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Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2018
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July
Westhoughton Town Centre
Ditchfield Gardens | Market Street

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival Weekend 2018 - Market Street - Westhoughton community gathers for weekend of fun, interest and entertainment 14th and 15th July 2018 (DS)

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - Alice in Wonderland themeWesthoughton likes to knit! First introduced in 2015, the Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival returns this July. Organised by a team of volunteers from Westhoughton Market and Westhoughton Lions Rugby Club, the 2018 event will feature yarn displays bringing that splash of colour to the town centre as the community comes together for this popular event. Knitters from community groups and local businesses have been busy bees for months creating displays which will festoon railings, shop fronts, bollards, seats - anything that can be yarn-bombed!

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - Local shops and businesses join in the fun (Traditional Barbers)The focus of this year's event takes place around the Market and in Ditchfield Gardens. There will be much to see, including stalls, entertainment, a tombola, games, mascots, hog roast and some fairground rides.

Westhoughton community spirit in evidence over the Yarn Bombing weekend, with the Market open on both days.

On Saturday the 'Howfen Radio Roadshow' will provide music and commentary between 10am and 4pm, during which time there will be performances from popular, local sing-a-long guitar ensemble, The Travellin' Strings; and on Sunday between 1pm and 3pm there is a 'Knit-out' in Ditchfield Gardens with Bolton's Knitting Noras - bring some wool, have some fun. (The Carnegie Hall will be used as back up should inclement weather arrive!)

This year money will be raised in support of Westhoughton Lions Rugby Club, as they improve their facilities at The Den with a new clubhouse.

Keep up to date via the Facebook Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 Facebook group group and Twitter Twitter Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2018 feed.

Festival Weekend

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - Yarn Bombed Men festooning Westhoughton!Further afield there will be Yarn Bombing displays around the John Holt Community Centre with user groups making displays, and by the Friends group at Daisy Hill Station.

The event coincides with the popular Washacre Primary School Summer Funday with its stalls, food and refreshments; entertainment featuring Uncle Chris, XDC, Westhoughton Community Royalty, Howfen Radio, Lofty the Lion (BWFC); attractions include a bouncy castle and bungee-run. Scouts and Army Cadets will be present. This will be held in and around the John Holt Centre (not at the school) on the Saturday (14th) from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

Plenty to see and do out in the community, the culmination of weeks and months of preparations. Please support!

What is Yarn Bombing?

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016 - Supermarket trolley yarn bombed!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 thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of WCN group, Rainbow Crafts, it was brought to Westhoughton in 2015: a festival of colour, community and entertainment that both surprised and enthralled. 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.


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  • Yarn Bombing Weekend
    Sat/Sun 14/15 July
    Town Centre / Other Locations
    Crafters and knitters decorating Market Street and Ditchfield Gardens with colourful yarn displays. Events at Market inc. performance by Travellin' Strings. Also John Holt Centre & Daisy Hill station
  • Washacre Summer Fair
    Sat 14 July (11:30-4:30)
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Popular annual summer fair and fundraiser organised by Friends of Washacre. Games and activities for children, stalls and entertainment.
  • Pre-season Friendly
    Sat 14 July (3:00pm) *CALLED OFF*
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    First pre-season game for Daisy Hill FC (The Cutters). Friendly v Charnock Richard. £3 adults / £2 concession. Support your local team. .
  • Festival of Ageing
    2 to 15 July
    Free taster events for the over-50s across Gtr Manchester, with events in Westhoughton organised by Senior Solutions. Health, leisure, new interests, learning, volunteering. Info Page.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 17, 31 July (9:30-11:00am)
    WH Market: Thurs 12 July (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.
    More...
    . 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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  • George Formby Society
    Wed 25 July (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 26 July (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors'
    Sat, 28 July (10am-12pm)
    Chance to visit church last Saturday of month for coffee, chat, contemplation. Learn about community facility plans and concert series. Book stall.
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