Celebrate with Northern Roots

Celebrate Harvest Fest at Northern Roots with us this weekend on Saturday 17th September. It’s our way of thanking local communities, who’ve played a huge part in shaping the Northern Roots project over the last couple of years, and welcoming new visitors to the 160-acre Northern Roots site as we enter the next phase of Northern Roots development.

After careful consideration and conversations with partners, we’ve decided that going ahead with the event is the right thing to do. We believe that in moments of national significance, it’s important to create opportunities for the community to come together. Our family-friendly Harvest Festival community event is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

To pay our respects to Queen Elizabeth II and mark her passing, we will observe a minute’s silence at 6pm.


Harvest Fest at Northern Roots

Harvest Fest at Northern Roots will take place at Northern Roots, Kings Road, Oldham, OL8 2BJ between 4 and 9.30pm on Saturday 17th September. Our FREE family-friendly Harvest Fest event programme is suitable for adults and children, and everyone is welcome.

We’re thrilled to have award-winning outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank with us at Harvest Fest. Walk the Plank invite you to immerse yourself in their beautiful installation Shadowplay. Set in a secluded woodland glade on the 160-acre Northern Roots site, Shadowplay will take place as dusk falls over the landscape, conjuring a magical, fire-lit world of shadowy storytelling in an intimate setting.

Shadowplay is FREE and suitable for all ages, but you’ll need to book your ticket via Eventbrite quick as we are rapidly booking up. Please see below.

Before Shadowplay starts, we have a range of FREE activities for families and visitors to get involved with, including pressing your own apple juice and getting creative with harvest festival inspired crafting and making.

If you fancy a cocktail, craft beer or coffee, a delicious pizza, sweet treat or snack, our friends at Re-Pause Coffee, Rocco’s Neapolitan Pizza and the Northern Box Bar will be with us all evening.

Lastly, in true Harvest Festival tradition, we’ll be collecting food donations for Oldham Foodbank.  The foodbank is currently in need of tinned fruit, tea, pasta, tinned tomatoes, vegetables and fish. If you’d like to bring a small donation with you, it will be very welcome.

So tell your friends, family and community networks, and come and celebrate with us. We look forward to welcoming you.

Harvest Fest at Northern Roots programme – 4-7pm

  • Oldham Play Action Group: make shadow puppets with the team at OPAG.
  • Brookdale Bees: Make your own seed-bombs for pollinators, buy local honey and bee products from beekeeper Cath.
  • Vix Face Painting: have your face painted by the talented Vix.
  • Operation Farm: bring your own apples or pears, we can juice them for you! Bring your own sterilised bottles – plastic or glass – for you to take juice home with you. We’ll also harvest apples from Northern Roots and local sites, so come and help us press them.
  • Reel CIC: Get creative and crafting with Reel CIC.
  • Alexandra Park Growing Hub: meet the Hub team between 4 and 6pm, find out more about volunteering opportunities, learn about the medicinal power of rosehips, explore our Community Food Growing Project at Northern Roots, find baby strawberry plants, pot them up and take them home for next year.

No need to book – all activities are FREE, just drop-in.


Shadowplay – 7.30-9.30pm

Walk the Plank will perform three Shadowplay shows at Harvest Fest at Northern Roots, starting at 7.30, 8.15 and 9pm. Each show is 30 minutes long and suitable for all ages.

Shadowplay is FREE, but you must book your ticket via the Eventbrite link below in advance.

Key information for audiences, including parking, access and weather, is available via the Eventbrite link at the point of booking.


Shadowplay at 7.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shadowplay-harvest-fest-at-northern-roots-730pm-performance-tickets-414542877907 ** SOLD OUT**

Shadowplay at 8.15pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shadowplay-harvest-fest-at-northern-roots-815pm-performance-tickets-414582024997 **TICKETS AVAILABLE**

Shadowplay at 9pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shadowplay-harvest-fest-at-northern-roots-9pm-performance-tickets-414592947667 **TICKETS AVAILABLE**

Walk the Plank

Walk the Plank is one of the UK’s leading arts organisations with an award-winning body of work that spans 30 years. Artists and makers work together to dream up and create outstanding moments of outdoor theatre and participatory events that bring people together in public celebration. Storytelling is at the heart of nearly everything they do, and the arena for their work is the great outdoors. Their mission is to enrich lives through shared creative experiences.

Recent projects include: Green Space Dark Skies, illuminating national parks with light as part of Unboxed2022; BODY, an immersive outdoor installation that premiered at the British Science Festival in 2021, Manchester Day 2022, the city’s annual parade, working with diverse community groups across the city region; and The Fire Garden at Blue Dot Festival 2022. Their national and international work sits alongside ongoing projects in Salford, the company’s HQ: working with schools and colleges and animating the city’s parks, waterways, and green spaces.




Location, parking, find us

The Northern Roots site is located a stones throw from Oldham town centre, in Greater Manchester. The 160-acre site stretches from award-winning Alexandra Park in the north, past Park Bridge Heritage Centre, to Bankfield Clough in the south. It is bordered by Glodwick, Fitton Hill, Hathershaw and Alt.

Parking is extremely limited at Northern Roots. The small car park where Honeywell Lane meets Kings Road accommodates a very small number of vehicles and will fill up very quickly.  Please park on Kings Road itself and walk down to the main entrance to the site if you can.

The nearest tram stop is Oldham King Street. The Northern Roots site is a twenty minute walk from Oldham King Street tram stop.




Harvest Fest at Northern Roots has been made possible by funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund, a government fund.

Celebrate Harvest Fest at Northern Roots!
Shadowplay by Walk the Plank.
Shadowplay by Walk the Plank.
Woodland on the 160-acre Northern Roots site in Oldham, Greater Manchester.