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Library and Museum Services

Regular Events at Westhoughton Library

As well as books, newspapers, reference materials and computers, Westhoughton Library offers its facilities to the community. Be it for regular exhibitions or for sessions with one of the many groups that are based there. All events are free and there's no need to book unless otherwise stated.

Card Making Group
Scrabble Group
Hearing Aid Clinic
Reading Group *
Writing Group *
Tuesday Club (Crafts)
Local History Group*
Craft Group
Baby Stay and Play
Poetry group
Computer Mentor **
Toddler Tales Story Session
Dementia Friendly Session
Children's Craft Club
Day / Time
Mondays 1pm-3pm
Mondays 12:30pm-3pm
2nd Tuesday in month 10am-12pm
One Tuesday a month 1pm-3pm
One Tuesday a month 1pm-3pm
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
1st & 3rd Thursday each month 10am
Last Thursday in month 10:30am-11:30am
Thursdays 1pm-3pm
Last Thursday in month 1pm-3pm
Fridays 10am-11am & 11am-12pm
Fridays 10am-10:30am
3rd Friday in month 11:30am-1pm
1st Saturday in month 10am-12pm
* Ask staff for more details of these groups' meetings | ** Booking required

at Westhoughton Library

FREE Summer Holiday Activities for Children.

Fridays 2:00pm until 3:00pm. Fun and educational sessions.

  • 27th July - 'Dino Day' - Dinosaur themed stories, and some museum objects for children to explore, and we will also be making our very own dinosaur masks.
  • 3rd August - 'Magic and Mischief' - For our next trick - a free magic show at Westhoughton Library - Booking is required for this event, so please speak to staff for details. To accommodate as many people as possible there are two sessions available: 2:00 to 2:30pm & 2:45pm to 3:15pm
  • 10th August - 'Clayhem!' - Let children explore their creative side with this session where we will be telling our own stories using clay. During the session we will use stop motion animation to bring some of these stories to life.
  • 17th August - 'Pirates 'n' Plunder' - Another fun, filled, Fantastic Friday, join us for this pirate themed craft activity.
  • 24th August - 'Dastardly Disguises' - For our final Fantastic Friday we will be mastering the art of disguise as we create our own disguises and make our very own costume flip books.

For more info visit Library or call 01942 634640 | Download Flyer.

New Services, Activities & Events at the Library

Baby Stay and Play – Aimed at parents with children aged 0-2, an interactive story session and singing. After the stories and songs have finished parents and children are encouraged to stay, play, chat with one another. Drinks and biscuits are provided. Last Thursday of each month 10:30am to 11:30am.

'Down Memory Lane' (Dementia-friendly sessions) – Run in collaboration with Age UK, a space for people who suffer from Dementia or are in the early stages to meet. A different activity each month will be run. Third Friday of each month 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Children's Coding Club Fridays 3:00-4:00pm **From 27th July** – summer holiday sessions to help boost children's IT skills and familiarity with computer coding.

Bolton Council One-Stop Shop - following a review and reorganisation, the library is to take on Council services (benefit, housing enquiries, etc.,) previously available at Westhoughton Town Hall. Staff have undergone training, and a new desk and equipment installed, staff will be able to help with enquiries, with more complex matters including Universal Credit dealt with via a direct phone link to the Bolton Centre. The service will operate during existing library opening hours.

Displays & Exhibitions (Upper Floor)

Westhoughton Under Threat of Siege - 2015 Westhoughton Local History Group ExhibitionWesthoughton Library is often used by local groups to stage exhibitions… such as in late 2015 'Westhoughton and the Threat of Siege' by Westhoughton Local History Group, detailing the fascinating story of the growth of Westhoughton through development, from the Salford and Manchester 'overspill period' (1960-63) and beyond - a collection of facts, exhibits and stories from Westhoughton Local History Group; the schemes, the battles, the emergence of S.W.A.N. (Save Westhoughton Act Now), the changing face of the town… and in the autumn of 2017, the 'Aspects of Howfen' exhibition, a major project that profiled the many facets of the Westhoughton's rich industrial, social, cultural, educational and sporting history, with accompanying booklets, one expanding on the exhibition, the other comprising of water-colour paintings illustrating the Westhoughton of yesteryear by Tom Newton MBE.

