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    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly baby group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 1 August, Tuesday 15 August, Tuesday 29 August, Tuesday 12 September, Tuesday 26 September, Tuesday 10 October and Tuesday 24 October.

    Tue 01 August to Tue 24 October, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Wed 31 January, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor. Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs. The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project. Sat 10 December to Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Sat 10 December to Sat 30 December, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton Family History Helpdesk - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Visit our new History Centre on the first Saturday of every month, 9.30am to 12pm, where members of Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family tree. No need to book just come along.

    Sat 06 May to Sat 02 December, 9.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join our new Saturday Club, where each week you can take part in free activities.

    Sat 03 June to Sat 16 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Poetry Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Do you enjoy poetry? The group is for lovers of poetry, whether listeners, readers or writers. Join us in Bolton Central Library’s Fiction area. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact John Crook for further details – 088567@gmail.com

    Mon 07 August to Mon 04 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us in discovering books and a world of creativity 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 2.45pm on 30 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 19 November and 17 December. .

    Sun 30 July to Sun 17 December, 2pm to 2.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Bolton's Egypt Events Programme - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a celebration of all things Ancient Egyptian with 12 months of free talks and activities for all ages, with experts from around the UK. ∗ indicates Family Friendly

    Sat 12 August to Thu 21 June, Various times

    Admission: FREE

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    Story Craft - High Street Library

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

    Sat 09 September to Sat 14 July, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Ghost and History tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and join us for a ghostly tour of Smithills Hall. Our fascinating tour will give you an insight to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance by visiting the History Centre in Bolton Central Library or by phoning 01204 332185.

    Thu 16 November, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions.

    Fully booked
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    Scary stories and creepy crafts - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Halloween with us at Bolton Central Library! Join us on the 31 October at 6pm to listen to some spooky stories and make a creepy craft to take home. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume if you like - there will be prizes for the best costumes. Suitable for ages 6 to 12.

    Tue 31 October, 6pm to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafty Kids Spooktacular Saturday - Farnworth Library

    Join us for spooktacular Halloween stories and crafts at this month's Crafty Kids Club. Dress up if you wish! Free event and just turn up.

    Sat 28 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - The Boss Baby

    It’s half term! Come along and watch 'The Boss Baby', a fantastic, funny family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 25 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery - Ainsworth Artists - Harwood Library

    For the month of October 2017 Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of mixed media paintings by the Ainsworth Artists. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase. The Gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours.

    Sun 01 October to Tue 31 October, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Halloween craft session - Smithills Hall

    Come along and make a spooky haunted house. Perfect for Halloween!

    Fri 27 October, 1pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Free and no need to book.

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    Horwich Art Exhibition - Horwich Library

    From Friday 6 October to Saturday 4 November members of Horwich Art Society are displaying their work in Horwich Library. Come along and view an array or work using different styles and techniques created by the local group. Some pieces are available for sale.

    Fri 06 October to Sat 04 November, The exhibition is open when Horwich Library is.

    Admission: FREE

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    Spooky spider craft session - Horwich Library

    It’s Halloween! Make a spooky spider to take home and scare your friends. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 25 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Fangtastic Friday - Westhoughton Library

    Join us this half term for spooky stories and creepy crafts at Westhoughton Library.

    Fri 27 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Blackrod Art Group 2018 calendar exhibition - Blackrod Library

    Blackrod Art Group will be displaying paintings from their 2018 calendar. The calendar will be on sale at Blackrod Library for £4.

    Sat 07 October to Thu 11 January, The exhibition will be on display during the library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Starry nights - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The nights are drawing in so join us this half term week for an exploration of the constellations. Listen to space themed stories and make a stellar craft to take home.

    Mon 23 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Spooky Swashbucklers - Breightmet Library

    Yar, me ole shipmates! Join us pirates down at the Good Ship Breightmet Library for song, story, trails, ghoulish games and cursed crafts. Rattle me bones; fancy dress is most desired. Just keep yer eye out for that dastardly Dead-Bones Dawkins!

    Tue 31 October, 4.30pm to 6pm

    Admission: Free event for children. Please call 01204 332352 to book your place.

  • Family events

    It's Halloween! - Harwood Library

    Dress up and drop in on Halloween night for stories and creepy crafts.

    Tue 31 October, 5pm to 5.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Half term Halloween session - Harwood Library

    Halloween is fast approaching so join us for stories and poems. Plus decorate our Halloween tree.

