Wizard programme lined up for half-term

AS befits a half-term holiday that falls at the end of October, Tameside Culture has come up with a spell-binding and spooky programme of children’s events.

Ashton and Stalybridge libraries will be hosting craft activities including a game and a treasure hunt for four to 10-year-olds based on the popular Winnie the Witch books by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul.

Or on Thursday, October 28, you can join us in Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge (11am to 3pm), for “Witches, Wizards and Wands”. Take part in wizard training, make your own potion, decorate a magical wand and toast a yummy, spooky snack on the campfire.

If theatre’s your thing, we have Big Imaginations regular Dommy B from CBeebies “The Rhyme Rocket” coming to the Astley Cheetham Gallery in Stalybridge on Tuesday, October 26, with his new production “Dommy B’s Best Adventure Ever” which is ideal for children aged five and over.

The following day, Ri Ri’s Dance Academy will be presenting “Sue and Sita” which uses puppetry, shadow theatre, and dance to celebrate identity and heritage. It’s great for youngsters aged eight and above.

At Portland Basin Museum in Ashton you can take part in a family-friendly trail linked to the “Food Glorious Food” exhibition. Complete the trail and hand in your activity sheet and you could win a prize.

Make, Do, Play activity bags containing everything you need to invent your own board game are available from reception for £1.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for libraries, culture and heritage, said: “Yet again our libraries and culture teams have come up with a great programme of activities and all with a suitable late October theme. Whatever the weather there’s plenty to do and lots of fun to be enjoyed.”

For full details of half-term events, booking and prices visit www.tameside.gov.uk/halfterm

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