Beanstalks, indoor picnics and Willy Wonka fun await young visitors to this year’s Food and Drink Festival.
To complement the packed schedule of events over the Bank holiday weekend (August 26 to 29), Bolton Library and Museum Service has organised a feast of family fun at Central Library in Le Mans Crescent.
Each day of the festival will take on a different theme and all events are free to enter.
On Friday, families are invited to Join the Grow Gang and help build a huge beanstalk that will continue to grow throughout the festival weekend. There’s also a chance to see herbivores from the museum collection and find out what they like to eat, plus make a personalised vegetable for the huge veg patch in the Art Gallery.
Older visitors might enjoy ‘Grandma’s Antique Recipes’ with Bolton author Patricia Matthews. Patricia will give a talk about her family recipes from yesteryear. The event is on Friday at 1pm, and is free to enter but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite or call 01204 332211.
The museum’s regular Super Saturday event will have a Fiendish Food theme and includes messy play for the under five year olds from 11 to noon, and an afternoon Fiendish Feast from 1.30pm to 4pm, which offers the bravest visitors the chance to sample some ‘disgusting delicacies’.
To help celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl in conjunction with the Summer Reading Challenge, the library and museum will be turned into the Wonderful World of Willy Wonka on Sunday. There will be chocolate factory crafts, tales from the book and a Sweet Treats handling table from 10am to 11am and 1pm until 3pm.
On Monday, there will be a Picnic Party with picnic themed activities and crafts, messy food play for the under five year olds and a Fishy Feast at 1pm when visitors will discover what the fish in the Aquarium like to eat for their lunch. The fun starts at 11am.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The Food and Drink Festival is always a fabulous event and just gets bigger and better each year, so we’re always looking for new ideas to keep visitors entertained.
“The events at the library and museum are all themed to tie in with the festival and form part of the overall family offer along with the Mad Science Zone and the Octagon’s beach attraction. In fact it’s perfect for our youngest festival goers and should keep them entertained for hours.”
Visit the Library and Museum Services' website for more details.