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: Introduction to Paper craft
Saturday 25 November  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 making Christmas decorations/Christmas wreath from paper and card
This workshop is open to all and no previous experience required.
All materials, equipment and tools provided.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Print Making
Saturday 20 January  2018 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Learn all the skills required to make your own fabulous prints!
You will get the chance to try Lino printing and screen printing.
You’ll also print your own greetings cards and screen print your own bag.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Watercolours
Saturday 10 February 2018 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Manchester artist Sheila Meeks is back by popular demand to share her knowledge and expertise with people wishing to develop their watercolour technique and skills.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Willow Weaving a Hare
Saturday 24 March 2018 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Learn all the skills required to make your own Willow Hare. Facilitated by professional willow weaving artist Juliette Hamilton, you will produce your own willow Hare to take home at the end of the day.

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Book Binding
Saturday 21 April 2018  at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm

Led by professional crafts maker Caroline Coates, learn how to create your own personalised book and to be introduced to a range of basic book binding techniques. Make a couple of books to take home on the day.


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.

Contact Information
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Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
Contact by Telephone
0161 343 2878
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0161 343 2869