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    Bollywood Film Screenings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our new Bollywood film screenings on: 29 November 27 December 31 January 28 February 28 March Free event, suitable for age 16+ and no need to book.

    Thu 29 November to Thu 28 March, Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Children's games session - Westhoughton Library

    Enjoy games with friends or parents after school. There’s a great selection of games to play! The free sessions will then take place every Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm and no need to book.

    Tue 12 February to Tue 30 April, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • Family events

    Bollywood Film Screenings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our new Bollywood film screenings on: 29 November 27 December 31 January 28 February 28 March Free event, suitable for age 16+ and no need to book.

    Thu 29 November to Thu 28 March, Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's games session - Westhoughton Library

    Enjoy games with friends or parents after school. There’s a great selection of games to play! The free sessions will then take place every Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm and no need to book.

    Tue 12 February to Tue 30 April, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Stories and song Saturdays - Breightmet Library

    Free storytelling sessions to enhance the fun and joy of stories for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 16 February to Sat 28 December, 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Try your hand at Canasta - Horwich Library

    Come and give this classic card game a go every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at Horwich Library.

    Wed 27 February to Wed 26 June, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery - watercolours by Angela Payne - Harwood Library

    For the month of March there will be an exhibition of paintings in watercolours by local artist Angela Payne. All the works are for sale. The gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Fri 01 March to Sun 31 March, The gallery is oen during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Junior reading buddies' session - Westhoughton Library

    Practice your reading skills with our friendly library staff. These sessions are suitable for children just beginning to read and primary school children who need some help and encouragement with their reading. Bring your school reading book or choose one from the library. The free drop in sessions will take place every Monday 4pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 11.30am.

    Mon 04 March to Mon 08 July, Every Monday 4pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Down Memory Lane - reminiscence group - Bolton Central Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Bolton Central Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm. For more information contact Bolton Central Library on 01204 332853 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Wed 06 March to Wed 04 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Tai Chi - Westhoughton Library

    Join Age UK’s Tai Chi sessions at Westhoughton Library. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise but you can also work up to more challenging moves. The free fortnightly sessions will take place on a Monday starting from 11 March, from 12pm to 12.45pm. If you have any queries please contact Westhoughton Library on 01942 634640.

    Mon 11 March to Mon 22 July, 12pm to 12.45pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Library gets lively! - Westhoughton Library

    Library gets lively is a fun interactive session for parents and carers to share with their children, with a good mix of stories, rhymes, songs and a themed craft. The drop in sessions are aimed at under 5's but all children are welcome to attend. Enjoying these library sessions will help children develop an early love of language, rhymes and songs, which build a firm foundation for learning to read.

    Mon 11 March to Mon 08 July, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

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    Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories in Bolton - Bolton Museum

    Same-sex love, desire and gender diversity are an integral part of human experience. The way they have been expressed culturally has varied widely globally and over time. Based upon Professor Richard Parkinson’s award-winning book, ‘A Little Gay History’, this exhibition offers glimpses into the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning) experience through the British Museum’s collection. This exhibition also showcases Bolton’s LGBTQ history, personal stories and is the only Northern venue to host this touring collection from the British Museum.

    Fri 15 March to Sun 26 May, Mon, Tue, Thur and Fri 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Garden Party craft stall invite - Smithills Hall

    Crafters are you ready for the 2019 Smithills Hall Garden Party! This year’s Smithills Hall Garden Party* will take place on Sunday 7 July, 12pm to 4pm. We invite you to come along to showcase and sell your craft goods and local produce. This event is the biggest in Smithills Hall’s calendar and last year attracted nearly 2,000 visitors. Please note that in order to sell items on your stall you must have public liability insurance. Commercial stalls are £20 per person and Charity stalls are £10 per person. Each stall will have a trestle table (approx. 6ft by 3ft) and 2 chairs. Please note that if you wish to use a gazebo, you will need to provide your own as we do not have gazebos to hire at the hall. Please email maureen.lewiscoker@bolton.gov.uk with expressions of interest and details of your stall (please provide images) by Monday 22 April. We will be in touch week from commencing Monday 29 April to confirm stall bookings. If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact Maureen. *Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NP. Tel: 01204 332812.

    Wed 20 March to Mon 22 April,

    Admission: Craft stalls £20 and Charity stalls £10.

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    Paper Wreaths and Prosecco with Pocket Wren - Bolton Museum

    Love flowers but not green fingered? Come and join Bolton based artist Helen Naylor to learn the skills you need to make a beautiful everlasting floral wreath. Spend a relaxing session switching off the outside world whilst learning new skills to create something beautiful from the simplest of materials; the humble sheet of paper. You will make a beautiful paper floral wreath. Enjoy a glass of prosecco while you create! This workshop costs £30 and includes tuition, materials and light refreshments.

    Mon 25 March, 6.30pm to 9pm

    Admission: £30 please book on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paper-wreaths-and-prosecco-with-pocket-wren-tickets-56589879854

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    Silver Screenings - Ocean's 8 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch American heist comedy film ‘Ocean’s 8’ with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 27 March, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Friends Against Scams talk - Horwich Library

    Join us for a free talk which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming the victims of scams by empowering communities.

    Fri 29 March, 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    NHS Trainers - Westhoughton Library

    Would you like to have a healthier lifestyle? Pop down to see the NHS Health Trainers at Westhoughton Library for some top tips! The NHS Health Trainers will be here from 9am to 2pm to take your blood pressure and discuss ways to eat healthily, stop smoking and cut down on alcohol.

    Tue 09 April, 9am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton’s Egypt: The Making of a Museum - Bolton Museum

    Explore Egyptology with our guest speakers! Our first talk is by Ian Trumble, Bolton Museum’s Collection Access Officer. Ian will be giving an insight into the Bolton Museum’s history of the Egyptian collection. In 1884 Bolton opened its first museum, ‘The Chadwick’ named after its principle benefactor. Although founded as a Natural History museum, it wasn’t long before it housed collections of Art, Social History, World Cultures and not least of all Egyptology. The collections grew, thanks to the enthusiasm of a local mill owner’s daughter, Annie Barlow, who worked with the Egypt Exploration Society to bring Egypt to Bolton. From mummies to jewellery, and statues to temple columns the collections span several thousand years of history. Over 130 years later, Bolton now has one of the largest and best collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK, that are now newly displayed in Bolton’s Egypt. Tickets cost £5 and please book via Eventbrite.

    Thu 11 April, 7pm

    Admission: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/egyptology-evening-talks-tickets-58512577695

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    Cinema at the Crescent - Sherlock Gnomes - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for this fantastic family film! Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 13 April, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Easter Holiday Cinema at the Crescent - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    It's the Easter holidays! Come along and watch this great family film. Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Please note that this film screening is instead of the one previously advertised on Wednesday 24 April.

    Wed 17 April, 2pm

    Admission: FREE