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Customers dining at the Street Eat festival.
18 May 2018
Last-minute preparations are under way for Street Eat which takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. The 2-day festival will be serving up another helping for anyone looking for something to eat, drink and free entertainment.
The Mayor and Councillor Janet Emsley with students and staff from Hopwood Hall College.
18 May 2018
Residents of the borough of Rochdale came together to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Councillor Janet Emsley, Paul Cocker, Catherine Dewar and Councillor John Blundell
18 May 2018
The revival of one of Rochdale’s most famous historic shopping streets has moved a step closer, following the official launch of the Heritage Action Zone project in the town centre.
Our leader, Councillor Allen Brett, with Carl Herbert and Gary Dearden.
17 May 2018
2 ex-members of the armed forces are forging a new career helping to build the new Rochdale after landing jobs at Willmott Dixon, the local contractor building the £80m Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.
The new Mayor and Mayoress.
16 May 2018
The borough welcomed its new Mayor as Councillor Mohammed Zaman was sworn-in during a ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall last night.
The Curious Incident members posing on park benches.
15 May 2018
More acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Artist's impression of the redeveloped Bright Hall.
09 May 2018
Plans to transform Rochdale Town Hall, one of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the country, have been given an initial boost after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) approved the first stage of an £8.9M bid.
Band portrait of The Uplifters
04 May 2018
3 more exciting and uplifting acts have been revealed for this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The Healthy Heroes cartoon characters.
03 May 2018
The NHS turns 70 years old on 5 July 2018 and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) in partnership with us have launched a competition for primary school children to design a 70th birthday card for the NHS
Last year's male winner.
02 May 2018
Prizes for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K which takes place this October have been confirmed.
Fusiliers parading through Rochdale town centre.
01 May 2018
The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was marked with a day of celebrations and a parade through Rochdale town centre.
Rich Hall performing on stage.
01 May 2018
Top comedy is returning to Middleton Arena next month - grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall is back with his ‘Hoedown’ show on Saturday, 9 June 2018, during the second leg of his national tour.
Image of a sign outside a polling station.
30 April 2018
With Thursday, 3 May 2018 approaching there’s just days to go until voters across the borough elect their councillors this week.
Image of Mark Ambrose and representatives from Willmott Dixon outside the town hall.
30 April 2018
Building and construction company Willmott Dixon are supporting this month’s Street Eat festival, which returns to Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 May 2018.
Artist's impression of the new development.
27 April 2018
Plans for a new link road just off junction 19 of the M62, which will help to create thousands of new jobs and homes, have moved up a gear following the decision by the secretary of state not to call in the planning application.
Image of award winners at the Mayor's Youth Awards.
26 April 2018
Inspirational stories of youth achievement and pride were on display at the town hall for the Mayor’s Youth Awards.
Image from inside the Wellington.
24 April 2018
Rochdale’s new gastropub The Wellington will be bringing sophistication and style to this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Image of a band on stage at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
23 April 2018
Local bands and solo artists can bag themselves a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in front of thousands of people as this year’s Rochdale Feel Good – Battle of the Bands opens for entries.
An image of fusiliers on parade.
20 April 2018
The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be celebrated in style with a special parade through Rochdale town centre on Saturday, 28 April 2018.
Liz Shaw at Rochdale Central Library.
19 April 2018
We have just launched another support service for new and growing businesses, with the introduction of the new Start Smart programme.
Hearing room door plaque.
18 April 2018
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report into failings in Rochdale institutions between 1960 and 1996 is to be considered by the council ahead of a formal response.
Sunrise Team.
17 April 2018
A man who abused young girls throughout the 90s has been jailed after pleading guilty to a catalogue of sex offences.
Gail Hopper Director of children's services.
17 April 2018
The nervous wait for parents and carers up and down the borough is over as primary school offers are made.
Bridal models stood pictured with a vintage Rolls Royce.
17 April 2018
Catwalk glamour returned to town for the Rochdale Wedding Show, exhibiting the latest trends in bridalwear, formal menswear and everything else needed for the big day.
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park.
13 April 2018
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park could be home to one of four major logistics hubs which will help deliver Heathrow’s third runway.
Leader Allen Brett.
13 April 2018
Councillor Allen Brett, the leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The first thing that I want to do, and what I think is the most important, is apologise to the victims of child sexual abuse.
IICSA logo.
12 April 2018
Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report details the ways in which the victims of child sexual abuse were failed in Rochdale between 1960 and 1996.
Clare Poole with ballot box.
11 April 2018
Please make sure you register to secure your vote in the upcoming local elections. On Thursday, 3 May 2018 voters go to the polls to elect the borough’s councillors.
Audience enjoying World Book Night event.
09 April 2018
Literature lovers are in for a treat on Saturday, 21 April 2018 when an award winning novelist visits Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale.
Councillor and Mayor Ian Duckworth speaking at the event.
06 April 2018
Volunteers who helped those caught up in the ‘Beast from the East’ M62 motorway mayhem have been thanked at an event at Rochdale Town Hall.
Adult care team discharging a patient.
06 April 2018
A pioneering council service which ensures hundreds of people a month discharge from hospital on time has been praised by the government.
Women enjoying a drink at the Street Eat event.
05 April 2018
Thousands flocked to the first one last year – and hungry foodies are in for another Bank Holiday treat with the return of the Street Eat festival.
Mayor of Rochdale with award recipients.
03 April 2018
Hundreds of young people from across the borough were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards at special ceremony.
Wedding cakes.
