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Featured events

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
06 October 2019
Returning for its 5th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
14 October 2019

14-21 October 2019

An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.

Queen Victoria Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

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

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.

Early Words Together course
01 June 2018
Every Monday or Friday during term time
 
Join this 6-week course to help build your child's language skills before they start primary school. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years old.
Crochet group
01 June 2018
Every Monday
 
Our crochet group is open to people of all skills and ages. Everyone is welcome to join. Other members will happily show you how to get started if needed.
Local studies helpdesk
01 June 2018
Every Monday
 
Get help finding out about local history and access the local history resources on offer at the library.
Crafts class
01 June 2018
Every Monday
 
Unlock your creativity with this crafts class for adults. Making and crafting may help with your mental health and wellbeing.
Futures Club
04 June 2018

Every Monday

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

Duplo play
04 June 2018
Every Monday
 
Join us for a Duplo Play session. Perfect for children under 4 years old.
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.
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.
Rhymes, songs and stories
11 June 2018

Every Monday during term time

Join us for a fun session of singing, rhyming, stories and crafts. Suitable for children under 5 years old.

Homework Club at Heywood Library
11 June 2018

Every Monday and Thursday during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more. Suitable for all school-aged children.

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.

Family History Helpdesks
24 June 2018

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

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

Epic tales for toddlers
25 June 2018

2nd Monday of every month

Storytime and epic tales for toddlers under 5 and their parents/carers.

Junction Book Club
25 June 2018
2nd Monday of every month
 
Meet new people and discuss your opinions about books and authors at this book club.
Writing group
25 June 2018
3rd Monday of every month
 
Join our writing group to discuss authors, writing techniques and share your work.
Alkrington Readers
25 June 2018
2nd Monday of every month
 
Alkrington Readers invite you to join them for their reading group. It's great for meeting new friends and having a chat.
Poetry group
26 June 2018
4th Monday of every month
 
Calling all poetry lovers!! Discuss and recommend your favourite poems at our poetry group. You can also share poetry you've written yourself.
Lego club, Alkrington Library
26 June 2018

3rd Monday and 1st Friday of every month

Calling all Lego fans aged 5-12 years old!! Come along to our themed Lego sessions.

CV writing sessions for jobseekers
27 June 2018
Every Monday and Tuesday
 
Get help to prepare and write an effective CV. You can also access support for applying for jobs.
Health trainer sessions
28 June 2018
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
 
Come along for a FREE health check up, such as weight check, blood pressure checks and general medical advice.
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.

Walking group
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
Get active, get fit, meet new people and explore what's on your doorstep with our walking group.
Coffee mornings at Littleborough Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
Pop in for a drink while you browse books for sale or chat and meet new people.
Learn My Way - IT training sessions
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Friday
 
Basic IT training sessions covering online skills such as applying for jobs, using online banking and more.
Nursery rhyme and craft sessions
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
A nursery rhyme and crafts session for babies and children aged 0-5 years old.
Card-making class, Spotland Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

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

Crafts group at Littleborough Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
Our crafts group is full of lively, creative people who share a passion for all things crafts. Join us to get stuck in on a number of different crafts projects.
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.
Smithy Bridge Computer Group
02 July 2018
Every Tuesday during term time
 
An advanced computer group where you can learn more about computers, tablets and phones.
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.

Singing sessions for adults
05 July 2018
First Tuesday of every month
 
All adults are welcome to join this fun and lively singing group.
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.
Crafts group at Smallbridge Library
10 August 2018
Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday
 
Get creative at this crafts group for adults.
Castleton knitting group - The Cast Offs
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
​Whether you're a complete beginner or an avid knitter, come along to our weekly knitting group. All ages are welcome.
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.

Women in Business FREE Self-Employment Programme
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

A FREE 10-week course to boost your skills, knowledge, and confidence to help your business flourish. Starts Thursday, 26 September 2019.

