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Christmas office closures and updates

This page will be updated near to Christmas 2020 when we have details of the closure dates and updates over the Christmas and New Year 2020-2021 period.

Most non critical services close at 4pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and reopen at 9am on Thursday, 2 January 2020. Please see below changes to opening hours for the various service areas.

Contacting us

If you're phoning us about a non-urgent enquiry, our contact centre will be open 8.30am-4pm on Friday, 27 December, Monday, 30 December 2019 and Tuesday, 31 December 2019. For all times between these dates you can contact our emergency phone line for emergency calls only.

The contact centre will open as usual at 8.30am on Thursday, 2 January 2020.

Bin collections

There WILL be changes to waste and recycling collection dates over Christmas. We will also collect any extra recycling​, for more details see the bin collection changes​​.

Household Waste Centres​ (Chichester Street, Rochdale and Spring Vale, Middleton) are open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.​

Council Tax Direct Debit dates

​​​​​The dates for the collection of Council Tax Direct Debits will change slightly during Christmas and New Year.

​Direct Debit due Instalment will be taken​
​Wednesday, 25 December 2019Friday, 27 December 2019
​Thursday, 26 December 2019​Friday, 27 December 2019​
​Wednesday, 1 January 2020​Thursday, 2 January 2020

See how to set up or amend your Council Tax Direct Debit payments

Number One Riverside

Number One Riverside will close at 4pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and reopen on Thursday, 2 January 2020. The building will also close on Saturday, 4 January for installation of new lighting. Some services may close earlier; please see details on this page for more information.

Customer services and libraries 

Library members are still able to renew and reserve items online 24 hours a day as well as have online access to Borrowbox and RB Digital for e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. No items on loan should have a return date between Monday, 23 December 2019 and Monday, 6 January 2020. More about libraries.

  • Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - all libraries and customer services open until 4pm.
  • Wednesday, 25 December 2019 to Wednesday, 1 January 2020 inclusive - all libraries and customer services closed.
  • Thursday, 2 January 2020 - services resume as normal. View our usual library opening times and customer service centre opening times.
  • Saturday, 4 January 2020 - the library will be closed as we install new lighting.

Link4Life leisure centres and entertainment venues

  • There will be some changes to the opening hours of Link4Life leisure centres and venues, including Heywood Sports Village, Middleton Arena, Rochdale Leisure Centre and Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre. You can get up to date information on Christmas closures and changes to swimming  pool and fitness timetables on the Link4Life website.
  • Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre will be closed from Saturday, 21 December 2019 and re-open on Thursday, 2 January 2020.

Link4Life centres: use the contact details below if you need to contact a centre.​

  • ​​​Arts & Heritage Resource Centre: 01706 641085
  • Bowlee Park Sports Centre: 0161 643 4907
  • Heywood Civic Centre: 0300 303 8633
  • Heywood Sports Village: 01706 924000
  • Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre: 01706 370499
  • Littleborough Sports Centre: 01706 927560
  • Middleton Arena general enquiries and bookings: 0161 662 4000, Box Office: 0300 303 8633
  • Rochdale Leisure Centre: 01706 926000
  • Touchstones Rochdale: 01706 924492, visitor information c​entre: 01706 924928

Fitness membership enquiries

  • Heywood Sports Village: 01706 927202
  • Littleborough Sports Centre: 01706 927560
  • Middleton Arena: 01706 923170
  • Rochdale Leisure Centre: 01706 92420

Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake cafe​ and toilets are open every day, 9.30am to 5pm, except Christmas Day.

The visitor centre will close on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm and will open again on Saturday, 4 January 2020 at 10am. The visitor centre will also be open on New Year's Eve from 10am-3.30pm.

Children and Family Centres

Sure Start Children’s Centres are open as usual up to Tuesday, 24 December 2019 (please check December timetables for the individual centres) and then closed - with the exception of well-baby clinics and  pre-booked ante-natal/post-natal appointments. The centres will reopen on  Thursday, 2 January 2020. View our ​Sure Start Children Centres opening times.

Children’s Social Care Services will continue to operate throughout and can be contacted on 0300 303 0440. To report a concern about a child or adult outside of working hours, at weekends or during Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 303 8875. If it’s an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Police.

Adult Social Care Services

If you need help on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and the weekend of Saturday 29 December 2019 and Sunday 30 December 2019 please ring our emergency number.

Service will continue as usual on other days and if you need assistance, please ring our non-emergency number between 8.45am-4.45pm.

  • Adult Care emergency number: 0300 303 8875
  • Adult Care non-emergency number: 0300 303 8886

Rochdale Town Hall

Rochdale Town Hall and Clock Tower Dining Room will close to the public on Saturday, 21 December 2019 at 3.30pm and will reopen at 9am on Thursday, 2 January 2020. ​

​​​Rochdale Register Office (Rochdale Town Hall)

Rochdale Register Office will be open for ceremonies by prior arrangement. If you require a Registrar urgently when the office is closed please contact 0300 303 8875 for further advice.

  • Tuesday, 24 December 2019: open 9am-3.30pm
  • Wednesday, 25 December 2019 -Friday, 27 December 2019: closed
  • Saturday, 28 December 2019: open 10am-2pm for death registrations and for ceremonies
  • Sunday, 29 December 2019: closed
  • Monday, 30 December 2019: open 9am-4.15pm
  • Tuesday, 31 December 2019: open 9am-3.30pm
  • Wednesday, 1 January 2020: closed
  • Thursday, 2 January 2020 and Friday, 3 January 2020: open 9am-4.15pm 

Public toilets

Public toilets are closed on 25 December (Christmas Day) and open every other day (including New Year's Day) as usual.​