AN exciting week-long festival of family friendly events is coming to Oldham on Sunday 3 – Saturday 9 September – and it’s all free.
The ‘Your Oldham Festival’, organised by Oldham Council, will take place at venues across Oldham and aims to inform and inspire residents and visitors to do their bit for the borough.
The programme is packed full of events to stimulate conversation and celebrate co-operative work taking place in Oldham.
The Festival kicks off with an outdoor adventure day at Castleshaw Centre on Sunday, September 3 from 12noon – 4pm when guests can take part in exciting activities and see what the centre has to offer.
Visitors can jump into nature and go pond dipping, or for the walkers, take part in a guided walk around the Roman Forts.
Oldham Music Service will accompany with their brass band and visitors can create dream catchers and badges.
Then on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September in the Old Town Hall is a series of EPIC Talks (Engaging People and Inspiring Conversation), from inspirational speakers.
The talks aim to make listeners think about where they live, how they connect with the place and how they can all work together to improve the borough.
Speakers include Professor Ruth Lupton, Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit; Tracy Fishwick, Managing Director at Transform Lives Company (TLC); Lord John Bird MBE, founder of the Big Issue magazine; Julia Unwin CBE, Independent Chair of the Inquiry on the Future of the Civil Society; Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England; Liz Windsor-Welsh, Chief Executive of Action Together; and Lord Andrew Mason, Social Entrepreneur and Executive Chairman Well North.
Talk tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis. Book at: www.oldham. gov.uk/youroldhamfestival
On Wednesday, September 6, Curzon Street will host the ‘Co-operative Street Market’ from 10am – 4pm, with more than 15 different organisations and groups promoting their great work.
Have some fun with Marshall’s Fencing Club, attend a Street Wisdom Workshops, get involved with Mahdlo or find out how to get involved in your community.
Visit the Old Town Hall and Alexandra Park on Thursday, September 7 from 10.30am – 4.30pm for ‘Your Green Oldham’, a day of exhibitions, talks, planting activities and cooking.
A regular minibus and ‘walking buses’ will run between the two venues across the day so you don’t miss any of the action.
Celebrate all things digital with HACK Oldham on Friday, September 8 from 10am – 4pm at the ‘Your Digital Roadshow’.
Kids and adults alike can learn coding, take part in Doodle Bots Workshop, Bridge Building Competition and Electronic Traffic Lights, plus much more.
The sessions take place at HACK Oldham, Yorkshire Street, OL1 1SE. All sessions are free but must be booked in advance: www.oldham.gov.uk/youroldhamfestival
Then on Saturday, September 9 from 10am – 2pm, Oldham Library will be filled with interactive activities for all the family.
Add to the ‘Future Oldham Skyline’, create futuristic pieces of artwork, singalong with your favourite princess, meet the Imperial Stormtroopers, duel with Darth Vader and stop by the Glitter Bar for some sparkly face and body art.
Book your tickets for the Galactic Knight Training or a Princess Singalong at: www.oldham.gov.uk/youroldhamfestival
OldhamLIVE, Oldham’s new free entertainment and music festival in the town centre, will be taking place on Saturday, September 9.
Pirate-themed fun kickstarts the entertainment with kids’ favourite Gemma Hunt, Gem from CBeebies’ Swashbuckle, headlining a family show starting each hour from 12noon until 4pm.
Then live music will rock Parliament Square from 6pm with a sparkling line-up including The Farm, hitmakers Stooshe, Kelly Llorenna, a Clint Boon DJ set and Nathan Moore of Brother Beyond.
Councillor Jean Stretton, Council Leader, said: “We’re delighted to bring you this week of events to celebrate everything great about Oldham.
“The Your Oldham Festival aims to engage residents and raise the profile of important community work taking place across the borough.
“We’ve got some brilliant free events lined-up and there’s something for everyone to attend and enjoy.
“Events like these not only support Oldham’s ambitions of becoming a co-operative borough, it also gives residents a chance to get involved in the community and do your bit.”
To find out more about the festival, to get involved with your community, or to organise a street party using our ‘Event in a Box’, just visit: www.youroldham.coop
Submit your photos from the festival on social media by using the hashtag #YourOldham.