Your Oldham


Your Oldham Festival, 3 to 9 September 2017

The Your Oldham Festival aims to celebrate and showcase the fantastic co-operative activities happening across Oldham. We have a number of family friendly events taking place across the borough for you to discover over the week-long celebration.

From the Castleshaw Centre Outdoor Adventure Day, to our EPIC Talks series and Your Future day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and it’s all free:

Your Outdoor Adventure Day

Sunday 3 September, 12pm – 4pm, free, suitable for all ages

The festival kicks off with a family fun day at the popular Castleshaw Centre nestled in the hills of Delph. Go caving, pond dipping – or for the less adventurous, a guided walk around the Roman Forts.

Oldham Music Service will accompany the day with their brass band and there’ll be dream catcher crafting, badge-making and refreshments throughout the day.

Come along, take part in fun activities and see what the centre has to offer. No need to book, just turn up.

Castleshaw Centre, Waterworks Road, Delph OL3 5LZ

EPIC Talks

EPIC stands for Engaging People and Inspiring Conversations. Join us in Oldham town centre for a series of engaging speakers from across the UK, set against the backdrop of the stunning Old Town Hall. Booking will be essential for all the EPIC talks.

EPIC Place (Inclusive Economy)

Monday 4 September, 10am – 1pm, free

The EPIC Talks will kick off with a discussion about our place and how we connect with where we live. We’ll also start the discussion on what Oldham means to us and how Oldham’s partners and people are working to improve lives – so bring your thinking caps

Speakers include:

  • Lord John Bird MBE, founder of the Big Issue
  • Ruth Lupton, Manchester Inclusive Growth Unit
  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive for Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
  • Tracy Fishwick, Transform Lives

Speaker biographies

The Old Town Hall, Parliament Square, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1QN

EPIC People (Thriving Communities)

Monday 4 September, 2pm – 5pm, free

The second in the series of EPIC Talks asks us to think about people, their health and wellbeing and how residents, businesses, partners and the public sector can work together ‘do their bit’ for Oldham.

Speakers include:

  • Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England
  • Lord Andrew Mawson, Entrepreneur
  • Dan White, The Behaviouralist
  • Alex Hoskins, Chatty Café Founder
  • Mark Brown, Street Wisdom

Speaker biographies 

The Old Town Hall, Parliament Square, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1QN

EPIC Co-operative Services

Tuesday 5 September, 10am – 1pm, free

Speakers include:

  • Andy Powell, Technologist and Digital Trainer – Hackspace founder and maker of things
  • Julia Unwin CBE, Former Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
  • Liz Windsor-Welsh, Chief Executive of Action Together
  • Indy Johar, architect and co-founder of 00 (

Speaker biographies

The Old Town Hall, Parliament Square, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1QN

Your Co-operative Market Street

Wednesday 6 September, 10am – 4pm, free

There’s so much great co-operative work going on in Oldham. We want to celebrate this and give you a chance to be inspired and get involved. On Wednesday the town centre will be filled with more than 15 organisations and community groups – each one promoting the great work they do.

Learn how to grow your own veg and plants with Oldham’s Environmental Services Team, find out about more opportunities with Oldham’s Lifelong Learning Centre, see what Mahdlo have on offer and taste what Real Junk Food Oldham have been cooking up. There will even be fencing demonstrations and watch out for the Dalek invasion, courtesy of HACK Oldham.

Our Green Dividend Fund team will also be on hand, as well as Action Together, Positive Steps and much more.

You’ll also get the opportunity to attend one of our Street Wisdom walks. These sessions give you the opportunity to really focus on the world around you, taking in the signs and signals that we normally don’t notice.

No need to book, just turn up.

Curzon Street, Oldham town centre OL1 3AE

Your Green Oldham

Thursday 7 September, 10am – 4pm, free

Visit the Old Town Hall for a day of exhibitions and presentations celebrating Oldham’s environment and green spaces. Find out about the innovative local green projects and activities such as cycling and walking in Oldham and listen to inspiring talks about our canals and unusual wildlife and much more.

At Alexandra Park learn about growing fresh fruit and veg, how to uncover the most beautiful walks in Oldham, and how to make the most of the natural environment. Enjoy a clay oven jacket potato, plant a herb to keep and more fun activities.

No need to book, just turn up.

The Old Town Hall, Parliament Square, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1QN

Alexandra Park, Oldham OL8 2BN

A regular minibus and walking buses will run between the two venues throughout the day.

Your Digital Roadshow

Friday 8 September, 10am – 4pm, free

Celebrate all things creative, digital and innovative with HACK Oldham. The day is designed to keep you up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology and is perfect for anyone who loves technology or someone who simply wants to learn more. Explore different career opportunities in the digital age and celebrate the achievements of the digital and creative sectors in the borough.

There will also be fun and inspiring  coding workshops throughout the day for both adults and kids, plus a chance for young investors to build and keep their own robot.

No need to book, just turn up.

Hack Oldham, 38-44 Yorkshire Street, Oldham OL1 1SE

Your Digital Workshop 

Friday 8 September 

11.00am - Coding for Kids

Learn how to create a simple computer game using the Free online Scratch programming environment

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12.30pm - Coding for Adults

Learn the basics of programming with Python, a useful language that can be used for everything from automating repetitive tasks to controlling robots.

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2.00pm- Doodle Bots Workshop

Build a walking robot that leaves colourful trails as it dances around the floor.

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Wednesday 20 September 

3.30pm - Bridge Building Competition

You have one hour to build a bridge from lolly pop sticks spanning a 50cm gap before they are tested to destruction to see whose bridge can take the most weight.

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4.30pm - Electronic Traffic Lights

An introduction to micro electronics with the Ardunio, build and program a simple set of traffic lights 

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Your Future

Saturday 9 September, 10am – 4pm, free, suitable for all ages

Help us shape the future – all while having some mischievous fun. Visit Oldham Library on the final day of the festival as it becomes home to a host of activities based around imagining an Oldham of the Future.

Add to the ‘Future Oldham Skyline’, create futuristic pieces of artwork, feel the power of the Force with Imperial Stormtroopers, duel with Darth Vader and dance with some royal guests.

You can even go on an adventure with our Pirate Captain – bet you didn’t think we had one of those either – and write a letter to Oldham, letting us know what you want to be when you grow up. Don’t forget to stop by The Glitter Bar for some sparkly face and body art.Once online tickets have sold out, there will be some available on the day ‘at the door’ on a first come, first served basis.

Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL