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    Westhoughton Poetry Group - Westhoughton Library

    Meet with other poetry enthusiasts in these monthly workshops to develop your own poetry and share with others. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month.

    Thu 30 June to Thu 25 May, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    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 29 September, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    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 September,

    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 Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's Craft Club- Westhoughton Library

    Come along to our new Children's Craft Club on the first Saturday of each month. There will be themed crafts each month for you to make and take home.

    Sat 07 January to Sat 03 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Free iPad Fridays for beginners - Breightmet Library

    New iPad? Unsure of how to use it? Ask staff about our free iPad sessions on the last Friday of each month here at Breightmet Library. Learn in a friendly, patient environment. Booking is essential as places are limited so please call 01204 332352.

    Fri 27 January to Fri 23 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    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 20 July, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Chair based exercise with Age UK - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Chair Based Exercise Help loosen your joints and keep yourself active, healthy and feeling good. Join us every Monday at 2pm starting 30 January for gentle seated exercises to help improve mobility, muscle strength, suppleness and posture. For more information call 01204 37879. Email lucybird@ageukbolton.org.uk or visit ageuk.org.uk/bolton

    Mon 30 January to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    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 fortnightly craft sessions at Horwich Library on a Saturday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm (starting from 11 February).

    Sat 11 February to Sat 22 July, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coding Club - Bolton Central Library

    Join us throughout April in Bolton Central Junior library for a free coding course (Saturday 1 to 29 April). Children will learn how to make their own games and animations using creativity and problem solving skills. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12. To book your place please speak to a member of staff from Bolton Central Library or call 01204 332211.

    Sat 01 April to Sat 29 April, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Cathy's Creations - Harwood Library

    For the month of April 2017 there will be an exhibition of Pets and Wildlife paintings by Cathy Settle. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Sat 01 April to Sun 30 April, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us in discovering books and a world of creativity at our new monthly Sunday Stars session. This month’s theme is Spring and we will be making crowns. Sessions are for children aged 4 to 11 years, but families are very welcome.

    Sun 09 April to Sun 04 June, 2pm to 2.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Garden Party craft stall invite - Smithills Hall

    See details of how to book a stall under photos of last year's fantastic Garden Party.

    Tue 04 April to Fri 12 May,

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Crompton Walk - Smithills Hall

    Please meet at Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, BL1 7NP. Amongst green open spaces and a medieval manor house; huge spinning mills rising above hidden monks settlements and the gurgle of the Astley Brook. If you have any queries please email Suzanne: suzannehindle@hotmail.co.uk

    Sun 30 April, 12pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Book your free place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crompton-walks-smithills-hall-circular-tickets-33400519854

  • Adult events

    Meet Kate Ellis - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Popular crime writer of ingenious who dunnit plots, Kate Ellis, will be talking about her writing and discussing her novel ‘A High Mortality of Doves’. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed of copy of Kate’s book from our independent bookseller Tony Higginson. Light refreshments will be available. Book your free place on Eventbrite or ring 01204 332211.

    Thu 04 May, 2pm

    Admission: Book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-crime-writer-kate-ellis-at-bolton-central-library-tickets-33216514489

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    Dementia Awareness Day - Breightmet Library

    Whether you have dementia or you are a carer, or you are just curious to find out about dementia, come to our awareness day. Discover local services, support groups and have a chat.

    Tue 16 May, 10am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Awesome Origami - Breightmet Library

    Join us for these free fun-packed origami workshops during half term (Tuesday 30 May and Wednesday 31 May). You will be shown how to make original, awesome origami models to take home and wow your friends! Places are limited so please book by calling Breightmet Library on 01204 332353. Suitable for children aged 6 plus.

    Tue 30 May to Wed 31 May, 9am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Mindfulness Workshop - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Mindfulness can be described as choosing and learning to control our focus of attention (mindful awareness) and can help us enjoy life more and improve mental wellbeing. Our lives now can be very busy. Our heads are usually full…..stuck in the past or future, thinking about what we need to do, or going over what we have done. Mindfulness helps us to pay more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. Book your ticket to our free two hour mindfulness workshop on Eventbrite.

    Wed 10 May, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Book your free place on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/WQVE30baa2J

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special Pete's Dragon - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    It’s half – term, watch this fantastic family film! Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 31 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Jack Reacher Never Go Back - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Jack Reacher - Never Go Back'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 10 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Still Learning - Harwood Library

    For the month of May at the Gallery in Harwood there will be an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by June Dootson and Edith Tunstall. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 01 May to Wed 31 May, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Elmer Day! - Breightmet Library

    Come along to our colourful Elmer Day! There will be Elmer stories, an elephant trail, craft fun and songs. Come dressed as colourfully as you can! Suitable for ages 2 to 10. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 24 May, 9.30am

    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

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    Toddler Tales - Breightmet Library

    Join us every Wednesday at 9.30am 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.

    Wed 30 September to Wed 05 July, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Blackrod Library

    Join us every Thursday at 10.30am for free storytelling sessions for children under 5 and their mums, dads and carers. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Thu 01 October to Thu 06 July, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Bromley Cross Library

    Join us every Thursday 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.

    Thu 01 October to Thu 06 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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 07 July, 10am

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library

    Join us every Friday at 11am for free storytelling sessions for children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for under 5s. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Fri 02 October to Fri 07 July, 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    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 05 October to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - High Street 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 05 October to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Saturday Club - Blackrod Library

    Stories, songs and activities perfect for children under 5 and their families. Come along for themed fun every Saturday at 9:30am!

