FREE and Cheap Summer Activities In Oldham

Whilst I have been Out and About, I have searched high and low for all the FREE things going on over the summer holidays! Check out the ever growing list! Keep checking back as I’ll regularly update as and when activities are announced!

There’s loads going with Oldham Libraries, plenty of free fun to be had. Find out more information here. You can also find out all about the free Sumer Reading Challenge to keep your kids busy this summer holidays here!

Have you signed your children up for the free six-week photography challenge with Inspired By Joseph? Check it out here.


Summer Sessions in Foxdenton Park

Tuesday 23rd/30th July, 6th/13th Aug 11-1pm with Fullcircle NW cic.

Free outdoor activities including multi-sports, circus skills, fun and games. All welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Sessions in Coalshaw Park

Friday 26th July, 2nd/9th/16th Aug 2-4pm with Fullcircle NW cic.

Free outdoor activities including multi-sports, circus skills, fun and games. All welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. OL9 8JA

Summer Sessions in Dunwood Park

Friday 26th July, 9th/23rd Aug 11-1pm with Fullcircle NW cic.

Free outdoor activities including multi-sports, circus skills, fun and games. All welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. OL2 7UQ

Summer Sessions in High Crompton Park

Friday 2nd/16th/30th Aug 11-1pm with Fullcircle NW cic.

Free outdoor activities including multi-sports, circus skills, fun and games. All welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. OL2 7JA


Holiday Fun at Gallery Oldham

Monday 29th/Tuesday 30th July, Monday 5th/Tuesday 6th Aug, Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th August, Monday 19th/Tuesday 20th August, 1-4pm

Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1 AL

Free family activities take place during all school holidays, face painting and craft activities at each session. Most are suitable for ages 4-10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All holiday activities are drop in sessions and are free (except face painting at £2)


Summer Family Event

Wednesday 24th July, 1-3pm. (All children must be accompanied by an adult)

Coalshaw Green Park, Coalshaw Green Rd, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8JR.

Head to Coalshaw Green park this summer for lots of free family activities including

  • Music
  • Bike maintenance
  • Arts and crafts
  • Inflatables
  • Henna art
  • Skateboarding and much more!

Summer Play Street

Monday 22nd July, 1-3pm Castleford Street OL1 2PS

Arts and Crafts, Games (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).


Get Chadderton Moving!

Monday 22nd July, 1-3pm

All welcome, arts and crafts in Chadderton Hall Park OL9 0QB


Supervised Skateboarding

Chadderton Hall Park 10am-12pm Every Wednesday

Coalshaw Park 1-3pm Every Wednesday

A great FREE activity with Northern Rolling

Summer Activities

Failsworth Library, Failsworth Town Hall, 25th July,1st/8th/22nd August 11am-1pm

Family fun sessions for all ages (arts, crafts, face painting, story time) FREE.


Play Day

Higher Memorial Park Failsworth Play Day, 15th August, 1-4pm. Free event.


Little Owl Farm Events

Grains Road, Grains Bar, OL4 2JX (They ask for you to click GOING via Facebook event for numbers)

  • Story Walk- The Owl Who Lost It’s Twoo– Join Katie from Oldham Libraries for a craft activity and adventure around the farm featuring the fabulous story of The Owl Who Lost It’s Twoo. (FREE event, admission prices still apply)

Friday 26th July 11am\1pm\2pm

  • Fun With Fir Cones!– Calling all nature detectives! Craft your very own special woodland creature with Friends of Crompton Moor.

Friday 9th August 11am-4pm

  • Thea’s Sensational Slime Workshop– Come along and learn to make some slime with Thea! Cost is 5 to make and take. Extra bits on sale ie charms, clay, foam balls, etc.

Thursday 15th August 11-4pm

  • Poetry Walk- Zoo On The Moon– Join Katie from Oldham Libraries for a poetry walk around the farm. The sessions will feature the story Zoo On The Moon. (FREE event, admission prices still apply)

Wednesday 21st August 1pm\2pm\3pm

  • Mini Workshop on Photography Skills for Children of All Ages– If your child loves art and your looking for an activity to fill your day, pop down to the Little Owl Farm for this fab fun and free event with Bev from Inspired By Joseph. FREE event (admission prices still apply) but booking is ESSENTIAL via helloinspiredbyjoseph.com

Thursday 22nd August 10-12pm


Lancaster Park and Animal Farm

Schools out for summer, admission 4 person, open everyday from 19th July to 3rd September. (Cash only)

Middleton Road West, Mills Hill, Chadderton, OL1 2TG