Groups and Courses

We offer a wide range of activities and events for adults and children throughout the year.

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Stitch in Time

Embroidered rose

Reminiscence Sessions

Reminiscence sessions

Knit and Natter

Balls of wool picture

Quilting Bee

Quilting Bee with patchwork

Little Hands

Little Hands image - Girl with Mask

Adult Art Workshops

Adult Art Group


 Little Hands

Join Simon the Storyteller every Thursday during term time for an hour of fun, storytelling and crafts for preschool children. The session starts at 10am and is costs just £2 with £1 for additional siblings. No need to book, just drop in. These sessions are funded by AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities)

Meets at Portland Basin Museum every Thursday Term time only 10am -11am

Adult Art Workshops

Adult Study Days. . Cost for all our study days is £30 or £25 concessions (proof of concession eligibility may be required) Spaces on these study days are limited and book up quickly so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

I Made It! Adult Masterclass: Intro to String Art

Saturday 25th February at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm
In this workshop which is led by the professional artist Alison McIntyre, you’ll be introduced to the process of String Art.

Use thread instead of pencils! Learn how to create intriguing and beautiful geometric patterns using a contemporary approach to traditional sewing techniques. The ‘spirograph’ styled patterns will be created by sewing into card rather than fabric, using thread rather than the pencil. Once you’ve learnt the basics you can use the technique to make cards or larger works of art.

This course will give you the basic skills to carry on creating which can provide a life-time of enjoyment
The workshop is for beginners and you will be working in a relaxed atmosphere, where the artist can work with each person on a one to one basis, as well as a group.

This workshop is open to all and no previous experience required. All materials, equipment and tools will be provided on the day.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass – Paper Cut Craft
Saturday 18 March at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Papercutting is the art of cutting paper designs. The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different styles. You will go through the process from initial idea to finished piece of art; perhaps a Mothering Sunday gift or something for yourself.

This workshop is open to all and no previous experience required. Led by professional local crafter Sarah Heath, all materials, equipment and tools are provided at Portland Basin Museum 10am -3.30pm

I Made it! Mixed Media Collage Masterclass
Saturday 22 April at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Led by professional artist Sheila Meeks this masterclass will introduce you to mix media collage. The morning will be spent focusing on drawing techniques and working from ‘still life’. Following on from this time will be spent using both acrylic and collage to bring colour, texture and life to your masterpiece.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an enthusiast that wants to hone their skills, this day is for you. All materials included.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Willow Weaving
Saturday 13 May at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Learn all the skills required to make your own willow Hare. This will be great for your home or garden or even gift to a friend. It will be led by professional willow weaving artist, Juliette Hamilton.

All materials, equipment and tools provided.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Book Binding
Saturday 17 June at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Learn all the skills required to make your own leather bound book. This will be great to keep for yourself or even a gift for a friend. It will be led by professional book binder, Caroline Coates.

All materials, equipment and tools provided.

Reminiscence Sessions

Reminisce about days gone by. Enjoy the here and now. Using objects, photographs and documents from the museum service’s collections we can offer sessions on the following themes, with more coming soon:

  • Coronation Day 1953
  • 1940’s Make do and mend
  • Seaside holidays
  • 1950s national service
  • Soldiers’ souvenirs through the ages
  • Made in Tameside

A facilitator can bring these topics to life for your group, rekindling memories and stimulating debate. For more information contact Portland Basin Museum on  0161 343 2878 

Quilting Bee at Portland Basin Museum

A friendly quilting and patchwork group. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 1-3pm Free


Did you know we now offer one hour free museum tours from Portland Basin Museum? To find out more please contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878 to discuss.

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Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
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0161 343 2878
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0161 343 2869