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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Make the Most of the Summer in Tameside

Thursday, 02 August 2018

It’s that time of year again, and there’s definitely more of a buzz around Tameside as the schools break up for the summer holidays. For some, it will be a chance to get a well-deserved rest, especially those who have gone through the trials of SATS, GCSEs or A-Levels. As always, the council and its partners have organised a whole range of events for young people of all ages and their families over the summer. 

Despite the occasional bursts of rain over the past week or so, the weather remains gloriously warm and sunny the rest of the time. So why not make the most of it by coming down to one of Tameside’s many parks to watch our ever-popular Open-Air Theatre shows? 2018’s run of shows already opened at the end of July with The Fabularium’s unique take on “The Town Band of Bremen” in Dukinfield Park, but there’s still several more through the month of August to enjoy, including “Circus Sensible” in Hyde Park on the 14th and “Cyril the Squirrel” in Ryecroft Hall Park on the 21st. The grand finale will be on the 28th August, with a performance of “Pirate Pearl and the Little Blue Monster” at Cedar Park. All of them are completely free of charge and suitable for children aged 3 years and over.

But while spending the summer holidays sitting in the outdoors might work for some, we know that there are other young people who won’t be able to resist getting their hands dirty. That’s why our parks will also host a number of outdoor and craft events run by the council’s Cultural Services. So whether you want to make your own charcoal drawings, leaf art or woodland weaving in Broadbottom, or try out Stone Age themed activities like fossil making, cave painting and axe throwing (yes, you read that correctly) in Hyde Park, the urge to get out and about will definitely be satisfied. As with the theatres in the park, all of these Cultural Service events are free and no pre-booking is required. A complete list can be found on the council’s website here.

But just because school term is over for six weeks doesn’t mean that the learning is over as well. Any young person aged 4-11 is invited to go to one of our libraries to take on the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge. Based on the famous British comic series The Beano, the challenge is simple; read six library books by the end of September to win a wristband, medal, certificate and a chance to get a free annual pass to Active Tameside, including the Sky High Adventure Centre and iPlay Zone. Our volunteer-run Coder Dojos, which offer young people the chance get to grips with coding and programming, will also continue to run as normal on the first Sunday of the month. It doesn’t matter if you’re a computer whizz kid or think a Raspberry Pi is some kind of dessert, all are welcome. However, so our volunteers can get an idea of numbers, even though the event is free we do ask that you book your place first at the Coder Dojo website here.

All of our summer activities are run according to two very basic ideas; that opportunities to have fun and learn do not end at the school gates, and that those opportunities should be open to as many as possible. For more information about what there is to do in Tameside you can check our monthly “What’s On” guide here. So whether you’re a young person with nothing to do or a parent looking to plan out some quality family time, I’m positive that we'll have something to offer you this summer.


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