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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 Friday, 14 August 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.

Featured events

Logo for Dippy on Tour.

Take a virtual tour, enjoy Dippy at Home activities and more.

Logo for Link4Life at home.
Workouts, classes and more you can do at home.
Runners in the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon.
03 October 2021
Returning for its 6th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.

All events and activities

A peregrine falcon in flight.

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

The outside of Rochdale Town Hall.
01 March 2018

Various dates depending on your tour

Our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall will not take place now until 2023, but you may want to take a virtual tour.
Bookstart Bear Club
09 May 2018
Every Monday
Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
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.
An open book with coffee.
We've created a Facebook group to share the latest books we've all been reading. It's FREE to join.
Join the Virtual Lego Club Facebook group
Anybody with access to Lego is welcome to take on our weekly challenges and post creations in the group.
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.
A baby and parent playing together.
05 June 2018
Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.
Online fostering information sessions
Weekly until December 2020
As we can’t hold fostering information sessions in our usual public venues, we’re meeting online on Zoom video call.
Helping children cope with anxiety online workshops
29 July 2020 and 25 August 2020
Join an online workshop for parents and carers around understanding and supporting children and young people to manage anxiety.
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.
Clinton Baptiste performing.
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.
Portrait of Dave Spikey.
27 November 2020
Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey returns to Middleton Arena during his new 2020 tour.
Logo for Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market.
03 January 2018

2021 dates to be announced

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

Portrait of Ed Byrne.
21 February 2021
Ed Byrne presents 'If I'm Being Honest...', his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.
A model wearing a wedding dress.
28 March 2021
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
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 Feel Good Festival.
August 2021
Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre. Headline band to be announced.
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)

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