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Things To Do This Summer Holidays For Kids In Tameside 2023

girl in the air with trees behind her in the summer holidays in Tameside
7 Jul 2023

Keep the kids entertained this year with our guide of things to do this summer holidays for kids in Tameside 2023. 

The school holidays are on the way, which means weeks to keep the kids busy and hopefully, us parents staying sane.

If you are looking for inspiration to keep the kids busy we have put together a full list of fun things to and what’s on across Tameside for families over the summer.

From farm visits in Ashton Under Lyne, theatre shows in Hyde and lots of free events t we have put together a guide of things to do in Tameside over the Summer Holidays 2023.

Read on for our top picks.

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Free and Cheap Holiday Activities In Tameside 

With 5 weeks to entertain the kids, the summer holidays can prove expensive.

However, we are lucky that there are lots of great free and cheap events going on in Tameside this summer. 

From free big snail hunts, planetariums, family yoga, craft sessions and lots more there is something for all ages. 

To help you find the best cheap and free events in Tameside this summer we have put together our top picks of free and cheap events on this Tameside summer holidays. 

Make, Do and Play, Portland Basin 

Make Do and Play Portland Basin

Tuesday 1st August 2023 to Thursday 31st August 

Head to Portland Basin for some crafty fun over the summer holidays. 

There will be different themes and crafts each week and sessions only cost £1.30 per child. 

Read More >>> Make, Do and Play at Portland Basin 

Free Reading Challenge Activities, Tameside Libraries 

A poster about the reading challenge 2023 Free Activities Tameside libraries reading challenge - Credit the Reading Agency
Credit the Reading Agency

Monday 31st July to Friday 25th August 2023 

Libraries across Tameside will be running Reading Themed activities across the summer holidays. 

There will be a different theme each week and activities will include crafts, games and a treasure hunt.

The sessions are for 4 to 11-year-olds and are free. 

Read more – Free summer holiday activities at Tameside Libraries 

Lego Club, Stalybridge Library 

Lego from the Lego club

Wednesday 2nd August 2023 

Children aged 7 years and over can enjoy a fun Lego-building session.

The session is free and drop-in, and Lego is provided. 

The club runs from 3:30pm to 4.30pm. 

More details about the Stalybridge Lego Club here 

W.E.T Creative Workshop, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery

Free Tameside Summer holidays W.E.T workshop
Credit Tameside Culture

For children ages 4 years and older you can enjoy a fun family workshop at W.E.T.

The Water Exploration Team is an interactive installation, where creativity is at the helm.

You will discover the wonder of the blue spaces, zooming in through the spying glass to take a closer look at species that live below and the ways we can look after their homes.

You will be able to cut, stick and colour your own Crew members! Then use them to go on an adventure with your puppets.

You can decide whether will you face the Kraken, be deserted on a tropical island or go to the bottom of the deep blue?

You will perform with our bespoke puppets and interactive sound effects!

The sessions are free and drop-in and will run from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm

More details about the W.E.T workshop here. 

Bio Blitz, Chadwick Dam, Stalybridge 

Free Tameside Summer holidays Bio Blitz
Credit Tameside Culture

Saturday 5th August 2023

Join the expert spotters in a race against time to identify as many species as possible that make the dam their home.

You will be on the lookout for everything from bugs to birds, flowers to flies and more.

Plus there will be some fun arts and crafts activities.

The event will be, free, drop in and will run from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Details of the Bio Blitz event here. 

Foraged Delights, Lower Higham Visitor Centre, Werneth Low Country Park

Free Tameside Summer holidays Foraged delights Art session
Credit Tameside Culture

Wednesday 9th August 2023 

Head to Werneth Low Country Park for a fun session.

Take part in making community bunting, and make and take away your own handmade scented play dough.

Join Adam Blake from the Adventure Bureau will be on hand to create unique magical improvised stories on the day.

Plus you can help James Brunt Land artist forage for natural delights and creating outdoors and the shared experience of nature art.

The sessions are drop-in, free and will be running 11.00 am and 3.00 pm 

Discover more details of the Foraged Delights event in Hyde here. 

Psst Meet you by the Story Tent! Crafts and Stories, Chadwick Dam, Stalybridge

Free Tameside Summer holidays Story event
Credit Tameside Culture

Saturday 12th August 2023 

Join an amazing storyteller as you celebrate the wonderful world of folklore and world myths.

