Accelerate Oldham

Saturday 8 June

Buckle up for a fantastic celebration of transport, travel and motion as part of Oldham’s first-ever Accelerate Festival of Transport.

With a fantastic exhibition of vintage cars lined-up alongside a parade of motor-themed entertainment, engaging workshops and the return of one of Oldham’s home-grown motoring treasures, there’s something for all.

This event is brought to you in partnership with in partnership with Oldham Council, Tame Valley Vintage & Classic Car Club, Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, SpareParts ‘On the Move’ and Gallery Oldham.

We have a fantastic programme at Accelerate, enjoy performances from international artists, join in with some arts activities and look out for our walkabout acts – you never know where they will pop up!

Gallery Gardens

Join the SpareParts Parade where communitv groups and international artists make their way from Gallery Oldham through the town centre and back to Parliament Square.

 

The Bewonderment Machine is an artist-built cycle-powered carousel, a kinetic public sculpture and a magical journey for small children.

Visually, this is a quirky dreamscape, combining found objects, puppetry, machinery and music. With riding space for up to 10, this is also a miniature theatrical flight of the imagination, empowering the very young to care, to be curious and to believe in their own strength.

The Bewonderment Machine is a joyful call to re-wild our imaginations and a celebration of the creatures that are increasingly losing their familiar place in our children’s lives and in their language.

More about The Bewonderment Machine

Join in with arts activities with play workers from Oldham Play Action Group

More about OPAG

A magical, mystical icon of fire and power, Phil will amaze audiences with his huge wings and gentle nature. He will be accompanied by the Global Grooves festival percussion and brass fusion band.

 

More about Global Grooves

Boom Bike Bourrée are an original 21st century streetband. A joyous mix of medieval dance, traditional folk and hip-hop! 

Featuring grinding hurdy-gurdy, pumping accordion, slide trombone and a beatboxer. Four musicians and wirelessly boosted to 1.5 Kilowatts by the amazing Boom Bike Sound System. 

Fat beats, heavy bass, digital fx, catchy tunes and dancing in the street.

More about Boom Bike Bourree

Welcome back Oldham’s very own Rothwell Car – not to be missed!

The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. 

They take themselves incredibly seriously, so you don’t have to…

More about Baghdaddies

The Grumpy Grandads have remembered something…their old job.

Back in the day they flew with Ayup Airlines flying out of Chadderton to Blackpool or Southport depending on the wind. A no frills Airline, just scarves and flying cardigans cos of the cold.

On their days off they flew in circles. often ever decreasing, but aerobatically of course!

Come and see their circular recollections …but don’t get in front of ‘em… aerochairs cant stop.

More about Grumpy Grandads

The Hurly Burly is a mobile sound sculpture, sonic amusement, twittering machine and junkyard delirium; packed with a tumultuous array of bells, sirens, alarms, whistles and mechanical percussion. 

Combined with a live musician & performer the Hurly Burly creates a world of rusty waltzes, fog horn funk and wasteland folk dance. 

A mobile Island of Noise, it travels on a rag tag procession through audiences, stopping to perform scrapyard symphonies and scavenger songs.

More about The Hurly Burly

A trip around the world starts with just one stroke of the pedal…

Wonderful for all ages, Trixie and Tilly love all things vintage and a jolly good adventure as they dance and navigate their way across the landscape on bicycles. They may just need your help to find their way!

More about Trixie and Tilly

Catch Pemberton and Hague driving around in a push powered Minature Gangster Car.  

Providing immersive street theatre with short juggling routines, fast hustling comedy card games and everyone’s favourite, dressing up to be Gangsters and Molls for a perfect photo opportunity.

More about Drive by Comedy

Parish Church Gardens (accessible/wheelchair route back of Church near Rock Street)

Get comfy on giant beanbags and contemplate the clouds whilst listening to a daughter’s journey with her father across Route 66.

Immerse yourself in an ever changing view where even the most seemingly featureless skies provide plentiful material… Then take a look in Gobbledegook’s converted horse trailer — a museum of the sky, which holds a library of clouds and artefacts from cloud gazing and gazers around the world.

