Summer Events Programme packed with socially distanced fun

Arts & Education

DIPPY the Dinosaur may be the star of the show but there's nothing prehistoric about Tameside Culture's packed summer events programme - it's coming to you courtesy of the wonders of modern technology.


To make up for the restrictions caused by social distancing, the engagement team have adapted their ever-popular summer events programme.


You can still have the same fun watching family theatre performances, seeing exhibitions and getting involved in activities, but instead of heading out to a gallery or museum you'll be able to enjoy them remotely.


Culture have created a series of weekly online culture camps each with its own theme and suitable for all ages. 


Portland Basin has moved its "Nature's Wonders" exhibition online. It's a great chance to discover the museum's collections of plants, mosses, shells, birds' eggs, fossils and other natural history items, plus loans from Manchester Museum and Gallery Oldham. As the museum is part of the 'Dippy' fringe we are also celebrating all things relating to Dippy, a diplodocus skeleton belonging to the National History Museum who is in Rochdale as part of his national tour. 


To complement this, there will be a week dedicated to natural history as well as "Let's Smile" which has activities relating to portraits and links to the borough's art collection. A short film shows how to create a portrait. We'll also have weeks focusing on all things playful and celebrating allotment week too, and don't forget the 10 amazing activity trails you can complete across the borough, to download the guides please visit


Theatre company The Fabularium will be back with a stream of their show "The Hare and the Moon", telling the tale of how Leapa the Hare helps dark Siberia's arctic animals reclaim the sun. It'll be available to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home between Wednesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 19, via Facebook and YouTube.


On Wednesday, August 12, why not check in with Wilford live at his lockdown garden? Pif-Paf Theatres invite us to join Wilford and his only mate Napoleon the Chicken as they try to get some planting done while battling the slugs trying to get over the hedge. 


Circus Sensible will also be back with two brilliant Zoom workshops, teaching you and your family traditional circus skills.


Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council's executive member for culture, said: "Summer's a time when we all look forward to getting out and about and enjoying the exciting programme of family events that Culture always manage to put together.


"Social distancing makes that more difficult this year but there still so much to enjoy. All the usual attractions are still there, but in a different way, and if you want to get out into Tameside's parks and greenspace you can try our new family activity trails.


"Please get involved. It's all about being home, taking care, being active, staying local, and having fun."


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Throughout the summer we would love to see what you have been creating or getting involved in, please do share with us via social media.

To find out more, keep up to date and get involved in what we have planned please do keep an eye out for regular updates on social media.