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Free Summer Events and Activities for the Whole Family

Press Release: 05/07/2021

 

Wild World


NATURE is at the heart of the packed programme of activities Tameside Libraries and Culture have organised for the school summer holidays starting at the end of July and running through August.

“It’s a Wild World” is a series of nature-themed weekly events involving all sorts of outdoor fun such as making smelly cocktails, leaf art, butterfly feeders and magic wands and fairy dens. Each one takes place at a different area of greenspace in the borough with the help of resident artist Jack.

The 2021 summer reading challenge is also nature-focused and presented in partnership with WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Its theme is “Wild World Heroes” and it’s all about making a difference to the environment so that our towns become even better places for the people and animals living in them.

Children aged four to 11 collect stickers and rewards as they borrow books from the library and read them over the summer. When they’ve finished six they receive a medal and a certificate. There will be lots of free activities too. Pop in to your local library to sign up.

Every Wednesday there’ll be a free family “Theatre in the Park” performance. These include fairytale favourites as well as more modern productions like “The Lost Colour” about an eccentric alchemist’s search for the perfect shade of pink, and “Seed” – an anarchic hitch-hike on the journey from small acorns to great oak trees. However, these sessions must be booked ahead.

Resident artist Jack is also in charge of craft activities at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton, where you can step back in time on our 1920s street, discover what life was like down the mines or on the farm, and enjoy the summer exhibition “Food Glorious Food”.

Join Jack on Zoom for a craft activity on Mondays, August 2, 9 and 16. Plus, the museum will be selling Make, Do and Play bags filled with summer craft ideas for only £1. Again, make sure you book your visit in advance.

Or how about “Stitchworks” the textile exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Gallery, Stalybridge, which features work by Cheshire artist Nikki Parmenter and Textiles Connections (formerly the Glossop and District Embroiderers’ Guild). No booking required.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for culture, said: “The council’s libraries and culture service has compiled a packed, varied and interesting programme with something to appeal to everyone.

“I’m sure the nature-based activities will prove very popular and it’s good to see the return of ‘Theatre in the Park’.

“Hopefully, restrictions will have eased by the time the summer holidays start but if you’re attending any of our sessions please remember to put safety first and to book ahead where necessary.”

For more information about all our activities visit www.tameside.gov.uk/familysummer21

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