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Nov 20Wednesday

The Secret Behind the Circus

10:00am – 4:00pm at Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive, Le Mans Cres, Bolton BL1 1SE

If you've ever been to the circus, you'll undoubtedly have definitely have encountered the thought provoking question which always lingers: "How did they do that?". Well, courtesy of Bolton Museum, you will be given the opportunity to learn the science of some of the circus' most daring stunts. The event will take place on Wednesday November the 20th with entry being free for all ages.

Bohemian Rhapsody Screening


Head along to the matinee screening of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ a biographical drama film about Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band Queen. The film screening will take place at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments will be on sale. Admission is free

CATS Youth Theatre Musical Production

7:30pm at Bolton Little Theatre, 27 Hanover St, Bolton, BL1 4TG

The CATS Youth Theatre group will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with its rendition of one of the most famous musicals ever: 42nd street! The heart warming musical production will run from November 20th to 23rd . For more information or to book tickets visit

Nov 21Thursday

Bolton Christmas Light Switch-On at Market Place

3:30pm – 5:0pm at Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton Market Place Ltd, The Market Place, Bolton, BL1 2AL

Market Place Bolton is proud to sponsor Bolton's Light Switch-On event this year featuring celebrity guest Ray Quinn! Ray, who is also starring in Aladdin at the Albert Halls’, was on The X Factor in 2006 and won Dancing on Ice in 2009! He will also be skating again for the ITV festive special this year. He will be at Market Place Bolton at 3.30pm on Thursday 21st November before the Light Switch-On, and will be giving a special performance on our stage including songs and a Q&A! There's no need for tickets so just come down and enjoy the event!

Christmas Embroidery Session

7:00pm – 9:00pm at Bolton Library and Museum

If you're already fully indulged in the Christmas spirit, why not head down the the art gallery at Bolton Library and Museum and partake in an embroidery session? The event will let you make your own highly festive cards and embroidery designs either for your own personal use or as a surprise for family and friends! The session comes in at £25 which will include a whole variety of refreshments. To book your tickets, visit

Nov 23Saturday

Handmade Christmas Market

10:00am – 4:00pm at Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU

If you're looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or family friend, then head down to the Bolton Handmade Christmas Market. The event will take over both the Festival Hall and the Lancaster Suite at The Albert Halls. There will be handmade craft and artisan food stalls a plenty, refreshments including mulled wine plus amazing live music throughout the day! Admission is free so why not come down to find that perfect handmade gift?

St James Christmas Fair

10:00am at The Church of St James the Great, Daisy Hill, Lower Leigh Rd, Westhoughton, Bolton

On the 23rd November, St James Church will be hosting its very own Christmas fair. The fair will open at 10am and is to be held in the church, not the school. Tickets not necessary and there is no entrance fee

Christmas Fair in aid of Lagan's Foundation

10:30am – 3:0pm at Victoria Hall, Bolton.

Christmas Fair in aid of Lagan's Foundation Saturday, 23rd November 10.30 - 3.00pm Victoria Hall, Bolton £1 entry including tea/coffee & biscuits Raffle - Brac-A-Brac - Kids Zone - Tombola - independent stalls.

St Paul's Church Christmas Fayre

10:30am – 3:0pm at Halliwell Road, Bolton, BL1 8BP

Crafts, games, stalls, cafe, plus a chance to visit Santa in his Grotto. A brilliant way to light up that grey November Saturday, and grab yourself some Christmas bargains as well as support some of our wonderful community projects for young people and the elderly. Free admission, everyone welcome.

Magical Middlebrook Christmas Light switch on & Reindeer Parade

12:00pm at Middlebrook Retail & Leisure Park 37 The Linkway, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6JA

Join us for our annual festive light switch on and Reindeer parade on Saturday 23rd November from 12noon. Tower FM will host a stage show and the event from 2pm. Reindeer Parade will take place at 4pm from Next and the lights will be switched on at 5pm. Join Father Christmas in his grotto from 5pm-5.30pm and then from Sunday 24th November and every weekend afterwards 11am-4pm.

