Free summer holiday fun

Date Released - 20/07/2017

FROM circus skills and treasure hunts to wild art – there’s plenty of free summer activities in Tameside for families to juggle this summer.

Theatre in the Parks

There will be outdoor summer theatre performances of favourite children’s books – from James and the Giant Peach to Dogs Don’t do Ballet – as well as Circus Sensible performances in parks across the borough throughout August. For further details see

Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows.

Outdoor activities

From making music in the woods and creating wild art to discovering mini-beasts and den-building, get hands on with nature at local parks and country spaces with our countryside activities which run every week in August.

Sounds Natural

Thursday 3 August 1-2.30pm

Lymefield Broadmills, Broadbottom

Wild Art

Thursday 10 August 12-3pm

Cheetham Park, Stalybridge

Creating a buzzz

Wednesday 16 August 1-3pm

Waterloo Park, Ashton

Go Native

Thursday 24 August 12-3pm

Hyde Park

Go Wild Outdoors

Wednesday 30 August

Castle Clough Car Park, Carrbrook

Museums activities

Don’t miss the If You Go Down to the Woods Today teddy bear exhibition at Portland Basin Museum – you can take your own teddies along for the adventure. First World War soldier Tommy Atkins will also be at the museum on Wednesdays 11am-3pm while there are Make Do and Play artist led craft activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the small charge of £1 per child.

Portland Basin Museum will offer Bank Holiday fun on Monday 28 August with the Let’s Play event – there’ll be games, discos, trails, arts and crafts from 11am-3pm.

Summer Reading Challenge and activities in libraries

Children can join the Animal Agents Summer Read Challenge in all Tameside libraries with a chance to win an experience for eight people at Sky High Adventure, Total Adrenaline, Hyde Leisure Pool or iPlay Zone.

There are also Animal Agents activities from treasure hunts to arts and crafts as well as well as Explore Learning sessions from fairytales and legends to Japanese poetry. Find out more at

Don’t forget the regular Time for a Rhyme sessions are still running every week as well.

For further details of summer cultural events and activities see our Cultural Events Booklet.




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