Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass Band Contests have to be seen to be believed!  Whether you are an old hand or a newcomer, welcome to our new site, which should have everything you need to help you plan your visit on June 5th 2020.

There is a long tradition of Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in Saddleworth,  and last year we had 119 bands of every calibre moving between the 11 Saddleworth Contests, and competing for individual Contest Prizes, and the overall Area Prizes.  This can lead to great excitement and not just a little competitiveness!


We have been working with Brass Bands England and the Oldham Council Safeguarding team to find a solution to manage these regulations within the Whit Friday Contest setting. We are required to return two pieces of information to Oldham Council at the end of the Contests – the number of under 16 players with each band, and the number of adults who are accompanying them. This information is included in our TELL US YOU ARE COMING FORM , and will help us to manage this data, without having to collect it on the night. If you could spend five minutes completing these details, it will help us immensely.

We have something new this year, which we hope will help us to make your visit to Saddleworth Whit Friday even better.  Please TELL US YOU ARE COMING!  We would like you to give us basic details about your band, so that each contest can use the information.  You don’t have to say where you are going, just that you are heading for the hills!

Talking of hills – have a look here at our map of the area.

Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass Band Contests are supported by 


@FridayWhit we still have availability at The Boarshurst Centre, Greenfield for any groups wishing to stay over during Whit Friday weekend - 6 - 8th June. Please speread the word https://www.boarshurstcentre.org/

On a bench, on a step, at the bus stop, if it’s not in a bin it’s #StillLittering. Tell us where you’re seeing it by sharing your pictures of ‘careful’ littering. @keepbritaintidy

Well done to the Youth band who took part in the Whit Friday Walks. The band came first in eight of their performances.

Our Junior and Intermediate Band also took part by playing the hymn in the service before the Whit Friday parade in Mossley. Well done to all involved!

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