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  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Westhoughton Library

    Join us every Friday at 10am for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Fri 02 October to Fri 15 May, 10am

    Admission: FREE

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    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

    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

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    Baby Rhyme Time - Harwood Library

    Rhymes, songs and stories session for 0 to 2 year olds and their carers from 10.15am to 10.45am. Stay and Play from 10.45am to 11.15am. The free sessions will take place fortnightly on a Monday, no need to book, just pop by.

    Mon 22 July to Mon 25 November, Baby Rhyme Time - 10.15am to 10.45am and Stay and Play - 10.45am to 11.15am.

    Admission: FREE

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    Saturday Crafts - Westhoughton Library

    Starting from 3 August join us every Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am for a free craft session. Suitable for ages 4 to 11. No need to book just pop along.

    Sat 03 August to Sat 21 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Peterloo exhibition - Bolton Museum

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. A special exhibition ‘Peterloo’ will commemorate the people of Bolton who marched to St Peter’s Fields, Manchester on 16 August 1819, many of whom were injured when government troops and local yeomanry charged a crowd of around 60,000 people. The issues that motivated these brave Boltonians to make the long march to Manchester included the right to vote and fairer representation in Parliament.

    Sat 03 August to Sun 10 November, 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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    Neo:artprize 2019 - Bolton Museum

    Neo:artprize 2019, coordinated by Neo in partnership with Bolton Museum, will present new work by artists working across the world and in a variety of media. The prize is an international, open exhibition, attracting submissions from 24 countries, aiming to raise awareness of new trends and directions in the contemporary art world.

    Sat 07 September to Sun 27 October, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Harwood Library

    Join us every Monday at 2pm for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Mon 16 September to Mon 24 August, 2pm

    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 if you wish! The free session will take place every Monday, from 12pm to 12.45pm. If you have any queries please contact Westhoughton Library on 01942 634640.

    Mon 30 September to Mon 30 March, 12pm to 12.45pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery - A Stitch In Time by Debbie Knight - Harwood Library

    For the month of October at Harwood Library's Gallery there will be an exhibition of patchwork quilting and applique by Debbie Knight.

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

    Admission: FREE

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    Horwich Art Society's annual exhibition - Horwich Library

    Join us on Thursday 3 October at 7.30pm for the open evening of Horwich Art Society’s exhibition at Horwich Library. On display there will be an array or work using different styles and techniques created by the local group. Some of the artwork will be on sale.

    Thu 03 October to Sat 02 November, The exhibition will be open during Horwich Library's opening hours (Monday and Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 7pm, Wednesday 1pm to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    eLibrary Surgeries - various locations

    New monthly eLibrary Surgeries first Monday of the month, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Join us to discover more about the free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines available with your library card. Drop in event, all welcome, bring your device to get signed up straight away.

    Mon 07 October to Mon 03 February, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Knit and Get Fit - High Street Library

    ‘Knit and Get Fit’ is a new weekly free session for women to come along and do some knitting every Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm. In addition join in Zumba Gold on the second Tuesday of the month 2.15pm to 3pm and Tai Chi on the fourth Tuesday of the month 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Come to knit, get fit and make new friends! Please note that this is a women only session.

    Tue 08 October to Tue 17 December, 1pm 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 and just pop by. The sessions will take place every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

    Fri 11 October to Fri 15 May, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    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. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance and you can pay by cash or debit card at Bolton Museum Tel: 01204 332211 or by cashat Smithills Hall Tel: 01204 332377. The event will take place on Thursday 24 October and Thursday 21 November at 7pm.

    Thu 24 October to Sun 24 November, 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Lunchtime Talk - Columns, Capitals and Bolton's Egypt - Bolton Museum

    At 6ft tall and weighing in at almost 2 tonnes each, the two granite column fragments are the largest objects in the Bolton’s Egypt collection. Find out about who made them, where they came from and how they got to Bolton Museum at this free lunchtime talk.

    Wed 30 October, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Halloween spooky stories - Bromley Cross Library

    Come and join us for spooky stories and fun. Try our spooky craft and enter our spooky colouring competition. Come dressed in your Halloween costume to try to win the best dressed outfit!

    Thu 31 October, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Winter Live Literature poetry anthology event - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library are proud to present free poetry and performances events as part of the ‘Live Literature’ series. This month join us to for ‘The Result is What You See Today’ running poetry anthology event with Paul Deaton, Kim Moore and Ben Wilkinson.

    Tue 05 November, 6.30pm to 8pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Anne Frank: A History For Today exhibition - Bolton Central Library

    This popular touring exhibition captures the experience of Anne Frank’s life. By placing the complex historical events of the Holocaust against the backdrop of the life of one inspirational young person, the exhibition enables visitors to grasp the human consequences of persecution and war. The exhibition challenges us to think about how these issues are relevant today and what we can do to prevent prejudice and discrimination.

    Sat 09 November to Fri 22 November, The exhibition is open during Bolton Central Library's opening hours (see link under photo of Anne Frank).

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    NHS Trainers - Westhoughton Library

    Would you like to have a healthier lifestyle? Pop down to see the NHS Health Trainers at Westhoughton Library for some top tips! The NHS Health Trainers will be here on the second Tuesday of every month, from 9am to 1pm to take your blood pressure and discuss ways to eat healthily, stop smoking and cut down on alcohol.

    Tue 12 November to Tue 12 May, 9am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Guided tours - Smithills Hall

    Explore Smithills Hall with a guided tour of this magnificent building on Thursday 14 November at 11am and Thursday 28 November at 1pm. Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. During the tour discover more about the history from one of The Friends of Smithills Hall. Tickets cost £5 adults and £4 concessions. Please book in advance, you can pay by cash or debit card at Smithills Hall or Tel: 01204 332377.

    Thu 14 November to Thu 28 November, Thursday 14 November at 11am and Thursday 28 November at 1pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Silver Screenings - Bohemian Rhapsody - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along to our matinee screening of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ a biographical drama film about Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band Queen. The film screening will take place at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments will be on sale.

    Wed 20 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent - Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ an action packed film. The film screening will take place in the Lecture Theatre 1. Light refreshments for sale. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 23 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Winter Live Literature - 'The Bubbler' - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library are proud to present free poetry and performances events as part of the ‘Live Literature’ series. Come along and see ‘The Bubbler‘: script-in hand performance by Cathy Crabb’s acclaimed play.

    Tue 10 December, 6.30pm to 8pm

    Admission: FREE