In partnership with Bolton Libraries and Museums, Bolton at Home and the Woodland Trust, The Octagon are running some free music workshops on the 5th September at Smithills Hall to as part of a day of events commemorating the Mass Trespass of Winter Hill and the Peterloo massacre.

Workshops are free but you must book your place.

Songs can change the world…

Do you have a story to tell? Is there something you want to change? Want a fairer, better world, but don’t know how to say it? All over the world, people turn their stories into songs that get taken up and passed around…just singing them can make a difference, to how you feel, how your family and friends feel, and now and then, to everyone else too.

You don’t need to have sung before, or to have played an instrument, just come along…no experience necessary, all experience welcome. Find out a bit about the history of singing for social change, and maybe write your own song…

Aidan is a musician, singer and performer - he works in theatre and various social change movements and has performed at rallies, on picket lines, protests, and festivals, and was the composer and musical director for ‘On Common Ground’, a community play celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Kinder Trespass.

Additional information


All ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)


Smithills Hall


Sunday 5 September, 11am-12pm and 1.30-3pm