Bolton Library and Museum Services

Summer holiday August September activities

Coding Club

Bolton Central Library, every Monday until 21 August, 10am to 11am

Learn basic coding skills at Bolton Central Library this summer. Use creativity and problem solving to create your own animations and games. The weekly sessions will be every Monday, 10am to 11am, until 21 August. The sessions are suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Please call 01204 332211 to book your free place.

Wild summer crafts

Breightmet Library, until Saturday 2 September, 10am to 12pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 10am to 2pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Take a walk on the wild side at Breightmet Library as we celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge with six weeks of FREE craft fun for all the family. We’ll be doing a different animal-themed craft every week, so whether you’re making amazing animal puppets, giant bugs, brilliant bracelets, doing awesome origami, or designing a fabulous shopping bag for this year’s Food and Drink Festival, there’s definitely something for everyone at Breightmet Library this summer. No need to book, just drop in.

Puzzle Tuesday

High Street Library, until Tuesday 29 August, 12.30pm to 5.30pm

Every Tuesday during the summer holidays come along and have a go at a selection of puzzle competitions, ranging from crosswords and anagrams to treasure hunts and codes. 

School holiday activities

Bolton Central Library and Museum, until Saturday 2 September

During the school holidays, there will be fish feeds at 1pm every Tuesday and Thursday.

We will also have an activity session from 1.30pm - 3pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Suitable for ages 4 - 11.

Summer Reading Challenge sessions

Farnworth Library, until Tuesday 29 August, 2pm to 3pm

Come along each Tuesday until 29 August, 2pm to 3pm for Summer Reading Challenge activity sessions. Suitable for children aged 3 and above.

Code Club

Westhoughton Library, until Thursday 24 August, 3pm to 4pm

Learn some basic coding skills at Westhoughton Library this summer. Use creativity and problem solving to create your own animations and games. The weekly sessions will be every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, starting 27 July and ending on 24 August. The sessions are suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Please call 01942 634640 to book a place.

Fantastic Fridays

Westhoughton Library, until Friday 25 August, 2pm to 3pm

Join us each Friday until 25 August, 2pm to 3pm for animal themed stories and crafts.

Fantastic Fridays

Smithills Hall, until 25 August, 2pm to 3pm

Join us each Friday from 4 August to 25 August, 2pm to 3pm for fantastic activity sessions.

Please book children’s places on Eventbrite (children must be accompanied by an adult) or call 01204 332853:

Battleships

High Street Library, Thursday 3 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Come along and take part in a giant game of Battleship then create your own version to play with your friends.

Animal handling session with Lion Learners

Westhoughton Library, Friday 4 August, 2pm to 3pm 

Lion Learners Educational Experiences will be bringing real life animals to Westhoughton Library this summer as part of the Animal Agents' Summer Reading Challenge.

You’ll get to meet Animal Agent ‘Daisy Rabbit’ with her acute sense of hearing, and ‘Slip and Slide’ the snakes whose super sense of smell means they can track down any mouse, or man!  Come along to help these fantastic detectives solve the problems which our other animals are facing.

As we read through the books you’ll meet some remarkable reptiles and marvellous mega-minibeasts!

Summer Reading Challenge Crafternoon

Horwich Library, Saturday 5 August, 2pm to 4pm

This month’s crafternoon session theme is the Animal Agent Summer Reading Challenge. Come along and make a bookmark to take home.

Cinema at High Street Library -Trolls

High Street Library, Saturday 5 August, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

High Street Library will be turned into a cinema for the afternoon so come along and watch family film ‘Trolls’. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Robo-Rabbit craft session

High Street Library, Monday 7 August, 9am to 7pm drop in session

Make your own half rabbit, half robot secret agent with a customised gadget arm band.

Animal handling session with Lion Learners

Horwich Library, Thursday 10 August, 2pm to 3pm and spider craft session, 3pm to 4pm 

Lion Learners Educational Experiences will be bringing real life animals to Horwich Library this summer as part of the Animal Agents' Summer Reading Challenge.