More about Cloudscapes

Sam has 24 hours to clear out his grandad’s old bike workshop.  He remembers grandad teaching him to ride (and pretending to be his favourite superhero, Bicycle Boy). It seems grandad may have left Sam a present somewhere in the workshop, and some clues to find it. But there’s no power and Sam needs electricity to unlock the clues. Can you help him?

If we can connect up enough bikes and pedal like mad we can generate enough power for Sam’s journey. Join us for a musical adventure (and be prepared to help pedal power the performance).

More about Bicycle Boy

Join in with arts activities with play workers from Oldham Play Action Group

More about OPAG

Catch Pemberton and Hague driving around in a push powered Minature Gangster Car.  

Providing immersive street theatre with short juggling routines, fast hustling comedy card games and everyone’s favourite, dressing up to be Gangsters and Molls for a perfect photo opportunity.

More about Drive by Comedy

The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. 

They take themselves incredibly seriously, so you don’t have to…

More about Baghdaddies

A trip around the world starts with just one stroke of the pedal…

Wonderful for all ages, Trixie and Tilly love all things vintage and a jolly good adventure as they dance and navigate their way across the landscape on bicycles. They may just need your help to find their way!

More about Trixie and Tilly

Travelling over 200 years and through several dimensions to perform with us Fabulous Contraptions are two intrepid time travellers who might have a few questions to ask about the amazing technology that they’re finding out about.

More about Fantabulous Contraptions

Sam has 24 hours to clear out his grandad’s old bike workshop.  He remembers grandad teaching him to ride (and pretending to be his favourite superhero, Bicycle Boy). It seems grandad may have left Sam a present somewhere in the workshop, and some clues to find it. But there’s no power and Sam needs electricity to unlock the clues. Can you help him?

If we can connect up enough bikes and pedal like mad we can generate enough power for Sam’s journey. Join us for a musical adventure (and be prepared to help pedal power the performance).

More about Bicycle Boy

Clear the runway, folks— it’s Roger Blighty, with Betsy Blue the biplane bicycle! It looks like a plane, it sounds like a plane, but the only thing that’s REALLY up in the clouds is Roger’s head…

Prepare to be amazed at how far Roger has gone to make his fantasy a reality; is he really a magnificent man with a flying machine, or just ‘plane’ deluded?

More about Roger Blighty

Sam has 24 hours to clear out his grandad’s old bike workshop.  He remembers grandad teaching him to ride (and pretending to be his favourite superhero, Bicycle Boy). It seems grandad may have left Sam a present somewhere in the workshop, and some clues to find it. But there’s no power and Sam needs electricity to unlock the clues. Can you help him?

If we can connect up enough bikes and pedal like mad we can generate enough power for Sam’s journey. Join us for a musical adventure (and be prepared to help pedal power the performance).

More about Bicycle Boy

Parliament Square

Arriving in a cloud of raucous brass heavy music, driving their home made, flaming and smoking battle-church. Dressed in punk marching band attire & existing within their very own miniature apocalyptic microclimate. 

The band are convinced that the inevitable end of the world is upon us, maybe today, maybe right here, maybe right now! 

Their mission? To educate you into what to expect when we move into the next phase, the switch over into the new dawn, into the next frequency of consciousness.

More about Band at the End of the World

Inspired by stories of wreckers, rescues, and undrownable sailors from the coastlines of Wales, “Shipwrecks – Receivers of The Wreck” is a post-industrial world of broken ships, scavenging, and survival where long-abandoned nets are trapping the stories and messages of those lost at sea. 

This is a highly physical show combining circus with dance and drama to tell a universal story of our desire for solitude against the need for collective action for the greater good.

More about Shipwrecks

Join Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in just 80 days. 

The year is 1872 and it’s day 79 of the journey. Our intrepid adventurers are just hours away from crossing the finish line at the Reform Club. If they can just coerce their hot air balloons to go in the right direction they stand to win a grand prize. 

A hilarious roam-about fusing modern technology and the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.

More about Phileas Fogg

Come and see an early flying machine with touches of Mad Max and Leonardo da Vinci for good measure.

