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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 is being organised by Westhoughton Craft Group, which meets at the Library on a Thursday afternoon (1-3), with support from WCN. Once an area is allocated individual groups will be responsible for putting up and taking down their displays.

Westhoughton Market will be joining 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.

This year's event will coincide with a visit from Silcock's Funfair (Thursday - Sunday) on the Bolton Road car park. Westhoughton Market will also be putting on related activities…

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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Community Events

  • Lionsfest 2017
    Sat 12 Aug (11am-9pm)
    The Den, Cunningham Road (BL5 2AN)
    Westhoughton Rugby League Club all-day community event with attractions, music, stalls, food, bar… a day of family-fun and community at The Den.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    Info.
    WH Market: Thurs 10 Aug (12-1pm)
    John Holt Centre: Tues 15 & 29 Aug (9:30-11:30am)
  • Yarn Bombing Weekend
    Sat/Sun 19/20 Aug
    Town Centre
    Crafters and knitters decorating Market Street and Ditchfield Gardens with colourful yarn. Funfair. Events at Market.
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Now meet every Sunday from 10am
    Volunteer group cleaning up and improving Westhoughton Station for 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. new 2017 programme.
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  • George Formby Society
    Wed 30 Aug (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Free. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 31 Aug (from 2pm)
    Westhoughton Library
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free. Info & Contact.
  • Eatock Lodge Family Funday
    Sun 3 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.
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