Bolton Library and Museum Services

What's On?

Featured

Search for What's on

  • Family events

    Stories and song Saturdays - Breightmet Library

    Free storytelling sessions to enhance the fun and joy of stories for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 16 February to Sat 28 December, 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Try your hand at Canasta - Horwich Library

    Come and give this classic card game a go every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at Horwich Library.

    Wed 27 February to Wed 26 June, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Junior reading buddies' session - Westhoughton Library

    Practice your reading skills with our friendly library staff. These sessions are suitable for children just beginning to read and primary school children who need some help and encouragement with their reading. Bring your school reading book or choose one from the library. The free drop in sessions will take place every Monday 4pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 11.30am.

    Mon 04 March to Mon 08 July, Every Monday 4pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 11.30am

    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 06 March to Wed 04 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Tai Chi - Westhoughton Library

    Join Age UK’s Tai Chi sessions at Westhoughton Library. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise but you can also work up to more challenging moves. The free fortnightly sessions will take place on a Monday starting from 11 March, from 12pm to 12.45pm. If you have any queries please contact Westhoughton Library on 01942 634640.

    Mon 11 March to Mon 22 July, 12pm to 12.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Library gets lively! - Westhoughton Library

    Library gets lively is a fun interactive session for parents and carers to share with their children, with a good mix of stories, rhymes, songs and a themed craft. The drop in sessions are aimed at under 5's but all children are welcome to attend. Enjoying these library sessions will help children develop an early love of language, rhymes and songs, which build a firm foundation for learning to read.

    Mon 11 March to Mon 08 July, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories in Bolton - Bolton Museum

    Same-sex love, desire and gender diversity are an integral part of human experience. The way they have been expressed culturally has varied widely globally and over time. Based upon Professor Richard Parkinson’s award-winning book, ‘A Little Gay History’, this exhibition offers glimpses into the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning) experience through the British Museum’s collection. This exhibition also showcases Bolton’s LGBTQ history, personal stories and is the only Northern venue to host this touring collection from the British Museum.

    Fri 15 March to Sun 26 May, Mon, Tue, Thur and Fri 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Garden Party craft stall invite - Smithills Hall

    Crafters are you ready for the 2019 Smithills Hall Garden Party! This year’s Smithills Hall Garden Party* will take place on Sunday 7 July, 12pm to 4pm. We invite you to come along to showcase and sell your craft goods and local produce. This event is the biggest in Smithills Hall’s calendar and last year attracted nearly 2,000 visitors. Please note that in order to sell items on your stall you must have public liability insurance. Commercial stalls are £20 per person and Charity stalls are £10 per person. Each stall will have a trestle table (approx. 6ft by 3ft) and 2 chairs. Please note that if you wish to use a gazebo, you will need to provide your own as we do not have gazebos to hire at the hall. Please email maureen.lewiscoker@bolton.gov.uk with expressions of interest and details of your stall (please provide images) by Monday 4 June. We will be in touch that week to confirm stall bookings. If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact Maureen. *Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NP. Tel: 01204 332812.

    Wed 20 March to Tue 04 June,

    Admission: Craft stalls £20 and Charity stalls £10.

  • Exhibitions

    Whitman and Moran: Scenes from Long Island - Bolton Museum

    Bolton Library and Museum Services is celebrating the 200th birthday of the great American poet Walt Whitman with a number of special events. Whitman’s links with Bolton stretch back to the late 1800s and the founding of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship. This exhibition pairs lines from Whitman’s poems with etchings by the celebrated printmaker Mary Nimmo Moran, who was married to the Bolton-born artist Thomas Moran. Many of Mary’s prints depict locations near to the Morans’ home in Long Island, New York. Walt Whitman was born in Long Island and his poetry is filled with descriptions of the island’s unique scenery. These poetic evocations of place find their parallel in Nimmo Moran’s landscape etchings.

    Sat 13 April to Sun 21 July, Bolton Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Hieroglyphics Course - Bolton Museum

    Have you ever wanted to be able to read hieroglyphs? In this 10-week beginners’ course you will be guided at every step of the way to learn the basics in understanding the written language of Ancient Egypt. As the course is aimed at beginners you do not need to have any prior knowledge of hieroglyphics or any other ancient language. You will learn by working with real Ancient Egyptian objects from the museum collection. The course will be led by Hieroglyphics expert John Johnson, Chair of Horus Egyptology. Complementary books can be purchased from the museum shop. Suitable for ages 16+.

    Wed 01 May to Wed 03 July, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Please book your free place via Eventbrite: https://hieroglyphicsbolton.eventbrite.co.uk

    Fully booked
  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - original artworks by David Sharples - Harwood Library

    For the month of May 2019 Harwood Library’s Gallery exhibition will feature an exhibition of paintings by David Sharples. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Wed 01 May to Fri 31 May, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Garden Stars - Harwood Library

    Come along to our new children’s garden club at Harwood Library. There’ll be stories, planting and craft! Bring your gloves and start gardening! These sessions will be held on: Sunday 5 May, Sunday 2 June and Sunday 30 June and are suitable for ages 4 to 11 but all welcome.

