Tameside Half Term Events – Feb 2022

Food Glorious Food! At Portland Basin Museum, which is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 3pm, there will be a family friendly trail to get involved in. Use your best...
Written by mbouchard, 9th February 2022

Food Glorious Food!

At Portland Basin Museum, which is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 3pm, there will be a family friendly trail to get involved in. Use your best explorer skills to find what we have hidden, linked to our ‘Food Glorious Food’ exhibition.

For more information please visit: Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum


Fairy Tales and Folklore of Droylsden.

From the 19th February and for the school half term week (19 – 27 February) you can try out the ‘trail of tales’, featuring original stories by children from Moorside Primary School, Manchester Road Primary Academy and Greenside Primary School.

These fabulous stories are chock-a-block with brave heroes and heroines, wicked villains, sorcery, and sword fights. Their words have been brought to life with beautiful images created by No Eyed Theatre.

Collect your trail map from the library and see if you can find all 8 stories and their illustrations in the windows of some of Droylsden’s local businesses! Who knows – if you had a workshop with us, we might have chosen your story! All of the events and activities are free so come on down for a ‘happily ever-after’ day of fun!

You could also come down to Droylsden Town Centre on Saturday 19th February (10am till 3pm) 2022 for a fantastical adventure – in Villemomble Square, you might encounter The Wondrous Funderstorm and their dragon, or meet a friendly bard who will spin you a story.

Interested in telling stories of your own? Come to Droylsden Library for a drop-in workshop led by Rowbot Street CIC and make your own crankie theatre to take away with you – crankies are an old way of telling stories with pictures and a lot of fun! (Suitable for ages 5 and over).

For more information please visit: The Fairy Tales and Folklore of Droylsden


Hats Off to Denton.

Hat’s Off to Denton is a free hat sculpture trail inspired by the town’s hatting heritage. The 15 hat trail, 5 of which are giant, will be exhibited across Denton Town Centre between Saturday 19th February and Sunday 13th March.

Each hat will unique as they will be hand painted by a local artist, with the designs inspired by the town or a community group within the town.

For more information please visit: Hats Off to Denton!

Both ‘Hats Off to Denton’ and ‘The Fairy Tales and Folklore of Droylsden’ are funded from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Welcome Back Fund.

The Hug.

Coming to Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge is the wonderful family friendly performance of ‘The Hug’ on Saturday 19th February 2022, with a Live performance at 11.30am and 2.30pm presented by Long Nose Puppets

Based on the heart-warming and funny book ‘The Hug’ by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. Starring a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug.

Facing many rejections along the way, they meet a rather scary badger, an obsessive squirrel who knows A LOT about nuts, a fabulous fox and an owl who is trying hard to be wise. A tale of hope, empathy and acceptance.

Set to Tom Gray’s beautiful and witty music, the audience are invited on a journey full of fun, laughter and love…and at the end, a very special hug from our puppets.

This performance is supported by Big Imaginations a network of 23 arts organisations, dedicated to bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the north and beyond. For more information: Theatre Productions in Tameside

Tickets £3.50 per child, accompanying adult free (max 1 per child).* Suitable for ages 2-9 plus and their grown-ups

Online Box Office:


or call 0161 342 4144

Ready, Steady, Read!

For book lovers, get inspired by the Ready, Steady, Read! – Tameside Libraries’ Children’s Book Festival. There’s family yoga with a story theme, a meet the author session and a virtual children’s hunt.

Find out more and book your free space here