03 April 2018
Rochdale Wedding Show returns to the town hall this month - and final preparations are well under way. Bringing around 40 of the borough’s creative, stylish and inspiring suppliers together alongside breath-taking catwalk shows.
Peregrine Falcons flying over Rochdale.
29 March 2018
The council has taken flight and ensured nature lovers can again enjoy a bird’s eye view of peregrine falcons nesting at Rochdale Town Hall’s world famous clock tower.
Team of runners waving.
28 March 2018
If you want to get the reduced early bird entry for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run you need to be quick! Until midnight on Saturday 31, March 2018 entry to the half marathon has been reduced by £7, and there’s £4 off the 10K.
Sunrise Team logo.
28 March 2018
Sunrise Team work results in lengthy conviction. Osman Ali has today, Tuesday 27 March 2018, been sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison after pleading guilty to 7 counts of raping a child under 13.
Steve Rumbelow and Mayor Andy Burnham.
28 March 2018
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has praised Rochdale’s £250 million regeneration and pledged to support the borough as the council looks to add a residential offer to its major town centre project.
Chef Jean Christophe Novelli.
26 March 2018
More than 4,500 people descended on Rochdale Town Hall this weekend for a taste of the new Rochdale Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of food and drink was packed with stalls, live cooking, star chefs, bars, workshops and family entertainment.
Councillor Heakin and eco team.
26 March 2018
Students at Parkfield Primary school in Middleton are flying the flag for environmental awareness. Their corridors and classrooms display their eco commitment – “Every day, everywhere, all the time – be seen to be green”.
Councillor Janet Emsley at Premier Kia dealership.
23 March 2018
The Rochdale Kia dealership based on Molesworth Street near the town centre will be an official partner, promoting the event to their customers across the region and showcasing vehicles at the festival itself.
Local youth band.
23 March 2018
Lancashire Royal Artillery Band will be performing alongside the music services’ Youth Wind Band in this special concert.
Dedication service.
23 March 2018
A special dedication service celebrated a new look for Norden’s memorial gardens which have been transformed thanks to investment from Rochdale Borough Council.
Homeless person.
22 March 2018
A dedicated new team will be hitting the streets of Rochdale to help tackle rough sleeping in the town centre.
Fly tipping in Middleton.
22 March 2018
Six people are counting the cost after being convicted of littering and fly-tipping offences that followed action taken by Rochdale Borough Council.
Cigarette character gets the red card from Rochdale Football Club mascot.
21 March 2018
Roadshow visits Rochdale as make smoking history campaign sparks interest.
Britpop legends Cast play Rochdale.
21 March 2018
Indie rock band Cast have been added to the line-up for Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
Councillor and police.
21 March 2018
Police, traffic enforcement officers and a councillor spent 2 afternoons outside Cardinal Langley School in Middleton to clamp down on problem parking during the afternoon pick up.
Chef Jean Christophe Novelli.
21 March 2018
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival rolls into town on Saturday, packed with stalls, live cooking, star chefs, bars, workshops, family entertainment and music.
Building site.
19 March 2018
Work to construct Rochdale‘s brand new £80 million shopping and leisure development in the heart of the town centre is under way.
Riverside presentation.
15 March 2018
More than 80 businesses came together at a meet the buyer event for Rochdale’s flagship regeneration project, the new £80 million shopping and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside.
Councillor Liam O'Rourke and Asam Qadus.
15 March 2018
A former apprentice at a Heywood company which supplies medical equipment to the NHS, is finding his career is in good health after scooping a top award.
Councillor Neil Emmott.
14 March 2018
Six smokers have been hit with fines and costs totalling more than £2,000 after council wardens spotted them dropping their butts in the street.
Council leader and John Stoner.
14 March 2018
Rochdale’s stunning old post office, in the heart of the town centre’s heritage quarter, is set to re-open this weekend as a café, restaurant and bar.
Crowd at a concert.
13 March 2018
An exciting programme of events for 2018 is on the way, to provide a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.
Joe.
13 March 2018
It’s not just about the food at this month’s Rochdale Food and Drink Festival – there’s also a menu of live music to keep people entertained while they tuck into and enjoy the mouth-watering fare.
Feed frontmen Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose.
09 March 2018
Rock band Feeder will headline Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer. The British rock heroes will top the bill, taking to the main stage for a free show in Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday, 18 August 2018.
Councillor and staff member at adult care week event.
09 March 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care service took centre stage as scores of people attended its successful showcase week in March 2018.
Dippy the dinosaur on display.
08 March 2018
Link4Life and Rochdale Borough Council have secured more than £90,000 of National Lottery funding to help them deliver a fun-packed programme of activities and events to accompany Dippy the dinosaur’s visit to Rochdale in 2020.
Peter Gregory at Number One Riverside.
08 March 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s head of property and estates will be helping to lead the way in best practice in the industry across the country after being appointed the junior vice president of ACES.
Councillor at building site.
08 March 2018
7 new apartments are being created in a grade 2 listed property in Rochdale, in a move which the council hopes will help kickstart a housing boom in the town centre.
Castleton street celebration.
02 March 2018
There was nostalgia in the air as the Castleton community took a trip down memory lane to dedicate a famously named local street. Scores of people witnessed the unveiling of special street signs on Ark Royal Avenue.
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Events

Street Eat
26 May 2018
11am-9pm on Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018. Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Dozens of dishes including Spanish, Italian, English, German and more.
EqualiTeas – Celebrating 90 years of voting equality
20 June 2018
Join us for a special evening, celebrating 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over the age of 21 the equal right to vote.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
18 August 2018
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre. There will be live music, a quality food court and family entertainment.