner of the estate, Robert Barton. Marsh was later burned at the stake because of his faith. Legend has it that as George Marsh was being led from the Hall he stamped his foot on the flagstone, leaving a mark that has remained there ever since as a declaration of his steadfast faith. There will be tours at the following times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Sun 09 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and there will be tours at 12:30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - Darkest Hour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Darkest Hour,' a war drama film about Winston Churchill. Come along to our matinee film screenings on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 12 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet Karen Maitland - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Queen of the Dark Ages, historical medieval writer Karen Maitland, returns to Bolton to talk about her new book 'A gathering of Ghosts'. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed copy of Karen’s new book. Light refreshments will be available.

    Thu 13 September, 6.15pm

    Admission: Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-historical-medieval-writer-karen-maitland-tickets-48561311189 or call 01204 332853.

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Society Helpdesk - Blackrod Library

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family history. There’s no need to book just come along to Blackrod Library, from 10am to 12pm on: Saturday 22 September, Saturday 20 October, Saturday 17 November and Saturday 15 December. If you have any queries please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Sat 22 September to Sat 15 December, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Family History course - Blackrod Library

    Bolton Family History Society will be running a five week course to show you how to trace your family history. You will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course is run by Bolton Family History Society. The sessions will run from 10am to 12pm and start on Monday 1 October until Monday 29 October. The cost for the five workshops is £20. For further information please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Mon 01 October to Mon 29 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: The course is run by Bolton Family History Society and the cost is £20 for 5 sessions.