You can help decorate the travelling story tent, try your hand at printing, crafting bugs and beasts, animals and flowers. join us

Plus you can join in creating large-scale land art.

The sessions are free and drop in from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

More details about the Psst Meet you by the Story Tent event see here. 

Woven Rainbows Arts and Scavenger Hunt Session, Sunny Bank Vale, Droylsden

Free Tameside Summer holidays art and scavenger hunt
Credit Tameside Culture

Tuesday 15th August 2023 

 Join Julie Turnbull our resident Willow Weaver and the Outdoor Arts cohort in creating the largest willow ball ever.

Peek through your own hand-made windows of nature.

Plus you can take part in a scavenger hunt in exploring the wilds of Sunnybank Vale.

The session is free and drop-in from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Details of the Woven Rainbow session in Droylsden here. 

Read and Dance for All, Droylsden and Dukinfield Libraries

Cartoon Characters from the reading challenge 2023 Free Activities Tameside libraries reading challenge when - Credit the Reading Agency
Credit the Reading Agency

Friday 18th August 2023 

Join Salma’s Bollywood Academy for a fun session. 

Aimed to encourage the love of reading through physical activity, the event will include games and dance. 

The dance sessions are free and will take place on 18th August 2023 at 

  • Droylsden Library – 9.30 am to 10.30 am and 11.00 am to 12.00 noon 
  • Dukinfield Library – 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm and 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Booking is required. 

To book places on the Read and Dance for All sessions see here. 

Wetlands and Woodland Wonders, Chadwick Dam 

Free Tameside Summer holidays wetlands and wonder outdoor event
Credit Tameside Culture

Saturday 19th August 2023 

Join the experts as you go on an exploration of the wetlands and woodland of Chadwick Dam.

Peer through the branches, wander along the winding paths, and discover the hidden treasures of the wetlands and woodlands.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, encounter fascinating wildlife, and uncover the secrets of these captivating ecosystems.

The session is free, and drop-in between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

You can discover more details of the Wetlands and Woodland Wonders event here. 

Shapes Of Wonder Art and Story Session, Waterloo Park, Ashton-Under-Lyne

Free Tameside Summer holidays shapes of wonder arts session
Credit Tameside Culture

Thursday 24th August 2023

Join James Brunt create large scale land art at Waterloo Park

Plus you can meet Adam Blake, an intrepid explorer from the Adventure Bureau who will be on hand to create unique magical improvised stories on the day. 

The sessions are free and drop-in from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm 

More details about the Shapes of Wonder events here. 

Free Outdoor Theatre In The Park 

Free outdoor theatre Hyde tickets There be monsters credit The Fabularium

The free Theatre In The Park shows are back in Tameside greenspaces for 2023. 

This year the shows will be running in various places throughout Tameside including Denton, Longendale and Stalybridge. 

The shows will offer the chance to see delights such as the Ugly Duckling, The Giant Balloon Show, Falconry Dissmay and lots more. 

The shows are all free but tickets are required. 

Read More >>> Free Tameside Outdoor Theatre Shows

£2.50 Movies for Juniors at Cineworld Ashton 

cineworld movies for juniors

A trip to the cinema always makes a great holiday treat. The kids are occupied for an hour or two and you can sit back and relax  – with the exception of the odd toilet break of course. 

To help with the cost Cineworld Ashton will be showing Movies for Juniors kids films during the summer holidays which cost just £2.50 per person plus a booking fee. 

The films usually change each week from on Fridays. 

Discover what films are showing this week >>> Summer Holidays £2.50 Movies for Juniors at Cineworld Ashton 

Farmlife Festival at Cockfields Farm 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival

This summer Cockfields Farm has lots of fun in store this summer holiday as their Farmlife Festival is back for 2023.

Done your festival outfit and your dancing shoes on to get ready for Farmlife at Cockfields. 

Running at the start and then again towards the end of the holidays, there will be a whole of festival activities on offer.

Expect dancing in the Dance Barn, comedy shows, free face glitter and even a foam party at the end of the day. 

The animals will also be getting involved in the fun with small pet grooming, the chance to meet the meerkats and lizards, show off your brave side by holding a snake and lots more. 

Read More >>> Farmlife Festival Cockfields Farm 


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