Packed Programme of Half-term Fun

Date Released - 12/10/2018

THE half-term holidays are just around the corner and Tameside Council are gearing up for a busy week with lots of activities for the whole family - many of them for free.

You can enjoy two amazing theatre performances at Tameside Central Art Gallery in Ashton.

“The Chit Chat Chalk Show”, which takes place on Thursday, November 1, is a magical chalky adventure. It’s suitable for children aged three to eight years and is It’s sure to put a smile on faces both young and old.

Performances are at noon and 3pm. Tickets are £3 per child with one accompanying adult free. 

The following day, Booster Cushion Theatre Company will be back with the tale of “Old Macdonald and the Three Pigs Plus”. Expect lots of fun with the farmer and the Three Pigs, but beware, the Big Bad Wolf will be on the prowl.

Showtimes are 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets are again £3 per child, with one accompanying adult free. 

To book tickets for either performance visit or call 0161 342 4144.

If you prefer the outdoors, “Call of the Wild” on Wednesday, October 31, offers the chance to make a wand and then set up camp and warm yourself with a drink at the campfire. Meet 1pm in Bardsley Vale car park, Oldham Road, Ashton, for this two-hour activity.

You can also be inspired by the exhibitions at the central art gallery:  “To See the Sea” by Simon Parkin and “My Health Heroes” celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

Portland Basin Museum is the place for Make, Do and Play workshops on Tuesday, October 30) and Thursday (November 1) 11am to 3pm. These cost £1 per child and are suitable for all ages.

If you prefer living history, you can meet Tommy Atkins, a First World War Soldier, on Wednesday, October 31, (11am to 3pm) and find out first-hand about the conditions British troops encountered on the Western Front.

Local Studies and Archives host their Junior History Club on Monday, October 29. It’s for children aged six and over and will be taking a look at the First World War. It takes place between 2 and 3pm. Book your place on 0161 342 4242.

Tameside Libraries will also be hosting their own free half-term holiday fun sessions. Featuring crafts, games and a treasure hunt they are suitable for children aged four to 11. For full details of where and when visit

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, said: “With such a wide range of activities on offer at our libraries, museums and galleries, and with so many of them for free, there’s no excuse for boredom. Everyone can look forward to a fun-filled half-term with lots to do.”

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