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Bank holiday changes and opening hours

Council offices and libraries are closed on bank holidays, although you can access online services on this website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Contact Centre will remain open for emergency calls only.

Bank holidays in England and Wales

Bank holidays in England and Wales. If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a 'substitute' weekday becomes a bank holiday, which is normally the following Monday.  

2021 bank holidays

Date Holiday
Friday, 1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
Friday, 2 AprilGood Friday
Monday, 5 AprilEaster Monday
Friday, 3 MayEarly May bank holiday
Monday, 31 MaySpring bank holiday
Monday, 30 AugustSummer bank holiday
Monday, 27 December

Christmas Day (substitute day)

View changes over Christmas and New Year

Tuesday, 28 DecemberBoxing Day (substitute day)

Emergency numbers

Our Contact Centre will be open for emergency calls only over the bank holiday period.

Bin collections over the bank holiday

There are no changes to bin collections on bank holidays, except over Christmas and New Year.

Your bins will be collected on the same day as usual over bank holidays, Easter and Good Friday.

If you don't know which day your bin is normally collected, you can check by using our bin collection calendar. Please remember to put your bin out by 7am as normal. 

Household waste and recycling centres (tips)

Get the latest information and opening times about household waste and recycling centres.

Libraries and customer services

Libraries and customer services will be closed on bank holidays.

The Request and Collect service along with the library phone line will also remain closed over the bank holiday.

You can continue to access online library resources at any time:

Housing Benefit payments over the bank holiday

BACS payments and cheques due on bank holidays will be paid a day early. 

There are no other changes to Housing Benefit payments.

Register Office

The Register Office will be closed on the bank holiday. Pre-booked ceremonies will continue to go-ahead. For urgent enquiries please contact our council out of hours phone number.

FAST testing for those with no COVID-19 symptoms

Some of our FAST test centres remain open over the bank holiday period to allow you to get a rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT).

Your Trust (Link4Life) – leisure facilities

Your Trust is a Cultural Trust set up by Rochdale Borough Council to deliver leisure and cultural services in the borough.

Apply, report and pay using online forms

You can use online forms to apply for benefits, school places, report missed bins, fly-tipping, make a payment and more.

Christmas office closures and updates

Most non critical services close on Christmas Eve and reopen in January.

Things to do and places to go

Schools out.

There's lots to do in the borough during the school holidays whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.

Find events

Feel Good Festival. There are a variety of events running throughout the year, from featured events to our events in libraries and the countryside. There's something for everyone.

Things to do and see on a budget

Schools out.

If you're wanting to relax on a budget, there are several things you can do which are FREE or low cost. Enjoy the countryside, take part in an event or visit one of our libraries and use our FREE Wifi or borrow a book.