Accelerate: Festival of Transport
Saturday 8 June, 11am–3pm, FREE
Oldham town centre (Parliament Square, Gallery Oldham and Oldham Parish Church Gardens)
Buckle up for a fantastic celebration of transport, travel and motion as part of Oldham’s first-ever Accelerate Festival of Transport.
With a fantastic exhibition of vintage cars lined-up alongside a parade of motor-themed entertainment, engaging workshops and the return of one of Oldham’s home-grown motoring treasures, there’s something for all.
This event is brought to you in partnership with Oldham Council, the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club, Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, SpareParts ‘On the Move’ and Gallery Oldham.
11-3pm, Gallery Oldham Gardens (OL1 1AL)
Enjoy a pop-up showcase of amazing vintage buses by the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester. With the likes of the 1957 Leyland Titan, Oldham Corporation Bus and the 1948 Leyland, North Western on show, don’t be late for this one.
Classic Car Show
11am—3pm, Parliament Square (OL1 1QN)
Feast your eyes on an array of vintage and classic vehicles brought to you by the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club as they return to Oldham for their 12th year. If you’re a fan of lovingly restored cars and classic motors, this will be right up your street.
The ‘Rothwell Car' homecoming
1.30pm, Gallery Oldham (OL1 1AL)
Celebrate the return of Oldham’s very own Rothwell Car as it is welcomed back to the collection of Gallery Oldham. First produced in the borough back in 1910 by Rothwell & Co Ltd, the ‘Rothwell Car’ is a rare piece of Oldham’s motoring history, so don’t ‘stall’ on this great opportunity to witness a unique item from the borough’s industrial past.
The SpareParts Parade
12pm, town centre
Witness a procession of curiosities, contraptions and musical vehicles designed by artists and local people as they make their way through the town centre to Parliament Square.
SpareParts festival performances
11.30—3pm, Parliament Square, Gallery gardens and the Parish Church Yard
Spectate on a programme full of the best transport-themed street theatre, dance and music around. With performances from the likes of Grumpy Grandads ‘Ay Up Airlines’ (Greenbank Productions), ‘Drive by Comedy’ (Pemberton & Hague), and Boom Bikes & Bouree (Dan Fox) you’re in for a fantastic day of entertainment.
For a full list of the attractions, please visit: http://sparepartsfestival.co.uk/Oldham/
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Access to Oldham town has never been easier thanks to Metrolink. The town centre line has three stops – Oldham Mumps, Oldham Central and Oldham King Street – meaning the many shops, attractions, events and leisure offer is all within a short distance.
Free town centre parking : You can park for free for up to 3 hours on all Council owned town centre car parks every Saturday and Sunday. To qualify for this offer you must take a ticket from the pay and display machine for the length of time you are intending to stay.
Council owned town centre car parks: Civic Centre, Waterloo Street, Southgate Street, Bow Street, Bradshaw Street, Rock Street, Tommyfield (No Return Within 3 Hours) and New Radcliffe Street
What to do:
To take advantage of this offer you must take a ticket from the pay and display machine for the length of time you intend to stay. The ticket must be clearly displayed in the windscreen of your vehicle before you leave the car park. If you want to park for longer than 3 hours you must pay at the pay and display machine for the entire length of your stay. You can also park for up to 30 minutes on-street, seven days a week when you take a ticket from the pay and display machine.
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