Happy holidays

Arts & Education
Families across Tameside have been enjoying free summer events in the countryside and local parks.
Tameside Council Cultural Services have organised a busy diary of outdoor activities and events over the school holidays, including free theatre in the park. The programme forms part of the Council’s ‘Do More Together’ pledge to arrange over 40,000 free family events to support more people to be more active, more often.
The weather was especially kind at the Go Native event at Lymefield and Broad Mills, Broadbottom, this week, with lots of children enjoying making bows and arrows, headdresses and dream catchers in the sunshine.
Father-of-two Anthony McBride, from Stalybridge, said: “These are great events – the children love to be adventurous and outside in the fresh air.”
Dad Jonathan Lee, from Droylsden, said: “This is the first of these events I’ve been to and it’s brilliant. Everyone’s dead friendly and there are lots of different things to get involved in.”
Emily, 10, said: “I really like learning news skills and it’s extra fun because it’s in the wild.”
Events are running throughout the summer holidays so it’s not too late to get involved.
Families can ‘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 two hour activity.
There are free outdoor performances of some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories staged in Tameside’s parks on Thursdays during August. Next up, tomorrow (18 August) is “The Water Babies” in Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge, (11am) and Ryecroft Park, Audenshaw, (2.30pm). The programme closes on 25 August with Treasure Island in Victoria Park, Denton, (11am) and King George V Playing Fields, Ashton, (2.30pm).
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.
Don’t forget there are also lots of free, fun activities taking place in libraries as part of the Big Friendly Read summer reading challenge.