Fans of the world’s greatest playwright certainly won’t be ‘Bard’ as Bolton Library and Museum Services celebrate Shakespeare Week.

Young aspiring playwrights can join in free family friendly activities for the national annual celebration (from March 20 to 26) of the great scribe.

Listen to silly Shakespeare stories and have a go at making a remarkable ruff at Bromley Cross Library (March 21, 5.30pm to 6.30pm); Farnworth Library (March 23, 5.30pm to 6.30pm), and Bolton Central Library and Museum (March 25, 2pm to 3.30pm).

On Friday, March 24 at 11am, Bolton Central Library’s Toddler Tales will be celebrating Shakespeare’s Fairies. There will be stories, singing and crafts – dress up as a fairy or your favourite Shakespeare character.

Toddler Tales are free storytelling sessions for young children (aged 5 and under) and their mums, dads and carers.

Throughout the week, residents are also invited to take part in our Shakespearean insult competition – pick up an entry form from any of our branches and a winner will be entered into a prize draw.

Cllr John Byrne, Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “Events like Shakespeare Week are a great introduction for young children to the works of Britain’s most famous playwright, and we’re pleased to be supporting it with a range of activities within Bolton Library and Museum Services.”

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