Saddleworth Festival has established high standards and traditions since the first Festival in 1957. It is now a firm fixture in the Saddleworth scene and brings together a wide range of international, national and local artists to demonstrate their talent for the enjoyment of all. It provides a platform to see top-quality performers and also gives local organisations an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a festival setting.

It stays true to its original aim of fostering the arts in Saddleworth and provides nine-days of outstanding and varied entertainment of a high standard. From opera and chamber concerts to afternoon talks and quilts, from Argentinian tango to dazzling jazz, from brass band music to Ruby Turner and internationally renowned violinist Tasmin Little – with plenty more besides – it has something to suit all tastes.

Saddleworth Festival would not happen with out the generous support of a large number of voluntary bodies, individuals and companies whose unstinting efforts and patronage make it possible. As well as enjoying the Festival events why not help support it?


Take advantage of our Patrons’ subscription offer which offers you the chance to make a saving if you want to book multiple events. For a subscription of £100 you can become a Patron of the Festival which entitles each Patron to 7 tickets for events of their choice*, priority booking before general booking opens on March 9th, an invitation to a Patrons’ reception plus a complimentary Souvenir Programme with a full listing of all events.

*Patrons will be limited to two tickets per Patron for ‘A Taste of Tango’ during the priority booking period.

Anyone intersted in becoming a Patron should contact the Festival Secretary, Silver Birches, Kinders Crescent, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7JQ, e-mail him or call tel. no. 01457 873988.


The Festival benefits from the generous financial support of a number of local companies and organisations. There are various levels of sponsorship and donors also benefit from ticket allocations and acknowledgement in return. If you or your company are interested in supporting the Festival financially in this way and want to find out more please contact Colin Smith.