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 May 28th 2021.

There is a long tradition of Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in Saddleworth,  and in 2019 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!

Sadly, due to the Corona Virus, there was no contest this year, but we hope that you enjoyed the “virtual” offerings, particularly the Foden’s Contest and the Whit Spirit video

We were pleased to note that the weather knew that it was Whit Friday as it changed from wall to wall sunshine to freezing cold and wet overnight! We look forward to welcoming you all in 2021 and hope that the sun will shine.


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 


Lockdown did not stop one Whit Friday-loving village from celebrating the annual Saddleworth tradition

A poster was circulated online encouraging the Diggle community to decorate their homes and listen to brass band music to mark the occasion https://saddind.co.uk/whit-friday-traditions-continue-in-diggle-despite-lockdown/

That's number 8 in the bag, always lovely to play in #Dobcross no matter of the time. Off to #Delph now to queue behind every man and his dog! #WhitFriday #VirtualWhitFriday https://youtu.be/acNwUfJ-HuI

Happy Whit Friday, everyone! Our brass banders were blue about missing the Contests, so we got some pals from all around the world and made this tribute: ‘Whit Spirit: To Saddleworth with Love’. See the full movie (8 mins) on: https://youtu.be/FHlcTDAcpr4

Missing #WhitFriday in its traditional form, from watching the walks in Mossley to taking in a Whit Friday Band Contest. Pining for Ravenswood. Upheld my other Whit Friday tradition of having a pork pie for dinner.

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