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  • 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

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    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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    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

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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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    Sunday Garden Stars - Harwood Library

    Pop in for our monthly Sunday Garden Stars afternoon. Each month there’ll be a different theme and a chance to help green up the library courtyard as well as grow things at home. These drop in sessions are suitable for ages 4 to 11 but all welcome. Sunday 28 July - harvesting and planting vegetables and making paper vegetable bunting. Sunday 25 August - celebrate Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival by creating your own herb garden. Sunday 22 September - make a bug hotel using recycled materials. More harvesting and sowing winter crops.

    Sun 28 July to Sun 22 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery by Ian Peters - Harwood Library

    For the month of August Ian Peters’ watercolour and acrylic paintings will be exhibited at Harwood Library’s Gallery. All the works are for sale. The gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Thu 01 August to Sat 31 August, The gallery is open when Harwood Library is open.

    Admission: FREE

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    Atherton & District Amateur Photographic Society - Westhoughton Library

    For the month of August Westhoughton Library will be hosting Atherton Photographic Society’s exhibition (ADAPS). ADAPS is a progressive photography society and one of the largest camera clubs in the Wigan, Leigh and surrounding area. They are part of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. They are a group of enthusiastic amateur photographers involved in all aspects of photography – digital, film, black and white, colour, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, creative and more.

    Thu 01 August to Sat 31 August, The exhibition will be open when Westhoughton Library is open.

    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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    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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    Learn to be dog smart - Horwich Library

    Come and meet Dogs trust Education and Community Officer, Mel. You will learn all about what a dog needs to be happy and healthy and how to stay safe around dogs. There will be a craft activity after the workshop.

    Thu 22 August, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2019

    Bolton’s famous Food and Drink Festival will take place from Friday 23 August to Monday 26 August. Bolton Central Library and Museum’s team will be at the Crompton Place where we will be organising a wave of pirate themed events and activities, from 10am to 4pm each day.

    Fri 23 August to Mon 26 August, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton Food and Drink Toddler Tales special - Bolton Central Library

    Join us for Judith Kerr’s classic ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ as we celebrate Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival. There’ll be a story, rhymes, craft and light refreshments.

    Fri 23 August, 11am

    Admission: FREE

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    Manchester Jewish Museum’s #Wandering Museum - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Get hands on with fascinating mystery items from the Manchester Jewish Museum’s collection. Learn more about Jewish faith and culture and have a go at building your very own ‘Synagogue in a Box’. Just come along on the day. Suitable for all ages.

    Wed 28 August, 11am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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    An afternoon with C. A. Milson - Farnworth Library

    Meet Australian writer C.A. Milson; writer of horror, science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for horror fiction novel, ‘The Chosen’. C.A. will be talking about his writing and will be giving a reading from his fourth book in the ‘Chosen’ series, ‘Prophecy’s End’. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 31 August, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery by Mary Glencross - Harwood Library

    For the month of September there will be an exhibition of handmade crafts by Mary Glencross. All the works are for sale. The gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Sun 01 September to Mon 30 September, The Gallery is open when Harwood Library is open.

    Admission: FREE

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    Silver Screenings - The Children Act - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our matinee film screening of 'The Children Act,' starring Emma Thompson, at Bolton Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 04 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent - Hotel Transylvania 3 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to watch this funny family film - 'Hotel Transylvania 3'.Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 07 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Travelling Happiness Bar - Breightmet Library

    Pop along to the Travelling Happiness Bar and explore five ways to wellbeing on Monday 16 September, 10am to 12pm. Plus find out more about activities taking place in Bolton to help keep you active and healthy.

    Mon 16 September, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Meet local author Peter Street - Westhoughton Library

    Local author Peter Street will be joining us to discuss his new autobiography: ‘Hidden Depths - The life and loves of a young gravedigger’. His stories are at times moving, funny and horrific but are tempered by the warmth of his growing relationship with his future wife. The talk will take the form of an interview between Peter and his editor, Paul Blackburn. This is a free event. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Tue 17 September, 6pm to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

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    An evening with N.J. Cartner - Breightmet Library

    Little Lever based author Nigel Cartner will be giving a talk about his debut novel, 'Lost in Manchester, Found in Vegas' which was published in late 2017. He will be talking about how his inspirational life story led to the determination to write the book, what life has been like as an author ever since and what are the challenges faced as a writer today. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy a signed copy of the book. Free event and no need to book.

    Thu 19 September, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Happy 10th birthday -Breightmet Library

    You are invited to celebrate Breightmet Library’s 10th birthday on Saturday 21 September at 2pm. There will be a live ukulele band, children’s entertainment and light refreshments. Whether you are a member or not, come along and celebrate your local library’s milestone anniversary!

    Sat 21 September, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Behind the scenes... in the Archives - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Heritage Open Days with a tour of the Bolton Archives Strong room on Saturday 21 September. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. HODs are a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep. The strong room is not usually accessible to the public but we invite you to join the archivist to take a peek inside at some of the treasures from Bolton's Archive collections. From the oldest to the biggest we will have a range of historical document on display to give you an idea of the type of records we hold and how they could help you with your family or local history research.

    Sat 21 September, Tours will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

    Admission: Tours will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Please book your place on the tour in advance by calling 01204 332185 or emailing archives@bolton.gov.uk

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    Heritage Open Day - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Discover more about Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum with a tour of this fantastic building on Saturday 21 September. Join us for a tour of this beautiful building as we celebrate Heritage Open Days. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. HODs are a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep. The tour will include a rare chance to view the attic space where Samuel Crompton allegedly hid the spinning mule during an outbreak of machine-breaking in the late 1700s.

    Sat 21 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and the free tours will take place at 12.15pm, 1pm 2pm and 2.45pm (no need to book).

    Admission: FREE

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    Simon's Story Birthday Fun - Breightmet Library

    Come on down to Breightmet Library for some storytelling fun at our 10th birthday party! From 12pm to 12.45pm you can meet the ‘Rainbow Bird’ and do the ‘animal bop’, listen to fun stories, sing songs and play parachute games. A fun interactive session for young ones and their parents. From 3pm to 3.40pm prepare yourselves for a terrifying storytelling performance of Neil Gaiman's ‘The Wolves in the Walls’. Watch as ‘Simon the Storyteller’ transforms himself into a wolf before your very eyes. But remember ‘If the wolves come out of the walls...it’s all over’.

    Sat 21 September, 12pm to 12.45pm and 3pm to 3.40pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Heritage Open Day - Smithills Hall

    Celebrate Heritage Open Days and explore Smithills Hall with a tour of this magnificent building on Sunday 22 September. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. HODs are a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep. Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. You can stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher, George Marsh, was interrogated by the owner of the estate, Robert Barton. Marsh was later burned at the stake because of his faith. Legend has it that as George Marsh was being led from the Hall he stamped his foot on the flagstone, leaving a mark that has remained there ever since as a declaration of his steadfast faith.

    Sun 22 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and the free tours will take place at 12:30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (no need to book).

    Admission: FREE