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Featured events

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
14 October 2019

14-21 October 2019

An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.

Bonfire and firework displays
04 November 2019

4-6 November 2019

Wrap up warm for lots of FREE family fun in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

A Royal Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

You are cordially invited to a royal ball to celebrate the greatest of Christmas traditions in the splendid surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall.

More events

Rochdale Town Hall tours
01 June 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.

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
Every Monday or Friday during term time
 
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.
Local studies 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.
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.
Music and Movement, Langley Sure Start
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Music, movement and fitness fun for children's development. For children aged 0-3.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group at Middleton Library
04 June 2018
Every Monday
 
If you're an adult with fibromyalgia, come along to our support group.
Community connectors - housing, employment, money and health support
05 June 2018
Monday-Friday
 
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
Monday-Friday
 
Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.
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
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
 
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

Various Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

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
Various Mondays and Saturdays
 
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
Various Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
 
We run a number of different groups across the borough for crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery and more.
Family History Helpdesks at libraries
24 June 2018

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

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

Epic tales for toddlers at Middleton Library
25 June 2018

2nd Monday of every month

Storytime and epic tales for toddlers under 5 and their parents/carers.

Writing group at Littleborough Library
25 June 2018
3rd Monday of every month
 
Join our writing group to discuss authors, writing techniques and share your work.
Reading groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Monthly meetings on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
 
Meet new people and discuss your thoughts about books and authors at one of our reading groups.
Poetry group at Littleborough Library
26 June 2018
4th Monday of every month
 
Calling all poetry lovers!! Discuss and recommend your favourite poems at our poetry group. You can also share poetry you've written yourself.
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.
Nursery rhyme and craft sessions at Heywood Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
A nursery rhyme and crafts session for babies and children aged 0-5 years old.
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.
Walking groups at libraries
02 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Thursday
 
Get active, get fit, meet new people and explore what's on your doorstep with our walking group.
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.

Learn My Way - IT training sessions at libraries
03 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Friday
 
Basic IT training sessions covering online skills such as applying for jobs, using online banking and more.
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.

Coffee mornings at Langley Library
11 July 2018
Last Tuesday of every month
 
Join us for free refreshments at our coffee morning. Chat with others to talk about what matters to you.
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.

Women in Business FREE Self-Employment Programme
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

A FREE 10-week course to boost your skills, knowledge, and confidence to help your business flourish. Starts Thursday, 26 September 2019.

Armchair exercise at Smallbridge Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
Join this class where all the exercises are done sat down on a chair. All ages and abilities are welcome.
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.
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.

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 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.
Stories and songs at Spotland Library
04 October 2018
Every other Friday
 
Join us for an interactive story session including songs as well. Suitable for children under 5 years old.
Games club at Heywood Library
06 October 2018

First Friday of the month

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

Lego and Duplo play at Junction Library
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
 
Come and play with Lego and Duplo at the library. Suitable for ages 2-15 years old.
Stories and songs with Adam at Alkrington Library
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
 
Come along for stories, songs and crafts with Adam. Suitable for young children up to around 7 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.

Story and craft session at Rochdale Central Library
19 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

Story and craft sessions aimed at children of any age and their families.

Rochdale Artisan Market
26 January 2019
Last Saturday of every month
 
Join us for a feast of live music, food and drink and arts and crafts as we bring the hugely popular artisan market, already a hit across the North West, to Rochdale.
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.
Prehistoric garden
25 September 2019

25 September 2019 - 28 June 2020

To celebrate Dippy’s visit to Rochdale in 2020, we’ve created a garden which showcases some of the plants that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Prehistoric bog gardens
25 September 2019

25 September 2019-28 June 2020

Step back in time with our prehistoric bog gardens.

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
14 October 2019

14-21 October 2019

An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.

St Patricks Church Fundraiser
20 October 2019
In order to raise funds for their church, St Patricks RC Church are holding a community fundraiser. Our Community Wind Band will be there providing light entertainment throughout the morning.
Crafts for Kids at Alkrington Library
25 October 2019
Feeling creative? Then come along to Alkrington Library’s Crafts for Kids session.
Festival of Remembrance
01 November 2019
The borough will come together at Rochdale Town Hall for special Festival of Remembrance to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces community.
Bonfire and firework displays
04 November 2019

4-6 November 2019

Wrap up warm for lots of FREE family fun in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

Remembrance Sunday concert
10 November 2019
A musical concert taking place at the Magnificent Rochdale Town Hall on remembrance Sunday in aid of the Mayor of Rochdale’s Charity Appeal and the Poppy Appeal.
High School Singing Showcase
12 November 2019
This year marks our 3rd High School Singing Showcase. We've invited singers from high schools across the borough to come and gain experience in performing!
Youth Brass in Concert Championships
16 November 2019
Come and support our Youth Brass Band as they compete in the 2019 Youth Brass in Concert Championship in Gateshead.
Christmas dinner at Clock Tower Dining Room
02 December 2019
2-20 December 2019
 
View our Christmas dinner menu for Rochdale Town Hall.
Santa Breakfast and Sunday Lunch at Clock Tower Dining Room
08 December 2019
Queen Victoria’s children invite you to a special breakfast and/or Sunday Lunch with Santa Claus.
A Royal Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

You are cordially invited to a royal ball to celebrate the greatest of Christmas traditions in the splendid surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall.

Frankenstein
24 February 2020

24-29 February 2020

West End producers present a new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal gothic horror novel ‘Frankenstein.’

Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
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.

Rochdale 2019 events calendar highlights

An exciting year of amazing events in Rochdale from February 2019.

 


Rochdale 2019 events calendar video on YouTube (2mins 20secs) (opens in a new window)

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