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Groups and Courses

We offer a wide range of activities and events for adults and children throughout the year across all of our museum and gallery sites.

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 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.

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 £35 or £30 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.

Saturday 27 July Portland Basin Museum 10am – 3.30am
‘I made it!’ Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Willow Weaving

Join professional willow weaving artist, Juliette Hamilton, to learn all the skills required to make your own frame basket.
See page 2 for more details and how to book.

Saturday 21 September Portland Basin Museum 10am – 3.30am
I made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Print Making

Led by local artist and crafter Caroline Coates, try two techniques lino and screen printing. You'll create unique designs and have the opportunity to print your own greetings cards and bag.
See page 2 for more details and how to book.


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
Contact by Fax
0161 343 2869