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Get creative and a lunch



Bolton Octagon's four-week Get Creative programme offers young people art workshops, drama sessions and day trips around Bolton. Everything is free for young eligible youngsters, including lunch.

The Octagon has joined Bolton Libraries and Museums to give 11 to 16-year-olds in receipt of free school meals an action-packed summer of activities running from July 25 for four weeks. Imogen Woolrich, head of creative engagement at the Octagon, said, “We’re aware of the positive impact such programmes can have on young people’s wellbeing. We were keen to offer the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) activity this year, with our brilliant partners at Bolton Library and Museums, to ensure young people who might struggle to afford to access these activities are able to benefit.” Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Anne Galloway, said: “Bolton Library and Museum ran a hugely successful HAF programme last year, and we’re thrilled to be joining the Octagon to offer something for 11 to 16- year-olds again.

"An important aspect of the programme is the food offer – we’re looking forward to working with the Octagon’s kitchen and bar staff to provide nutrition education alongside all the creative activity.” Participants will take part in a range of experiences, including tours of the Octagon and Bolton Museum, a visit to Smithills Hall, and an exclusive look at rehearsals for the Octagon’s new musical The Book Thief.

Sessions will run Tuesdays to Fridays, 10.30am-2.30pm. Participants do not need to be available for every session, but do need to book a place in advance, which you can do by emailing here or by phoning 01204 338121 for more information.