A WEEKEND of music, history and heritage is being held at Victoria Hall.

Bolton Methodist Mission, based in the building, are holding a heritage weekend on September 17 and 18.

Organisers say it is the perfect opportunity for people to find more about the building – while raising funds for its upkeep.

David Tomlinson said: "The church was built in 1901 and was part of a movement by the The Wesleyan Methodist Church to get more people who were drinking heavily off the streets.

"That's why it's in the shape of a music hall. Most people in Bolton will have been here at one time or another performing or watching but they won't know about the history of the building so the weekend is a perfect chance to find out more about it.

"People can find out about the hall from 1901 up until now. We will even be able to explain what the tiny entrance in Knowsley Street is and what is does.

"It should be a fun weekend for all the family. Most people are aware of the hall but not about the history of it."

Doors will open on Saturday, September 17 at 10am and there will be free hourly tours and a Victorian Magic Lantern Show until 4pm.

Visitors will have the chance to explore the hidden depths of the Victorian era and learn what the hall meant to the Bolton community from the moment the doors opened in 1901 until now.

At 7.30pm the hall is collaborating with the Barlow Institute and artists from the North West to go back in time and recreate a music hall.

Guests can enjoy music from the likes of Matthew Chadbond, The Snapes, Scarlett McCorr, The Well Dressed Gentlemen, Jon Gjylanci and The Entertainers.

David Smart, of Greenhalghs Bakery, will be the master of ceremonies.

On the Sunday there will be a free special church service at 10.30am delivered by Rev Linda Barriball followed by Moody and Sankey Songs of Praise celebration at 4.30pm.

Tickets to the concert cost £12 each or £40 for a group of four and all proceeds will go to the upkeep of the hall.