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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.

Update (10/5/22): after much disruption over the last couple of years including Lockdowns and refurbishment work, Westhoughton Library is now open again for book lending, computer access, reading and limited community activities downstairs.

In late 2021 and into spring of 2022 the library was closed to undergo renovation work to make the Library building more energy efficient; the project included changes to the heating system and windows, and is funded through a national government initiative which provides grants for public sector bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures. The library/building has had issues with its heating system resulting in closure earlier in 2021. To continue some limited services a 'Pop-up' was made available at The Hub, Central Drive - details (Facebook). Additional services such as the eLibrary or Home Library Service are accessible from home for those with smart devices.

Unfortunately, with refurbishment work ongoing including replacement of windows, the upstairs level remains out of action and is inaccessible to the public and will be for some time, such that community group activities based at the library continue (listed below) to be distrupted either displaced or paused.

Information about the Town Centre Regeneration and Refurbishment of Civic Buildings >> here

Activities Programme Westhoughton Library (Currently Lower Floor only [red])

Group Day / Time
Libraries Get Lively Mondays 10am - 11am
Tai Chi Mondays 12pm -12:45pm
Scrabble Group Mondays 13:30pm - 3pm
Card Making Group Mondays 1pm - 3pm
Reading Buddies Mondays 4pm - 5pm
Baby Stay and Play Tuesdays 10am - 11am
Hearing Aid Clinic Tuesday 10:30am - 12:30pm (2nd Tuesday)
Writing Group * Tuesday 1pm - 3pm monthly)
Reading Group * Tuesday 1pm - 3pm (monthly)
Tuesday Club Games, Crafts, Quizzes…) Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm
Children's Tabletop Games Tuesdays 4pm - 5pm
Creative Writing Tuesdays 5-7pm
Local History Group * Thursdays 10am - 12pm (1st & 3rd Thursday)
Thursday Craft Club Thursdays 1pm - 3pm
Poetry Group Thursday 2pm - 3:30pm (last Thursday)
Toddler Tales Story Time Fridays 10:30am - 11:30am
Computer Mentor Sessions ** Fridays 2pm - 3pm & 3pm - 4pm
Saturday Club (Children's Craft activities) Saturday 10am - 12pm (1st Saturday)
Reading Buddies Saturdays 10am - 11:30am
* Ask staff for more details of these groups' meetings | ** Booking required
Call 01942 634640 | Download Schedule

Displays & Exhibitions (Upper Floor)

2019 Art Exhibition at Westhoughton Library opened by Town Mayor Cllr Arthur Price. Westhoughton Library is often used by local groups to stage exhibitions or public events on the upper floor level, for example, Westhoughton Art Group usually hold an an annual art exhibition in the spring featuring the work of local artists who produce work of extraordinary quality in a variety of styles during the weekly arts classes around Westhoughton; some of the pieces of art will be available for sale. Occasionally there will be live art demonstrations by tutors.

The last major exhibition (2019) was Westhoughton Local History Group telling the story of the Peterloo uprising and massacre of 1819. Two key figures representing the 'Establishment', Sir William Hulton and Colonel Ralph Fletcher, had very close ties with Westhoughton. At the other end of the social spectrum, some of the poorest members of Westhoughton society, primarily working people from the Wingates district, marched to Manchester in support of the objectives of the assembled crowd. On Thursday, 15th August a special launch event took place in the adjacent Carnegie Hall when a dramatic production based on the Peterloo Massacre was enacted. The WLHG exhibition then transfered to the Library (Upper Floor) for people to visit until the end of September. 'Peterloo Bi-Centenary' (Overview).

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

As part of the 2017 exhibition, 'Aspects of Howfen', 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.

Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One -  Westhoughton Local History Group Exhibition (2018)There are annual art exhibitions in the spring by Westhoughton Art Group, showing off the impressive work of local artists. There are regular exhibitions by Westhoughton Local History Group which focus on the town and its history - last year saw fascinating displays taking visitors into the world of 'Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One', detailing 100 years after the Armistice the impact of the war on the town; those who never returned, those who fought and survived, and how the town picked up the pieces. See also permanent exhibits showcasing Wingates Band and their long history, approaching 150 years, upstairs at the library.

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
Westhoughton
BL5 3AU

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

Website: Bolton Library and Museum Services | Westhoughton Library.

Opening Hours (from 1/11/21 following review/consultation)
Monday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday - 10:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED

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Community Events

  • Westhoughton Library
    Library now open again for books, general reading and computer access. Some activities downstairs, but with referbishment still ongoing upstairs access for community activities will remain closed for time being. Info.
  • History Group - 'At Home'
    Sat 14 May (10am-4pm)
    Arts Theatre, High School (BL5 3DN)
    **Special Event** at Westhoughton High School, 'At Home', an Open Day conference celebrating some key moments in Howfen's history (Flyer).
    Whilst library closed to community groups meetings continue at The Hub. News and updates followed by Speaker. .
  • St. James Church (Daisy Hill)
    Heritage Lottery funded restoration work on the bell tower completed. Now off the 'at risk' register. Fascinating short about the project.
    1st Sat of mth (10-12) 'Open Doors' drop-in - refreshments (also Grub Tub donations) - next 4/6. Messy Church (Kids activities). Plants Sale (28/5).
  • Allotment & Gardening Society
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Initial mtg of new Westhoughton volunteer group (21/4//22) aiming to take on upkeep of plants and floral displays around town centre, as well as other gardening projects.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:00pm
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. The group is to resume meetings from 2nd September at its new home. Updated programme.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    After disruptions of recent times The Cutters are now playing again. New management, new signings and clubhouse improvements. Support your local team. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:45pm. £5 adults / £3 concession / £2 U18s / U12s free w/ adult.
    WCN has been providing community news and features for home game programmes >> .
  • Speaker Events
    Both and the have been holding monthly 'open' Zoom speaker events. See Facebook for details.
  • Lockdown information (Covid-19)
    For 16 months life and community was disrupted by measures to deal with the pandemic. It has been a long and impactful period, thankfully things are opening up again there is a return to normal. Watch for updates as community re-engages here and on
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market Street focus) were consulted upon in 2019-20 with a Steering Group meeting to discuss plans for £4m investment and significant changes to Market Street, Central Park, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Revised plan now approved.
  • New Support Services
    Two new services have commenced during Lockdown to support local community and vulnerable: Covid Assist and Westhoughton One Stop Shop.
  • Hope Community Centre
    The Central Drive church and community space is currently closed pending refurbishment discussions with Bolton Council.
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