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Featured events

Christmas and New Year events and updates
18 November 2019

November 2019 - January 2020

Events, activities and updates over the festive period.

Link4Life Christmas events
02 December 2019

02 December 2019 - 01 January 2020

Join us for lots of events held at different venues across the borough.

A Royal Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20 December 2019 - 21 December 2019

You are cordially invited to a royal ball to celebrate the greatest of Christmas traditions in the splendid surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall.

More events

Rochdale Town Hall tours
01 March 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.

Things to do during the school holidays
01 May 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​.
Bookstart Bear Club
09 May 2018
Sessions held Monday-Thursday
 
Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
Living Well sessions at Middleton Library
15 May 2018
Appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
 
Living Well trainers can help you make healthy lifestyle changes and improve your health and wellbeing.
Turbo Tots at Langley Sure Start Centre
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 at libraries
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.
Local studies helpdesk at Heywood Library
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 at Balderstone Library
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.
Art group at Wardle Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
 
Bring your latest artwork or art projects to this group to get feedback to improve and enhance your art.
Futures Club
04 June 2018

Every Monday

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

Duplo play at Alkrington Library
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.

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 at Littleborough Library
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.

CV writing sessions for jobseekers at Langley Library
13 June 2018
Every Monday and Tuesday
 
Get help to prepare and write an effective CV. You can also access support for applying for jobs.
Homework Club at Heywood Library
14 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.

Health trainer sessions at libraries
16 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.
Lego Clubs at libraries
17 June 2018

Various Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

Our themed Lego Club is aimed at children aged 5-12 years old. You bring your creativity and imagination and we'll provide the Lego.

Code Clubs at libraries
17 June 2018
Various Mondays and Saturdays
 
Come along to one of our Code Clubs to learn some basic coding and programming skills. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old.
Knitting and stitching groups at libraries
17 June 2018
Various Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
 
We run a number of different groups across the borough for crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery and more.
Family History Helpdesks at libraries
24 June 2018

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

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

Creative writing workshop at Darnhill Library
25 June 2018
2nd Monday of every month
 
Learn writing techniques and share your work at this creative writing workshop.
Epic tales for toddlers at Middleton Library
25 June 2018

2nd Monday of every month

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

Reading groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Monthly meetings on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
 
Meet new people and discuss your thoughts about books and authors at one of our reading groups.
Poetry group at Littleborough Library
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.
Yoga at Darnhill Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
Start your day with a refreshing yoga class.
Next Steps Digital at Rochdale Central Library
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.

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.
Nursery rhyme and craft sessions at Heywood Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
 
A nursery rhyme and crafts session for babies and children aged 0-5 years old.
Card-making class at 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 at Langley Library
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.
Walking groups at libraries
02 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Thursday
 
Get active, get fit, meet new people and explore what's on your doorstep with our walking group.
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.

Learn My Way - IT training sessions at libraries
03 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Friday
 
Basic IT training sessions covering online skills such as applying for jobs, using online banking and more.
Singing sessions for adults at Heywood Library
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.
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 at Smallbridge Library
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.
Arts and crafts group at Middleton Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
Join our fantastic arts and crafts group. It's fun, friendly and relaxing.
Community group for over 60s at Darnhill Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
 
A social group for over 60s to have a chat with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Board games club for children at Langley Library
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.

Wardle Society meetings at Wardle Library
05 September 2018
First Thursday of every month
 
Wardle society group meet to discuss important topics and issues affecting the village.
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.
Writing group at Spotland Library
11 September 2018
2nd Thursday of every month
 
Enjoy creative writing? You can share your poetry and prose in a friendly, relaxed environment. Or if you prefer, just come along to listen. Everyone is welcome.
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 at Balderstone Library
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 at Littleborough Library
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.
Blokes club at Wardle Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
 
Men are invited to come along to this social club to relax and have a game of cards with other local men.
Tai Chi at Darnhill Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
 
Have a go at sun style Tai Chi at these weekly sessions led by a trainer.
Stories and songs at Spotland Library
04 October 2018
Every other Friday
 
Join us for an interactive story session including songs as well. Suitable for children under 5 years old.
Games club at 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 and Duplo play sessions at libraries
30 October 2018
Various Fridays and Saturdays
 
Come and play with Lego and Duplo during these sessions. Suitable for ages 3-15 years old.
Stories and songs with Adam at Alkrington Library
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
 
Come along for stories, songs and crafts with Adam. Suitable for young children up to around 7 years old.
Reading group for children at Rochdale Central Library
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 at Rochdale Central Library
19 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

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

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.
Prehistoric garden
25 September 2019

25 September 2019 - 28 June 2020

To celebrate Dippy’s visit to Rochdale in 2020, we’ve created a garden which showcases some of the plants that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Prehistoric bog gardens
25 September 2019

25 September 2019 - 28 June 2020

Step back in time with our prehistoric bog gardens.

Christmas and New Year events and updates
18 November 2019

November 2019 - January 2020

Events, activities and updates over the festive period.

White Ribbon campaign events
25 November 2019
25 November 2019 - 10 December 2019
 
The White Ribbon Campaign runs every year. There are a number of events running throughout the campaign to support men working to end domestic violence.
Link4Life Christmas events
02 December 2019

02 December 2019 - 01 January 2020

Join us for lots of events held at different venues across the borough.

Christmas dinner at Clock Tower Dining Room
02 December 2019
02 December 2019 - 20 December 2019
 
View our Christmas set menus and private dining experiences at Rochdale Town Hall.
Christmas Card Crafts for kids at Alkrington Library
13 December 2019
Come along to our FREE Christmas Card craft session for children at Alkrington Library.
Christmas craft afternoon at Langley Library
16 December 2019
Get stuck in with some Christmas craft activities, including Christmas cards, decorations and snowflakes.
Jonathan Scott - a Christmas organ concert
18 December 2019
Jonathan Scott presents a special Christmas organ concert in the Victorian splendour of Rochdale Town Hall.
Crafts for Kids at Alkrington Library
20 December 2019
Feeling creative? Then come along to Alkrington Library’s Crafts for Kids session.
A Royal Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20 December 2019 - 21 December 2019

You are cordially invited to a royal ball to celebrate the greatest of Christmas traditions in the splendid surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall.

Bands on The Rock
21 December 2019
Come along, grab a coffee and listen to some of our bands whilst you break from the chaos of your Christmas shopping.
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 including music, dance and drama.
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.

Frankenstein
24 February 2020

24 February 2020 - 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 Artisan Market
25 April 2020
Join us for a feast of live music, food, drinks, arts and crafts from local artisans and producers.
Rochdale Wedding Show
20 September 2020
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
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.

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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You can request to raise a flag from a number of locations across the borough.