Throughout the year there is always something to celebrate in
Saddleworth, from the traditional walks of Christian witness at
Whitsuntide, the cultural Festival of Arts - incorporating a varied
programme of national culture and local achievements, and the charity
fundraising and crowd entertaining Beer Walk - a sponsored event
for various charities which is great fun for spectators and participants.
A traditional walk of Christian witness known as the Whit Walks
is undertaken by all Saddleworth churches each May. The day continues
with Saddleworth's renowned Whit Friday Brass Band Contests where
regional, national and international brass bands compete in the
Saddleworth villages, each crowded with spectators.
At the Rushcarts festival Morris Men celebrate as the rushes are
taken to Saddleworth parish church and the Saddleworth Folk Festival
aims to attract top folk performers to Saddleworth.
The Saddleworth Canal Festival takes place each Spring, originally
celebrating 200 years of canal history.
Explore the pages on the left to find out more about the many
Saddleworth festivals which give the area much of its colour.