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The new Marks and Spencer store.
03 April 2020
The M&S Foodhall in Rochdale Riverside is set to open to the public on Monday, 6 April 2020.
Artist's impression of the new development.
03 April 2020
A game changing development at junction 19 of the M62 has moved up a gear.
Support for businesses leaflet.
03 April 2020
The council has processed over £10 million of government grants in a matter of days to help local businesses stay afloat.
Council logo.
02 April 2020
Rochdale Borough Council has pledged £30k of support to local food banks to ensure the emergency response can continue during the coronavirus pandemic.
Share the advice, not the virus.
31 March 2020
Rochdale Borough Council is working to support the borough’s businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.
The contents of a sample food parcel.
30 March 2020
The council is taking steps to improve the quality of the government food parcels for people most at risk from coronavirus.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
27 March 2020
4 new hubs have been set up across Rochdale to support the most vulnerable members of the community.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds.
20 March 2020
The leader of the council is calling on everyone in the borough to pull together to help stop the spread of coronavirus, which will protect people’s lives and safeguard the vital services that are needed to keep the most vulnerable safe.
A door handle with bacteria.
18 March 2020
A range of measures are being introduced by Rochdale Borough Council to help protect the public from the developing Coronavirus outbreak.
Poster for the campaign.
17 March 2020
One person can have a significant impact in helping a young person who may be at risk.
Joe Dunne.
12 March 2020
It’s not just about the food at next month’s Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.
Coronavirus - wash your hands more often for 20 seconds.
11 March 2020
A resident of the borough of Rochdale has tested positively for COVID-19.
The Mayor of Rochdale being photographed by Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
10 March 2020
A special photography competition has been launched to help capture the daily lives of older people across the borough.
Number One Riverside.
10 March 2020
Engagement and advice sessions are to take place across the borough to provide information for European nationals who wish to remain in the UK.
A baby falcon chick.
06 March 2020
The council’s popular live webcam, which provides a spectacular eagle-eyed view of the peregrine falcons nesting at Rochdale Town Hall, is back.
The Northern Soultrain.
06 March 2020
The 1st acts on the line-up for this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival have been revealed.
Some of the young people at the Friday Night Project at Rochdale Leisure Centre with councillors.
05 March 2020
Over 250 young people are now regularly attending the council’s Friday Night Project sessions at Rochdale Leisure Centre and Heywood Sports Village.
Mike Smith from Genr8 and Councillor Janet Emsley.
04 March 2020
The developers behind Rochdale Riverside, the borough’s major new retail and leisure destination, have teamed up with Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Janet Emsley and Armed Forces members.
28 February 2020
Hundreds of people came together at a poignant dedication ceremony to officially name a road in honour of Fusilier Conrad Cole who lost his life serving in the 1st Gulf War.
Care home staff with their certificates.
28 February 2020
Care homes across the borough of Rochdale have received oral hygiene ratings as part of an innovative rating scheme.
Visitors to Bowlee Car Boot Sale.
26 February 2020
The Greater Manchester car boot sale and market returns on Sunday, 5 April 2020.
Feel Good Festival stage.
21 February 2020
Entry fee introduced and plans for big new free family event revealed.
Councillor Janet Emsley at Kia dealership.
21 February 2020
​Car dealer Premier Kia have renewed their support for Rochdale Food and Drink Festival. The town centre dealership will be an official partner of the festival which returns on Saturday, 4 April 2020.
Kate Josephs speaking at Rochdale Borough Council event.
20 February 2020
The Department for Education paid a visit to Rochdale Borough Council as part of national apprenticeship celebrations.
Council Leader Allen Brett with MYP candidates.
18 February 2020
The eagerly anticipated election result to find out who would be the next member of youth parliament (MYP) for the borough was held at Rochdale Town Hall on Tuesday, 11 February 2020.
Councillors with Hopwood Hall College staff.
18 February 2020
A new scheme has been launched in the borough of Rochdale to encourage businesses to look after the environment.
Rochelle the Healthy Hero with St Mary's Primary School staff.
18 February 2020
The project to bring kitchen facilities to St Mary’s Primary School, Rochdale, is celebrated with a special opening lunch.
Fly-tipped waste at Chamber House Farm in Rochdale.
17 February 2020
3 more residents have been fined in connection with waste dumped illegally following council investigations.
Students at East Lancashire Railway.
14 February 2020
The council has set the wheels in motion for even better access to the East Lancashire railway, the 3rd most visited heritage railway in the UK, after opening a new link road at Heywood station.
Conrad Cole.
14 February 2020
A special dedication ceremony will officially name a local road in honour of a young Rochdale soldier tragically killed in action.
Foster carers Peter and Tammi.
14 February 2020
A special event is being held for anyone who wants to know more about the rewarding role of fostering.
Councillor Allen Brett at a solar farm.
14 February 2020
The leader of Rochdale Borough Council has hailed the authority’s green credentials after further radical plans were announced to reduce carbon emissions across the borough.
Outside stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
13 February 2020
Another exciting year of events is being supported by Rochdale Borough Council to provide a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.
Dippy standing in Number One Riverside.
13 February 2020
The Natural Museum’s famous dinosaur, Dippy, opened in Rochdale, as his record breaking tour reached the North West.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed and staff at Tudor Court in Heywood.
12 February 2020
Rochdale is one of the best performing areas across Greater Manchester for ensuring hundreds of patients are discharged from hospital on time.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with staff and residents at Stansfield Hall care home in Littleborough.
12 February 2020
A Littleborough care home has been praised by the council after a key report described the home as exceptionally effective.
Sheila Hancock with the Mayor, Mayoress and schoolchildren from St Lukes.
10 February 2020
Celebrated actor and author Sheila Hancock cut the ribbon in style at the official ceremony to open the new extension at St. Luke’s CE Primary School in Heywood.
Children reading the new books.
07 February 2020
Libraries across the borough of Rochdale have new mental health and wellbeing books on offer for children as part of the Reading Well for children scheme.
Ben Williams performing.
07 February 2020
A series of concerts called Rush Hour Social is bringing live acoustic music to Rochdale Leisure Centre to beat the rush hour blues.
Members of the Enhanced Night Service team.
06 February 2020
A visionary new care service is ensuring hundreds of elderly and vulnerable residents receive care and support in their own homes rather than hospital settings.
Ben Boothman and Councillor Janet Emsley.
03 February 2020
Rochdale’s new arrival Bombay Brew will be spicing up the 2020 Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.
The vaping products sold to children.
29 January 2020
An investigation is under way into 2 businesses after e-liquids were sold to 2 children during an undercover operation run by Rochdale Borough Council.
Number One Riverside at night.
28 January 2020
A review into the borough’s ward boundaries has been announced by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission.
Dave Spikey.
24 January 2020
Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey will return to Middleton Arena during his new 2020 tour.
A runner holding up her medal.
24 January 2020
Registration has opened for the 2020 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut for an early bird offer.
Discarded rubbish at the side of a road.
24 January 2020
2 Rochdale residents have been fined after council investigations linked them to fly-tipping offences.
The new cohort of apprentices.
23 January 2020
This week 7 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council and schools in a wide variety of departments.
Gillian Smith, Joanne Pearson and Samuel O Brien.
23 January 2020
Rochdale Borough Council’s creative use of technology and state-of-the-art gadgets to support and care for elderly and vulnerable residents has been praised.
Chris Bavin will be presenting.
21 January 2020
Food lovers are in for a treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery demonstrations in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.
Rochdale Riverside under construction.
14 January 2020
3 more major leisure and retail brands have joined the £80 million Rochdale Riverside scheme.
Children listening to a story.
14 January 2020
2 primary schools have lit up a national competition about storytelling in the dark with unique tales about witches, jelly, owls and hedgehogs.
The Dippy tram at the Rochdale Town Centre Metrolink stop.
10 January 2020
A special dinosaur tram, produced in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, has hit the Metrolink network ahead of Dippy the dinosaur’s visit to Rochdale in February 2020.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with Adi Dalman (2nd right) and staff from PossAbilities.
09 January 2020
A carer based at Heywood social enterprise PossAbilities has been crowned Shared Lives Outstanding Carer of the Year at a national awards ceremony.
Councillor Janet Emsley with staff from Williams BMW Rochdale.
08 January 2020
Runners who hit the road for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run in October 2019 helped raise over £8,000 for Springhill Hospice.
The 6 candidates.
08 January 2020
The new year has got off to a great start for 6 young people who are vying to be the next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Rochdale Borough.
Staff and children from St John Fisher RC.
07 January 2020
St John Fisher RC Primary School in Middleton is the first Greater Manchester primary school to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard (known as Inspiring IAG across Greater Manchester).
Councillor Pat Dale with staff at Highfield Manor care home.
06 January 2020
A Heywood care home has achieved an outstanding accreditation for the high-quality dignity of care it provides its residents.
Lego artist Warren Elsmore with a large dinosaur model and young children.
03 January 2020
A jam-packed programme of roarsome dinosaur inspired activities has been unveiled as Rochdale gears up to welcome Dippy the dinosaur to the borough in February 2020.
Waiting staff and customers in the Clock Tower Dining Room.
02 January 2020
Over 30 casual vacancies will be available at a recruitment event being staged at Rochdale Town Hall in January 2020.
Councillor Allen Brett with veterans.
02 January 2020
The festive spirit was in the air as the Armed Forces community came together for a special Christmas lunch at Rochdale Town Hall.
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Featured events

FEATURED EVENT: Dippy on Tour
01 January 2018

10 February 2020 - 28 June 2020

Visitors to Rochdale can enjoy 2 dinosaur adventures as part of their visit and they're both free.

FEATURED EVENT: Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
02 January 2018

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.

FEATURED EVENT: Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market
03 January 2018

April to September 2020

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