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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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).

  • 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

    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

  • Adult events
  • Family events

    Toddler Tales nursery rhymes special - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a fun filled session of nursery ryhmes, stories, songs and crafts. Dress up if you want! Toddler Tales are free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Ideal for children under 5.

    Fri 24 November, 11am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Sporting Memories Network meetings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Do you love talking about sport? Sporting Memories Network Greater Manchester and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust invite you to our friendly group for older sports fans. Come along and listen or debate current sporting topics as well as share sporting memories with older sports fans. We will be meeting at Bolton Central Library, every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12pm. It’s free to attend and for more information please call Richard on 07867459210 or email rslater@bwct.org.uk

    Tue 21 November to Tue 26 June, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Crafts - Smithills Hall

    Create your own Victorian style Christmas decorations. This event is a free drop in session and suitable for children aged between 4 and 11.

    Sun 03 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for festive stories, songs and crafts. Dress up if you want!

    Fri 08 December, 11am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's Coding Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Children’s course to learn the basics of computer coding – learn to make your own games and animations using Scratch and Micro:bit. Suitable for children aged between 7 and 10.

    Sat 18 November to Sat 09 December, 10am to 11am

    Admission: Please book your free place by calling 01204 332853.

  • Adult events

    Explore Your Archive - Help index Bolton's Criminal Past - Bolton's History Centre

    Join us in the Bolton History Centre for a hands-on archive experience. Drop in anytime between 10am and 12pm from Saturday 18 November to Saturday 25 November (except Sunday 19 November). Take on the role of archivist for the morning by helping us create a name index to our early court records. Join us to record the key information contained in these important records to help preserve and make the collection more accessible. Suitable for people aged 12+.

    Sat 18 November to Sat 25 November, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Explore Your Archive - Opening the Box - Bolton's History Centre

    Join us in the Bolton History Centre between Saturday 18 November and Saturday 25 November (except Sunday 19 November) and delve into Bolton’s past through a selection of our archive and local studies collections. Each day, from 2pm to 3pm, we will either open up a story box on a variety of different subjects or showcase specific collections which are useful resources for family, local or social historians. The collections on display will illustrate Bolton’s heritage through photographs, diaries, letters, minute books, newspapers, posters and architectural drawings. Suitable for people aged 12+. More details on the left hand side.

    Sat 18 November to Sat 25 November, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Crafty Crew - Bromley Cross Library

    This month our Crafty Crew will be making Christmas cards and gift tags, on Saturday 2 and 16 December, 10.30am to 12pm. Come along and design your own cards to send to someone and gift tags to put on gifts you are giving. Parents can join in too!

    Sat 02 December to Sat 16 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas with the Bennett Ladies Choir - Smithills Hall

    Listen to the Rivington based Bennett Ladies Choir sing Christmas songs in the beautiful surroundings of Smithills Hall. The choir will sing at 1pm and 2.30pm. Free entry. Mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale at Poppins Tea Room.

    Sun 10 December, 1pm and 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    BorrowBox drop in - free eBooks and eAudio - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Find out more about BorrowBox - our eBook and eAudio service. Bring your tablet, mobile or laptop, we’ll get you registered and borrowing in no time at all!

    Mon 11 December, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Little Lever Library

    Join in the festive fun as children from Masefield School sing Christmas carols at Little Lever Library from 11am to 12pm.

    Thu 14 December, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Carols Coffee Morning - Bromley Cross Library

    Enjoy a festive morning as Eagley Infants and Juniors sing carols and other Christmas songs at Bromley Cross Library on Thursday 14 December at 10.30am.

    Thu 14 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Westhoughton Library

    Join us at Westhoughton Library this festive season where will be joined by the St Bartholomew’s School choir. Light refreshments will be available.

    Fri 15 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Horwich Library

    Come and listen to Year 6 children from Lord Street Primary School singing festive rhymes. Enjoy a mince pie and a brew with everyone at Horwich Library.

    Fri 15 December, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Blackrod Library

    Join in the festive fun as children from Blackrod Church Primary School sing Christmas songs. Light refreshments will be available.

    Mon 18 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Festive Fun - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Get into the Christmas spirit at Bolton Central Library with seasonal stories, festive songs and a Christmas craft to make and take home. Suitable for children aged 4 plus and their families.

    Wed 20 December, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Fun! - Blackrod Library

    Come along and make Christmas decorations for your tree and festive cards. Suitable for aged 4 plus.

    Thu 21 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's Christmas Crafts - Horwich Library

    Come to Horwich Library for some festive fun. There will be lots of craft activities for you choose from and take home whatever you make. Free drop in session and no need to book.

    Fri 22 December, 10am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The modern day missionary - Breightmet Library

    You are invited to a talk by Pauline Linton. Pauline is a translator and linguist in Gabon, which is in Central Africa. She will be talking about her fulfilling work there. This is a free event and no need to book.

    Thu 18 January, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The Significance of Bill Naughton's Writing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Live from Worktown is celebrating the life of Bolton’s most successful writer, Bill Naughton, 25 years after his death. From 11am until 4pm visit the History Centre in Bolton Central Library where there will be 200 documents from the Naughton Collection. At 2pm Professor David Rudd will give a lecture about Naughton's work. This is a free event but please book your place livefromworktown.org website.

