Fun-packed Half-term Programme Announced

Date Released - 06/02/2018

HISTORY, nature and drama are all catered for in a packed half-term activities programme put together by Tameside Council’s cultural services team.

The curtain rises on Saturday, February 17, when Oldham Coliseum’s award-winning Young Rep company visit the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge, with their production of “22 Treasure Lane”.

As well as the fun-packed performance, which features digital and technical elements, there is a theatre workshop. Places are free but limited, so they have to be booked by calling 0161 342 4144. The event is suitable for children aged three and over.

On Monday, February 19, Tameside Junior History Club hosts “Name Detectives” where youngsters can find out what their name means, where it comes from, and even design their own coat of arms and make a shield. The fun takes place at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Cotton Street, Ashton, starting at 2pm. Call 0161 342 4242 for more information.

Drama returns to the Astley Cheetham Gallery on Tuesday, February 20, with “Where’s My Igloo Gone?” The Bone Ensemble use fun theatre and live music to tell the story of an Inuit girl called Oolik who discovers that her igloo home is melting and goes on an extraordinary adventure to find help.

The show lasts 50 minutes and is suitable for children aged five and over. Tickets are £3 per child (one accompanying adult free) and available by calling 0161 342 4144.

For nature-lovers, we’ll be celebrating National Bird Box Week on Wednesday, February 21, with a drop-in event called Nature and Nestboxes at Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge (noon to 3pm). Make your own nestbox to take home and then create some giant nests. There’s a charge of £3 per box.

The week ends on Friday, February 23, with “The Black Knight and Tameside Terrible Tales” at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton.

Scallywags Theatre Company are back with stories and activities about the fearsome Sir Ralph de Assheton that will make you quiver and shake. Fun for all the family from 11am to 3pm.

Also, there will be the usual old favourites such as Make Do and Play, and Meet Tommy Atkins.

For more information, call 0161 342 4144 or visit

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