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Local events and venue listings
If you’re looking to do something a little bit different for your next short break or day out, why not visit Bolton?
The events guide for Bolton
The following link takes you to a page filtered for events in or near Bolton. You can also look for restaurants, venues and performers.
A guide to local and national events including family, comedy, music, sports and many more
Where Can We Go?
The following link takes you to a page filtered for events in or near Bolton
24 Hour Museum
The place to go for up to date news and events happening in UK museums
Darwin 200 is a national programme of events celebrating Charles
Darwin’s scientific ideas and their impact around his two hundredth
birthday on 12 February 2009
A comprehensive guide to British events, days out and attractions
A family friendly guide to exhibitions and events at venues in and around Manchester
And don't forget ...
... to check our own What's on listings page for the latest events and exhibitions at Bolton Museum and Archive Services
Attractions in and around Bolton
Rivington PikeThe Rivington area is breathtakingly beautiful and a rich source of interest and recreation for many people.
Our 670-seat theatre and function rooms are set within Bolton’s famous town hall right in the heart of town.
Octagon productions continue to break box office targets, win audience and critical acclaim, receive awards and plaudits, and tour nationally.
This small, picturesque village was created as a model community during the Industrial Revolution.
West Pennine Moors
The West Pennine Moors is an area of approximately 90 square miles of moorland and reservoir scenery, located in Lancashire, between the towns of Chorley, Bolton, Horwich, Ramsbottom, Haslingden, Oswaldtwistle and Darwen.
Home to Bolton Wanderers
Smithills Open Farm
Set in the vast open countryside of Smithills Country Park next to the historic Smithills Hall
Moss Bank ParkMoss Bank Park is one of the most popular parks in Bolton and has a number of features that appeal to families.
Bolton related sites
Bolton Archives pages
All the information you need to help you access the archives service located in the Bolton History Centre
Bolton Council Website
Access to all of the council's online services.
Museum and Archive collection search
Search through historic images of old Bolton and of the Museum collections
Bolton Library CatalogueBrowse the catalogue or book online
Bolton Museum Local History pages
Stories from the Museum social history collections
Bolton Remembers the warAn oral history project
Halliwell History SocietyHalliwell Local History Society was formed in 1986 by a group of people who were intent on recording and keeping alive the history of the Halliwell Township.
Find Your Future with Bolton College. We are proud to be one of the North West's largest providers of vocational training and further education and believe our superb faculties, experienced tutors and professional network of support enables us to provide excellent learning opportunities for young people, adults and employers alike.
Bolton Museum Local History pages
Stories from the Museum social history collections
Famous BoltoniansA single-handed attempt to document as many noteworthy Boltonians as possible!
A project documenting local stories and images contributed by Boltonians.
Links in a chain
A site celebrating the lives and achievements of over 540 local men and women who have served their communities as Mayors of Bolton since 1838
On this website you will find details of how to become a member of Horwich Heritage, dates of forthcoming meetings and events, a list of publications available from the society and information about the permanent exhibition and archive at the Heritage Centre.
Manchester, Bolton and Bury canalThe Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal ran from Salford to Prestolee, near Little Lever, from where one arm ran to Bolton and another to Bury.
Contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 1900s to the present day.
Ancestry Library Edition
This is a subscription only site but access is free to History Centre users.
BBC Family history
BBC site on how to start your family history
British Isles Genealogy
Web sources on Family History in the UK and Ireland
Church of The Latter Day Saints
Search site of the LDS (Mormon) Church and a site listing all the Family History Centres run by the Church in the UK.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Search the Debt of Honour Register
Family History Societies
Includes a number of useful online leaflets and contact details for Family History Societies.
Family History Society of Cheshire
Founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy.
Familyrecords.gov.ukThis site, provided by the FamilyRecords.gov.uk consortium, aims to help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research.
Working Class Movement LibraryThe Working Class Movement Library Collection can help family historians. Discover information on occupations and social and working conditions of your ancestors’ lives.
Find My Past
Research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Requires a subscription to access premium services.
Free BMD (Births, Marriages, Deaths)
A site provide free Internet access to transcribed records
Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society
The Society has 14 branches in the Lancashire area
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society
The society was formed in 1964 and is now one of the largest family history societies in the world
Search the online catalogues and lists including the 1901 census Surname Index.
Official UK Statistics
The official UK Statistics Site-information about Civil Registration, Adoption and purchasing certificates
On-Line Parish Clerks Lancashire
Genealogical resources with searchable databases and much more.
WorldgenwebVoluntary based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access
Queen’s Lancashire Regiment
Fusiliers Museum, Burywww.fusiliersmuseum-lancashire.org.uk
Browse photographs taken in Bolton by Humphrey Spender, and view related material from the Mass Observation.
The official Mass Observation siteUp to date information about the archive.
