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Things to do during the school holidays
23 July 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays, whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
10 August 2019
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by indie-rock band The Coral.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
14 September 2019
British Cycling's premier road cycling event visits Rochdale on its final day. Spectatiors will be welcome.

More events

Rochdale Town Hall tours
01 June 2018

Various dates depending on your tour

Find out details of our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall. There's lots of different options to choose from.

Turbo Tots, Langley Sure Start
01 June 2018

Every Monday

Turbo Tots is a fun health and wellbeing activity for children aged 0-3 and their parents or carers.

Rochdale Central Library Modelling Club
01 June 2018

Every Monday

A weekly themed modeling club aimed at children between 5-12 years old, beginning Monday, 29 April 2019.

Futures Club
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Informative drop-in session for care leavers about education, finance, training, employment and accommodation.

Music and Movement, Langley Sure Start
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Music, movement and fitness fun for children's development. For children aged 0-3.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group
04 June 2018
Every Monday
 
If you're an adult with fibromyalgia, come along to our support group.
Balderstone Library Coffee Afternoon
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Join one of our coffee afternoons for good conversation and a chance to discuss and browse the newest library books.

Community connectors - housing, employment, money and health support
05 June 2018
Monday-Friday
 
Drop in sessions running at various times. Come along to get support across a number of areas including healthy lifestyles, housing, employment and money management.
Sure Start Centre activities
05 June 2018
Monday-Friday
 
Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.
Listen and Rhyme, Littleborough Library
11 June 2018

Every Monday during term time

Join us for story time for under 5s. Activities include singing, rhyming, stories and crafts.

Monday Homework Club, Heywood Library
11 June 2018

Every Monday during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more.

Code Club, Littleborough Library
12 June 2018

Every other Monday during term time

Learn basic programming, local thinking and problem solving in our FREE classes.

Knit and natter, Alkrington Library
18 June 2018

Every other Monday

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an avid knitter, bring along your wool and your needles and enjoy a cup of tea with our lovely knitting group.

Word Weavers Writing Group
19 June 2018

1st and 3rd Monday of every month

Creative writers are welcome to join us to discuss and practice the arts of poetry and prose.

Family History Helpdesk, Alkrington Library
21 June 2018

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

Come along to our family history helpdesk to get FREE help tracing your family tree.

Family History Helpdesk, Castleton Library
25 June 2018

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

Get help finding out about your family history.

Balderstone Reading Group
25 June 2018

2nd Monday of every month

Informal and relaxed reading group. Discuss and recommend your favourite authors or discover new books you've never thought of trying.

Lego club, Alkrington Library
25 June 2018

3rd Monday of every month

Calling all Lego fans aged 5-12 years old!! Come along to Lego Club at Alkrington Library.

Next Steps Digital
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Next Steps Digital is our new IT group aimed at learners who have completed the Learn My Way programme and are ready to take the next steps in digital technology.

Card-making class, Spotland Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home. All materials, envelopes and instruction provided.

Water art sessions
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
Come along to a fun, free, friendly session designed to help enhance your child's motor skills by painting with water. Suitable for babies 12 months old and above.
Historic Rochdale town centre tours
02 July 2018

Every Tuesday and Thursday

A 2-hour guided walking tour through Rochdale’s historic old town, offering fascinating insights into the town’s colourful history.

FREE 1-2-1 business advice for new businesses
10 July 2018

3rd Tuesday of every month

1-2-1 Business advice sessions for businesses in the first 3 years of trading.

Coffee mornings at Langley Library
11 July 2018
Last Tuesday of every month
 
Join us for free refreshments at our coffee morning. Chat with others to talk about what matters to you.
Things to do during the school holidays
23 July 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays, whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.
Armed Forces veterans breakfast club
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Get together for breakfast with other local armed forces veterans. Breakfast costs just £3.

Laptop, iPad and tablet helpdesk at Castleton Library
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Help using mobile devices for beginners, including iPads, tablets and laptops.

Board games club for children
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
Come along to our weekly board game club for children and families to learn and play. Suitable for children aged 3 years and older.
Thursday Homework Club, Heywood Library
02 September 2018

Thursdays during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more.

