2020's FESTIVAL IS POSTPONED (see below)

Updated 3 June 2020: Due to the ongoing restrictions still in place relating to Covid-19,  Uppermill Summer Music Festival has now postponed all of its planned events until 2021.

We will however be ready to restart our winter coffee concerts as soon as Government advice allows groups to meet in churches. Please check our Coffee Concerts page from September for announcements. We hope to be able to welcome you all back for some much-needed live music before too long.

Wishing all our Friends and Patrons continued good health.

How to Book

  • You can buy tickets here using Paypal in the usual way
  • Buy them from Uppermill Post Office (from May 8th)
  • Write a cheque payable to “Uppermill Summer Music Festival” c/o 53, Netherhouse Road, Shaw OL2 7HY, clearly stating your ticket requirements and enclosing a SSAE
  • under-18s free (no ticket required)
  • please note all seating is unreserved

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About the Festival

Support our festival

At the heart of our Festival planning is the desire to share our passion for music with the local and wider communities in bringing a host of outstanding musicians to perform for us in our beautiful venues, whilst also aiming to inspire future generations by involving local young people in the Young Musicians’ Competition and Platform Concerts.

Running Costs

To do this, and to help secure the long-term future of our Festival, we need YOUR support. The Festival costs over £10,000 to run and at present only c. £5500 is predicted to be covered by ticket sales.

We are of course extremely grateful to the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and to a number of our dedicated audience members for their invaluable support and generosity.

How You Can Help

Sponsor one of our evening concerts, perhaps in memory of a loved one.
For £250 or more we would be happy to offer a number of benefits:

  • four complimentary tickets for you and your guests
  • reserved seats throughout the festival, if desired
  • a pair of tickets for a Hallé Orchestra Opus One concert of your choice at the Bridgewater Hall during 2018­/19
  • free admission to all Uppermill Coffee Concerts from September 2019 to May 2020

Sponsor one of the Uppermill Coffee Concerts during 2019-20.
For just £100 we would be able to offer a pair of tickets for a concert of your choice at the Royal Northern College of Music during 2019/20. We would also invite you to join our artistes for lunch after the Coffee Concert on Saturday afternoon. See here for our upcoming concerts.

Offer a £50 or £25 prize for one of our Young Musician Competition Finalists

Leave a Legacy

For further information, please contact the Festival Office on 01706 849344 or write to us c/o The Old Gatehouse, 53 Netherhouse Rd, Shaw OL2 7HY

Please support us!

Young Musicians’ Competition

Open to anyone aged 18 or 19 who lives or receives music tuition within a 30-mile radius of Uppermill. Competitors must be free to attend round 1 auditions in Manchester on Sunday 17th June and available to take part, if selected, in the Final on Tuesday 9th July from 7.30pm. The winner will receive £100 along with the Vincent and Heather Booth Memorial Cup, and will be offered the chance to perform a concerto with the Oldham Symphony Orchestra, if appropriate, in the near future. Please download your application form here: download form

Closing date: Monday 20th May

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Getting here

The picturesque village of Uppermill lies in the heart of Saddleworth, 11 miles northeast of Manchester and 4.5 miles east of Oldham, and is easily accessible from the M62 or M60. If arriving by car, you may find the post codes given below useful, and parking can be found next to the museum, or at Saddleworth Leisure Centre (OL3 6HQ) about 500m from Uppermill Methodist and Sacred Heart Churches.

If travelling by train, our three venues are all only a short walk (c. 10 mins) from Greenfield Train Station, on the Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield line, and our evening concerts are timed to coincide with train times.

Venues: Uppermill Methodist Church OL3 6AX; Sacred Heart Church OL3 6HS; Christ Church Friezland OL3 7LQ; Saddleworth Museum OL3 6HS; St Chad’s Church Uppermill OL3 6LW

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Where to stay?

Whether you need a room for one night or for the duration of the Festival, there are a number of attractive places to stay in Saddleworth, all within a short drive of our concert venues. During your stay you might also like to head off into the stunning surrounding countryside, explore the picturesque village of Uppermill, take a stroll by the canal, or visit Dovestone’s Reservoir, the well-loved local beauty spot on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Hotels, Pubs and B&Bs

Boothstead Farm, B&B, Denshaw – 01457 878622
Grains Bar Farm Hotel, B&B, Delph – 0161 624 0303
Higher Quick Farm, B&B, Lydgate – 01457 872424
The Old Bell Inn Hotel, Pub & Restaurant, Delph – 01457 870130
La Pergola, hotel & restaurant, Denshaw – 01457 871040
The Saddleworth Hotel – 01457 871888
The Shippon, B&B, Delph – 01457 872357
The Waggon, pub & restaurant, Uppermill – 01457 872376
The White Hart, restaurant with rooms, Lydgate – 01457 872566


Dovestone Caravan Park – 01457 820451
Moorland Caravan Park, Denshaw – 01457 874348
Well-I-Hole Farm, Friezland – 01457 834316


Where to eat?

Before coming along to our concerts, why not treat yourselves to a meal at one of our excellent nearby restaurants?

Please mention the Festival when pre-booking.

Dinnerstone: Anglo-Italian restaurant ideally set in the heart of Uppermill, opposite the Methodist Church, 99 – 101 High Street.

Hei Hei Chinese eatery: for imaginative, modern cooking in a relaxed, informal dining space, 26, High Street.

Rioja Tapas: the finest Tapas in Uppermill, 58 High Street.

The Shalimar: for the authentic Royal Indian Dining experience, delivered by award winning chefs, 103-107, High Street.

The Waggon Inn: a traditional pub offering tasty, excellent home-cooked meals, 34, High Street.

A 5 minute drive out of Uppermill, but please allow time for pre-concert parking:

The Three Crowns, Scouthead: where a warm welcome awaits, highly recommended.

The Old Bell Inn, Delph: offering its AA Rosette Awarded Signature Menu. Stunning 18th Century coach-house.

The Kingfisher, Greenfield: for delicious pub food in a warm, friendly environment. Chew Valley Road, nearer to Friezland.

The White Hart, Lydgate: listed in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 as a “top 50” pub.

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