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!


Statement from Chairman, Bob Rogers, on behalf of the Saddleworth Area Contests

“Following much soul searching and debate between the 11 Saddleworth and Oldham Whit Friday Contests, we have reluctantly decided that we must follow Government guidelines, and guidance from Brass Bands England,  and not hold the contest in 2020.  

We know that this is one of the highlights of the calendar not only for local people, but also for Brass Bands nationally and internationally.  We look forward to running a fantastic event on 28th May, 2021, and hope that everyone keeps safe throughout these unprecedented times.”


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 anything on the night.

 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 


The difficult decision to cancel the Whit Friday Brass Band Contests has been taken. Please see Bob Rogers' full statement here. We look forward to seeing everyone on 28th May 2021 https://saddleworthwhitfriday.co.uk/

In 1956 Delph Whit Friday Band Contest did not run for the only time in living memory. Sadly, in these uncertain times the future of the 2020 Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Band Contests is in doubt. We will reach a decision by Friday 20th March and will keep you fully informed.

Good partnership meeting tonight, supported by @OldhamCouncil & @gmpolice. Plans in place for this year's Contests. It looks as if if will be a good one, with a few improvements.

@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/

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