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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

  • Adult events

    Computers for beginners - High Street Library

    Bolton College will be running a four week course to help you get the most from your computer. The free course will run every Monday from 9.30am to 12pm from 13 June to 4 July.

    Mon 13 June to Mon 04 July, 9.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: To book your free place call High Street Library on 01204 332358.

  • 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

  • Family events

    Garden Party - Smithills Hall

    Come along to our summer Garden Party at Smithills Hall on Sunday 24 July, 12pm to 4pm. This year’s fantastic attractions and entertainment includes: Smithills Open Farm, Little Voices workshops based on Roald Dahl’s BFG and they will be performing songs from the West End and Broadway shows, Live Music, Bolton FM, Craft and food stalls. Hope to see you there!

    Sun 24 July, 12pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Battle of the Somme film screening and talk by Historian Steve Williams - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. As part of the commemorations Imperial War Museums and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show UNESCO listed film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ to audiences across the world. Bolton Central Library will be taking part in this nationwide project and will be screening the film on Friday 1 July. At the screening Chorley based WW1 historian and author, Steve Williams, will talk about ‘Bolton men on the Somme, 1 July 1916’. Hundreds of men from Bolton and the local area fought and died during the battle. Steve will present an illustrated talk about a few of the men who witnessed some of the worse carnage in the history of the British Army.

    Fri 01 July, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    A lunchtime of crime, coffee and cake - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come and meet Shari Lapena who will be discussing her debut crime novel, ‘The Couple Next Door’. Light refreshments will be available including cake. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed copy of Shari's book. Book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-lunchtime-of-crime-coffee-and-cake-with-shari-lapena-tickets-25904104875 or call 01204 332211.

    Wed 20 July, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Blakrod Art Group's annual exhibition - Blackrod Library

    Blackrod Art Group’s annual Art Exhibition is now on display at Blackrod Library until Thursday July 14. The exhibition is open during the library’s opening hours. All artwork is for sale.

    Thu 09 June to Thu 14 July, Mondays 9am to 7pm, Thursdays 9am to 7pm and Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings - Mr Holmes - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Mr Holmes'. 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 13 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Capture the Flag - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Capture the Flag' 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 09 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with subtitles - Pearl Harbour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch Oscar-winning war film 'Pearl Harbor' with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. The film is directed by Michael Bay and stars Ben Affleck. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 27 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Blackrod Scarecrow Festival - Blackrod Library

    Come along and visit Blackrod Library as it celebrates the 10th annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. During the weekend at the library there will be children’s craft activities and take a look at the Art Group’s art exhibition. Also what will the library’s scarecrow be this year? The library will be open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The festival will take place from 10am to 7pm on both days.

    Sat 02 July to Sun 03 July, 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Into the light: A celebration of Westhoughton lives

    Are you a budding writer or poet? Writer Julie McKiernan will be leading three workshops where you can showcase your talent. The theme of the writing workshops will be about celebrating the lives of people in Westhoughton. Julie will help you draft your ideas, improve your writing skills and help you prepare your finished piece ready for performance or publication. You will have chance to write a 500 word story or 40 word poem. The workshops, suitable for age 16+, will take place at Westhoughton Library, 10am to 12pm on: Friday 8 July, Friday 15 July and Friday 22 July To book your free place on the workshops call 01942 634640.

    Fri 08 July to Fri 22 July, Each workshop will run from 10am to 12pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet the author of ‘Viking Voices’ Paul Atherton - Blackrod Library

    Come along to Blackrod Local History Group’s meeting and listen to Paul’s talk about his exciting historical novel 'Viking Voices'. Copies of Paul’s book will be on sale. £1 admission including refreshments.

    Thu 21 July, 2.30pm

    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

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery Allsorts Art exhibition - Harwood Library

    For the month of July Harwood Library's gallery will feature an exhibition of art work by Susan Richardson. Also there will be a 'Jungle Mania' colouring competition for children aged 6 to 12. All works are for sale.

    Fri 01 July to Sun 31 July, The exhibition is open when Harwood Library is.

    Admission: FREE

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