Like photography? You'll love ADAPS.

ADAPS meets every Thursday, all year round, at 8.00pm. We welcome visitors and new members.

Our address is:

Atherton & District Amateur Photographic Society
The Clubroom
Back Stanley Street
Greater Manchester
M46 0SX

ADAPS has a good mix of members of all ages, young and old, men and women, beginners and experienced photographers. You'll soon find friends to buddy up with and we'll help you as much as you need.

You don't need to bring anything with you to your first meeting, but if you want to bring your camera to ask us any questions, or some of your latest photos to show us what kind of pictures you like taking, you're more than welcome. Your first visit is free of charge and we'll even offer you free refreshments.

We welcome anyone with an interest in photography to come and join us. It really doesn't matter what camera or equipment you have. It's not about film or digital, what equipment you use, or the size of your gadget bag - but the image that counts, as well as enjoying your photography. So there's no need to feel intimidated by the size of your camera or lack of gear. We're not all using the latest cameras that cost thousands of pounds. You definitely won't find any equipment snobs or elitism at ADAPS, just like-minded, friendly amateur photographers who like taking photos.

Membership Fees

There is no charge for visitors to attend their first couple of meetings in order to get a feel for what the club is about and to see how you enjoy it. If you then decide to join, our membership fees are very reasonable - just 37.50 per year for adults. Senior citizens and unwaged members pay just 27.50. A joint membership for an adult and a partner costs just 50.

Your membership entitles you to attend club events throughout the year and will open up a whole new social life, gain you new friends as well as developing your hobby and making you a more competent and confident photographer.

All year round in our own clubroom/studio

Unlike some clubs that only meet for half a year, ADAPS offers a programme of events all year round, which means that there is bound to be lots for everyone to enjoy. Many camera clubs meet once a week for a couple of hours in their local library or community centre. ADAPS is fortunate to have our own clubroom which means that we can use it as often as we like and that our meetings can go on for as long as we like, with no need to keep an eye on the clock. The clubroom is large and also doubles as a studio, with a kitchen and toilets.

We have taken measures to make the ADAPS Clubroom accessible to visitors with a disability by purchasing a wheelchair ramp and other equipment. We will be pleased to provide any further information you require before you visit.

All meetings are held in a smoking-free environment. If you have any questions please email 

Find Us

ADAPS is quite easy to find - just off Market Street in Atherton town centre. The clubroom entrance is down a small side street, Back Stanley Street, off Bullough Street. The area is residential, with on-street car parking available along Stanley Street and Cambridge Street.

From Wigan
Take the A577 Wigan Road to Atherton town centre and then once on Mealhouse Lane take a right turn into Smith Street and Morley Street, which then leads onto Stanley Street.

From Bolton
The A579 Bolton Road brings you into Atherton and onto Church Street. Take a right turn onto Market Street then a left turn onto Morley Street, which then leads onto Stanley Street.

From Tyldesley
Take the A577 Tyldesley Road to Atherton town centre and onto Market Street, then a left turn onto Morley Street, which then leads onto Stanley Street.

From Leigh
From the B5215 Leigh Road take a right turn onto Hamilton Street, which runs alongside Atherton's Central Park. Turn left onto Mayfield Street then left again onto Stanley Street. Alternatively, if you carry on along Leigh Road you can take a right turn onto Naylor Street, which brings you directly onto Stanley Street.

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