The ULTIMATE Half Term Guide For Oldham and Tameside

With the February half term just around the corner, I have searched high and low for everything that’s going on during the half-term in and around Oldham and Tameside! I’ve also added a few events a little further out but still in Greater Manchester, mainly because they sound great!

Enchanted Fairyland Adventure at Cockfields Farm

This February half term head down to the farm for their amazing fairyland adventure between 15th – 23d Feb. There’s is plenty to do including

  • Make your own wand in Wanda’s Wand factory,
  • Plant your own magic beans in Jacks Bean House,
  • Meet Flora Butterfly in her fabulous fairy show,
  • Meet Buttercup the unicorn,
  • Explore the Fairyland village and see where the fairies live,
  • Get your face glitter in the beauty salon,
  • Cuddle time with the guinea pigs and bunnies and much more!

Book now here. Read all about Cockfields Farm here, check out when we visited for the Hogfields School of Wizardry Event last year.


MONDAY 17TH FEB

Oi! Frog! Story Walk

Join Oldham Library for a fantastically story walk at Foxdenton Park. Enjoy the ‘Oi Frog’ themed trail around the park and make your very own frog! This walk may not be suitable for pushchairs. Suitable footwear is required, ages 3+. Meet outside Foxdenton Hall at 10.30am. This is a free session but booking is essential, tickets available from Monday 10th Feb.

Foxdenton Park, Springs Road, Chadderton, OL9 9QS


Magic Monday Family Crafts

Magic Monday family crafts session will take place in the community gallery 1-3pm. Tickets are £3 and places are limited so advanced booking is essential. There will be free colouring sheets for the under 4’s and refreshments available to purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book either pop in, ring 01457 874093 or email curator@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

Saddleworth Museum and Gallery, High Street, Uppermill, OL3 6HS


Holiday Fun at Gallery Oldham

Free family activities take place during all school holidays. Activities run from 1-4pm, face painting (£2) and craft activities at each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions running 17th, 18th and 19th Feb.

Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL


Bedtime Stories with Susanna Oldfield

Join storyteller Susanna Oldfield at Failsworth Library (5.45-6.45pm) for her lovely bedtime stories session. These free sessions are lots of fun and a great way to develop a relaxing bedtime routine, we love them! Remember to bring your favourite teddy! A light snack for the chidlren will be served after the event.

Failsworth Library, Oldham Road, Failsworth, M35 0FH


Roaring T-Rex at Reddish Vale Farm

This half term a roaring t-Rex and a baby dino will be making appearances at Reddish Vale Farm. This is a full days worth of entertainment planned including fossil and dinosaur props, a dinosaur photo selfie board and small kids dino ride-ons. See their website for more details.

Reddish Vale Farm, Reddish Vale Road, Stockport, SK5 7HE


Creative Clay Crafts

Tiny Tots Session – 11am-12pm

Older Children’s session – 12.30-1.45pm

£10 per child, includes lunch. Call to book 07867971452, booking essential.

Tea, Cakes and Tiaras, 272 Oldham Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 9AZ


Little Imaginations – Cat In The Hat

Little Imaginations is a theatrical session for all ages! Head to the Little Owl Farm and join in with the interactive adventure full of mayhem, make believe and fun! Sessions 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Cost £12 each child to include entrance to the farm.

Little Owl Farm, Grains Road, Grains Bar, Oldham, OL1 4SX


TUESDAY 18TH FEB

Watch Out for Muddy Puddles! – Canal Story Walk

Join Failsworth Library for a wet and muddy story walk along Rochdale canal and up to Newton Heath Dog Club. Enjoy a reading of ‘Watch Out for Muddy Puddles’ and a trail. Meet at Failsworth Libary at 1.30pm. This walk may not be suitable for pushchairs. Suitable footwear is required, ages 3+. This is a free session but booking is essential, tickets available from Monday 10th Feb.

Failsworth Library, Oldham Road, Failsworth, M35 0FH


Holiday Fun at Gallery Oldham

Free family activities take place during all school holidays. Activities run from 1-4pm, face painting (£2) and craft activities at each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions running 17th, 18th and 19th Feb.

Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL


Make, Do and Play

Artist led craft activities for all ages at Portland Basin Museum. 1 per child. 11am-3pm.

Portland Basin, Portland Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0QA


Greater Manchester Police Museum Open Day

This half term the Greater Manchester Police Museum will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Entry to the museum is free!

Greater Manchester Police Museum, 57A Newton Street, M1 1ET


Shadow Box Making

Suitable for all ages 12-1pm. 15 per child, include lunch. Call to book 07867971452, booking essential.

Tea, Cakes and Tiaras, 272 Oldham Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 9AZ


Hubabaloo

Half term fun for all ages including arts and crafts, dance, sport and face painting. All followed by a freshly cooked meal. Free for the whole family. 10.30-1pm.

Oasis Hub, Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road, Oldham, OL8 4JZ


Totally Wild Experience and Pottery Craft

Is your child brave enough to get up, close and personal to tarantulas, millipedes or even a snake? If so then this event if for them! Spend some time handling the creatures and find out all about them before having the chance to decorate there very own mess-free clay. Snack and juice included.

£20 per child (up to two adults free). Payment must be made up front due to limited spaces. Contact 07981476213 for more info.

Notcutts, Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7UB


Little Imaginations – Cat In The Hat

Little Imaginations is a theatrical session for all ages! Head to the Little Owl Farm and join in with the interactive adventure full of mayhem, make believe and fun! Sessions 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Cost £12 each child to include entrance to the farm.

Little Owl Farm, Grains Road, Grains Bar, Oldham, OL1 4SX


WEDNESDAY 19TH FEB

Bird Box Creations

Decorate a bird box. Listen to the story ‘The Go Away Bird’ by Julia Donaldson before creating a little sanctuary for the local wildlife. These will be hung in the local community. Booking essential, free session for over 5’s. Book via Facebook.

Chadderton Library, Well-being Centre, Chadderton, OL9 0JW


Holiday Fun at Gallery Oldham

Free family activities take place during all school holidays. Activities run from 1-4pm, face painting (£2) and craft activities at each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions running 17th, 18th and 19th Feb.

Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL


Meet Tommy Atkins: First World War Soldier

Have you ever wondered what a soldier wore, what he ate, how he lived, fought and died in the ‘Great War for civilisation’? 11am-3pm free event.

Portland Basin, Portland Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0QA


Roaring T-Rex at Reddish Vale Farm

This half term a roaring t-Rex and a baby dino will be making appearances at Reddish Vale Farm. This is a full days worth of entertainment planned including fossil and dinosaur props, a dinosaur photo selfie board and small kids dino ride-ons. See here for more details.

Reddish Vale Farm, Reddish Vale Road, Stockport, SK5 7HE


Food and Film

Come along with friends, family and neighbours to enjoy a meal and a family friendly film together. Free event. 12.30-3pm.

Oasis Hub, Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road, Oldham, OL8 4JZ


Greater Manchester Police Museum Open Day

This half term the Greater Manchester Police Museum will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Entry to the museum is free!

Greater Manchester Police Museum, 57A Newton Street, M1 1ET


Emma’s Crazy Creatures

12-1.30pm. 15 per child, include lunch. Call to book 07867971452, booking essential.

Tea, Cakes and Tiaras, 272 Oldham Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 9AZ


Little Imaginations – Cat In The Hat

Little Imaginations is a theatrical session for all ages! Head to the Little Owl Farm and join in with the interactive adventure full of mayhem, make believe and fun! Sessions 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Cost £12 each child to include entrance to the farm.

Little Owl Farm, Grains Road, Grains Bar, Oldham, OL1 4SX


THURSDAY 20TH FEB

Bird Box Creations

Decorate a bird box. Listen to the story ‘The Go Away Bird’ by Julia Donaldson before creating a little sanctuary for the local wildlife. These will be hung in the local community. Booking essential, free session for over 5’s. Book via Facebook.

Northmoor Library, Chadderway, Oldham, OL9 6DH


Make, Do and Play

Artist led craft activities for all ages at Portland Basin Museum. 1 per child. 11am-3pm.

Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0QA


Bug and Bird Box Building

Whether it’s a nest box for our feathered friends or a snug as a bug residence for creepy crawlies- come and give nature a helping hand this half term. 4 per box. 11am-3pm drop in session.

Hyde park, near the orchard, SK14 4JX


Paint-a-pottery, Foam Clay and Keepsakes

Unicorns, princesses, dragons, superheros, plates, mugs, money banks and trinket boxes are just a small selection of pottery you can choose. No booking is necessary, just turn up, 10am- 3pm. Prices start from as little as 7 inc glazing and firing. More info can be found here.

Notcutts, Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7UB


Greater Manchester Police Museum Open Day

This half term the Greater Manchester Police Museum will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Entry to the museum is free!

Greater Manchester Police Museum, 57A Newton Street, M1 1ET


FRIDAY 21ST FEB

February Half Term Activities

Free half term activities at High Compton Park with Fullcircle nw CIC. Everyone is welcome, 11am-1pm. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

High Compton Park, Oldham, OL2 7NW


Pancake Decorating

Tiny Tots session- 11am- 12pm

Older children session- 12.20- 1.30pm

10 per child, include lunch. Call to book 07867971452, booking essential.

Tea, Cakes and Tiaras, 272 Oldham Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 9AZ


Mahdlo Oldham

Get involved with arts and crafts, sports and family activities all provided by Mahdlo. Free event for all the family.

Oasis Hub, Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road, Oldham, OL8 4JZ