ROOTZ STAGE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS
The closing date for RootZ Stage applications is fast approaching with only a few weeks left. The chance to perform on the stage is open to local performers or any genre - dance, theatre, song.

SKATE THE DAY AWAY
One of our big FREE attractions at this year's festival is the Skate Spectacular Dry Ice Rink. 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.

FUN DOG DAY
Organised by the Manchester Dogs Home (MDH), this event promises to be fun with 6 classes to be judged - including Best Stray, Best Tail Wagger, Most Handsome Male and more. It's £1 entry fee for each dog and rosettes will be given to winners. All money and donations towards the MDH The event promotes 'Responsible Dog Ownership' and information about all aspects of the home can be found at the organiser's stall next to the arena.

MUTUAL MODEL BOAT SOCIETY
This year at Carnival why not 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 2 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.


Volunteering in 2016
Volunteers are at the heart of Oldham Carnival. Our Management Group are all volunteers themselves as are many of the participants in the event. Anyone can volunteer to help at our event. It can be very rewarding and is a great way to meet new people, gain new and useful skills, gain experience and to make a big difference to your community. Click the link below to apply online:



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.






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!