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1. History of Oldham
Oldham is recognised as the international centre of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, and is steeped in history from that period. At the Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery’s Textile Gallery you can find out more about Oldham’s industrial history, with their working machinery that demonstrates the weaving process. The area also has a rich coal mining hi...Read more
2. Now in Oldham
Oldham is a city located in the North West of England, near the bustling Northern cities of Manchester and Leeds. The culturally diverse area offers a great deal for visitors and locals alike, with fantastic shopping and restaurants that are the perfect place to go whether you are looking for fun or relaxation.
3. Events in Oldham
Oldham is proud of its history, and pays homage to its traditions with several annual festivals including the Rochdale Canal Festival and the Whit Friday band competitions that take place in the area’s surrounding villages every year. Oldham also has a diverse arts scene, that is celebrated with both the Festival Oldham and Saddleworth Festival of the Arts.
4. Attractions in Oldham
If you are interested in Art and local history, head to the Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery. It is situated in an old nineteenth century Victorian Mill, and has a great deal of fascinating exhibitions on display. Gallery Oldham offers 16 different exhibitions a year of both contemporary art and natural history collections.
5. Things To Do in Oldham
The countryside around the city of Oldham is viewed by many as the area’s best kept secret. There are four Countryside Centres which offer a range of leisure and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Oldham is near to both the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District National Park.
6. Business in Oldham
Oldham has a range of local businesses for all of the amenities that you may require. There are a wide range of shops and restaurants that are the perfect destination for a day out.
7. Transport in Oldham
Oldham’s location between Yorkshire and Lancashire means that it has been a vital transport link since Roman times. The city centre is just ten minutes away from both the M60 and the M62, and buses run from Oldham towards Manchester city centre every ten minutes. Oldham is also home to a canal, railways and the Stanedge tunnel, which is the longest, highest and deepest canal ...Read more
8. Entertainment in Oldham
Oldham has a reputation from the Victorian era as a great theatre city. Now the only surviving theatre is the famous Oldham Coliseum Theatre, which provides the Oldham Theatre Workshop, which helped to nurture and teach performers such as the writer and actor Eric Sykes and several Coronation Street actors including Anne Kirkbride and Sarah Lancashire. Both Charlie Chaplin and ...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Oldham
Oldham’s skyline is dominated by the surviving cotton mills that are a testament to the area’s industrial history. The Oldham Town Hall is a must see if you are interested in architecture, as it is a stunning Georgian neo-classical structure.
10. Interesting Facts about Oldham
Oldham has been home to a host of famous faces, including Britain’s most famous Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who began his political career in the city, and said: "I always cherish my memories of Oldham, and the warm hearts and bright eyes of its people, and I always wish them the good luck I know they deserve". Take That’s Mark Owen was born in Oldham, and the area h...Read more
01 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
Whit Friday is a big event in Oldham and the surrounding areas, with each village hosting a brass band competition for local, national and international bands. The festival, which is seen by many as ‘the greatest free show on earth’, takes place every year and is fo ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
Although it only happens every four years, the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts is certainly worth waiting for. The festival brings together a wide range of both international and local talent and even offers appearances from famous faces. Established in 1957, the fest ...more
01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
The Rochdale Feel Good Festival is a two-day celebration in September to enjoy music and food. All festival events are free and the packed programme aims to offer something for everyone. Thousands of people head into the town centre on the Friday and Saturday to enjoy ...more
01 January 2013 - 31 December 2013
If you are a fan of keeping fit and are looking for somewhere you can run, socialise and get outdoors, then The Oldham Parkrun is just what you have been looking for. The 5k run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at the Alexandra Park in the town. The run welcome ...more
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