Accelerate Oldham

Saturday 8 June

Oldham Council in partnership with Tame Valley Vintage & Classic Car Club, Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, SpareParts ‘On the Move’ and Gallery Oldham will present a new celebration of transport, travel and motion for 2019.

The annual Classic Car show will be re-imagined to celebrate the homecoming of the Rothwell Car that was produced in Oldham in 1910 and which will be welcomed back to the collection of Gallery Oldham. 

New for 2019 The SpareParts Parade ‘Takes flight’ through the town centre as a cavalcade of curiosities, contraptions and musical vehicles designed by artists and local people make their way through the Town centre to Parliament Square.


Old Town Hall

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.

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Top of 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.

These idiots 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.

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.

Routes has been developed and researched with Refugee, Migrant, and Native British groups and artists in partnership with PsycheDelight, Young Roots, A Band of Brothers,Creating Ground, and Greenwich Migrant Hub.

In front of Church at top of steps

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 artefactMs from cloud gazing and gazers around the world.

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Church Gardens

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).

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Accordion Content


Accordion Content

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!

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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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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

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…!






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

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