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    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly group for babies and their families at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Using the services’ collections and resources to inspire creative play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 5 July, Tuesday 19 July, Tuesday 2 August, Tuesday 16 August, Tuesday 30 August, Tuesday 13 September and Tuesday 27 September.

    Tue 05 July to Tue 27 September, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Carers' Support - Horwich Library

    Drop in session at Horwich Library, providing information and support to carers over the age of 18. The session will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, 1pm to 3pm.

    Wed 02 March to Wed 07 December, The session will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, 1pm to 3pm.

    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 24 September, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    We are Bolton exhibition - Bolton Museum

    The 'We are Bolton' exhibition opens on Saturday 4 June and is a celebration of the people and places of Bolton. In 2015, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick, invited photography students from the University of Bolton to go out and capture images which they thought reflected something important about Bolton now. The exhibition presents the results of that commission. The exhibition will also feature photographs from the museum collection including celebrated names such as Humphrey Spender, John McDonald and Caroline Edge. Check out: http://wearebolton.co.uk/

    Sat 04 June to Fri 30 September, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    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

  • Adult events

    Talk by Scott Carter-Clavell on the Centenary of the Zeppelin Raid on Bolton - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    To commemorate the Centenary of the Zeppelin Raid on 25 September 1916 on Bolton we have invited author Scott Carter-Clavell to tell us more about the events that happened that night. Scott has written a book 'The First Air Raid on Lancashire: The Zeppelin Menace' about the raid in Bolton which culminated in thirteen people losing their lives, and destroying six houses.

    Fri 23 September, 1pm

    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 31 March, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Fishy Friday Fun - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Share a story with your fishy friends in the aquarium. This includes a craft activity and fish feeding! This is a 4 week course suitable for ages 2 ½ - 5 years. Book your place at the Museum reception desk, or call 01204 482566 or email familylearning@boltoncc.ac.uk

    Fri 09 September to Fri 30 September, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery: John Booth's illustrations - Harwood Library

    For the month of September 2016 the Gallery will feature an exhibition of illustrations, cartoons and anthromorphic art by local artist John Booth. All artwork is for sale.

    Thu 01 September to Fri 30 September, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent Goosebumps - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Goosebumps’ 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 10 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Dad's Army - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Dad's Army'. 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 14 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with English subtitles The Call - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We will be screening the film 'The Call' with English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing in the Central Library Lecture Theatre.

    Wed 28 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Heritage Open Days - Bolton's Historic Halls

    The Hall i’ th’ Wood 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.

    Sat 10 September, 12pm to 4pm (Tours at 1pm and 3pm)

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Heritage Open Days - Smithills Hall

    The Friends of Smithills Hall will be stewarding and you can stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher, George Marsh, was interrogated by the owner of the estate, Robert Barton. Marsh was later burned at the stake because of his faith. Legend has it that as George Marsh was being led from the Hall he stamped his foot on the flagstone, leaving a mark that has remained there ever since as a declaration of his steadfast faith.

    Sun 11 September, 12pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Shakespearian Murder Mystery Evening

    Join murder maestros ‘Highly Suspect’ for a Shakespearian inspired interactive murder mystery. Booking required.

    Thu 15 September, 6pm to 8pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • Family events

    Heritage Open Days - Bolton's Historic Halls

    The Hall i’ th’ Wood 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.

    Sat 10 September, 12pm to 4pm (Tours at 1pm and 3pm)

    Admission: FREE