These are the regular events held in our community gallery-see below for other special events


Tuesday am and pm Canal Side Quilters led by Sue Warburton. £10 annual fee and £3 per session The Canal Side Quilters are one of our special Partners. Please click on the above for a direct link.

Wednesday am – Volunteers Day- volunteers may be using the gallery to work on museum collections etc.

Friday pm – Art Group 1:30 -3.30 run by Helen Slater. All materials supplied. £13 a session


(more frequently than monthly)

School Summer Holidays  – Activities for the young organised by our learning officer, Lindsey Milnes- see below


2nd Wednesday in the month –Friends Coffee morning. £1.30.- see below

2nd Sunday in the month – Friends Farmers Market. Free. – see below

One evening in the month – Saddleworth Historical Society meeting-see their website.

One evening in the month – Saddleworth Civic Trust meeting-see their website.


(less frequently than monthly)

School Half Term  – Activities for the young organised by our learning officer, Lindsey Milnes- see below 

These are some special dates for your diary

DETAILS TBA Preview Liz Hilton exhibition; Saturday 31st March

We are very  pleased to welcome Liz to our community gallery for this special exhibition of her work from the 31st March until 29th April. We are awaiting details of any special preview information.

Please see our Exhibitions page for more information.

FARMERS MARKET > Sunday 8th April  9 am – 2 pm. Free.

One stall/gazebo outside the museum entrance with other stalls inside the community gallery. Products can change but there are usually breads, cheeses, olives, teas, coffees and chocolates often of high “artisan” quality. Well worth a visit!
Please text or ring Oliver on 07761 261349 or ring Oliver on 01457 873590 should you wish to book a stall for this event.



“DROP IN” TAKEAWAY TUESDAY IN THE MUSEUM > Tuesday 10th April 1 – 3 pm. 7.30 pm. For non “Friends” of the museum £3 adults, £2 child and £6 family

Come and join Saddleworth Museum’s ‘Takeaway Tuesday’ drop-in workshop inspired by the museum’s WWII displays on Tuesday 10th April 1-3 pm.  Find out about the local ‘Busy Bees’, a wartime knitting group and make a felted or finger-knitted bee to take away.  Families can also make a bee to contribute to Uppermill’s community woodland garden in which an artist will be creating a bird sculpture from the garden’s old cherry tree during the half term week.

Visitors can also take part in our Family Trail prize draw with a chance to win a Playmobile Museum Thief set!

Takeaway Tuesday crafts are free but general Museum admission prices apply (£3 adults, £2 child & £6 family). Members of the “Friends of Saddleworth Museum” should bring their membership cards with them.

Please contact our learning officer, Lindsey, at the museum or telephone 01457 874 093 or email should you wish to know more.


THE GREAT BRITISH TAPAS EVENING > Tuesday 10th April 7.30 pm. £15 

Held at our favoured location, Navigation Inn, Dobcross, you will enjoy the usual wonderful selection of tapas/small portions of a typically British menu.

Our great British tapas evening is on Tuesday, 10th April and starts at around 7.30 pm so you may wish to arrive a little earlier so you can organise drinks.

We look forward to seeing you. A “Friends of Saddleworth Museum” event



To avoid disappointment please book in advance, as soon as possible, at the museum reception, open between 1 and 4 pm daily.



FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM COFFEE MORNING > Wednesday 11th April 10 am – 12 noon. £1.30 entrance includes a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee and biscuits. In our rather nice community gallery. Buns or cakes (a “slice of something nice”), are also available to purchase at very reasonable prices.

A raffle will be held and our homemade stall may be in operation. The monthly draw will be made for the 200+ club and prizes handed out. Please come along to meet friends, make friends, find out about “Friends of the Museum” events, the 200 club and maybe call in to the museum shop or galleries afterwards.


A TRIP TO SEE THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS > Thursday 19th April 9 am start. £27

Please book at the museum before the 16th March

Booking Form

Our coach trip will leave around 9 am for Liverpool to visit the  “Terracotta Warriors” exhibition at the World Museum. The cost of £27 includes your coach fare, your entrance fee to the exhibition (this is at a specially reduced price to take advantage of the exhibition’s group discount) and a small detour on our return via the new Gateway Bridge between Widnes and Halton.


Please book at the museum before the 16th March, our museum reception is open between 1 and 4 pm daily.

To find out more about future events why not join the “Friends” of the Museum- see the Friends page- and receive their regular newsletter. These are just a few of the special events you can expect to appear on this page…………


  • Trips and excursions. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Currently every second Wenesady in the month,  a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee and biscuits. 200+ draw, raffle and cake stall. £1.30 on the day.


  • “Seasonal” workshops, activities and crafts for the young run by learning officers.Places may need to be reserved in advance. E.g. Santa at Xmas


  • Families visiting our museum galleries may enjoy the family trails and bags provided on request as part of the entrance fee. Organised by our Learning Officers.


  • Team Quiz nights with Supper. Places may need to be reserved in advance.



  • Historical Saddleworth Photos and Films presented by our Curator. Entrance fee often discounted for “Friends”.


  • Open days (as part of the annual heritage festival) and special offers (to say thank you to lottery players from the Heritage Lottery Fund-North West).


  • Our community gallery hosts art exhibitions by local and internationally acclaimed artists. Special evening, or day, previews are often held. Please see our “Exhibitions” page.


  • Half-Term or Summer Holiday workshops, creative activities and crafts for the 4 – 11 year old. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Tapas evenings organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Places may need to be reserved in advance



  • Linking Schools and other Explore Learning projects organised by our Learning Officers. Please see our “Learning” page.


  • Events providing musical and theatrical entertainment, whether as part of a festival, or provided by the museum staff and  volunteers. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Afternoon Teas & Plant Sales organised by the “Friends” of the Museum.


  • Farmers Markets organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Currently every second Sunday in the month. Free entry.


  • An exclusive event for the “Friends” of the Museum, an annual luncheon held in the community gallery. This event is by invitation only.


  • Museum Tours and Guided Walks provided by our volunteers. Places may need to be reserved in advance. 

And so much more……

  • Book Signings, Yorkshire Day information centres and so much more……

……………………………….Gallery Hire

Our impressive canal side community gallery is available for hire to accommodate your corporate, charity, association or family function. If you would like more details please contact the curator, Peter Fox, on 01457 874093 or use the contact form below.