Summer Holidays at Bolton Library and Museum Services

Bolton LMS Logo with Suns

Summer Holiday Activities at Bolton Library and Museum Services!

Get ready for a fun filled summer holiday with Bolton Library and Museum Services!

We’ve got lots of fantastic activities to keep you and your family entertained across all of our venues.


Bolton Central Library and Museum

Throughout the holidays, Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 3pm there’ll be:

Make It Mondays - Craft Activities

Trail It Tuesdays - Try out a different trail (available all week)

Wild Wednesdays - Look at small creatures, plants and nature

Tabletop Thursdays - Get hands on with objects from our collections

Fishy Film Fridays 11am - Watch a fish feed and see a nature themed film

Super Saturdays - We will have a range of exciting activities for you to join in

Sunday Storytelling - Sessions at 11am and 2pm

There’ll also be Fish Feeds in the Aquarium at 2.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Smithills Hall

Bug hunt girl with net


Come along and join in with activities at Smithills Hall. There’ll be Bug Hunts, Worm Whispering and the opportunity to find out more about objects from the Museum’s collections.

For some events you may need to book so watch out for more details.

Farnworth and Horwich Libraries

Library users in Farnworth and Horwich will be able to visit pop-up libraries while both buildings are temporarily closed.

Children can also join in summer holiday activities, sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge and collect their stickers, certificate, and a medal.

Horwich's Pop-Up Library will be at Horwich Community Centre, Beaumont Rd, BL6 7BG on:

Mondays - 9am - 12pm

Tuesdays - 10am - 4pm (Children’s summer activities)

Fridays - 9am - 12pm

Farnworth’s Pop-up Library will be at 14 Brackley Street, BL4 9DR and open on:

Tuesdays - 10am - 4pm

Thursdays - 10am - 4pm (Children’s summer activities)

Saturdays - 10am - 4pm

Curious Critters at Bolton Libraries

Come along and have the chance to handle and find out more about exotic animals, reptiles and creepy crawlies.

Wednesday 4th August 11am - Breightmet Library     

Thursday 5th August 10am - Little Lever Library

Monday 9th August 3pm - High Street Library

Tuesday 17th August 2pm – Harwood Library

Thursday 19th August 2pm – Blackrod Library

Friday 20th August 2pm – Central Library

Tuesday 24th August 2pm - Bromley Cross Library

Places are FREE but booking is essential

Book on Eventbrite or contact your local library.

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge 2021Have you joined up the Wild Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021? This year’s theme is a celebration of nature and action for the environment, in partnership with WWF UK.

Plus we’re calling all young writers to enter a special Summer Reading Challenge story competition!

Visit any library in Bolton to sign up for the challenge and find out more about the competition. You can also find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge on the website:

All the events are FREE and no need to book unless otherwise stated. For more information call 01204 332853 or email

Stay in touch

‘Like’ our Facebook pages to get the latest alerts:

Follow us on Twitter to stay in the know:


Follow us on Instagram:


Visit: to sign up to our enewsletter



Published: 20th July 2021