Martin Kemp - Back to the 80's DJ Set

7:30pm – 10:30pm at Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU

The hottest 80s club night is coming to town - when actor, TV personality and star of Spandau Ballet Martin Kemp will be spinning the biggest and best hits of that decade! Tickets come in at around £22.50 and can be booked from websites such as

Nov 24Sunday

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

10:00am – 3:00pm at Heaton Fold Garden Centre and Cafe, Overdale Drive, Bolton BL1 5BU

The Artisan Market features high quality and locally sourced food, drink and crafts from specialist producers and suppliers. Free parking is available onsite and nearby. If you want to have your own stall at the event, please get in touch with the organisers MWL events by emailing

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Christmas Market

11:00am – 4:00pm at Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, Bromley Cross, Greater Manchester, BL7 9PZ

Come down to The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Christmas Market and browse from over 40 stalls all selling your favourite handmade crafts and gifts, all to make the big day even more special for you and your loved ones. Free entry so bring the whole family!

Nov 28Thursday

Smithills Hall Guided Tour

1:00pm at Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Rd, Bolton, BL1 7NP

Experience a guided tour of a 14th Century hall packed with tradition. Visitors are advised to book in advance, tickets will cost £5 for adults and £4 for children and can be booked online or purchased on the day. For more information, call 01204 332377 or visit

Wedding Fair

6:30pm – 9:0pm at Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, Bromley Cross, Greater Manchester, BL7 9PZ

If youre looking to make your big day as magical as possible, then head down to the Last Drop Village to attend a wedding fair on November the 28th. The fair will allow brides and grooms to get a chance to view bridal suites and plan all the details for their big day from accommodation to food. Entry is free. For more information call 01204 873562 or visit

Nov 29Friday

Jack and the Beanstalk at Bolton Little Theatre


Come down to Bolton Little Theatre's production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Midday performances begin at 2PM and evening performances start at 6PM. It will run from the 29th of November until the 15th of December. Tickets are £10 each however for groups of 10+, tickets will cost just £9 each.

Dec 01Sunday

Bolton Hospice Hike the Pike 2019

10:00am at Blundell Arms, Chorley Old Rd, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6PY

Setting off from a new starting point of The Blundell Arms on Chorley Old Road, Horwich, this 5 mile trek takes you over the scenic rolling hills of Rivington to the Pike and back again in remembrance of our loved ones who are in our thoughts at this special time of year. Adults and children will don Santa and elf outfits (included in your registration) to make this a truly magical festive family day out.

Dec 06Friday

Aladdin Pantomime

6:30pm at The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU

Head down to The Albert Halls for a stunning rendition of Aladdin. The Albert Halls are delighted to announce that this year’s Christmas pantomime will be produced by the award winning Polka Dot Pantomimes who bring a wealth of magic and experience with them. So join us on a thrilling carpet ride and an adventure of a lifetime as ALADDIN flies into the Albert Halls featuring a Celebrity and West End cast. Tickets range between £16 and £20 based on where you sit. For more information, visit or call 0843 2080 500

Dec 07Saturday

Family Faith Football Pre-Match Event

12:00am at Reflections Restaurant, Whites Hotel, University of Bolton Stadium, Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JW

Come down for a pre-match event for the game between Bolton and AFC Wimbledon on the 7th of December. All events will have an individual theme with this games theme. Available for all ages featuring a variety of fun activities, free refreshments, and a special guest in the form of the one and only Lofty the Lion among others. For those in attendance, there will be a special offer of just £10 for match tickets for that days game. Tickets for the event are free, however booking is essential. To book your tickets, email

The Mayor's Christmas Fair

10:00am – 2:00pm at Bolton Town Hall, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU

This years Mayor's Christmas Fair is on Saturday 7th December in The Town Hall. Over 30 stalls will be present selling a wide variety of goods and all stalls are local charities and Volunteer. Last year saw hundreds of people attend, browsing and buying goods. All charities have their stall free of charge and all monies raised go to their charity. This is one way the Mayor can give back to local charities. Father Christmas' grotto will be present again. There is no need for tickets, so you can just turn up on the day.

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