'Aspects of Howfen' - Westhoughton Historic Timeline commissioned by Westhoughton Local History Group

As part of the exhibition, a new, historic Westhoughton Timeline was unveiled (23/9/17). It is now a permanent feature, promoting Westhoughton's rich heritage and showcasing the dedicated and forensic work of the Local History Group, certainly one of the north west's premier heritage groups.

There are annual art exhibitions in the spring by Westhoughton Art Group, showing off the impressive work of local artists. Wingates Band have a permanent exhibit showcasing their long history, approaching 150 years, upstairs at the library, and will occasionally join the history group for their exhibitions.

There are some fascinating displays, photos, artefacts and models covering local history, clubs and organisations, and the changing face of the town - from mining to cricket to railways to housing estates. Worth a look, and of interest to young and old, whether born here or a newcomer.

Short Courses

Watch out for occasional short courses run in conjunction with Bolton College or learning providers, such as the 4-week Computer Tablets and a Family History. Ask at Library for upcoming courses - or suggest things of interest.

Westhoughton Library
Library Street

Telephone: 01942 634640
E-mail: westhoughton.library@bolton.gov.uk

Website: Bolton Library and Museum Services

Opening Hours
Monday & Friday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday - CLOSED
Saturday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED

Now available a Home Library Service - a free home delivery service for Bolton residents subject to eligibility.

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Community Events

  • Fantastic Fridays
    27 July - 24 Aug (2-3pm)
    Westhoughton Library
    School holiday fun and learning at local library. Series of fun, child-friendly sessions on a Friday afternoon. More info.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors'
    Sat, 25 Aug (10am-12pm)
    Chance to visit church last Saturday of month for coffee, chat, contemplation. Learn about community facility plans and concert series. Book stall. Local History Group to exhibit looking for contributions to their Westhoughton After WWI project info.
  • HACFRA Funday
    Sat, 25 Aug (11am-4pm)
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Join Hindleys and Clough Farm Residents Association for a day of family fun as HACFRA invite you to their Summer Funday! Giant slide sporting activities; stalls… name the teddy raffles, tombolas, hot food.
  • Howfenbury
    Sat 25 Aug (12-8)
    White Lion Car Park, Bolton Road (BL5 3AN)
    Free music event from Howfen Radio/Holt Breweries! Day of live performances: local talent, singers, dancers, bands… Kids attractions/activities.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 29 Aug (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Back from appearance at Royal Albert Hall before Queen. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 30 Aug (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • Flower, Fruit & Veg Show
    Sun 2 Sept (2-4pm)
    Daisy Hill Cricket Club (BL5 2EB)
    Organised by Daisy Hill in Bloom, local residents show off their horticultural expertise and exploits. Various classes. Entries welcome on the day.
  • Eatock Lodge Family Funday
    Sun 2 Sept (12-4)
    Popular event at Eatock Lodge (Local Nature Reserve) with Lancashire Wildlife Trust providing educational activities, nature themes and attractions. Family fun in a beautiful setting.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 28 Aug (9:30-11:00am)
    WH Market: Thurs 6 Sept (12-1pm)
    Information about
  • Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show
    6th Fund Dog Show took place on Central Park (16/6) with its mix of competition, stalls, attractions. Very good turn out… £2,030 raised, with £550 each going to chosen animal charities - Care For The Paw, Dogs Trust Merseyside, Harley's Heroes and Rochdale Dog Rescue.
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Meeting Sundays from 10am, volunteer group undertake clean-up and ambient improvement work at Westhoughton Station benefiting local commuters. Excellent progress. All welcome.
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • Hope Community Centre
    Central Drive
    Updated programme. Group activities and events; available for hire for community groups - also parties. 'Grub tub' available for Foodbank donations - 9:30am to 3pm on Mondays.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:30pm
    Hope Centre (Central Drive) BL5 3DS
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. Updated programme.
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