    Fri 27 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    October half term fun - Blackrod Library

    Join us for crafts including making your own pumpkin face, monster masks and play some games. This is a free all day drop in session and suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Thu 26 October, 11am to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Flying Science - Breightmet Library

    How high will it go? How far can it fly? Test your flying skills with your own aeroplane. Be an aeronautical engineer and adjust your aircraft to make it go further or higher. Maybe you prefer the idea of sending a Rocket Mouse into space? Come along and find out. Suitable for children of all ages (even big ones can get involved).

    Sat 28 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Pumpkin decoration session - High Street Library

    Pop along and make a paper pumpkin decoration! This is a all day drop in craft session. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Mon 23 October, 9am to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Spooky competitions - High Street Library

    Do you dare to enter all of our spooky competitions at High Street Library? You can write a scary story, Halloween poem, enter a word search or go on a ghost hunt. There will be some small prizes for those who are not spooked! This is a drop in session and suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Tue 24 October, 12.30pm to 5.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Spider story time and craft session - High Street Library

    Come along and listen to a spider themed story. Then make a spider’s web game and decorate a hanging giant spider.

    Thu 26 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at High Street Library - Moana

    High Street Library will be turned into a cinema for the afternoon so come along and watch family film ‘Moana’. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 28 October, 2.15pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Ghost story and craft session - High Street Library

    Listen to a ghost story and make a ghost decoration to take home.

    Sun 29 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Fish Feeds - Bolton Aquarium

    During half term there will be fish feeds on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October at 1pm. Join our Aquarium experts to find out more about our Freshwater fish collection.

    Tue 24 October to Thu 26 October, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Starry nights' picture session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    On Tuesday 24 October, 1.30pm to 3pm, join us as we continue our starry nights’ theme and create planets and stars pictures. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Tue 24 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bat craft session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    On Thursday 26 October, 1.30pm to 3pm, come along and make your very own bat. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Thu 26 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Spooktastic Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Halloween is fast approaching so listen to spooky stories and make some creepy crafts. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Sat 28 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Radical Bolton archive session and walking tour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This tour will involve looking at material from Bolton Museum’s archive collection followed by a walking tour. Bolton has a fascinating history linked to anti-slavery, workers’ rights, LGBT history, Spanish Civil War, suffragettes and activism etc. So pull on your hat of liberty and dig out your radical raincoat as we explore these stories with Suzanne Hindle Tour Guide.

    Fri 17 November, 12pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Please book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bolton-library-and-museum-services-7822730464 or call 01204 332853.

  • Family events

    Halloween Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come and listen to Halloween themed stories. We’ll also be singing and making a Halloween craft. Dress up if you like!

    Fri 27 October, 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Handmade knits and sale - Harwood Library

    Pop along to Harwood Library and Age UK’s Knit and natter group sale. They will be selling items that they have made and all proceeds will go to local charities.

    Thu 26 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery - Bolton Hospice Calendar paintings by Brian Barlow - Harwood Library

    During November and December Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition by renowned local artist Brian Barlow. The paintings of the town will feature in the Bolton Hospice Calendar. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Thu 02 November to Sun 31 December, The gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Poetry readings by Dean Fraser 'The Quantum Poet' - Westhoughton Library

    Dean will be performing readings from his new collection 'Beyond Poetry'. Dean will also speak to members of the audience and answer any questions they may have. Dean presents ‘Beyond Poetry’ on Salford City Radio. His poetry is family-friendly, although is more suitable for teens and above.

    Fri 10 November, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Baby stay and play - Westhoughton Library

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Baby stay and play at Westhoughton Library. Enjoy and explore together through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years . Free session, no need to book, just pop by.

    Thu 30 November to Thu 26 April, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE (The session takes place on the last Thursday of each month).

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    Cinema at the Crescent - Beauty and the Beast - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film 'Beauty and the Beast’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 11 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - Passengers - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Passengers'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 08 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with English subtitles - Another Mother's Son - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch drama film 'Another Mother's Son’ with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Light refreshments for sale. The film screening will take place at Central Library's Lecture Theatre. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 29 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Library Loops - Horwich Library

    Come and join us with your knitting and crochet. All ages and abilities welcome. Help is always available and the chatter is great.

    Fri 12 August to Fri 06 April, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Hearing Aid sessions - Blackrod Library

    The free sessions take place at Blackrod Library on the first Thursday of every month from 10am to 12noon.

    Thu 06 October to Thu 07 June, 10am to 12noon

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Wed 31 January, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor. Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs. The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project. Sat 10 December to Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Sat 10 December to Sat 30 December, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Study Space - Westhoughton Library

    A friendly and safe space for children and young people to study and complete their homework. Free computer usage and free printing for homework is available. Children will have access to books and reliable online resources. Study Space sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4pm to 6pm. Suitable for children age 11 plus.