Set in an imagined future dystopia full of bizarre characters trying to regain the magic of flight, this underworld of crazy contraptions is inspired by 19th century theatre sideshows.

More about High Flyers

The Hurly Burly is a mobile sound sculpture, sonic amusement, twittering machine and junkyard delirium; packed with a tumultuous array of bells, sirens, alarms, whistles and mechanical percussion. 

Combined with a live musician & performer the Hurly Burly creates a world of rusty waltzes, fog horn funk and wasteland folk dance. 

A mobile Island of Noise, it travels on a rag tag procession through audiences, stopping to perform scrapyard symphonies and scavenger songs.

More about The Hurly Burly

Catch Pemberton and Hague driving around in a push powered Minature Gangster Car.  

Providing immersive street theatre with short juggling routines, fast hustling comedy card games and everyone’s favourite, dressing up to be Gangsters and Molls for a perfect photo opportunity.

More about Drive by Comedy

A magical, mystical icon of fire and power, Phil will amaze audiences with his huge wings and gentle nature. He will be accompanied by the Global Grooves festival percussion and brass fusion band.

 

More about Global Grooves

Travelling over 200 years and through several dimensions to perform with us Fabulous Contraptions are two intrepid time travellers who might have a few questions to ask about the amazing technology that they’re finding out about.

More about Fantabulous Contraptions

Inspired by stories of wreckers, rescues, and undrownable sailors from the coastlines of Wales, “Shipwrecks – Receivers of The Wreck” is a post-industrial world of broken ships, scavenging, and survival where long-abandoned nets are trapping the stories and messages of those lost at sea. 

This is a highly physical show combining circus with dance and drama to tell a universal story of our desire for solitude against the need for collective action for the greater good.

More about Shipwrecks

Arriving in a cloud of raucous brass heavy music, driving their home made, flaming and smoking battle-church. Dressed in punk marching band attire & existing within their very own miniature apocalyptic microclimate. 

The band are convinced that the inventible end of the world is upon us, maybe today, maybe right here, maybe right now! 

Their mission? To educate you into what to expect when we move into the next phase, the switch over into the new dawn, into the next frequency of consciousness.

More about Band at the End of the World

High Street

The Grumpy Grandads have remembered something…their old job.

Back in the day they flew with Ayup Airlines flying out of Chadderton to Blackpool or Southport depending on the wind. A no frills Airline, just scarves and flying cardigans cos of the cold.

On their days off they flew in circles. often ever decreasing, but aerobatically of course!

Come and see their circular recollections …but don’t get in front of ‘em… aerochairs cant stop.

More about Grumpy Grandads

Come away with us on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard our famous travelling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle!

Choose a travelling companion, find the Departure Lounge and we’ll take care of the rest. We take two at a time and dress you in hats so sublime. With Captain Bigshot, you’ll fly up, up and away, crossing continents in turbulent adventures, or dive under the sea with Captain Calypso, encountering denizens of the deep. 

Under the sea or high in the sky, all ages are welcome. Together we’ll weave unforgettable stories.

More about Flycycle & Submercycle

Clear the runway, folks— it’s Roger Blighty, with Betsy Blue the biplane bicycle! It looks like a plane, it sounds like a plane, but the only thing that’s REALLY up in the clouds is Roger’s head…

Prepare to be amazed at how far Roger has gone to make his fantasy a reality; is he really a magnificent man with a flying machine, or just ‘plane’ deluded?

More about Roger Blighty

Join Routes at one of the following locations and walk with them as the story unfolds to a culmination outside Spindles:
Henshaw Street
Curzon Street
Junction of Lord Street / High Street

When a rag-tag group find themselves caught between homes, they are confronted with tests, trials and magical creatures. They will have to learn each others’ stories in order to understand their own.

Theatre Témoin bring their vibrant visual style to the great outdoors, using clowning, comedy and large-scale puppetry on an adventure exploring destinations, journeys and who we meet along the way.

More about Routes

Amassing her army of Celts, Boudicca’s chariot and horse tear across the countryside looking for Romans to pick on and ‘punish’! 

With puppetry, props and performance, Boudicca will be an exciting gallop with audience participation and plenty of comic improvisation! 

