Every year on Whit Friday more than a hundred brass bands come from all over the country to perform a series of open-air contests in the Saddleworth area and surrounding villages. In 2018, Whit Friday falls on 25th May and is a major event in the Brass Band calendar.
For more information, see http://www.whitfriday.brassbands.saddleworth.org/
The Saddleworth Summer show is hosted this year on our very own Well-i-Hole Farm venue. Gates open at 10am and entry is £5 for adults. Accompanied children under 16 are free.
The show is organised by two local Rotary Clubs, with proceeds going to local charities supported by the Rotary. The Saddleworth show is a showcase for local businesses, crafters and charities, and there are all kinds of attractions, including falconry displays, Springer dog club and the popular Duck Race, which takes place in the river running along the edge of the site.
More information: http://saddleworthshow.org.uk/
The "Yanks are back in Saddleworth" in 2018 on 11th and 12th August. This popular event was launched in 2001 to celebrate the 1979 Hollywood film "Yanks", starring Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave. Many of the scenes were filmed in and around Saddleworth and each year the wartime atmosphere is recreated with military vehicles, period costumes, tea dance, re-enactments, stalls and lots more. In 2016, there was a Battle of Britain Memorial fly-over featuring a Lancaster Bomber and 2 spitfires in tandem - see the video below.
The Cotton Clouds Music Festival is to be held at Saddleworth Cricket Club on Saturday 18th August 2018. Featuring a host of live bands, the festival was sold out in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Best New Festival at the UK Festival awards.
The line up will be announced in March - for information, see http://www.cottoncloudsfestival.com/
The Rushcart is an annual ceremony to celebrate the ritual spreading of rushes on church floors, which were added to improve the comfort of parishioners in the days before flagged or solid church floors were common. It is now celebrated in a number of northern towns and villages, usually involving Morris Dancing and other local traditions. The Saddleworth Rushcart is organised by the Saddleworth Morris Men and in 2018 is during August Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 25th August to Sunday 27th.