Armchair exercise
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
Join this class where all the exercises are done sat down on a chair. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Board games club for children
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
Our board game club is for children and families to learn to play a variety of different board games. It's suitable for children aged 3 years and older.
1-2-1 business start-up advice
02 September 2018

Every other Thursday

Do you feel passionate about starting your own business? Come and receive some relaxed information and advice.

Rochdale Jelly - small business co-working
11 September 2018
2nd Thursday of every month
 
Find out about this informal event for small business owners, home workers and freelancers.
Reading group, Castleton Library
11 September 2018
2nd Thursday of every month
 
Discuss your opinions about books and authors at this reading group.
Reading group, Smithy Bridge Library
15 September 2018
3rd Thursday of every month
 
Meet new people and discuss your thoughts about books and authors at this reading group.
Coffee mornings at Castleton Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
 
Meet new people and have a chat while enjoying a coffee.
Play and learn sessions
02 October 2018
Every Friday
 
Come along to our fun play sessions for children of all ages. It's a great opportunity to meet other local families.
Art group
02 October 2018
Every Friday
 
Share your skills and learn new techniques at this art group. You can also get support to improve or enhance your art.
Knit and natter, Balderstone Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
 
Whether you're a complete beginner or an avid knitter, come along to this knitting group. All ages are welcome.
Stories and songs
03 October 2018
Every Friday from Friday, 4 October 2019
 
Join us for an interactive story session including songs as well. Suitable for children under 5 years old.
Lego Club at Balderstone Library
04 October 2018
Every Friday during term time
 
Join our Lego Club for a chance to play and get creative. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old.
Games club, Heywood Library
06 October 2018

First Friday of the month

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

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.

Lego and Duplo play at Junction Library
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
 
Come and play with Lego and Duplo at the library. Suitable for ages 2-15 years old.
Stories and songs with Adam
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
 
Come along for stories, songs and crafts with Adam. Suitable for young children up to around 7 years old.
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.

Reading group, Heywood Library
01 November 2018
Every month on a Saturday
 
A reading group for adults to meet new people and discuss authors and novels.
Reading group for children
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

This reading group is designed to help children discover new books and authors. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old.

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.

Reading group at Littleborough Library
30 January 2019
2nd Saturday of every month
 
Meet new people at this reading group while discussing and reviewing books.
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.
Foster with Rochdale information event at The Royal Toby
26 September 2019
Give childhood a chance - come along to our information sessions to find out more about fostering.
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon at Spotland Library
27 September 2019
Crafts for Kids at Alkrington Library
27 September 2019
Feeling creative? The come along to Alkrington’s Crafts for Kids session.
How will we contract with EU customers – what will change?
01 October 2019
The Business Growth Hub are running a series of sessions to support businesses to be as prepared as they can for Brexit.
Worlds biggest coffee morning 2019
05 October 2019
Join us for Macmillan Cancer's annual biggest coffee morning in the world. This year all proceeds will be shared equally between Macmillan Cancer and Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Royton.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
06 October 2019
Returning for its 5th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
14 October 2019

14-21 October 2019

An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.

St Patricks Church Fundraiser
20 October 2019
In order to raise funds for their church, St Patricks RC Church are holding a community fundraiser. Our Community Wind Band will be there providing light entertainment throughout the morning.
Festival of Remembrance
01 November 2019
The borough will come together at Rochdale Town Hall for special Festival of Remembrance to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces community.
Bonfire and firework displays
04 November 2019

4-6 November 2019

Wrap up warm for lots of FREE family fun in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

Christmas dinner at Clock Tower Dining Room
02 December 2019
2-20 December 2019
 
View our Christmas dinner menu for Rochdale Town Hall.
Santa Breakfast and Sunday Lunch at Clock Tower Dining Room
08 December 2019
Queen Victoria’s children invite you to a special breakfast and/or Sunday Lunch with Santa Claus.
Queen Victoria Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

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

Frankenstein
24 February 2020

24-29 February 2020

West End producers present a new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal gothic horror novel ‘Frankenstein.’

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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