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    Super Saturdays - Central Library and Museum

    Join us on the last Saturday of every month from 11am - 3.30pm for FREE family activities for the whole family. This month’s theme is Museum Celebrations and here's the programme: Fish Feed: 11am (Aquarium). Playtime: 11.30am - 1.30pm (Art Gallery) Have a go at some Victorian Parlour games and play with toys from the past. Egyptian Festival : 1.30pm - 3pm (Egypt Gallery) Find out how the Ancient Egyptians threw a party! Help to create a massive festival scene and make your own garland to take away. Let's party: 1.30pm - 3pm (Bolton Lives Gallery) Join us as we make decorations for our Street Party. Games and story time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm (Children's Library) Traditional party games and stories.

    Sat 30 May, 11am to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafternoons - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Come along on the first Saturday of every month for free family friendly activities. This month's theme is Tudors and you can dress up in traditional costumes and make pomanders. Activities are from 1pm to 3pm. Suitable for all ages no need to book.

    Sat 06 June, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Alien puppet making - High Street Library

    Create your own alien hand puppet. All day drop in craft, free event and suitable for children ages 4 to 11.

    Sat 30 May, 9am to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • 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 Thu 31 December, Smithills Hall is open Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm and on Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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  • Family events

    Crafternoons - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Come along on the first Saturday of every month for free family friendly activities. This month's theme is Tudors and you can dress up in traditional costumes and make pomanders. Activities are from 1pm to 3pm. Suitable for all ages no need to book.

    Sat 06 June, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE