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Big Bang Bonfire 2023

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Oldham Edge


Oldham Council’s Big Bang Bonfire is back for its 11th year on 2nd November 2023.

The bonfire, is the largest event of its kind in the borough and will take place at Oldham Edge Playing Fields.
The event starts at 5pm and final arrangements are currently underway for what promises to be one the biggest, loudest and most colourful bonfire event ever  – including a fireworks display.
The event is free to attend and open to all (Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

You are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear.


At this time of year, the Council works alongside the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and partners to keep people safe from fires, injuries and nuisance.

The Big Bang Bonfire helps to ease the extreme pressure that can be put on our emergency services.

You are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear and asked to discard any rubbish in the bins on site or take it home to dispose of.


Free parking will be available in all council-owned town centre car parks and on-street pay and display parking bays from 3pm on the day. As in previous years, we expect demand for spaces will be high, so you are advised to use public transport where possible.

Oldham town centre car parks

FREE parking is also available at The Town Square car park of Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre from 3pm till close.



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Free town centre parking : You can park for free for up to 3 hours on all Council owned town centre car parks (listed below) every Saturday and Sunday. To qualify for this offer you must take a ticket from the pay and display machine for the length of time you are intending to stay.

Council owned town centre car parks: Civic Centre, Waterloo Street, Southgate Street, Bow Street, Bradshaw Street, Rock Street, Tommyfield (No Return Within 3 Hours) and New Radcliffe Street

What to do:

To take advantage of this offer you must take a ticket from the pay and display machine for the length of time you intend to stay. The ticket must be clearly displayed in the windscreen of your vehicle before you leave the car park. If you want to park for longer than 3 hours you must pay at the pay and display machine for the entire length of your stay. You can also park for up to 30 minutes on-street, seven days a week when you take a ticket from the pay and display machine.


Public Transport Directions

Access to Oldham town has never been easier thanks to Metrolink. The town centre line has three stops – Oldham Mumps, Oldham Central and Oldham King Street – meaning the many shops, attractions, events and leisure offer is all within a short distance. Journeys from Oldham Mumps into Manchester now only take around half an hour.

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