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Portland Basin Museum

by Gaynor (follow)
If you’re looking for a lovely quiet couple of hours out with the children, Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-Under-Lyne is a great family friendly venue.

Situated on the canal side, there are plenty of opportunities for walking, exploring and playing.



Teddy bears


There is currently a Teddy Bears exhibition on and we had fun looking at the different teddies on display and trying to find them scattered around the building.

The permanent exhibits are particularly great for little transport lovers. There’s a replica barge to peek in and a great little model village where you can push the buttons to make the trains and horses move.



Teddy bears


There’s also a film about the history of local transport that will interest older children.


Further on there are some great hands on activities - we liked the gloves and hats from different eras to dress up in.



Hats


Then there’s the Nuts and Bolts play area with toy train set, building blocks, a mini supermarket and lots more dressing up fun.



Teddy bears


Every Thursday in term time there is a Little Hands play session here from 10-11am.

There’s a small café on site, as well as some indoor seating allocated for picnics. There are also regular children’s craft sessions held here.



Hats


On the day of our visit, we had booked in for a barge ride with Santa run by 2 Boards & A Passion Theatre Company which was great fun.



Hats




Hats



Keep an eye out for other water based activities as they are different ones are available here throughout the year.

Entrance to the museum is free and there is a large car park.
Closed Mondays.
Open Tues – Sun 10am til 4pm
Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL7 0QA




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