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Events and activities

In light of the current situation, we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel all events up to Thursday, 30 April 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will keep this website updated.

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Main events feed

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.

FEATURED EVENT: Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
02 January 2018

04 April 2020

Star chefs cooking live, food and drink village, workshops, music, bars, stalls and family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.

FEATURED EVENT: Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market
03 January 2018

April 2020 - September 2020

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

Rochdale Town Hall tours
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.

Bookstart Bear Club
09 May 2018
Weekly sessions
Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
Living Well sessions at Middleton Library
15 May 2018
Appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Living Well trainers can help you make healthy lifestyle changes and improve your health and wellbeing.
Art exhibition at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre
20 May 2018
Open several days a week
Pop in for a visit to view some original pieces of art by local artists.
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.

Turbo Tots at Langley Sure Start Centre
01 June 2018

Every Monday

Turbo Tots is a fun health and wellbeing activity for children aged 0-3 and their parents or carers.

Early Words Together course at libraries
01 June 2018
Weekly sessions
Join this 6-week course to help build your child's language skills before they start primary school. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years old.
Games club at Milnrow Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Enjoy a brew and a biscuit while you play a board game at our weekly club.
Local History Helpdesk at Heywood Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Get help finding out about local history and access the local history resources on offer at the library.
Crafts class at Balderstone Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Unlock your creativity with this crafts class for adults. Making and crafting may help with your mental health and wellbeing.
Art group at Wardle Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Bring your latest artwork or art projects to this group to get feedback to improve and enhance your art.
Futures Club
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Informative drop-in session for care leavers about education, finance, training, employment and accommodation.

Duplo play at Alkrington Library
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Join us for a Duplo Play session. Perfect for children under 4 years old.

Community connectors - housing, employment, money and health support
05 June 2018
Drop in sessions running at various times. Come along to get support across a number of areas including healthy lifestyles, housing, employment and money management.
Sure Start Centre activities
05 June 2018
Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.
Learn My Way - IT training sessions at libraries
05 June 2018
Weekly sessions
Basic IT training sessions covering online skills such as applying for jobs, using online banking and more.
Rhymes, songs and stories at Littleborough Library
11 June 2018

Every Monday during term time

Join us for a fun session of singing, rhyming, stories and crafts. Suitable for children under 5 years old.

CV writing sessions for jobseekers at Langley Library
13 June 2018

Every Monday and Tuesday

Get help to prepare and write an effective CV. You can also access support for applying for jobs.

Homework Club at Heywood Library
14 June 2018

Every Monday and Thursday during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more. Suitable for all school-aged children.

Health trainer sessions at libraries
16 June 2018
Weekly or monthly sessions
Come along for a FREE health check up, such as weight check, blood pressure checks and general medical advice.
Lego Clubs at libraries
17 June 2018

Weekly or monthly sessions

Our themed Lego Club is aimed at children aged 5-12 years old. You bring your creativity and imagination and we'll provide the Lego.

Code Clubs at libraries
17 June 2018
Clubs meet every week or every other week
Come along to one of our Code Clubs to learn some basic coding and programming skills. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old.
Knitting and stitching groups at libraries
17 June 2018
Groups meet every week or every other week
We run a number of different groups across the borough for crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery and more.
Weaving Words at Milnrow Library
20 June 2018
Every other Monday
Weaving Words is a creative writing group where your can share your creations and ideas with other like-minded people.
Family History Helpdesks at libraries
24 June 2018

Helpdesks held every week or every 3 weeks

Come along to our family history helpdesk to get help tracing your family tree.

Creative writing workshop at Darnhill Library
25 June 2018
2nd Monday of every month
Learn writing techniques and share your work at this creative writing workshop.
Reading groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Monthly meetings
Meet new people and discuss your thoughts about books and authors at one of our reading groups.
Poetry groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Groups held every other week or once a month
Calling all poetry lovers!! Discuss and recommend your favourite poems at our poetry group. You can also share poetry you've written yourself.
Walking groups at libraries
27 June 2018
Weekly walks
Get active, get fit, meet new people and explore what's on your doorstep with our walking group.
Yoga at Darnhill Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Start your day with a refreshing yoga class.
Next Steps Digital at Rochdale Central Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Next Steps Digital is our new IT group aimed at learners who have completed the Learn My Way programme and are ready to take the next steps in digital technology.

Coffee mornings at Littleborough Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Pop in for a drink while you browse books for sale or chat and meet new people.
Stories and songs at Milnrow Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
​We run different stories and songs session for babies and young children.
Afternoon tea dance at Rochdale Town Hall
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
All ages and abilities are welcome to dance to a variety of music in the Great Hall, guided by a professional tutor.
Card-making class at Spotland Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home. All materials, envelopes and instruction provided.

Crafts group at Littleborough Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Our crafts group is full of lively, creative people who share a passion for all things crafts. Join us to get stuck in on a number of different crafts projects.
Water art sessions at Langley Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Come along to a fun, free, friendly session designed to help enhance your child's motor skills by painting with water. Suitable for babies 12 months old and above.
Smithy Bridge Computer Group
02 July 2018
Every Tuesday during term time
An advanced computer group where you can learn more about computers, tablets and phones.
Historic Rochdale town centre tours
02 July 2018

Every Tuesday and Thursday

A 2-hour guided walking tour through Rochdale’s historic old town, offering fascinating insights into the town’s colourful history.

Singing sessions for adults at Heywood Library
05 July 2018

First Tuesday of every month

All adults are welcome to join this fun and lively singing group.

FREE 1-2-1 business advice for new businesses
10 July 2018

3rd Tuesday of every month

1-2-1 Business advice sessions for businesses in the first 3 years of trading.

Crafts group at Smallbridge Library
10 August 2018
Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday
Get creative at this crafts group for adults.
Armed Forces veterans breakfast club
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Get together for breakfast with other local armed forces veterans. Breakfast costs just £3.

Laptop, iPad and tablet helpdesk at Castleton Library
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Help using mobile devices for beginners, including iPads, tablets and laptops.

Arts and crafts group at Middleton Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
Join our fantastic arts and crafts group. It's fun, friendly and relaxing.
Community group for over 60s at Darnhill Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
A social group for over 60s to have a chat with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Board games club for children at Langley Library
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Our board game club is for children and families to learn to play a variety of different board games. It's suitable for children aged 3 years and older.

Stories and songs with Adam at Alkrington Library
02 September 2018
Every Thursday and Saturday
Come along for stories, songs and crafts with Adam. Suitable for young children up to around 7 years old.
1-2-1 business start-up advice
02 September 2018

Every other Thursday

Do you feel passionate about starting your own business? Come and receive some relaxed information and advice.

Wardle Society meetings at Wardle Library
05 September 2018
First Thursday of every month
Wardle society group meet to discuss important topics and issues affecting the village.
Rochdale Jelly - small business co-working
11 September 2018
2nd Thursday of every month
Find out about this informal event for small business owners, home workers and freelancers.
Writing group at Spotland Library
11 September 2018
2nd Thursday of every month
Enjoy creative writing? You can share your poetry and prose in a friendly, relaxed environment. Or if you prefer, just come along to listen. Everyone is welcome.
Coffee time at Langley Library
30 September 2018
Last Thursday of every month
Join us for free refreshments at our coffee sessions. Chat with others to talk about what matters to you.
Coffee mornings at Castleton Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Meet new people and have a chat while enjoying a coffee.
Play and learn sessions at Balderstone Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Come along to our fun play sessions for children of all ages. It's a great opportunity to meet other local families.
Art group at Littleborough Library
02 October 2018

Every Friday

Share your skills and learn new techniques at this art group. You can also get support to improve or enhance your art.

Blokes club at Wardle Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Men are invited to come along to this social club to relax and have a game of cards with other local men.
Tai Chi at Darnhill Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Have a go at sun style Tai Chi at these weekly sessions led by a trainer.
Games club at Heywood Library
06 October 2018

First Friday of every month

Come and join our small, friendly games club. Board games to suit everyone or bring your own.

Coffee, cake and company at Smallbridge Library
20 October 2018
Last Friday of every month
Join us to have a drink and a chat with other members of your local community.
Lego and Duplo play sessions at libraries
30 October 2018
Weekly or monthly sessions
Come and play with Lego and Duplo during these sessions. Suitable for ages 3-15 years old.
Reading group for children at Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

This reading group is designed to help children discover new books and authors. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old.

Junior parkruns
09 March 2019
Every Sunday
Join a 2K run for juniors aged 4-14 years old. We encourage families, parents and buggies to join in.
Hollingworth Lake craft and wellbeing fair
15 March 2019
First Sunday of every month
Pop in to look at our homemade goodies or have a go at one of the therapy stalls.
Tour de Manc 2020
03 May 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.
Rush Hour Social Rochdale
14 May 2020
14 May 2020 - 9 July 2020
​Come and hear some FREE live music at Rochdale Leisure Centre.
Clinton Baptiste - The Paranormalist Returns
28 May 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.
Rochdale Artisan Market
30 May 2020
Join us for a feast of live music, food, drinks, arts and crafts from local artisans and producers.
Ed Byrne at Middleton Arena
17 June 2020
Ed Byrne presents 'If I'm Being Honest...', his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.
Heywood 1940s Day
20 June 2020
Celebrate all things 1940s at this superb event for all the family.
Feel Good Family Picnic
25 July 2020
An amazing new summer day out for everyone with outdoor performances and a range of activities.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
22 August 2020
Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre. Headline band for 2020 to be announced.
Rochdale Wedding Show
20 September 2020
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
04 October 2020
Returning for its 6th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.

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)

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