Step back in time and explore the sights and sounds of a bygone Thameside
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.
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.
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.
Then there’s the Nuts and Bolts play area with toy train set, building blocks, a mini supermarket and lots more dressing up fun.
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.
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.
Keep an eye out for other water based activities as they are different ones are available here throughout the year.
Useful information: Address:Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0QA
Opening hours: Closed Mondays, Tues – Sun 10am til 4pm
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