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    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 3pm and on Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

    Admission: Adults - £3, Children/ Concessions - £2.00, Family - £8.00 (2 adults and 2 children). Under 5s FREE

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    Blackrod Art exhibition - Blackrod Library

    Annual art exhibition by Blackrod Art Group at Blackrod Library. Many of the paintings are on sale.

    Sat 06 June to Thu 16 July, 9.15am - 7.30pm Monday and Thursday, 9am - 12.30pm Saturday.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Blackrod Scarecrow Weekend - Blackrod Library

    It's Blackrod's 9th Scarecrow festival - there's lots to see and do for all the family throughout the weekend. Come along and see our scarecrow at Blackrod Library. We will also have craft sessions and an art exhibition.

    Sat 04 July, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafternoons - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Join us on the first Saturday of every month for FREE family friendly craft activities. This month we will be having fun with wool. Suitable for all ages and no need to book.

    Sat 04 July, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Super Saturday - Ancient History - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    See what you can discover about ancient history at our Super Saturday as we celebrate 'Festival of Archaeology'. Our FREE Super Saturdays are on the last Saturday of every month, a day of themed family friendly activities. Fish Feed: 11am (Aquarium) Create your own Roman chariot: 11.30am - 1pm (Bolton Lives Gallery) See some Roman objects from our Museum collection and make your own model chariot. Ancient History artefacts: 12.30pm - 1pm & 2pm - 2.30pm (Egypt Gallery) Handle Greek and Roman weapons and armour. You can also dress up in ancient history costumes. Archaeological dig: 12.30pm - 2pm (Learning Studio 1) Get your spade ready and dig deep to find all the missing pieces to complete the puzzle. Mythical mask making: 1.30pm - 3pm (Bolton Lives Gallery) Create a Medusa or Minotaur mythical mask. Myths story session: 3pm - 3.30pm (Egypt Gallery) Our Greek warrior will be visiting to tell you a few myths.

    Sat 25 July, 11am to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • Family events

    Crafternoons - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Join us on the first Saturday of every month for FREE family friendly craft activities. This month we will be having fun with wool. Suitable for all ages and no need to book.

    Sat 04 July, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE