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Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July
Westhoughton Town Centre
Ditchfield Gardens | Market Street | Mill Street | White Lion Car Park
Westhoughton Library | Westhoughton Leisure Centre

Programme:
Saturday | Sunday | Location Map
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2016 Photo Selection

Following on from the success of the first Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival in 2015, over several months, volunteers organised to repeat the event with regular meetings, contact with community and event promotion. Back with more colour, more spectacle, more entertainment, more fun…

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - Queen of Hearts with Alice in Wonderland The 2016 Yarn Bombing Festival has now taken place, its theme this year 'Alice in Wonderland'. Yarn displays covered Market Street, Ditchfield Gardens and beyond, with contributions from community groups, shops, businesses and schools. The event began with a short procession through Market Street by Westhoughton Community Royalty, who later held their annual crowning event at the Leisure Centre. As well as the colourful displays, attractions included a number of stalls and children's attractions. Two days of colour, spectacle and a community coming together…

A programme of entertainment at the Mill Street car park stage, as well as some street entertainment. The varied programme of entertainment included sets from The Travellin' String, the George Formby Society, Kelvis, Bethel Crowd 'Little Shop of Horrors' taster performances, Hang in D with his handpan, local singers, choirs - all overseen by Howfen Radio. This year a Town Crier was on hand to regale you with news and on-the-day event updates. There was a 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' on the Sunday for children with face-painting, dance performances and fun activities. In the library the latest exhibition from Westhoughton Art Group took place with live art demonstrations. Westhoughton Market got involved with a vintage themed weekend with entertainments and special stalls.

The event begin at 11am on Saturday, with entertainment from 11:30am up to 5pm (a noon start on the Sunday). With the Blackrod Scarecrow Festival taking place over the same weekend, both organisations exchanged displays to jointly promote both events.

Updates and news on Facebook Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 Facebook group

Rijo42 supporting Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - raffle prizeSupport from local businesses is being given and is most welcome. Our thanks to Rijo42 for the donation of a Coffee Machine Gift Pack, which was the main raffle prize helping to cover some of the event costs. Raffle tickets available from Choc-la-te and the White Lion (Market Street).

Our thanks to Silcock's Fairs for use of the Mill Street car park; the White Lion for use of their carpark, Rarecrest Scaffolding for providing an entertainment stage, Bolton Council for back-up use of Carnegie Hall. Also our entertainers and volunteers who helped make the weekend possible.

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - Alice In Wonderland theme

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Images from 2015

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 4th / 5th July 2015 - Teddy Bears' Picnic


2015 Event Information | 2015 photo selection

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  • 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    . 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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