Set in the town centre, Gallery Oldham is a well-used and modern facility. The striking glass-fronted building offers interesting views of the city and the peaks beyond. As well as regularly-changing exhibitions and galleries it also houses a huge library and the Naked Bean Café.
We came for a quick hour and spent longer. The series of light and airy galleries is home to a variety of objects from Oldham’s past and present, including: paintings by local artists; displays featuring local comic actor Eric Sykes; and information about the first chip shop in the UK – Oldham is the birthplace of fish and chips!
The kids’ favourite was the Oldham Stories gallery where activities include an owl trail with a bag of activities for little ones, an Edwardian chemist shop where you can identify various smells, and a badge-making area (no obvious connection to Oldham, but my boys liked it!)
The Naked Bean Café serves light meals and snacks at reasonable prices. On a warm day, you can head outside to sit in their lovely patio garden. We went during October half-term and there were free craft activities available for the kids.
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Admission free.
Naked Bean Café Mon-Fri 7.45am-4.30pm, Sat 8.15am-4pm
Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
Tel: 0161 770 4653 galleryoldham.org.uk