You’ll get to meet Animal Agent ‘Daisy Rabbit’ with her acute sense of hearing, and ‘Slip and Slide’ the snakes whose super sense of smell means they can track down any mouse, or man!  Come along to help these fantastic detectives solve the problems which our other animals are facing.

As we read through the books you’ll meet some remarkable reptiles and marvellous mega-minibeasts. Plus from 3pm to 4pm you can make a spindly spider to take home and scare your friends.

Amazing mazes!

High Street Library, Thursday 10 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Make your own maze tray complete with traps. Roll the foil covered chocolate ball around the maze avoiding the obstacles until you reach the end. Eat the chocolate or start again!

Adventures on the High Seas!

Bromley Cross Library, Thursday 10 August, 5pm to 6pm

Come along to Bromley Cross Library for our pirate and mermaid themed event. Sing pirate shanties, make an eye patch and sword. Try a bit of swashbuckling with your handmade sword, even walk the plank while beautiful mermaids can make swirly mermaids and starfish wands! Listen to tales of the sea and be swept along on our high seas! Suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

To book your place please call Bromley Cross Library on 01204 332354.

Egypt Talks – Mummification and Bolton

Bolton Central Library and Museum, Saturday 12 August, 1pm

Join us for the first in a series of 12 talks which celebrate all things Ancient Egyptian. This month hear Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley uncover the fascinating and sacred process of mummification.

Stand up Harry Potter!

High Street Library, Saturday 12 August, 2.15pm to 3pm

Listen to an extract from a Harry Potter book and then create your own cut out card Harry Potter character.

Do the Write Thing!

High Street Library, Monday 14 August, 9am to 7pm drop in session

We will give you the first few lines of a story that puts your character in a perilous situation. Can you write your character a path to freedom? Finish your book by illustrating your adventure. 

What Animal Agent?

High Street Library, Thursday 17 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Disguise the true identity of your Animal Agent with the help of our accessories.

Fantastic Mr Fox mask making

Horwich Library, Friday 18 August, 11am to 12pm

Roald Dahl’s classic ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ is our inspiration for our fox mask making craft session.

Cinema at High Street Library - Finding Dory

High Street Library, Saturday 19 August, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

High Street Library will be turned into a cinema for the afternoon so come along and watch family film ‘Finding Dory’. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Rice, Paper, Sushi…

High Street Library, Monday 21 August, 9am to 7pm drop in session

Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival is fast approaching! Design your own version of ‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ - which food will beat which? 

Craft a paper Pizza

High Street Library, Thursday 24 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Make your own paper pizza from our crafty paper ingredients.

Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival

Bolton Central Library and Museum, Friday 25 August to Mon 28 August

As part of Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival we’ve got a fantastic programme of children’s activities. Watch out for details on our website www.boltonlams.co.uk

Join in crafts like ‘Bling up your Pumps’ to create your own trainers, watch the Peter Rabbit experience with storytelling and food tasting from Mr McGregor’s garden. Please visit Eventbrite to book. 

The Museum will be putting on extra special drop in activities in Crompton Place so why not try your hand at making a spoon mummy, badge making and a toys session.

The Octagon are turning the theatre into a magical train platform. Arriving at Platform 50 you’ll embark on an adventure into the best-loved train stories.

Ancient Egypt is also one of the destinations, complete with River Nile,visitors can play in the desert or immerse themselves in the land of the Pharaohs’ uncovering hieroglyphics, building pyramids and even encountering a mummy or two!

Model Food

High Street Library, Saturday 26 August, 2.15pm to 3pm

Take some clay and make what food-like creations will you come up with!

Chatterbox

High Street Library, Thursday 31 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Make your own spy themed chatterbox. Then help the group design, colour and make a giant chatterbox.

Cinema at High Street Library - Storks

High Street Library, Saturday 2 September, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

High Street Library will be turned into a cinema for the afternoon so come along and watch family film ‘Storks’. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.