Reading Circle, Smallbridge Library
30 September 2018

Last Thursday of each month

A reading circle for people over 50 who love to read. Come and meet new friends for a chat and a brew.

Games club, Heywood Library
01 October 2018

First Friday of the month

Come and join our small, friendly Games Club. Board games to suit everyone or bring your own.

Early Words Together sessions, Langley Library
02 October 2018

Every Friday during term time

FREE, volunteer-led children’s sessions with the aim of encouraging reading, writing and communication skills in a fun and family friendly way.

Lego club, Middleton Library
08 October 2018

2nd Friday of every month

Build your own Lego creations in our sessions aimed at 5-12 year olds and their parents or carers.

Rochdale-in-Stitches, Spotland Library
01 November 2018

First and third Saturday of the month

A group for people who enjoy cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, or who would like to start.

Code Club, Norden Library
01 November 2018

Every Saturday

Drop-in sessions for children 9-11 years old to learn how to code using Scratch.

Code Club, Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

Come along to our Code Club for 7-11 year olds to learn how to code.

Childrens Reading Group, Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

Every month on a Saturday, young persons reading group designed to help children to discover new books and authors.

Story and craft session, Rochdale Central Library
19 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

Story and craft sessions aimed at children of any age and their families.

Rochdale Artisan Market
26 January 2019
Last Saturday of every month
 
Join us for a feast of live music, food and drink and arts and crafts as we bring the hugely popular artisan market, already a hit across the North West, to Rochdale.
Lego club, Norden Library
26 January 2019
Every Saturday
 
Come along to our Lego club for children aged 5-12 years old. Duplo is also available for younger siblings.
Lego Club at Littleborough Library
26 January 2019

Every other Saturday

Bring your creativity and imagination and we’ll provide the Lego. Join our free club and see what you can make.

Lego Club, Rochdale Central Library
26 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

Our themed Lego Club is aimed at children between the ages of 5-12 years. Duplo is also available for younger siblings.

Code Club, Middleton Library
26 January 2019

Every other Saturday

For children aged 7-11. Sessions are FREE to attend, so pop in and have a go at coding.

Junior parkruns
09 March 2019
Every Sunday
 
Join a 2k run for juniors aged 4-14 years old. We encourage families, parents and buggies to join in.
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market
14 April 2019

April to August 2019

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

Space Chase - Summer Reading Challenge 2019
13 July 2019

13 July 2019 - 7 September 2019

Come and take a ride into space this summer at your local library – it’s Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019!!

Summer Serenade
20 July 2019
The Summer Serenade is the highlight of the Rochdale Music Service calendar. Enjoy an outdoor celebration of music and song in the summer sunshine.
Storytime with Sue
20 July 2019
Join us at Middleton Library for a Storytime and craft session with Sue.
Clay modelling at Rochdale Central Library
22 July 2019
A free clay modelling session, themed for Space Chase - the Summer Reading Challenge. No booking required.
Foster with Rochdale information event - July
25 July 2019
Give childhood a chance!! Come along to our information event to find out more about fostering with us.
Crafts for Kids at Alkrington Library
26 July 2019
Looking for something for the little ones to do over the summer holidays? Then why not come along to our free Crafts for Kids session at Alkrington Library.
Junk Modelling Club at Rochdale Central Library
29 July 2019
A free themed junk modelling session for Space Chase - the Summer Reading Challenge. For children aged 5-12. No booking required, just drop in.
Board games afternoon at Alkrington Library
08 August 2019
A fun, free board games afternoon for kids at Alkrington Library. No booking required - just come along and join in the fun.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
10 August 2019
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by indie-rock band The Coral.
Police Fun Day at Alkrington Library
23 August 2019
Join us at Alkrington Library's 2nd annual police fun day for fingerprinting, scavenger hunts and more.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
14 September 2019
British Cycling's premier road cycling event visits Rochdale on its final day. Spectatiors will be welcome.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
06 October 2019
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its 5th year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.
Queen Victoria Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

Dine, dance and be entertained with the queen and her husband Albert.

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.

Rochdale 2019 events calendar highlights

An exciting year of amazing events in Rochdale from February 2019.

 


Rochdale 2019 events calendar video on YouTube (2mins 20secs) (opens in a new window)

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