A month of fun activities

Arts & Education
On Bank Holiday Monday (May 29) you can make as much noise as you like when “Those Marvellous Men and their Musical Machines” turn up at Portland Basin, Ashton. It’s a free, fun day out for all the family (11am to 3pm).

Scallywags Theatre Company will be bringing the museum’s industrial machines to life and helping you make your own funky musical instrument so that you can join in with a performance led by the musical conductor.

On Wednesday, May 31, Playful Nature gives you the chance to get outdoors at Sunnybank Vale, Droylsden. Make wooden spinners, play nature noughts and crosses and enjoy other woodland games (1 to 3pm).
Then on Thursday, June 8, it’s Damsels and Dragons in Haughton Dale. Join us on a nature day looking for dragonflies, going on a bug hunt and pond-dip, and creating your own dragonfly to take home (1 to 3pm).
Two days later, the Reel Kids Film Club will be showing “The Goonies” at 12.45pm at the Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge. It’s only £2 per child. Book your place by ringing 0161 342 4144.
Do you have a much-loved teddy bear? Perhaps a raggedy one you grew up with or one that belonged to your children? Then why not proudly show him off to the world at our “If You Go Down to the Woods Today” exhibition at Portland Basin?
If you can bear to be separated from your teddy for a few months, or you’d like his picture to feature, call 0161 343 2878 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
An exhibition that’s already up and running is “Calm During the Storm”. Organised by the Embroiderers’ Guild it examines needlework as a calming influence in troubled times. You can see it at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton.
The popular “Goal!” football exhibition continues at Portland Basin until July 9.
As well as all this you can enjoy the regular Portland Basin Museum holiday favourites Meet Tommy Atkins – a First World War Soldier and Make, Do and Play.
For more information visit www.tameside.gov.uk/culture