    Sat 02 December, 11am to 4pm (talk at 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

  • Family events

    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

  • Family events

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    Children's Coding Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Children’s course to learn the basics of computer coding – learn to make your own games and animations using Scratch and Micro:bit. Suitable for children aged between 7 and 10.

    Sat 18 November to Sat 09 December, 10am to 11am

    Admission: Please book your free place by calling 01204 332853.

  • Adult events

    Explore Your Archive - Help index Bolton's Criminal Past - Bolton's History Centre

    Join us in the Bolton History Centre for a hands-on archive experience. Drop in anytime between 10am and 12pm from Saturday 18 November to Saturday 25 November (except Sunday 19 November). Take on the role of archivist for the morning by helping us create a name index to our early court records. Join us to record the key information contained in these important records to help preserve and make the collection more accessible. Suitable for people aged 12+.

    Sat 18 November to Sat 25 November, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Explore Your Archive - Opening the Box - Bolton's History Centre

    Join us in the Bolton History Centre between Saturday 18 November and Saturday 25 November (except Sunday 19 November) and delve into Bolton’s past through a selection of our archive and local studies collections. Each day, from 2pm to 3pm, we will either open up a story box on a variety of different subjects or showcase specific collections which are useful resources for family, local or social historians. The collections on display will illustrate Bolton’s heritage through photographs, diaries, letters, minute books, newspapers, posters and architectural drawings. Suitable for people aged 12+. More details on the left hand side.

    Sat 18 November to Sat 25 November, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Sporting Memories Network meetings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Do you love talking about sport? Sporting Memories Network Greater Manchester and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust invite you to our friendly group for older sports fans. Come along and listen or debate current sporting topics as well as share sporting memories with older sports fans. We will be meeting at Bolton Central Library, every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12pm. It’s free to attend and for more information please call Richard on 07867459210 or email rslater@bwct.org.uk

    Tue 21 November to Tue 26 June, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales nursery rhymes special - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a fun filled session of nursery ryhmes, stories, songs and crafts. Dress up if you want! Toddler Tales are free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Ideal for children under 5.

    Fri 24 November, 11am to 11.30am

    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

  • 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).

  • Family events

    Christmas Crafty Crew - Bromley Cross Library

    This month our Crafty Crew will be making Christmas cards and gift tags, on Saturday 2 and 16 December, 10.30am to 12pm. Come along and design your own cards to send to someone and gift tags to put on gifts you are giving. Parents can join in too!

    Sat 02 December to Sat 16 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The Significance of Bill Naughton's Writing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Live from Worktown is celebrating the life of Bolton’s most successful writer, Bill Naughton, 25 years after his death. From 11am until 4pm visit the History Centre in Bolton Central Library where there will be 200 documents from the Naughton Collection. At 2pm Professor David Rudd will give a lecture about Naughton's work. This is a free event but please book your place livefromworktown.org website.

    Sat 02 December, 11am to 4pm (talk at 2pm)

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Crafts - Smithills Hall

    Create your own Victorian style Christmas decorations. This event is a free drop in session and suitable for children aged between 4 and 11.

    Sun 03 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for festive stories, songs and crafts. Dress up if you want!

    Fri 08 December, 11am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas with the Bennett Ladies Choir - Smithills Hall

    Listen to the Rivington based Bennett Ladies Choir sing Christmas songs in the beautiful surroundings of Smithills Hall. The choir will sing at 1pm and 2.30pm. Free entry. Mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale at Poppins Tea Room.

    Sun 10 December, 1pm and 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    BorrowBox drop in - free eBooks and eAudio - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Find out more about BorrowBox - our eBook and eAudio service. Bring your tablet, mobile or laptop, we’ll get you registered and borrowing in no time at all!

    Mon 11 December, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Little Lever Library

    Join in the festive fun as children from Masefield School sing Christmas carols at Little Lever Library from 11am to 12pm.

    Thu 14 December, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Carols Coffee Morning - Bromley Cross Library

    Enjoy a festive morning as Eagley Infants and Juniors sing carols and other Christmas songs at Bromley Cross Library on Thursday 14 December at 10.30am.

    Thu 14 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Westhoughton Library

    Join us at Westhoughton Library this festive season where will be joined by the St Bartholomew’s School choir. Light refreshments will be available.

    Fri 15 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Horwich Library

    Come and listen to Year 6 children from Lord Street Primary School singing festive rhymes. Enjoy a mince pie and a brew with everyone at Horwich Library.

    Fri 15 December, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events
  • Family events

    Coffee and Carols - Blackrod Library

    Join in the festive fun as children from Blackrod Church Primary School sing Christmas songs. Light refreshments will be available.

    Mon 18 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Festive Fun - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Get into the Christmas spirit at Bolton Central Library with seasonal stories, festive songs and a Christmas craft to make and take home. Suitable for children aged 4 plus and their families.

    Wed 20 December, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Christmas Fun! - Blackrod Library

    Come along and make Christmas decorations for your tree and festive cards. Suitable for aged 4 plus.

    Thu 21 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's Christmas Crafts - Horwich Library

    Come to Horwich Library for some festive fun. There will be lots of craft activities for you choose from and take home whatever you make. Free drop in session and no need to book.

    Fri 22 December, 10am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The modern day missionary - Breightmet Library

    You are invited to a talk by Pauline Linton. Pauline is a translator and linguist in Gabon, which is in Central Africa. She will be talking about her fulfilling work there. This is a free event and no need to book.

    Thu 18 January, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE