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Events and activities

Coronavirus (COVID-19): event updates

In light of the current situation, we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel all face-to-face events up to Sunday, 31 May 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will keep this website updated.

If you're concerned about whether an event you are attending or would like to attend is affected, please check with the individual venues.

View faklcons at Rochdale Town Hall

See the birds' progress through the nesting period at the top of Rochdale Town Hall.

Meditating man.
Workouts, classes and more you can do at home.
01 March 2018
Enjoy the Dippy experience from the comfort of your home.​
Rochdale Town Hall.
01 March 2018

Various dates depending on your tour

Find out details of our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall. There's lots of different options to choose from.
Logo for Rochdale Borough Libraries.
09 April 2020
Our libraries may be closed at the moment, but we can show you lots of things you can do from home.
Logo for the Freedom Programme for women.
23 May 2018

Weekly sessions

A FREE and confidential 12-week programme for women who want to know more about domestic abuse.
Logo for Dippy on Tour.
01 January 2018

10 February 2020 - 28 June 2020

Visitors to Rochdale can enjoy 2 dinosaur adventures as part of their visit and they're both free.

Logo for Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market.
03 January 2018

July 2020 - September 2020

One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events.

A busy Rochdale Artisan Market.
Currently postponed
Join us for a feast of live music, food, drinks, arts and crafts from local artisans and producers.
Logo for Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
22 August 2020
Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre. Headline band for 2020 to be announced.
A model wearing a wedding dress.
20 September 2020
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
Racing cyclists.
20 September 2020
One of Greater Manchester’s premier cycling events returns. Starting in Middleton, the cycle route then goes through a number of Greater Manchester areas.
Runners in the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon.
04 October 2020
Returning for its 6th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.
Clinton Baptiste.
15 October 2020
Join the paranormal sensation as he takes you on a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the celestial curtains.
Dave Spikey.
27 November 2020
Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey returns to Middleton Arena during his new 2020 tour.
Ed Byrne.
14 February 2021
Ed Byrne presents 'If I'm Being Honest...', his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.
A festivalgoer in 1940s costume.
19 June 2021
Celebrate all things 1940s at this superb event for all the family.
Logo for Feel Good Family Picnic.
July 2021
An amazing new summer day out for everyone with outdoor performances and a range of activities.
Logo for Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Event cancelled
An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.

Rochdale 2020 events calendar highlights

A roarsome year of huge events!! Here we look ahead to some of the highlights.


Rochdale 2020 events calendar video on YouTube (2mins 8secs) (opens in a new window)

Apply to hold an event

Find out what you need to know when planning an event.

Request to raise a flag

You can request to raise a flag from a number of locations across the borough.