The 2022 Yanks Weekend was due to be held over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of August 2022, unfortunately the official event has been cancelled for the third year. However do not despair there will still be plenty going on in Uppermill and Saddleworth. A Facebook page has been set up that lists all the weekends activities. These are some of the events of the weekend:
A funfair including inflatables will be on the King George playing fields over the weekend.
The Waggon Inn on the High Street will still be holding their Yanks weekend celebrations with live entertainment provided by Dapper Dan (Saturday 1pm – 8pm, Sunday 1pm – 6pm). Food is being served 10am – 4pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Book a table here.
Uppermill Brass Band will be performing ‘Yanks Themed Music’ between 2pm and 4pm in the gardens of the Conservative Club on the High Street in Uppermill.
Dobcross Silver Band and the Baily Dolls will be performing at Dobcross Band Club starting at 3pm on the Sunday. Tickets are priced at £12
A parade of military vehicles will also be travelling down the High Street in Uppermill on the Saturday.
Despite the disappointment of another cancelled event I’m sure plenty of people in Saddleworth will be out in their finest, enjoying the sunshine and having a drink and a dance.
Yanks Weekend is a popular annual event in Uppermill. Officially known as “Yanks are back in Saddleworth”, the two-day event turns the village into 1940’s wartime England for the weekend.
This annual festival, first held 20 years ago, celebrates the Hollywood movie “YANKS” starring Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave that was filmed in Uppermill and Dobcross in 1979. The weekend would normally include incredible costumes, wartime entertainment and music, dancing, military vehicle parade, American classic cars, a funfair, exhibitions and lots of local pub entertainment, if the weather is OK there is even a flyover from a Lancaster Bomber. But not this year.
See the official “Yanks are back in Saddleworth” page for more details on the weekend’s events or look at their Facebook page which has more up-to-date information. Visit David Schofield Images to see some great pictures from the 2017 event – he’s also got some amazing photographs of Saddleworth on there as well.
Pots & Pans Cottage has already been booked up for the Yanks weekend in 2022, however, there are quite a few cottages available to book around Saddleworth on Trip Advisor or Airbnb. There are some splendid log cabins at Dovestone Reservoir and there is an absolutely fantastic campsite called Well-i-hole Farm in a beautiful setting, literally next door to the park-and-ride site. If you are interested in camping then visit their website for more information. The farm can cater for tents, motorhomes, trailer tents, and caravans.
If you are interested in staying at Pots & Pans Cottage on another occasion there are plenty more dates available in 2022. Click below to view the prices and availability of Pots & Pans Cottage and make a booking.
Cheers and beers and Yanks!
Click below to see a list of the events and festivals going on in 2022 in Saddleworth and further afield.