Greater Manchester County Records Office
Scroll down the home page find links to more resources
Lancashire Records Office
Looks after historic documents relating to the county from about 1115 to the present day
Manchester Council WebsiteManchester Council's online services
North West Film ArchiveThe North West Film Archive is the professionally recognised public home for the moving image heritage of the North West of England.
Labour History Archive & Study CentreThe Labour History Archives and Study Centre is the main specialist repository for research into the political wing of the labour movement.
Museums in Greater Manchester and Lancashire
We will take you on a journey through the ages, from the present day right back to the early Romans and beyond.
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is an important regional museum which holds exciting collections including fine art, decorative art, costume and textiles, history and photography.
Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages
Touchstones Rochdale is the award winning Arts and Heritage Centre with something special for everyone.
Astley Hall is one of the most significant buildings in the North West
First opened in its present building in 1888, the Museum has been at the heart of the University of Manchester for over a century.
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
MOSI’s amazing galleries and outstanding collections tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future.
Manchester Art Gallery
Thier collection is made up of fine art and decorative art. Most famous for Pre-Raphaelite paintings but all periods
are covered, from ancient pottery to contemporary art.
Urbis is an exhibition centre about city life.
Greater Manchester Museum of Transport
Take a trip back in time as you wander through one of Britain’s biggest collection of restored trams, buses and coaches.
Sandwiched between Manchester Fort and the vibrant city centre, Manchester Jewish Museum is a hidden treasure.
The Lowry houses two main theatres and studio space for performing arts and gallery spaces showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions.
Manchester Cathedral Visitor and Conference Centre
The Centre houses an multimedia exhibition with four touch screen monitors and a talking portrait attraction.
With the popular permanent attractions of The Victorian Gallery and Lark Hill Place there is always something for everyone at Salford Museum and Art Gallery,
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal estate
One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites
Greater Manchester Museum of Police
Imagine stepping back in time to a Victorian Manchester, not the city of commerce and corporate splendour but a hidden city of gas lamps and narrow alleys, of slums and unruly alehouses.
Imperial War Museum North
One of the most talked about Museums in Britain today
Bolton Steam Museum
The largest collection of working mill steam engines in the UK
Lancashire Museums Service
Discover the stories behind a county full of history. Whatever your interest, Lancashire’s treasures within the museums service will capture your imagination.
This museum is dedicated to the Roman history of Bremetennaam Veteranorum, the Roman name for Ribchester, and the Ribble Valley.
Fleetwood Museum is based at Queens Terrace, overlooking Morecambe Bay. The museum gives a fascinating insight into a town which has been popular since Victorian times.
The Museum of Hatting is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry and headwear.
Manchester United Museum & Tour
Manchester United is the world’s most famous football club and the award winning museum at Old Trafford hosts over 230,000 visitors a year.
Whitworth Art Gallery
Home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.
Historic Houses in Greater Manchester and Lancashire
Originally built during Tudor times, and altered and extended during Stuart and Victorian times - Turton Tower now stands as it was in 1850.
Port Sunlight Village
The Port Sunlight Village Trust has produced this website to provide visitors with an overview of Port Sunlight Village and the work of the Trust.
Eight hundred years of history can be explored and discovered at Ordsall Hall Museum: Salford's stunning Grade I listed Tudor mansion.
Lytham Hall is one of the finest Georgian houses in the North West of England. It has Grade 1 listed status and its parkland is also registered with English Heritage.
Discover the background to this magnificent country house, once the seat of the Egerton family.
Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Adlington Hall is one of the most beautiful country homes in the UK, with a lineage dating back almost seven centuries.
Seven Acres Country Park
Seven Acres Country Park is a local nature reserve in Breightmet, Bolton. Bradshaw Brook runs through the valley which is surrounded by trees, fields, hedgerows, ponds and lodges.
Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Based in Burscough, Lancashire, is home to over 100 species of rare and endangered ducks, geese, swans, flamingos and beavers.
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
We are the only conservation charity working to protect wildlife in town, countryside and in the rivers and seas throughout our region.
North Lancashire Naturalists Group
A local branch of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire.
FenscoreFederation for Natural Sciences Collections Research is a Manchester University hosted site that has detailed info on Bolton Museum’s natural history collection
UK museum bodies and collections resources
The Museums Association represents the people and institutions constituting Britain's museums and galleries...
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
Leading strategically, the MLA promotes best practice in museums, libraries and archives, to inspire innovative, integrated and sustainable services for all.
Our aim is to improve the quality of life by ensuring that cultural collections are available for use and enjoyment by everyone, now and for the future.
Collections Link is a collaboration of more than 20 national professional groups, bodies and associations who are responsible for providing advice and support to museums, archives, libraries and other collections-holding organisations.
Online database of information about more than 6,000 collections in the UK's museums, galleries, archives and libraries.
The Art Fund
The Art Fund is an independent charity committed to saving art for everyone to enjoy.