Get set for spectacle as WelliFest and Saddleworth Show returns

SADDLEWORTH Show and WelliFest return this year with another spectacular line-up of entertainment, activities and music for all ages.

The Rotary Clubs of Saddleworth and Oldham Metro have combined once more to stage the popular two-day event on June 29-30 to raise funds for good causes.

Frank Bolger, from Oldham Metro, said: “This year we are staging our most ambitious event ever, returning to the fabulous Well-i-Hole Farm which means we can offer ample free parking.

“Over recent years the clubs have given help to over 65 charities and good causes. All our helpers are volunteers and every penny of profit goes to help the good causes.

“And we’d like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors for their support and helping to make both events possible and a success.”

The fun starts on Saturday, June 29 in Greenfield with the WelliFest music event, which was launched last year with great success.

This year the event will feature Tom Hingley, former Inspiral Carpets lead singer Peter Sarsfield as Frankie Valli plus 10 other local acts.

And there will be a special spot on stage for the winner and runner-up of WelliFest’s 12 to 16-year-old competition, Liberty Eaton and Freja Hardman.

There will be two bars, including a gin and rum bar, plus a feast of food outlets.

Anthony Burke, from Saddleworth Rotary Club, said: “WelliFest proved to be a great community event last year and we have made more improvements for our second year.”

Gates open at 2.30pm and the event starts at 3.30pm, finishing at 9.30pm. Tickets may be bought in advance and cost £15 adults (over 12 years), £5 child (5-12 years), Under 5s free. A family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) costs £30. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

For tickets and more event information go online: www.wellifest.com or buy tickets from The Royal George, The Clarence, Well-i-hole Farm and Saddleworth Museum.

Then on Sunday, June 30 is the traditional Saddleworth Show, a family fun day which has been staged for more than 35 years and enjoyed by about 5,000 people every year.

Firm favourites are back including a fairground, pony rides, craft, commercial and charity, stalls and bars and food outlets.

And there is also a busy schedule of arena acts including comedy trampoline act The Crazy Tramps, who have appeared at numerous venues in the UK and internationally.

Also performing will be Juba do Leao, who are inspired by the rhythms and vibrant dances of North-Eastern Brazil, and Global Grooves showcasing their vibrant, giant puppets.

Man’s best friend can take centre stage in the ever-popular Fun Dog Show, for which there are plenty of categories for your pet to enter on the day.

There will be quite a sight as the local tractor group rides into the event on their vintage tractors, including the last David Brown tractor made.

Laser quest, a climbing wall, floating archery, and WelliKids story telling with some baby animals will keep the children – and adults – entertained for hours.

Mahdlo Youth Zone is providing free activities and there will be a Bogtastic van, with interactive displays about the iconic moors, as well as demonstrations from Dry Stone Wallers.

And the traditional Duck Race will take place on the River Tame near the site, when organisers expect around 2,000 ducks to be released down the waterway.

To complete the scene is the music showcase, this year featuring the widest range of musical talent ever staged including the finalists of the 12 to 16-year-old competition, Rock Choir, Mahdlo performers, Baby Ballet and a host of other local youth talent.

More details, including timetables and ticket details, are available online: https://saddleworthshow.com

Sponsorship opportunities for both events are still available. For further information please contact Frank Bulger by calling 07392 065452 or emailing fcbolger@btinternet.com

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