Bolton Library and Museum Services

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  • Exhibitions

    The Smithills Hall Story exhibition - Smithills Hall

    This fantastic new exhibition will tell the story of Smithills Hall through the ages and the people who lived and worked there. Smithills Hall has been the centre of local life for over 700 years. The new exhibition spaces have been put together with the help of The Friends of Smithills Hall. The exhibition will introduce you to some of the powerful families who owned the house and estate over the centuries, but also the lives of the servants who worked behind the scenes. Pictured is Colonel Ainsworth with his family and workers. The Ainsworth family owned Smithills Hall in the 1800s. Come along and see the new addition to the hall.

    Thu 28 May to Fri 29 April, Smithills Hall is open Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

    Admission: Free

  • Family events

    Smithills Hall Tea Room - Smithills Hall

    Fab news - a new pop-up tea room is now open at Smithills Hall, offering afternoon tea, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and ice cream. The new venture will be managed by family-run SM Restaurants (North West) Ltd, who are already well-established in the borough with a number of restaurants: San Marco and The Willows in Blackrod; Café Italia on Moss Bank Way and La Roma Restaurant in Stoneclough. The tea room, which will be named Smithills Tea Room, will be situated in the existing shop area of the hall and will be able to seat 40 people. As well as a full range of food and beverages to enjoy inside the tea room, visitors will also be able to purchase take away options and enjoy a stroll around the grounds or the surrounding area. Smithills Hall is open Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and on Sundays noon to 4pm. The tea room will be open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

    Mon 13 July to Wed 13 January, 10am to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Tiddler Tuesday fun - Bolton Aquarium

    Share a story with your fishy friends in the aquarium. This includes a craft activity and fish feeding! This is a 4 week course which is run in partnership with Bolton College, from 8 September to 29 September, suitable for ages 2 ½ - 5 years. Book your place at the Museum or Children’s Library reception desk or email

    Tue 08 September to Tue 29 September, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Linwood Barclay - Author Visit - Bolton Central Library

    Crime writer and master of the page turner Linwood Barclay is coming to Bolton Central Library to promote his latest book 'Broken Promise' Join us for this exciting and free event! Signed copies of the book will be available to buy at the event. Light refreshments available. No need to book.

    Fri 11 September, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • Family events

    Heritage Open Day - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Join us and celebrate Heritage Open Days at Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum on Saturday 12 September. Admission to the hall is free and open 12pm to 4pm. Hall i’ th’ Wood’s 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. You can also enjoy a free tour of Smithills Hall on Sunday 13 September, 12 noon to 4pm.

    Sat 12 September, 12 noon to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafternoons - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Come along to Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum, on the first Saturday of every month for free family friendly activities. This month our theme is the ‘Gruffalo’.

    Sat 05 September, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE