Tower’s tasty treats

THE ‘Merchants of Hoghton’ will be offering fresh local produce and more at a farmers' market in the Great Barn at Hoghton Tower on Sunday (10am - 2pm).

One of the original markets in Lancashire, it's a celebration of fresh ingredients grown or reared locally.

Farmers and growers are joined by bakers, confectioners and craftsmen and women to make it a great day out.

It is a mecca for locals in the know so why not join them in picking up a tasty, high-quality bargain?

And while you are there why not take the opportunity to take a tour around the historical tower or relax on the lawn or in a quiet corner of the gardens?

It costs £2 per car and £1 for pedestrians.

For further details please call 01254 852986

Art for sale

ENJOY the artistic skills of Antoni Pieczonka by visiting an exhibition of his work at Harwood Library.

His landscape paintings in The Gallery - Natural World, which can be viewed between 9am and 5.30pm, are all available to buy.

The Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

The library is in Gate Fold, Harwood.

For further details please call 01204 332340

Story time at the library

IT’S never too early to start enjoying having stories read to you as Bolton toddlers can find out.

Between 11.30am and 12pm today, High Street Library is holding a storytelling session for young children and their mums, dads and carers.

Organisers say it’s ideal for children under five-years-old.

For further details please call 01204 333333 Email:

Be inspired by Ironman

IF you were impressed and inspired by the weekend’s IronmanUK event, why not set yourself the challenge of getting in shape?

It could mean that next year, instead of being a spectator, you could be a competitor.

Bolton boasts plenty of gyms - both council-owned and private - to start training in, and to prepare yourself for Ironman’s 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash, take advantage of one of several swimming pools to be found across the borough.

If you train hard enough you could end up with a medal.

Experience the joy of Jumbles

WITH fine, sunny weather predicted for the coming week, it’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise at Jumbles Country Park.

At this time of the year, it’s at its rural best and with plenty of walks and trails to suit all abilities and ages, there is no excuse not to take advantage of it.

You might be lucky enough to spot deer, foxes and some less common birds during your rambles.