FROM meeting birds of prey and den-building to children’s theatre in parks - the school summer holidays in Tameside promise to be full of adventures.
Tameside Council Cultural Services have organised a busy diary of activities and events in the borough's parks, countryside, museums and galleries from 25 July to 2 September.
The countryside team has planned some wonderful outdoor escapades, starting with ‘Wild and Wonderful Woods’ drop in event with Cheshire Wildlife Trust on Tuesday 2 August. There’ll be all sorts of forest school activities including den building. The drop in activity is from 1-3pm at the Orchard area, Cheetham Park, Acres Lane, Stalybridge. SK15 2JR.
While on Thursday 11 August, families can meet birds of prey and watch a flying display at the ‘Hoot, Screech and Tweet’ event at Hyde Park. The activity, from 12-3pm, also includes a bird trail and getting crafty with feathers.
Children will be ‘Going Native’ on Tuesday 16 August, putting on war paint and making bows and arrows, feathery headdresses and dreamcatchers. Activities will be from 12-3pm in Lymefield Broad Mills, off Lower Market Street, Broadbottom. SK14 6AG.
They can also ‘Go Wild Outdoors’ on Wednesday 24 August with stream dipping, den building and a nature scavenger hunt. Meet at 1-3pm at the car park, bottom of Meadow Lane, Haughton Green, Denton. M34 7QA for this 2 hour activity.
The holidays are also a good time to get involved with the monthly KITE (Kids in the Environment) group, which runs all year round and is based on forest school skills and discovering and exploring the countryside. The group, suitable for children aged 7-12 years, will meet at Park Bridge Heritage Centre on Sunday 3 August 10am-12pm.
There are also a variety of walks and nature counts through out the summer holidays, please visit tameside.gov.uk/culture for further details.
For theatre lovers, there will be free outdoor performances of four of the world’s best-loved children’s stories staged in Tameside’s parks on Thursdays during August.
The “smoke-free” events, supported by Tobacco Free Futures and Tameside’s Tobacco Alliance, are part of a campaign o increase the number of healthy, outdoor smoke-free child and family friendly events. This means smokers are politely asked to not smoke at the performances.
Pendle Productions present their first show on 4 August in Hyde Park (11am) and Mossley Park (2.30pm), where Alice will travel Through the Looking Glass in this mesmerizing adaptation of CS Lewis’s classic children’s tale.
On 11 August, The Medlock Centre, Droylsden (11am) and Dukinfield Park (2.30pm) host a new musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sayer. On 18 August, “The Water Babies” Charles Kingley’s fascinating sub aqua fable will be performed in Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge, (11am) and Ryecroft Park, Audenshaw, (2.30pm).
The programme closes on 25 August with a stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. This classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold will be performed in Victoria Park, Denton, (11am) and King George V Playing Fields, Ashton, (2.30pm).
Museums and Galleries
Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton, will be hosting its ever popular Bank Holiday Monday Family Friendly event on 29 August with lots of free, fun activities. The event runs from 11am to 3pm, everyone is welcome and activities are suitable for all ages.
Visitors can also take part in Jolly Holidays workshops on Tuesdays from 11am to 3pm (July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and on Thursdays (July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 and 1 September).