    Tue 10 January to Thu 21 June, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafternoons - Horwich Library

    Why don’t you put down that tablet or phone and get creative instead? Join us for a free craft session at Horwich Library on the first Saturday of each month, 2pm to 4pm.

    Sat 11 February to Sat 03 February, First Saturday of each month, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Helpdesk - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Visit our new History Centre on the first Saturday of every month, 9.30am to 12pm, where members of Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family tree. No need to book just come along.

    Sat 06 May to Sat 02 December, 9.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Craft and Chat - Little Lever Library

    Every Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm join us with a craft of your choice and enjoy a chat at the same time!

    Thu 18 May to Thu 02 November, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join our new Saturday Club, where each week you can take part in free activities.

    Sat 03 June to Sat 16 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us in discovering books and a world of creativity 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 2.45pm on 30 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 19 November and 17 December. .

    Sun 30 July to Sun 17 December, 2pm to 2.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly baby group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 1 August, Tuesday 15 August, Tuesday 29 August, Tuesday 12 September, Tuesday 26 September, Tuesday 10 October and Tuesday 24 October.

    Tue 01 August to Tue 24 October, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Poetry Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Do you enjoy poetry? The group is for lovers of poetry, whether listeners, readers or writers. Join us in Bolton Central Library’s Fiction area. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact John Crook for further details – 088567@gmail.com

    Mon 07 August to Mon 04 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Bolton's Egypt Events Programme - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a celebration of all things Ancient Egyptian with 12 months of free talks and activities for all ages, with experts from around the UK. ∗ indicates Family Friendly

    Sat 12 August to Thu 21 June, Various times

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Story Craft - High Street Library

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

    Sat 09 September to Sat 14 July, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Ainsworth Artists - Harwood Library

    For the month of October 2017 Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of mixed media paintings by the Ainsworth Artists. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase. The Gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours.

    Sun 01 October to Tue 31 October, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Horwich Art Exhibition - Horwich Library

    From Friday 6 October to Saturday 4 November members of Horwich Art Society are displaying their work in Horwich Library. Come along and view an array or work using different styles and techniques created by the local group. Some pieces are available for sale.

    Fri 06 October to Sat 04 November, The exhibition is open when Horwich Library is.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Blackrod Art Group 2018 calendar exhibition - Blackrod Library

    Blackrod Art Group will be displaying paintings from their 2018 calendar. The calendar will be on sale at Blackrod Library for £4.

    Sat 07 October to Thu 11 January, The exhibition will be on display during the library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Starry nights - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The nights are drawing in so join us this half term week for an exploration of the constellations. Listen to space themed stories and make a stellar craft to take home.

    Mon 23 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Pumpkin decoration session - High Street Library

    Pop along and make a paper pumpkin decoration! This is a all day drop in craft session. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Mon 23 October, 9am to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Fish Feeds - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Find out more about our freshwater fish collection with our aquarium experts on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October. Suitable for all ages.

    Tue 24 October to Thu 26 October, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Fish Feeds - Bolton Aquarium

    During half term there will be fish feeds on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October at 1pm. Join our Aquarium experts to find out more about our Freshwater fish collection.

    Tue 24 October to Thu 26 October, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Starry nights' picture session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    On Tuesday 24 October, 1.30pm to 3pm, join us as we continue our starry nights’ theme and create planets and stars pictures. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Tue 24 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Spooky competitions - High Street Library

    Do you dare to enter all of our spooky competitions at High Street Library? You can write a scary story, Halloween poem, enter a word search or go on a ghost hunt. There will be some small prizes for those who are not spooked! This is a drop in session and suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Tue 24 October, 12.30pm to 5.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Spooky spider craft session - Horwich Library

    It’s Halloween! Make a spooky spider to take home and scare your friends. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 25 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - The Boss Baby

    It’s half term! Come along and watch 'The Boss Baby', a fantastic, funny family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 25 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Spider story time and craft session - High Street Library

    Come along and listen to a spider themed story. Then make a spider’s web game and decorate a hanging giant spider.

    Thu 26 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    October half term fun - Blackrod Library

    Join us for crafts including making your own pumpkin face, monster masks and play some games. This is a free all day drop in session and suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Thu 26 October, 11am to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bat craft session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    On Thursday 26 October, 1.30pm to 3pm, come along and make your very own bat. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Thu 26 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Handmade knits and sale - Harwood Library

    Pop along to Harwood Library and Age UK’s Knit and natter group sale. They will be selling items that they have made and all proceeds will go to local charities.

