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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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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

  • Exhibitions

    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 Thu 21 November, 7pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery - Local paintings by Brian Barlow - Harwood Library

    Throughout November and December 2019 Harwood Library’s Gallery exhibition will feature an exhibition by renowned local artist Brian Barlow. The paintings of the Bolton area are available to buy and will also appear in the Bolton Hospice Calendar. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Fri 01 November to Tue 31 December, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Elements exhibition - Bolton Museum

    Our new family friendly Elements exhibition marks the 150th anniversary and proclaimed, ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)’. The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is a major and well-known achievement in science and underpins chemistry, physics and biology. It was first published by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. The universe is made from them; some are everywhere and others hard to find. They may be found in huge quantities or hardly exist. Our new exhibition will tell you how the chemical elements were first recognised, how they are different from each other, and why the number of them keeps growing. On display are most of the chemical elements and some objects made from or containing them.

    Sat 09 November to Sun 26 January, The exhibition is open during the museum's opening hours.

    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

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    Mind, Body and Soul group - High Street Library

    Join us at High Street Library for a new ladies health and wellbeing group ‘Mind Body and Soul’. The group is aimed at women over 50 but women under 50 are also welcome. Areas covered include: looking after the mind, looking after the body, chair based exercise demo, diabetes, cancer, reading and more. The group meets every Monday from 11.30am to 12.30pm. It’s free to attend and there is no need to book. For more information please contact Saiqa on 07771 415896.

    Mon 11 November to Mon 13 January, 11.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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

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    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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    Garden Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us for our monthly Sunday Garden Stars fun session with stories and green garden crafts! 17 November - Bulb planting Daffodils - We’ll be planting bulbs in tubs for spring flowering! 15 December - Create Seed Bombs for Christmas presents - Make some super seed bombs ready for the spring! These drop in sessions are from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and suitable for ages 4 to 11 but all welcome.

    Sun 17 November to Sun 15 December, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    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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    Meet local author Stephen Freeborn - Westhoughton Library

    Come along and meet pharmacist Stephen Freeborn author of ‘Keep on Taking the Tablets?’ Stephen will be telling some of the stories of his time working as a hospital pharmacist, including a stint at Bolton hospital.

    Thu 21 November, 6pm to 7pm

    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

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    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 to11 years old with their carer. Beginners and newcomers always welcome. Please contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to make sure there has been no change to the date or time of the sessions. LEGO does not officially run or endorse this event.

    Thu 05 December to Thu 04 June, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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

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    Festive Tour - Smithills Hall

    It’s a beautiful time of the year at Smithills Hall as it is decked with magnificent Tudor and Victorian Christmas decorations. Explore Smithills Hall with a guided tour of this fantastic building and discover more about the history of the hall and the traditions of the decorations. Tickets cost £5 adults and £4 concessions. Please book in advance, you can pay by cash or debit card at Smithills Hall or call Tel: 01204 332377.

    Wed 18 December, 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    Come along to Smithills Hall for a ghostly tour. 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, you can pay by cash or debit card at Bolton Museum Tel: 01204 332211 or by cash at Smithills Hall Tel: 01204 332377.

    Thu 13 February, 7pm

    Admission: FREE