Museum and Libraries Unveil Half-term Activities

Date Released - 16/05/2024

IT’S green for go for Green Planet, an exciting programme of free half-term holiday activities at Tameside’s libraries between 27 May and 7 June, coinciding with World Environment Day (5 June).

Ideal for children aged four to 11 and their grown-ups, the sessions comprise crafts, games and a treasure hunt. There’s no need to book, you can just come along on the day.

The sessions are:

Alternatively, there are artist-led Make, Do and Play craft sessions at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton, with artist Caroline Coates. All of them take place from 11am to 3pm and cost £1.35 per child. Again, there’s no need to book, just drop in.

Monday 27 May: Butterfly FunCreate a butterfly puppet and let your imagination take flight with your colourful creation.

Tuesday 28 May: Canada Geese – Grab a square of paper. Follow the step-by-step instructions and get creating.

Thursday 30 May: Folk Art Decorations – Learn how to paint your own canal art rose.

Tuesday 4 June: Love Letters Straight from your ArtMake your own colourful love letter to send to someone special.

Thursday 6 June: Sweet TreatsMake some colourful toffees from brightly-coloured card and paper.

Portland Basin Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays) is free to enter and well worth a visit in its own right for a family day out.

Standing in a picturesque canalside location it has attractions for all ages and is a great place for a picnic.

Details of walking trails around Tameside can be found at

“Glorious Gorse Hall” is a heritage and nature audio walk for families which encourages you to slow down and enjoy the outdoors and exercise. Created by 2 Boards & A Passion Theatre Company, with support from the Friends of Gorse Hall Park and Tameside Historical Society, it’s available to download at

Cllr Sangita Patel, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture and heritage, said: “Whether you like getting into the fresh air or prefer something that takes place indoors, like crafts or a museum visit, there’s lots for the whole family to do and enjoy over the half-term break.”