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Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2017
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August
Westhoughton Town Centre
Ditchfield Gardens | Market Street | Daisy Hill Station

Following on the inaugural event in 2015, and the 2016 'Alice in Wonderland' themed event, Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival will return this August during Bolton Wakes Week.

Volunteers and knitters are keen to festoon the town centre with colour once again, with displays of yarn creations along Market Street and in Ditchfield Gardens (near the Pretoria miner statue). There will be displays further afield, such as down at Daisy Hill Station. Groups, schools and businesses are invited to get involved, either by contributing to the yarn displays or by helping with the event (putting up and taking down displays).

The two-day event was organised by Westhoughton Craft Group, which meets at the Library on a Thursday afternoon (1-3), with support from WCN. Areas were allocated and individual groups responsible for putting up and taking down their displays.

Westhoughton Market joined in the fun with family-friends events and activities over the two days, including a visit from Little Barn Farm - the mobile petting zoo - on the Sunday.

The winning display as judged by our distinguished panel was that of Friends of Daisy Hill Station.

The Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival will return in 2018 over the weekend of 14th-15th July. Those interested are invited to join in, get knitting or support this colourful community event. >>> Details.

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2017 19th & 20th August

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What is Yarn Bombing?

Yarn Bombing is the name given to the idea idea of decorating a town, street furniture or parks with wool and yarn in a way that is colourful, eye-catching brightening up the locality for a few days. In the spirit of community, fun and residents coming together, whilst encouraging arts and crafts. An idea that stated in America in Texas in 2005 as a creative way of using leftover and unfinished knitting projects, and has since spread worldwide. Here in the UK, there have been Yarn Bombing Festivals in Bath, Southport, Clitheroe, parts of London, Leigh… and now thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work over recent months of WCN group, Rainbow Crafts, it was brought to Westhoughton in 2015 in a festival of colour, community and entertainment. Young and old, women and men, skilled and novice needlers getting involved in crocheting, knitting or weaving squares, long strips or coverings, all to brighten up the town centre for a few days. The idea really catching on with arts groups, community groups, churches, local businesses, all contributing to the spectacle.


Images from previous years


2016 Event Information | 2016 Photo Selection | 2015 Photo Selection

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  • 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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