The newest contest on the Saddleworth block, Diggle Whit Friday Brass Band Contest has been running since 2009. The Contest has an unusual arrangement, in that we turn coaches around when they arrive in the village.  This can make things look a bit busy at times, but we have a very fast turnaround, and work hard to give accurate information about how long waiting times are.

The march is short, from the bottom of Sam Road to the covered “Diggle Dome” on Diggle Tunnel Tip, where there is a  great food offering.  Food and drink is also available at Diggle Band Club, and we have the a coffee van just where the coaches park, if you need a caffeine fix!

We attract a variety of brass bands, from Championship to Scratch Bands.   We have a range of prizes, and a special prize for Unregistered Bands.

Have a look at our website for more information for visitors and bands.

Youth Band Rules: Youth Bands my have up to 50 players, which can include 4 adult players.

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Contest Start Time: 16.00 prompt

Finish Time: 22.30 last registration.  May be earlier, as decided by the Adjudicator, Helen Douthwaite-Teasedale.

Post Code : OL3 5PU

Please note that the site cannot be accessed from the A62 Standedge Road after the road closure at 4pm. If you plan to visit the contest at the start, then please park on the side of the road near Warth Mill and await instruction. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN COACHES WHILST THE ROAD IS STILL OPEN.

See the map here to give you more information.

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