Bolton’s two historic houses will be the place to be this Bank Holiday weekend.
Both Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum and Smithills Hall have a range of family-friendly activities on offer.
On Friday, August 28 from 1pm to 4pm, there will be a free family fun day at Hall i’ th’ Wood.
Highlights include dance performances from the Oldham Shakers, Sally’s Rocking Rebels and the Greenway Line Dancers. There will also be a special performance from The Green Man, celebrating the nature and history of our land with music and folklore, songs and stories.
Other attractions include a bouncy slide, climbing wall, flint knapping and spinning demonstrations plus healthy food tasting, health checks and a pedal-powered smoothie maker courtesy of NHS Bolton.
There will also be the chance to meet some of the historical characters of Hall i’ th’ Wood who will be happy to take visitors on a guided tour of the museum.
Smithills Hall’s annual garden party will take place on Monday, August 31 from 12pm to 5pm and promises to be bigger than ever.
For the first time, the event will host a dog show with categories for the cutest pup and the dog that judges would most like to take home. Prizes will be awarded for best in show and entry is £1 per category.
Entry to Smithills Hall is £1 on the day and free for children (normally £3 for adults, £2 for children) and the event features all the usual arts and crafts activities, refreshments, charity stalls and a brass band.
There’s plenty of other events going on at Bolton’s historic halls throughout the summer, including a silk painting and stained glass workshop and an evening bat hunt at Smithills, plus summer crafts every Wednesday afternoon at Hall i’ th’ Wood.
Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum is open until Sunday, September 6 on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm, and Smithills Hall is open Tuesday to Friday and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm until the end of October.
Visit the Bolton Museum link for more information and to sign up to the