Selling Stuff at the Festival
Commercial stalls at Oldham Carnival are always welcome. For a small rental fee - depending on what your selling - we can offer you a 6 x 3 metres spot at the venue (with space for your car/vehicle). We have many commercial stalls on the day, but you do need to book and pay in advance. You can do this by downloading the form below, completing it and returning it to us with your fee.



SOMETHING FOR CANINE LOVERS
Organised by the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, this event promises to be fun with 6 classes to be judged - including Best Stray, Best Tail Wagger, Best Male and more. It's £1 entry fee and rosettes will be given to winners. The event promotes 'Responsible Dog ownership' and also, information about all aspects of the Manchester Dogs Home and its work can be found at the organiser's stall next to the arena. Times: Registration 11am to 12Noon, Competitions 1 - 5pm , FREE to watch, £1 to enter your dog

ROOTZ STAGE LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
The final RootZ Stage Line-up has been published. Performers include: Act one, Jaggers Dance, Fierce Dancers, Frozen Singalong, Maximum Power, Capoeira Conviver, Andrei Muse, January, Rachel Kelly, Leigh, Adz and Co, President Ray Gun, Blades Academy, Mix Mania, Blique 8, Motown Vampires, Chris Henderson, The Miners and Soma Holiday. Stage runs between 11am and 6.30pm

LIONS DEN WITH ACT ONE THEATRE GROUP
Theres a return of Act One Theatre Group to carnival this year with a full day programme of light entertainment at the famous landmark, Lion's Den. The day includes several shows by the club and guest actors, performers, dancers etc. Show starts at 12Noon until 5pm

DR KERSHAW’S CHARITY PUSH 2016/17
The Carnival Team of volunteers and management will be raising money for a local charity between Carnivals in future. The first cause (2016/17) will be for Doctor Kershaw’s. All monies raised will be awarded at the next Carnival in 2017.

UK DANCE TROOP CHAMPIONSHIPS
This annual event is becoming a major attraction for Dance Troupes in the region. This year up to thirty regional and national teams will battle it out, throughout the day, for the coveted prize of UK Dance Troupe Champions. All the teamwork, co-ordination and colour comes out in this annual event, until the winners emerge victorious. Competition starts at 10am until 6pm

MUTUAL MODEL BOAT SOCIETY
Don’t want the hustle and bustle of the Carnival main field? Then enjoy the leisurely pace of the Mutual Model Boat Society as they display between 16 and 20 model boats on the park lake. Boats range from 2ft to 4ft and are all made by the members of the club. There will be club officials on hand at their stall (situated next to the Lake) for members of the public to discuss anything about the boats, the club and how to get involved etc. Show starts at 12Noon until 5pm





ROOTZ STAGE WITH RAZ AND MARTIN
Where: Main Field
Times: 11am to 6.30pm
FREE


A selection of locally-based performers to entertain you all day long. Dance groups, theatre, rock bands, solo artists and more. Watch tommorow's stars today. Full listing on the left of this page.
SKATE THE DAY AWAY
Where: Main Field
Times: 11am to 5.30pm
FREE


One of our big FREE attractions at this yyear's festival is the Skate Spectacular Dry Ice Rink. The rink will be manned by fully qualified staff throughout the day. Blades will be provided to all users. The rink will be operational between 11am and 6pm.

FUN DOG SHOW
Where: Main Field (1 Arena)
Times: Registration 11am to 12Noon, Competitions 1 - 5pm
FREE to watch, £1 to enter your dog


Organised by the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, this event promises to be fun with 6 classes to be judged - including Best Stray, Best Tail Wagger, Best Male and more. It's £1 entry fee and rosettes will be given to winners. The event promotes 'Responsible Dog ownership' and also,information about all aspects of the Manchester Dogs Home and its work can be found at the organiser's stall next to the arena.

FREEBIE ZONE
Where: Main Field
Times: 11am to 5.30pm
FREE


Our most popular area of the Park. Everything is free. This year we have Professor Baubles Punch and Judy, Rumple the Clown, Circus Whiz and the Skate Spectacular Dry Ice Rink

UK DANCE TROOP CHAMPIONSHIPS
Where: Main Field (2 Arenas)
Times: 9.30am to 6pm
FREE


Up to thirty regional and national teams will battle it out, throughout the day, for the coveted prize of UK Dance Troupe Champions. All the teamwork, co-ordination and colour comes out in this annual event, until the winners emerge victorious.