    Thu 26 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Halloween Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come and listen to Halloween themed stories. We’ll also be singing and making a Halloween craft. Dress up if you like!

    Fri 27 October, 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Half term Halloween session - Harwood Library

    Halloween is fast approaching so join us for stories and poems. Plus decorate our Halloween tree.

    Fri 27 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Fangtastic Friday - Westhoughton Library

    Join us this half term for spooky stories and creepy crafts at Westhoughton Library.

    Fri 27 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Halloween craft session - Smithills Hall

    Come along and make a spooky haunted house. Perfect for Halloween!

    Fri 27 October, 1pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Free and no need to book.

  • Family events

    Flying Science - Breightmet Library

    How high will it go? How far can it fly? Test your flying skills with your own aeroplane. Be an aeronautical engineer and adjust your aircraft to make it go further or higher. Maybe you prefer the idea of sending a Rocket Mouse into space? Come along and find out. Suitable for children of all ages (even big ones can get involved).

    Sat 28 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at High Street Library - Moana

    High Street Library will be turned into a cinema for the afternoon so come along and watch family film ‘Moana’. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 28 October, 2.15pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafty Kids Spooktacular Saturday - Farnworth Library

    Join us for spooktacular Halloween stories and crafts at this month's Crafty Kids Club. Dress up if you wish! Free event and just turn up.

    Sat 28 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Spooktastic Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Halloween is fast approaching so listen to spooky stories and make some creepy crafts. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Sat 28 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Ghost story and craft session - High Street Library

    Listen to a ghost story and make a ghost decoration to take home.

    Sun 29 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Spooky Swashbucklers - Breightmet Library

    Yar, me ole shipmates! Join us pirates down at the Good Ship Breightmet Library for song, story, trails, ghoulish games and cursed crafts. Rattle me bones; fancy dress is most desired. Just keep yer eye out for that dastardly Dead-Bones Dawkins!

    Tue 31 October, 4.30pm to 6pm

    Admission: Free event for children. Please call 01204 332352 to book your place.

  • Family events

    It's Halloween! - Harwood Library

    Dress up and drop in on Halloween night for stories and creepy crafts.

    Tue 31 October, 5pm to 5.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Scary stories and creepy crafts - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Halloween with us at Bolton Central Library! Join us on the 31 October at 6pm to listen to some spooky stories and make a creepy craft to take home. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume if you like - there will be prizes for the best costumes. Suitable for ages 6 to 12.

    Tue 31 October, 6pm to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    The Gallery - Bolton Hospice Calendar paintings by Brian Barlow - Harwood Library

    During November and December Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition by renowned local artist Brian Barlow. The paintings of the town will feature in the Bolton Hospice Calendar. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Thu 02 November to Sun 31 December, The gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - Passengers - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Passengers'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 08 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Poetry readings by Dean Fraser 'The Quantum Poet' - Westhoughton Library

    Dean will be performing readings from his new collection 'Beyond Poetry'. Dean will also speak to members of the audience and answer any questions they may have. Dean presents ‘Beyond Poetry’ on Salford City Radio. His poetry is family-friendly, although is more suitable for teens and above.

    Fri 10 November, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Beauty and the Beast - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film 'Beauty and the Beast’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 11 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Ghost and History tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and join us for a ghostly tour of Smithills Hall. Our fascinating tour will give you an insight to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance by visiting the History Centre in Bolton Central Library or by phoning 01204 332185.

    Thu 16 November, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions.

    Fully booked
  • Adult events

    Radical Bolton archive session and walking tour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This tour will involve looking at material from Bolton Museum’s archive collection followed by a walking tour. Bolton has a fascinating history linked to anti-slavery, workers’ rights, LGBT history, Spanish Civil War, suffragettes and activism etc. So pull on your hat of liberty and dig out your radical raincoat as we explore these stories with Suzanne Hindle Tour Guide.

    Fri 17 November, 12pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Please book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bolton-library-and-museum-services-7822730464 or call 01204 332853.

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with English subtitles - Another Mother's Son - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch drama film 'Another Mother's Son’ with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Light refreshments for sale. The film screening will take place at Central Library's Lecture Theatre. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 29 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby stay and play - Westhoughton Library

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Baby stay and play at Westhoughton Library. Enjoy and explore together through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years . Free session, no need to book, just pop by.

    Thu 30 November to Thu 26 April, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE (The session takes place on the last Thursday of each month).