Festival Oldham Returns!

Roll-up, roll-up for the greatest show in town! Festival Oldham is back for another year. The borough’s annual free celebration of art, entertainment and street theatre takes place on Saturday 26 May, 11am to 4pm in Parliament Square and the Parish Church in Oldham Town Centre and at Gallery Oldham.

This year the festival takes on a circus theme and is part of Circus250, a national celebration marking 250 years of circus. Oldham has a rich history of circus performances and the Coliseum Theatre actually began life in 1885 as the Grand American Circus and Hippodrome.

To mark this rich heritage we will be welcoming over 100 of the very best circus, variety and music performers to Oldham this late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Be amazed by the unusual, bizarre and unbelievable feats of Doctor Diablo’s Sideshow – including amazing fire-eating, escapology and contortionism. Circus Sensible and their beautiful blue and yellow big tops will transform the Parish Church yard into the ‘The Circus Gardens’. This is your chance to watch spectacular performers from around the world and have a go at juggling, stilt walking, plate spinning and much more.

Our resident circus elephants Hessi and Kalli will be exploring Parliament Square, these loveable cheeky elephant sisters love meeting new people and getting up to mischief. A beautiful giant lion will be prowling the streets of Oldham accompanied by her faithful assistant who will beckon forth all who wish to meet the spirit of the pride.

We will be reaching new heights when we welcome a larger than life circus ringmaster and the amazing aerial acrobatics of Circus Vee at Gallery Oldham. Look out too for Tiddles the Circus Tiger – the brand new Oldham Theatre Workshop street theatre show.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood and Co-operatives, said: “Festival Oldham is always a real crowd pleaser and one of the highlight of our events calendar.  It attracts a huge crowd every year and this year’s circus theme promises to be something really special. We look forward to welcoming people to this spectacular, free event.”

For more information check out VisitOldham or call 0161 770 3070.

And you can download the festival flyer here too Festival Oldham A5 flyer

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