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How to enjoy the summer holidays for free in Tameside
Friday 21st July 2017 @ 10:06 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

From circus skills and treasure hunts to wild art, there is plenty of free summer activities in Tameside for families to juggle this summer.

There will be outdoor summer theatre performances of favourite children’s books – from James and the Giant Peach to Dogs Don’t do Ballet – as well as Circus Sensible performances in parks across the borough throughout August in ‘Theatre in the Parks’.

Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows.

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From making music in the woods and creating wild art to discovering mini-beasts and den-building, get hands on with nature at local parks and country spaces with our countryside activities which run every week in August.

There are also other outdoor activities on offer, including the following:

Sounds Natural
Thursday, August 3
1pm to 2:30pm
Lymefield Broadmills, Broadbottom

Wild Art
Thursday, August 10
12pm to 3pm
Cheetham Park, Stalybridge

Creating a buzzz
Wednesday, August 16
1pm to 3pm
Waterloo Park, Ashton

Go Native
Thursday, August 24
12pm to 3pm
Hyde Park

Go Wild Outdoors
Wednesday, August 30
Castle Clough Car Park, Carrbrook

There isn’t just outdoor fun, but indoor activities too, with the ‘If You Go Down to the Woods Today’ teddy bear exhibition at Portland Basin Museum, where you can take your own teddies along for the adventure.

First World War soldier Tommy Atkins will also be at the museum on Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm while there are Make Do and Play artist led craft activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the small charge of £1 per child.

Portland Basin Museum will offer Bank Holiday fun on Monday, August 28, with the Let’s Play event, featuring games, discos, trails, arts and crafts, from 11am to 3pm.

There is also the Summer Reading Challenge and activities in libraries, as well as the regular Time for a Rhyme sessions still running every week.

Children can join the Animal Agents Summer Read Challenge in all Tameside libraries with a chance to win an experience for eight people at Sky High Adventure, Total Adrenaline, Hyde Leisure Pool or iPlay Zone.

There are also Animal Agents activities from treasure hunts to arts and crafts as well as well as Explore Learning sessions from fairy tales and legends to Japanese poetry.

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For further details of summer cultural events and activities, you can have a read of Tameside Council’s Cultural Events Booklet by clicking here.