    Sun 05 May to Sun 30 June, 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 7 May, Tuesday 21 May, Tuesday 4 June, Tuesday 18 June, Tuesday 2 July, Tuesday 16 July, Tuesday 30 July, Tuesday 13 August and Tuesday 27 August.

    Tue 07 May to Tue 27 August, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Museum Monologues - Bolton Museum

    A series of live performances will bring the stories of five Bolton’s LGBTQ pioneers to life. The monologues have been produced by local writers and performers, Stephen M Hornby and Inkbrew Productions. The project has been organised to coincide with ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories in Bolton’. Actors will portray Victorian era male impersonator Vesta Tilley pictured, author Matt Cain, renowned photographer Humphrey Spender, a young member of the LGBT Youth Group Liaison Initiative and J W Wallace who corresponded with America poet Walt Whitman. Museum Monologues can be seen in the temporary exhibition gallery on the dates and times below.

    Sat 11 May to Sat 25 May, Saturday, May 11 at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm, Thursday, May 16 at 3pm, 5pm and 6pm, Friday, May 17 at 12pm and 3pm, Saturday, May 18 at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm (signed performance), Saturday, 25 May at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Dementia Action Coffee morning - Breightmet Library

    Come and have a cuppa and a slice of cake at Breightmet Library, to help us to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. The Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.

    Tue 21 May, 10am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bolton Belters Choir - Breightmet Library

    Everyone is invited to enjoy a free performance from the Bolton Belters Choir at Breightmet Library. No need to book just come along.

    Thu 23 May, 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Lunchtime talks - Georgian Prints - Bolton Museum

    This talk will be about some of the caricatures and satirical prints from the Georgian period (1714 to 1830) which are in Bolton Museum’s collections. We’ll also look at the stories behind the prints and those of the people that produced them.

    Fri 24 May, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    May half term activities - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come and join us over half term Tuesday 27 May to Saturday 1 June. We are celebrating the local history of Bolton. We will have trails throughout the week where you can discover lots about the history of our famous town. From Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am, you’ll be able to get hands on with some of our local collections of objects and photographs. Activities from 1pm to 3pm Join us on Tuesday and find out about the importance of weaving in Bolton. Get crafty with a woven paper design of your own. On Wednesday you can create your own Bolton T shirt image. Thursday’s event is based on the works of famous Bolton author Bill Naughton. Enjoy an extract from one of his many books and put together a comic strip. On Friday we will be trying to discover the link between elephants and Bolton. Make an elephant mask and join us for our grand elephant parade. In our Saturday Club delve deeper into the history of Bolton with our old maps. Put together a treasure map of your own.

    Sat 25 May to Sat 01 June, Object handling, 10.30am to 11.30am and activities, 1pm to 3pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bug Hunt - Smithills Hall

    Join us for a brilliant bug hunting session. Grab your nets and containers so that you can examine what you have found. Our bug expert will help you identify them and then you can let them go. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11. Sessions from 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 2pm, £2 per child. Please book children’s places on Eventbrite (children must still be accompanied by an adult): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bug-hunt-at-smithills-hall-tickets-57701672255 or call 01204 332853.

    Wed 29 May, 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 2pm

    Admission: £2 per child.

  • Adult events

    Walt Whitman's Bolton - Bolton Museum

    Walt Whitman’s Bolton Bolton Central Library and Museum, Friday 31 May, 1.30pm to 3.30pm Discover more about Walt Whitman and his influence on James Wallace and the Eagle Street College. Talks by Dr Paul Salveson and Don Lee with a walk around Bolton Town Centre showing various associated buildings with the Whitmanites. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Fri 31 May, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walt-whitmans-bolton-tickets-59814223954

  • Adult events

    Bolton Central Library presents crime writers Elly Griffiths and William Shaw

    Bestselling writer Elly Griffiths will be talking about exciting new books -the standalone 'utterly bewitching' contemporary gothic novel, The Stranger Diaries and the latest Dr Ruth Galloway -'The Stone Circle'. Elly will be joined by 'The master of modern crime' William Shaw, who will discussing his brilliantly constructed thriller, 'Deadland' (The second book in the Kent-set Alexander Cupidi series). Both authors will be in conversation with Murder Squad crime writer, Margaret Murphy.

    Thu 06 June, 6.30pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-central-library-presents-crime-writers-elly-griffiths-william-shaw-tickets-60046031296

  • Adult events

    eLibrary drop in session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Discover our free eBook, eAudio and eMagazine service. Pop in for a demo of BorrowBox eBooks and RBdigital magazines. If you want to register straight away bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop!

    Tue 11 June, 11am to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Make A Noise In Libraries with the Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group - Bolton Central Library

    Join us as we celebrate Make A Noise In Libraries! Come along for a lively and fun morning as the Ukes Like Us Ukulele group perform a variety of songs. Make A Noise In Libraries is about connecting blind and partially sighted people with books, reading and readers. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and just come along.

    Fri 14 June, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Lunchtime talk with Harriet Evans - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We will be welcoming Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans to Bolton. Harriet will be talking about her new family saga, 'The Garden of Lost and Found'.

    Mon 24 June, 1pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: https://harrietevansboltonlibrary.eventbrite.co.uk