    Sat 12 March to Sat 07 October, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Westhoughton Poetry Group - Westhoughton Library

    Meet with other poetry enthusiasts in these monthly workshops to develop your own poetry and share with others. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month.

    Thu 30 June to Thu 25 May, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Horwich Library

    Horwich Library Toddler Tales sessions are now every Tuesday at 10.30am. Following the Toddler Tales storytelling session join us for Stay and Play where children and their parents can play and have fun together. Both these free sessions are for children under 5 and their mums, dads and carers. No need to book just come along.

    Tue 12 July to Mon 26 June, Tuesdays at 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    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 29 September, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    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 September,

    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 Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's Craft Club- Westhoughton Library

    Come along to our new Children's Craft Club on the first Saturday of each month. There will be themed crafts each month for you to make and take home.

    Sat 07 January to Sat 03 June, 10am to 12pm

    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 20 July, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Free iPad Fridays for beginners - Breightmet Library

    New iPad? Unsure of how to use it? Ask staff about our free iPad sessions on the last Friday of each month here at Breightmet Library. Learn in a friendly, patient environment. Booking is essential as places are limited so please call 01204 332352.

    Fri 27 January to Fri 23 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Chair based exercise with Age UK - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Chair Based Exercise Help loosen your joints and keep yourself active, healthy and feeling good. Join us every Monday at 2pm starting 30 January for gentle seated exercises to help improve mobility, muscle strength, suppleness and posture. For more information call 01204 37879. Email lucybird@ageukbolton.org.uk or visit ageuk.org.uk/bolton

    Mon 30 January to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    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 fortnightly craft sessions at Horwich Library on a Saturday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm (starting from 11 February).

    Sat 11 February to Sat 22 July, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Cathy's Creations - Harwood Library

    For the month of April 2017 there will be an exhibition of Pets and Wildlife paintings by Cathy Settle. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Sat 01 April to Sun 30 April, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Coding Club - Bolton Central Library

    Join us throughout April in Bolton Central Junior library for a free coding course (Saturday 1 to 29 April). Children will learn how to make their own games and animations using creativity and problem solving skills. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12. To book your place please speak to a member of staff from Bolton Central Library or call 01204 332211.

    Sat 01 April to Sat 29 April, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Garden Party craft stall invite - Smithills Hall

    See details of how to book a stall under photos of last year's fantastic Garden Party.

    Tue 04 April to Fri 12 May,

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us in discovering books and a world of creativity at our new monthly Sunday Stars session. This month’s theme is Spring and we will be making crowns. Sessions are for children aged 4 to 11 years, but families are very welcome.

    Sun 09 April to Sun 04 June, 2pm to 2.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Crompton Walk - Smithills Hall

    Please meet at Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, BL1 7NP. Amongst green open spaces and a medieval manor house; huge spinning mills rising above hidden monks settlements and the gurgle of the Astley Brook. If you have any queries please email Suzanne: suzannehindle@hotmail.co.uk

    Sun 30 April, 12pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Book your free place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crompton-walks-smithills-hall-circular-tickets-33400519854

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Still Learning - Harwood Library

    For the month of May at the Gallery in Harwood there will be an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by June Dootson and Edith Tunstall. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 01 May to Wed 31 May, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet Kate Ellis - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Popular crime writer of ingenious who dunnit plots, Kate Ellis, will be talking about her writing and discussing her novel ‘A High Mortality of Doves’. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed of copy of Kate’s book from our independent bookseller Tony Higginson. Light refreshments will be available. Book your free place on Eventbrite or ring 01204 332211.

    Thu 04 May, 2pm

    Admission: Book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-crime-writer-kate-ellis-at-bolton-central-library-tickets-33216514489

  • 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

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Jack Reacher Never Go Back - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Jack Reacher - Never Go Back'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 10 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Mindfulness Workshop - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Mindfulness can be described as choosing and learning to control our focus of attention (mindful awareness) and can help us enjoy life more and improve mental wellbeing. Our lives now can be very busy. Our heads are usually full…..stuck in the past or future, thinking about what we need to do, or going over what we have done. Mindfulness helps us to pay more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. Book your ticket to our free two hour mindfulness workshop on Eventbrite.

    Wed 10 May, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Book your free place on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/WQVE30baa2J

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent Finding Dory - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Finding Dory’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 13 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Dementia Awareness Day - Breightmet Library

    Whether you have dementia or you are a carer, or you are just curious to find out about dementia, come to our awareness day. Discover local services, support groups and have a chat.

    Tue 16 May, 10am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Elmer Day! - Breightmet Library

    Come along to our colourful Elmer Day! There will be Elmer stories, an elephant trail, craft fun and songs. Come dressed as colourfully as you can! Suitable for ages 2 to 10. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 24 May, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Awesome Origami - Breightmet Library

    Join us for these free fun-packed origami workshops during half term (Tuesday 30 May and Wednesday 31 May). You will be shown how to make original, awesome origami models to take home and wow your friends! Places are limited so please book by calling Breightmet Library on 01204 332353. Suitable for children aged 6 plus.

    Tue 30 May to Wed 31 May, 9am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special Pete's Dragon - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    It’s half – term, watch this fantastic family film! Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 31 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE