Events for all

Activities at Smithills Hall

Bug Hunt

Smithills Hall, Wednesday 29 May

Join us for a brilliant bug hunting session. Grab your nets and containers so that you can examine what you have found.

Our bug expert will help you identify them and then you can let them go. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

Sessions from 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 2pm, £2 per child. Please book children’s places on Eventbrite (children must still be accompanied by an adult): or call 01204 332853.


Will be held on Sunday 7th July 2019 from 12 noon to 4pm at the Hall.

Crafters are you ready?

Showcase and sell your craft goods and local produce at Smithills Hall’s Garden Party on Sunday 9 July, 12pm – 4pm.

Last year our Garden Party attracted over 1,700 visitors.

Commercial stalls are £20 per person and Charity stalls are £10 per person. The cost includes a trestle table (approx. 6ft by 3ft) and a maximum of 2 chairs. Please note that if you wish to use a gazebo, you will need to provide your own as we do not have gazebos to hire at the hall.

Please contact us on 01204 332209 or email with expressions of interest and details of your stall (please provide images if possible) by Monday 3rd June. I will be in touch that week to confirm stall bookings.

You can pay cash or by debit/credit at Smithills Hall or at the History Centre in Bolton Central Library* Please be aware that if you have paid for your stall and do not attend you will not be eligible for a refund.

Please let me (Maureen Lewis-Coker) know if you need any more information. Further details regarding arrival times, parking etc will be sent to you in due course.

*Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NP. Tel: 01204 332812. Opening hours are: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday, 12pm – 4pm.

History Centre, Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE. Tel: 01204 332211. Opening hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am – 5pm and Sunday 10am



Come along and see the permanent Timeline Exhibition of 700 years of Smithills Hall’s history, situated in the old kitchen area . Follow the timeline from 1335 to the present and read the fascinating story of the people and events influencing the history of Smithills and beyond. This display is worth a visit. Entry to the exhibition and other areas of the Hall is free.


Volunteer guides will be able to give  guided tours to this historic Hall, when it is open to the public. Please ask at the Entrance Hall Reception Desk for information about tour availability. [See also home page]

Further information about other places to visit in Bolton can be found on Bolton Council’s website at:-


If you are looking for a special venue for a wedding why not consider this historic Grade I listed building set in its own beautiful grounds.

Civil ceremonies can be held in the historic Medieval Great Hall, or the richly panelled Tudor Withdrawing Room. The refurbished Devey Room is now available for receptions and will shortly also be registered for weddings.


Tudor panelled Withdrawing  Room

Full details can be seen or email
or phone – 01204 332853

Bolton Registry Office is now at:-

The Town Hall (One Stop Shop)
Victoria Square
01204 331185