There is plenty of parking available for exhibitors, stewards and visitors alike, the cheapest car park for those who can make the 5 minute walk is at Bloom Street postcode OL9 6EF should get you there.

Please note that the car park to the side of the blue and white NHS ‘Integrated Care Centre’ on the other side of New Radcliffe Street is reserved for patients only and is not to be used by any exhibition visitors. Similarly, the nearby Leisure Centre car park is reserved for its customers.

The Civic Centre pay-and-display car park is located immediately in front of the entrance to the QEH. The ground is smooth tarmac and is predominantly level. On set-up day (Friday, 17 February) everyone other than Blue Badge holders must pay the full amount shown at the pay stations for the time that they intend to stay. A few spaces are reserved for Blue Badge holders, but entitled persons may park in any space and Blue Badges/time cards must be displayed. Blue Badge holders may park for a maximum of three hours without charge.
Rates currently displayed at the pay stations are: 0-1 hrs:  £1.30;  0-2 hrs: £1.80;  0-3 hrs: £2.50;  0-4 hrs: £3.50;  0-5 hrs: £3.70;  over 5 hrs: £8.00

On the exhibition days (Saturday, 18 February and Sunday, 19 February) anyone may park for up to three hours free of charge. However, everyone (including Blue Badge holders) is required to decide and select when they take their ticket on arrival that either they will not stay beyond three hours or they must pay the full amount for the full duration of their visit. (eg. If you intend to stay, say, 3½ hours, you must pay £3.50 on arrival.)

The Bloom Street pay-and-display car park is located little over five minutes’ walk down the hill from the QEH and Civic Centre car park. It offers a convenient and cheap alternative if the Civic Centre car park is full, and especially for anyone who staying longer than 3 hours. Operated by Euro Car Parks, this car park costs only £2.50 for up to 12 hours every day but please note that there is no concession here for Blue Badge holders or stays of less than 3 hours. The Bloom Street car park states that it is for cars only, with barriers claiming to limit maximum vehicle width to 7’ and maximum height to 6’6”.

To reach the Bloom Street car park from the QEH and Civic Centre car park, drive back down New Radcliffe Street and turn left onto Rochdale Road. Keep over to the right and follow the arrows round the circulatory system to the right until you start to face where you have just come from. You then need to move immediately into the left lane and down Middleton Road, with Oldham College to your right. Ignore the first turning on your left (for Oldham Leisure Centre) and look for the corner of Booth Street and the yellow car park sign just a few yards further on. Alternatively, if you are driving from the Manchester Street (A62) roundabout you can drive directly onto the Bloom Street car park. About 100 yds after leaving the roundabout, take turn left into Bloom Street and follow it round into the car park. (Drive as far across the car park as possible in order to park near to the exit to the QEH.)

From the Bloom Street car park, walk up Middleton Road and past Oldham College (on your left) towards the Civic Centre. Cross Rochdale Road and start to walk up West Street in front of you before turning left up the access road that cuts underneath the Civic Centre at the bottom of West Street. Turn immediately right and along the side of the QEH (on your left) to reach the front entrance of the hall.

Additional council parking (with up to 3 hours’ free parking on exhibition days) is also available, but this lies further away from the venue. For example, there are car parks at the far end of St Mary’s Way and next to the Library and Art Gallery, but you should allow at least 20 minutes to walk back to the QEH through the town centre.