MUTUAL MODEL BOAT SOCIETY

Where: Lakeside next to Cafe
Times: 12Noon until 5pm
FREE


Don’t want the hustle and bustle of the Carnival main field? Then enjoy the leisurely pace of the Mutual Model Boat Society as they display between 16 and 20 model boats on the park lake. Boats range from 2ft to 4ft and are all made by the members of the club. There will be club officials on hand at their stall (situated next to the Lake) for members of the public to discuss anything about the boats, the club and how to get involved etc

3D CINEMA
Where: Promenade
Times: 11am to 6pm
ENTRY FEE TO BE ANNOUNCED


More Details to be Announced

LIONS DEN WITH ACT ONE THEATRE GROUP
Where: Promenade
Times: 12noon to 5.30pm
FREE


A full day programme of light entertainment at the famous landmark known as the Lion's Den. Organised by Act One Theatre Group, the day includes several shows by the club and guest actors, performers, dancers and solo singers.


SILCOCKS AND DAVE FURNESS FUNFAIR
Where: Main Field
Times: 10am to 7pm
PAYABLE


A traditional set of fun fair rides, inflatables and game stalls provided by Furness Fun Fairs and John Silcock. We'll annouce the BIG rides nearer the time.

FOOD GALORE
Where: Throughout the Venue
Times: 11am to 6pm
PAYABLE


This year's food includes Indian, Mexican and English. There'll be donuts, ice creams and sweet stalls too. Something for everyone.

CHARITY, COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY STALLS
Where: Throughout the Venue
Times: 11am to 6pm


Each year we open up the park to a range of charity and community stalls to raise funds, recruit members and raise awareness of their causes. There will also be plenty of commercial stalls to browse.





Martin Turner and Anjum 'Raz' Raza taking a break
between acts at the 2014 Carnival

Who'd have thought ten years ago, when the new Oldham Carnival restarted, Raz and Martin would still be beating the stage boards in 2016 - the Tenth Anniversary of the event.

As compere duos go you can't find a better pairing. And, my word its been needed sometimes. "In the early days it was difficult to get a full days
line-up of performers" said Raz. "Some bands never turned up at all - leaving us with as much as forty-five minutes to fill".

GIFT OF THE GAB!

But this is were the proverbial 'gift of the gab' came in very handy for the duo. "Its not easy to keep a crowd enthused for long periods", Martin mused, "knowing the next band havent arrived yet. But the two of us managed - even though we couldn't talk for the next three days".

A DECADE ON?

Fast-forward ten years and its a completely different story. "We can hardly get a word in these days" commented Raz. "The bands, dancers and singers are queuing up to get on stage, leaving Martin and myself a little put out as we struggle to find time for them all".

But the two are overjoyed with the eventual success of what is now the Oldham Carnival RootZ Stage. "Its fantastic to see local talent take to our stage in such numbers today" said Martin. "The acts get better each year and the whole stage team and management group are proud to have helped them all in this way".

This year's stage performes are due to be announced at the end of May


One of our big FREE attractions at this year's festival is the Skate Spectacular Dry Ice Rink (pictured right).

The rink will be manned by fully qualified staff throughout the day. Blades are provided to all users.

The rink will be operational between 11am and 6pm.


The idea of offering free activities at the carnival goes back to days when the new management took over in 2006.


Circus Whiz has been a great favourite with kids and will
be returning in 2016

Since 2006 we have managed to provide free activities for families every year. Of course, they're not free to us - the organisers. Each activity has to be paid for in order for the public to get free access.

4 FREEBIES IN 2016

The popularity of our Freebie Zone cannot be
over exagerated and it is with this in mind that we have decided to focus more on this part of the Carnival in coming years.

So, for 2016 we've rebooked a couple of favourites and invited a couple of new ones. Circus Whiz returns, Professsor Baubles Punch and Judy as well as Rumple the Clown. Our addition in 2016 will be the fabulous Dry Ice Rink. A great Freebie Zone!