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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.
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.
Georgia, centre, at the Model European Parliament in Malta.
24 December 2019
Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet member Georgia Jones represented the United Kingdom at the Model European Parliament (MEP) conference in Malta.
Outreach team manager Rob Rowe and Councillor Linda Robinson.
23 December 2019
An outreach team dedicated to helping people on the streets is making a difference in Rochdale as the winter weather starts to bite.
Gail Hopper, the Mayor of Rochdale, Chloe Johnson and the Mayoress.
23 December 2019
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Billy Sheerin, held 2 special afternoon tea events for young people who've achieved great things.
Illustration of Rochdale Town Hall.
20 December 2019
Details of the council’s opening times and service changes over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Chris Bavin.
20 December 2019
Visitors to the 2020 Rochdale Food & Drink Festival are in for another treat.
The old RBS building, which is set to be refurbished.
20 December 2019
One of Rochdale most well-known historic buildings is set to swap pounds for pints, as work gets under way to transform the former RBS bank into a Hogarth’s pub.
How the new museum could look.
20 December 2019
Plans for a brand new Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum in Rochdale are blazing ahead with local building firm Casey being appointed to take forward the £3.1 million project.
Paul Ormerod and David Kilpatrick, 2 of those being honoured.
11 December 2019
6 people who have made outstanding contributions to the borough of Rochdale are to be honoured by the council.
Runners in the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon.
09 December 2019
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run will return in 2020 and the date has been confirmed. The popular event will be held on Sunday, 4 October 2020.
The Mayor of Rochdale with council staff.
06 December 2019
The borough of Rochdale has held its first ever celebration of Pride.
A couple posing for a picture in the woods.
05 December 2019
Couples planning to tie the knot will be heading to Rochdale Wedding Show in 2020 when the event returns on Sunday, 20 September 2020.
Adult care team members.
05 December 2019
Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care team will be available over Christmas to provide key services to residents across the borough.
Members of the adult care team.
03 December 2019
Rochdale’s Carers’ Rights Day was declared a success after hundreds of carers attended the popular annual event.
Clinton Baptiste.
29 November 2019
A character made famous by classic television sitcom Phoenix Nights will be returning to Middleton Arena next spring after his sold out show in October 2019.
Online shopper with Christmas jumper and credit card.
28 November 2019
Residents are being warned to shop cautiously ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Rochdale Town Hall.
28 November 2019
A busy programme of festive events and activities is taking place in Rochdale over the next few weeks.
Keith Macenzie, winner of the outstanding achievement award.
26 November 2019
Outstanding achievements by Rochdale Borough Council employees were recognised during The Ace Staff Awards held at the town hall.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale with Father Christmas and the cast of Cinderella.
25 November 2019
The countdown to Christmas officially began in Rochdale on Sunday, 24 November 2019.
An artist's impression of Rochdale Riverside phase 2.
22 November 2019
A major new development set to create hundreds of new homes in Rochdale town centre could be in line for a £4million funding boost.
Staff at Educate Awards.
21 November 2019
Cardinal Langley RC High School was honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony on Friday, 15 November 2019.
New gym at St John's RC Primary School.
21 November 2019
Staff and pupils at St John’s RC Primary School in Rochdale are on a fitness quest thanks to their new gym facility.
19 November 2019
The annual High School Singing Showcase took place on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 with a variety of choirs and soloists performing.
18 November 2019
An investigation into suspected illegal dog breeding has seen 101 dogs removed from houses in Greater Manchester.
Marks and Spencer logo.
14 November 2019
Plans revealed for a new clothing and food store at the Rochdale Riverside development as Marks & Spencer (M&S) officially starts work on site.
Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall.
13 November 2019
The countdown to Christmas begins in the borough of Rochdale on Sunday, 24 November 2019 at the town hall.
Young people with a tent.
12 November 2019
If you're aged 14-24, you can build skills, confidence and fitness with a series of exciting challenges through the Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award.
Veterans standing with raised flags at the Rochdale Cenotaph.
12 November 2019
Thousands gathered across the borough for Remembrance Day Services to honour the nation’s war heroes and pay tribute to the fallen.
Veterans marching in ceremonial dress.
08 November 2019
The borough came together to pay tribute to the armed forces community at a special Festival of Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillor Janet Emsley with library staff and pupils.
07 November 2019
Rochdale Borough Council’s library service has branched out again after its popular ‘library card for every child’ initiative was given the stamp of approval.
Councillor Neil Emmott at a council gritting depot.
07 November 2019
Teams at Rochdale Borough Council are ready to hit the road to tackle any ice, sleet, flooding and snow this winter.
The 2019 winners and candidates with Councillor Kieran Heakin and the former Mayor of Rochdale.
06 November 2019
The starting gun has been fired on the new race to be the borough’s next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP).
Council staff with gifts.
05 November 2019
Rochdale Borough Council will soon be seeking donations to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Christmas Day.
Rochdale in Bloom with all their awards.
05 November 2019
Rochdale borough is once again the best of the bunch after wowing judges at the North West in Bloom Awards with its stunning floral displays and picturesque parks.
Councillor Kieran Heakin with 2 Broadfield Primary pupils.
05 November 2019
Broadfield Primary school celebrated International Week last week, where pupils learnt about 11 different countries and languages.
Councillor Neil Emmott and council workers at the seeding of a wildflower patch.
04 November 2019
Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides, which are commonly used to treat public land.
Children performing in a show.
01 November 2019
Rochdale Music Service is encouraging all local groups, individual performers and schools to join in with the popular festival of performing arts.
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Rochdale Music Service Festival of Performing Arts
31 January 2020
31 January 2020 - 07 March 2020
A showcase of more than 6,000 performers which celebrates all aspects of performing arts.
Dippy on Tour
10 February 2020

10 February 2020 - 28 June 2020

Visitors to Rochdale, Dippy's only North West stop, can enjoy 2 dinosaur adventures as part of their visit and they're both free.

The Gin Society Festival
14 February 2020

14 - 15 February 2020

100 carefully selected gins to help set the party mood as well as amazing live music, fabulous food and of course loads of fun.

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.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
04 October 2020
Returning for its 6th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.