Boudicca was head of the Celtic Iceni tribe during the Roman occupation of England. The image we hold of her is of a vengeful warrior, bent on seeking out and punishing all Romans!

Boudicca will be rampaging through the country aboard a stunning Chariot led by a galloping mechanical horse, accompanied by a raucous soundtrack. On board will be an arsenal of comedy props and weapons, to equip her followers and mete out her ‘justice’. 

Watch out Romans…!

More about Boudicca

Boom Bike Bourrée are an original 21st century streetband. A joyous mix of medieval dance, traditional folk and hip-hop! 

Featuring grinding hurdy-gurdy, pumping accordion, slide trombone and a beatboxer. Four musicians and wirelessly boosted to 1.5 Kilowatts by the amazing Boom Bike Sound System. 

Fat beats, heavy bass, digital fx, catchy tunes and dancing in the street.

More about Boom Bike Bourree

Join Routes at one of the following locations and walk with them as the story unfolds to a culmination outside Spindles:
Henshaw Street
Curzon Street
Junction of Lord Street / High Street

When a rag-tag group find themselves caught between homes, they are confronted with tests, trials and magical creatures. They will have to learn each others’ stories in order to understand their own.

Theatre Témoin bring their vibrant visual style to the great outdoors, using clowning, comedy and large-scale puppetry on an adventure exploring destinations, journeys and who we meet along the way.

More about Routes

Join Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in just 80 days. 

The year is 1872 and it’s day 79 of the journey. Our intrepid adventurers are just hours away from crossing the finish line at the Reform Club. If they can just coerce their hot air balloons to go in the right direction they stand to win a grand prize. 

A hilarious roam-about fusing modern technology and the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.

More about Phileas Fogg

Come away with us on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard our famous travelling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle!

Choose a travelling companion, find the Departure Lounge and we’ll take care of the rest. We take two at a time and dress you in hats so sublime. With Captain Bigshot, you’ll fly up, up and away, crossing continents in turbulent adventures, or dive under the sea with Captain Calypso, encountering denizens of the deep. 

Under the sea or high in the sky, all ages are welcome. Together we’ll weave unforgettable stories.

More about Flycycle & Submercycle

Come and see an early flying machine with touches of Mad Max and Leonardo da Vinci for good measure.

Set in an imagined future dystopia full of bizarre characters trying to regain the magic of flight, this underworld of crazy contraptions is inspired by 19th century theatre sideshows.

More about High Flyers

Amassing her army of Celts, Boudicca’s chariot and horse tear across the countryside looking for Romans to pick on and ‘punish’! 

With puppetry, props and performance, Boudicca will be an exciting gallop with audience participation and plenty of comic improvisation! 

Boudicca was head of the Celtic Iceni tribe during the Roman occupation of England. The image we hold of her is of a vengeful warrior, bent on seeking out and punishing all Romans!

Boudicca will be rampaging through the country aboard a stunning Chariot led by a galloping mechanical horse, accompanied by a raucous soundtrack. On board will be an arsenal of comedy props and weapons, to equip her followers and mete out her ‘justice’. 

Watch out Romans…!

More about Boudicca

HOW TO GET HERE

By Car

Oldham is situated off Junction 22 of the M60. Take the A62 signposted Oldham. 

Free town centre parking: You can park for free for up to 3 hours on all Council owned town centre car parks every Saturday and Sunday. To qualify for this offer you must take a ticket from the pay and display machine for the length of time you are intending to stay. The ticket must be clearly displayed in the windscreen of your vehicle before you leave the car park. If you want to park for longer than 3 hours you must pay at the pay and display machine for the entire length of your stay.

Council owned town centre car parks: Civic Centre, Waterloo Street, Southgate Street, Bow Street, Bradshaw Street, Rock Street, Tommyfield (No Return Within 3 Hours) and New Radcliffe Street

By Public Transport

Access to Oldham town has never been easier thanks to Metrolink. The town centre line has three stops – Oldham Mumps, Oldham Central and Oldham King Street – meaning the many shops, attractions, events and leisure offer is all within a short distance.

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The programme at each festival is slightly different – come along to more than one – we would love to see you!




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