Aiming to be a space that inspires and motivates people of all ages and abilities to be active and ambitious, the new 1,850m² purpose-built centre in the heart of the borough’s town centre will house an array of climbing facilities that give everyone the chance to safely push their limits, try something new, and most importantly, have a bit of fun while doing it.
Set to be one of the most exciting facilities of its kind in Greater Manchester, Summit Up will be accessible for all the family – from complete novices, right through to seasoned climbers.
Climbing enthusiasts, schools, youth groups, corporate businesses, and more can get involved.
When it comes to the facilities on offer at the new Oldham centre, the star of the show will undoubtedly be the ‘Clip ‘n Climb’ – a “fun climbing” concept that Summit Up wants to bring to the local community.
Designed by Entre-prises UK – the sole supplier of climbing walls for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – the unique Clip ‘n Climb concept is on offer at several outdoor activity centres all across the globe, but the Clip ‘n Climb at Summit Up in Oldham will actually be one of the highest and largest in the UK.
This means that visitors will be able to experience world-class walls as climbed by some of the best competitive climbers on earth.
Clip ‘n Climb Oldham will feature 25 challenges, including the adrenaline-pumping ‘Leap of Faith’, the popular ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and a thrilling 10-metre ‘Vertical Drop Slide’, as well as two ValoClimb walls – which use world-first interactive gaming technology and are designed to boost fitness while offering a challenging alternative to traditional climbing.
Summit Up arrives in Oldham ready to capture the excitement and enthusiasm that’s in the air after Sport Climbing was featured in the Olympic Games for the first time ever at Tokyo 2020, with all three Olympic disciplines of lead climbing, bouldering, and speed climbing on offer at the new centre.
It will be the only centre in Greater Manchester with an official speed climbing facility too.
And if all of that wasn’t as exciting enough as it is, the centre will also have a soft play area, dedicated party rooms, retail merchandise, and a ‘South Ridge’ cafe to stop off at for some well-deserved refreshments after a day of climbing.
Summit Up’s arrival in Oldham wouldn’t be possible without the help of The Stoller Charitable Trust – which is funding the building of the centre to “leave a lasting legacy” for the next generation of the Oldham community.
Oldham-born businessman Sir Norman Stoller founded the Trust in the 1980’s, and has since gone on to donate millions of pounds to worthy causes – particularly supporting disadvantaged children from the Oldham area.
“Climbing is very popular at present and we expect to attract up to 90,000 visitors a year,” explained Stephen Lowe, Manager of The Stoller Charitable Trust.
“The centre will be a huge boost to the area as all of the profits generated will be used for charitable causes that support the young people of Oldham.
“The purpose [of the Trust] has been to provide opportunities to raise aspirations, support Oldham’s young people to reach the height of their ability, and provide a helping hand when it is most needed.”
He added: “It is our hope that Summit Up will connect the community and create a lasting social venue in Oldham.”
Summit Up aims to be a space that inspires and motivates people of all ages and abilities to be active and ambitious / Credit: Summit Up
Summit Up is opening to the public on Saturday 18 September 2021.
The booking system is now live, so if you fancy being one of the first to experience Oldham’s new climbing centre and all it has to offer, head on over to the Summit Up website here to secure your slot.
The legendary Grandpa Greene’s has turned a public loo in Uppermill into a bistro
The massively popular Grandpa Greene’s ice cream parlour has branched out – to a public loo.
The much-loved dessert bar and cafe has been based down by the canal in Diggle for well over a decade, its success growing year on year.
Who could forget the early lockdown days, when half of Greater Manchester flocked to Saddleworth hungry for the simple novelty of buying an ice cream?
Now there’s a new string to the local business’s bow, as it’s taken on and transformed a former public toilet building in Uppermill.
They’ve added a smart conservatory with retractable roof to the original structure, swapping out bogs for a sunny bistro.
There’s plenty of comfortable booth seating in here, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over King George V Park and the kids’ play area.
Greene’s Bistro is dog-friendly and very kid-friendly (with the added bonus of wine and cocktails for the parents).
