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Events and activities

All events and activities

Logo for Rochdale in Rainbows – let's bring the borough together.
05 March 2018

20 November 2021–1 December 2021

Rochdale in Rainbows, the borough's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) steering group, is proud to present Pride.

Silohuette of a parent holding a child aloft in front of a large moel of the Earth.
06 March 2018

20 November 2021–24 December 2021

Luke Jerram’s internationally renowned work of art depicts the Earth as you’ve never seen it before.

Crowds watching the headline act at the 2019 Feel Good Festival.
07 March 2018

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by The Fratellis. Tickets on sale now.

Computer screen and mobile screen.
09 March 2018

Available at home

We can still show you lots of things to do at home even though in-person activities have started again.

Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall.
20 March 2018

Virtual tours available from home

Our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall will not take place now until 2023, but you may want to take a virtual tour.

A yoga practitioner.
01 June 2018

Available at home

Workouts, classes and more you can do at home.

A parent and child playing.
05 June 2018


Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.

2 children sat together.
23 May 2020

Weekly sessions

As we can’t hold fostering information sessions in our usual public venues, we’re meeting online on Zoom video call.

Freedom Programme logo.
23 May 2020

Weekly sessions

A free and confidential 12-week programme for women who want to know more about domestic abuse.

A Post-it note with School's out written on it.
28 June 2020
There's lots to do during the school holidays​​ in the Rochdale borough​.
A person reading a book.
29 June 2020

Available at home

We've created a Facebook group to share the latest books we've all been reading. It's free to join.

3 people sat at computers.
29 June 2020

Every Monday

Free course in basic computer skills for beginners.

A pile of vintage photographs.
29 June 2020

Every Monday

Discover your family history and build a family tree.

Cartoon family doing yoga with text reading Mindful Mondays at the Library, Baby yoga and mindfulness, Heywood Library.
29 June 2020

First Monday of every month

Sessions focusing on nurturing and supporting the wellbeing of children and parents.

Illustrated babies playing with toys and reading, with text reading Library Time.
01 July 2020

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

If you have young children to look after during the week, drop in to one of our new relaxed Library Time sessions.

Person making a card at a table.
02 July 2020

Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home.

Banner with Living Well logo and text reading, Middleton Art and Craft Group.
02 July 2020

Every Tuesday

Join our fantastic arts and crafts group in Middleton. All sessions are free and all materials are provided.

Box of yarn.
02 July 2020

Every Tuesday

Everyone is welcome to this fun and friendly knit and natter session. Enjoy a brew and a biscuit while you knit or crochet your morning away.

A group of adults using computers.
02 July 2020

Every Tuesday

Learn how to use a computer in this free weekly beginner's class.

A smiling man using a computer in the library.
03 July 2020

Every Tuesday and Friday

A weekly beginners' computer class. Learn about online safety, how to use the internet and more.

A young mother reading with her child.
06 July 2020

Every Wednesday

Weekly informal sessions for new and expectant mums to talk, ask questions and make new friends.

Virtual Lego Club logo.
07 July 2020

Every Thursday

Anybody with access to Lego is welcome to take on our weekly challenges and post creations in the group.

2 friends knitting.
07 July 2020

Every Thursday

Everyone is welcome at this fun and friendly knitting group.

Group of people sat discussing books.
07 July 2020

Third Thursday of every month

Come along and join in the discussion about a different book every month.

Basket of yarn with a pair of knitting needles.
08 July 2020

Every Friday

A friendly group for people who knit, crochet, sew, embroider or do any kind of needlecraft.

People laughing and chatting over a coffee.
08 July 2020

Every Friday

A free weekly social meeting over a cuppa and biscuits.

A young child sat in bed reading a book.
08 July 2020

Every Friday during term time

Join our fun stories and rhymes session led by Sure Start Children's Centres.

Close-up of elderly hands working at a laptop.
08 July 2020

Every Friday

Get help with basic computer skills, including internet browsing, email, filling in forms, and more.

A pile of Lego bricks.
08 July 2020

First Friday of each month

Alkrington Lego Club is back with monthly sessions.

2 people sat in a library reading.
09 July 2020

First Thursday of every month

Read, share and discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction chosen from our extensive list of book titles.

A woman sat on a sofar reading a book.
10 July 2020

Last Monday of every month

A small, friendly group, who love to read and like to talk about what we have read.

Pen writing on a paper.
27 July 2020

2nd Thursday of every month

A creative writing group to explore or develop your writing skills.

Illustration of animals reading books.
02 August 2020

Last Friday of every month

Join our new virtual Children’s Reading Group for ages 7–11, with a new book to read and discuss each month.

Cake and cappuccino.
02 August 2020

Last Friday of every month

Join us for a brew and refreshments while you chat with others from around the borough.

Cross stitch pattern.
11 August 2020

Every Saturday

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

Close up of child's hands working on Lego model.
11 August 2020

Every Saturday

Children are welcome to enjoy some creative play, and if they wish, their creations can be displayed in the library.

Lego bricks.
11 August 2020

Every Saturday

Come and join our Lego Club to get creative and let your imagination run wild.

A small pile of books.
12 August 2020

Last Saturday of every month

Discover new authors and discuss books with other readers at our friendly and relaxed reading group.

A photo of Amy next to an illustration of Bookstart Bear reading to a young bear.
17 August 2021

Sessions every week

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun session specially for babies up to 15 months and their parent or carer.

A photo of Amy next to an illustration of young bears reading and discussing books.
19 August 2021

Sessions every week

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun session specially for toddlers up to pre-school age and their parent or carer.

Potted plants growing in a tray, logos for Lottery Community Fund and Ambition for Ageing.
11 October 2021

11 October 2021–13 December 2021

10 weekly sessions including pottery, indoor and outdoor planting, growing herbs and lots more.

A young person walking past a row of solar panels with a wind turbine in the background.
30 November 2021

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Inspiration and advice for anyone looking to start a career doing something that will benefit people and the planet. Part of the Gaia events programme.

Woman on a stage wearing a rain coat.
04 December 2021

Saturday, 4 December 2021

A powerful original theatre production that creatively confronts the climate emergency. Part of the Gaia events programme.

An illustrated group of carol singers.
07 December 2021

7 and 21 December, 2021

Come and join in a Christmas carol singalong at Heywood Library.

A snowman made from craft materials.
17 December 2021

Friday, 17 December 2021

Feeling crafty and creative? Then why not come along to our free Crafts for Kids session at Alkrington Library.

Close-up of hands working on handmade Christmas cards.
22 December 2021

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

A free and fun creative session making Christmas cards.

Illustrated fruit with text reading, Heywood Library Diet Club.
07 January 2022

7 January 2022–1 April 2022

Every Friday. A friendly and supportive diet club with 12 weekly sessions.

A large singing group led by a choirmaster.
11 January 2022

Starts 11 January 2022 then first Tuesday of every month

Join our monthly free, friendly, happy singing group. Everyone's welcome.

Bowlee Car Boot Sale logo.
01 April 2022

Dates to be announced

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

Runners starting the race.
01 October 2022

Date to be announced

View race results from the 2021 event.

Request to raise a flag

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