Bolton Museum, ART GALLERY & AQUARIUM, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton. Tel: 332211. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission free.

Wildlife Attractions

Bolton Aquarium

For unique views into the aquatic world visit Bolton Museum where there are fantastic fish on display from all over the world, some highly threatened in their natural habitats. From Piranhas to Pufferfish, huge Catfish to tiny Tetras, there are hundreds of fish to come and see in an aquarium designed to allow the fish to behave as they would in the wild.



Contemporary painting, sculpture and prints

Featuring 16 contemporary artists who have come together through the medium of the Internet. Web shows of their work can be viewed at WWW.NETARTNAT.COM but the exhibition in Bolton will be the group's first actual, as opposed to virtual display.

The artists are from as far geographically spread as London, Cambridge, Lancaster, Bolton, Bristol, New York and California, and this will be the first time many of the group have met face-to-face, testament to how an internet link can bring together a fascinating mix of artwork. A range of styles, subjects and media will be presented and many of the UK-based artists will be invited to give gallery talks on their work.

Runs until Saturday, November 2.

Education Services

We offer a wide range of educational experiences and family activities for people of all ages. Our programme for school groups has recently been revised, and has strong links to the National Curriculum. All activities, both educational and community based are created to compliment the collections and exhibitions. We are happy to discuss any aspect of your visit and can adapt workshops to meet the needs of individual groups. For further information or to make a booking please contact Educational Services on 332245.


Saturday, October 19 - The Big Draw

As part of the national Campaign for Drawing, we will be hosting a variety of activities to help get Bolton drawing.

The Drawing Minute - Celebrity Still Life - 11.30am-12.30pm in the Art Gallery

To help set the world record for the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously, the Museum will be running a celebrity still life modelling session in the gallery. A well-known face (to be confirmed) will be invited to act as the model for an open-to-all drawing session. With a prize going to the portrait.

Underwater Drawing

An afternoon workshop capturing the beauties of the deep, down in the aquarium. All ages welcome with a prize for the best aquatic effort.

Hieroglyphics - drawing on the past - 2pm-3pm in the Egyptian Room

Participants will be invited to help create a 21st Century hieroglyphic story in the Egyptian Room.

The Big Drawing

Add your artistic contributions to The Big Drawing, which will start life in the Art Gallery as an enormous piece of blank paper but by the end of the day, it will be covered by all manner of artistic contributions.

Big Drawings from Bolton's Fine Art Collection - 10am-10.45am, 1pm-1.45pm and 4pm-4.45pm in the Art Gallery

Jennifer Shaw, our Keeper of Art will be selecting a number of works on paper from the Permanent Collection for closer inspection. Works by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Epstein, Edward Stott, Ford Maddox Brown, Millais and Moran will be brought into the gallery for viewing sessions.

HALL I'TH'WOOD MUSEUM, Green Way, Bolton. Tel: 332370. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm and Bank Holidays. Admission £3 for adults and £1.50 for children and concessions. Family tickets are available for two adults and two children for £7.50. See the new room displays dedicated to Samuel Crompton and Lord Leverhulme.

Halloween Hoots

Fun for families with Halloween activities and spooky stories. Wednesday, October 30, 7.30pm. Tickets £3, tel: 332245 or 332211.

Halloween Howls

Take part in a creepy tour of the Hall and listen to eerie stories. Thursday, Octohber 31 at 8pm. Adults only. Tickets £3. Tel: 332245 or 332211.


BOLTON EXCEL, Lower Bridgeman Street, Bolton, tel: 334456.

DEANE COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Junction Road, Deane, Bolton, tel: 334432.

Little Lever COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Church Street, Little Lever, tel: 334177.

Sharples COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Hill Cot Road, Sharples, with swimming pool on site, tel: 334224.

HARPER GREEN COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Harper Green Road, Farnworth, tel: 334234.

Turton COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Chapeltown Road, Turton, with swimming pool on site, tel: 334440.

HAYWARD COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Stack Fold Lane, Bolton, tel: 334233.

THE WATER PLACE, Great Moor Street, Bolton, with swimming pool on site, tel: 334466.

Horwich LEISURE CENTRE, Victoria Road, Horwich, with swimming pool on site, tel: 334488.

Kearsley COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Springfield Road, Kearsley, tel: 334141.

FARNWORTH LEISURE CENTRE, Brackley Street, Farnworth, with swimming pool on site, tel: 334477.

Westhoughton COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, Bolton Road, Westhoughton, with swimming pool on site, tel: 01942 634810.

JUBILEE POOL, Darley Street, Bolton, with swimming pool on site, tel: 334443.

WITHINS LEISURE SERVICE, Newby Road, Breightmet, tel: 334133.

HILTON TABLE TENNIS CENTRE, Nuttall Avenue, Horwich: table tennis for over 50s, 1pm-3pm. Tel: 419781.

BOLTON YMCA, 125 Deansgate: junior football, 6.15pm.

GREAT LEVER COMMUNITY CENTRE, Parkfield Road entrance, Ju-Jitsu and Kempo Karate for ages six to 15, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tel: 656513.

CASTLE HILL GYMNASIUM, Castleton Street, Tonge Moor -- Tonge Ju-Jitsu Club 6pm-7pm, 6 to 16 year olds 50p. Details 01204 399147.


HORWICH RESOURCE CENTRE, Beaumont Road, Horwich, tel: 668157: Busy Bees Playgroup, 9.15m-11.45am; Friday Club, 11am-noon, tel: 695742; Shopability, noon-1pm, tel: 695742; Friday Lunc Club, noon-1pm; Friday Social Club, 1pm-3pm; Afternoon Tea Dance, 2.15pm-4.15pm; Women's Fitness, 6.30pm-7.30pm; Ceramics for Beginners, 9.30am-11.30am.

WESTHOUGHTON COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE, Central Drive, Westhoughton, tel: 01942 634700: How to be a Tour Rep (15 week course), 9.30am-noon; Confidence Building and IT Skills, 9.30am-3pm; Hair and Beauty, 1pm-3pm.

SOCIAL CLUB, St Edmund's Church Hall, off Deansgate from 12.45pm.

YOUTH CLUB, for ages 13 to 18, Little Lever Youth Club, Herbert Street, 7pm-10pm.

CHILDREN'S CLUB, Zion Christian Fellowship, Slater Street, 6.15pm.

BRIDGE GROUP, Beckett Suite, St Thomas of Canterbury, Lonsdale Road, Heaton, 7pm-10pm. Details 0161 724 5670.


ZAC'S CAFE BAR, 71 Market Street, Farnworth, 11-14 years, 7pm-9.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING, St Paul's Church, Deansgate, 10am-12.30pm.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, Salvation Army, King Street, Farnworth, 9.30am-11.30am. Kids Alive for children aged five to 11 years, 6.30pm-8pm.

music & DANCE

CHARITY LINE DANCE Jubilee Centre, Darley Street, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Admission £4.50 including supper. Proceeds in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tel: 0161 723 0932.

AGE CONCERN, Movement to music. Farnworth Learning Centre 1pm-2pm. Details 382411.

IRISH DANCING LESSONS, classes for 3 to 15 year olds, St Edmunds Church Hall, 5.30pm-6.30pm.

BALLROOM AND SEQUENCE DANCING, Chorley Town Hall at 7.30pm. Continuous dancing to the Compton organ and CD Music. Dance leaders, licensed bar, £3 pay on the door. Details 01772 323967.

ST PAUL'S AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY, rehearsals, St Paul's Church, Seymour Road, Astley Bridge, 8pm. Tel: 307187.

BOLTON CHORAL UNION, rehearsals, tel: 492301.