As well as classic cocktails you’ll find special concoctions themed around its weekly musical nights, like a Blue Lagoon for Mamma Mia and a watermelon spritz for Dirty Dancing.
While Grandpa Greene’s is best-known for its sweet treats, at Greene’s Bistro there’s a big focus on lunches and brunches – and they do a sterling job of both.
The beef brisket baguette at Greene’s Bistro in Uppermill. Credit: The Manc GroupA selection of small plates from Grandpa Greene’s bistro. Credit; The Manc Group
There are chunky warm baguettes, filled with braised beef and melted cheese, or pulled cajun chicken and Emmental.
You can order parmesan fries loaded with 12-hour beef and peppercorn sauce, or with salt and pepper fried chicken.
Adorable little hash browns are available loaded with truffle and parmesan or a sticky salt and pepper glaze (you’ll be fighting for the last spud, they’re so addictive), while other small plates include halloumi fries and truffle fries.
For cheese addicts there are are mozzarella and pesto gnocchi croquettes which will leave you with cheese strings hanging down your chin, and a molten baked Camembert with slices of baguette for scooping.
A bright yellow smear of zingy lemon aioli comes topped with crispy squid and slithers of chorizo, and there are also piles of sticky popcorn chicken with a honey sriracha sauce.
Pancake stacks at Greene’s Bistro in Uppermill. Credit: The Manc GroupBoozy coffee shakes. Credit: The Manc GroupGigantic sundaes with Grandpa Greene’s ice cream. Credit: The Manc Group
This being a Grandpa Greene’s establishment, you know that desserts are going to be some of the best in the country.
Greene’s Bistro features a menu packed with loaded pancakes (the chocolate Oreo ones are a must) as well as ice cream sundaes so enormous you have to carry them with two hands.
There are boozy dessert-inspired coffees, thick milkshakes made with Granda Greene’s renowned ice creams, and of course you can just grab a scoop in a cone to walk around the park with.
The glow-up from public toilet building to this brilliant new Uppermill restaurant is pretty remarkable – well done Greene’s Bistro.
How Greene’s Bistro looks nowThe toilet block before it became Greene’s Bistro in Uppermill
The Manchester Remembers charity match is back for 2024 — and we’re teaming up with them once again
We are over the moon to announce that the much-loved Manchester Remembers charity football match is back for 2024 and The Manc have once again been proudly chosen as media partners.
Now into its third year, the celebrity-driven charity game which honours those lost in the 2017 Manchester Arena attacks tragedy and raises money for their families and charities set up in their name, is one of the most heartwarming events of the entire calendar.
Returning to Oldham Athletic‘s Boundary Park for the second year, with the club welcoming the Manchester Remembers teams with arms wide opens as the hosts for the very first time in 2023, this year’s fixtures is scheduled for Sunday, 28 July and we already know it is going to be a wonderful day.
Set up by Oldham lads Paul Corrigan and former police officer turned firefighter Aaron Lee, who was a first responder on the night of the attack, these two proud Mancs — along with the help of many other passionate volunteers who hold the cause close to their hearts — have created something truly special.
Last year’s event saw so many famous faces taking part, from the likes of Rick Hatton, Jason Manford, ex-Premier League stars Danny Simpson and Wes Brown, to soap stars Jay Kontzle and Danny Miller, local chef Simon Wood and comedian Lloyd Griffiths, the lineup drew huge crowds into the stadium.
Even old football legends like Peter Reid took a break from management to pull on their boots for a spell and it was a huge success, serving not only as an inspiring community-driven occassion for locals but something people from all over the region and beyond could rally around, we couldn’t be prouder.
With live music before kick off and during half-time, not mention plenty more planned to keep people entertained throughout the day, the 2024 Manchester Remembers charity match is a real family-friendly event and, hopefully, we’ll get a perfect sunny day to boot.
The Manc team will, of course, be attending on the day and sharing more info as and when we have it — not mention hosting the livestream of the match on our Facebook page — so make sure to keep your eyes peeled in lead up to July.