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Young people with bikes.
25 June 2019
Young people from across the borough can now apply for grants of up to £2000 from the council’s Youth Opportunity Fund.
A food waste bin in front of a bin lorry.
25 June 2019
Residents are being asked their views on our food waste collections in a bid to improve the borough’s recycling performance even further.
A line of waiting taxis.
24 June 2019
A former taxi driver has been prosecuted after he drove a taxi without a hackney carriage licence and car insurance.
Between the Vines.
21 June 2019
Local country band Between The Vines are celebrating after getting a slot on the main stage at this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Council Leader Allen Brett and Councillor Janet Emsley with community officers.
20 June 2019
Local groups from the voluntary, not for profit and charitable sector are now able to apply for grant funding.
Sarah Schofield.
20 June 2019
A mental health support worker, who pioneered innovative new services to support local residents, has been nominated for a top regional award.
One of the new posters at Hollingworth Lake.
20 June 2019
We're joining forces with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to launch a new scheme to tackle the ‘careful’ littering that is affecting one of the region’s best-loved beauty spots.
Stuart Collinson of Premier Kia with the Mayor of Rochdale and Councillor Allen Brett.
19 June 2019
We've underlined our commitment to the environment by switching our mayoral car to an electric model.
Springy, the Springhill Hospice mascot, with runners.
19 June 2019
Springhill Hospice will be the official charity for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run again this year and we want the event to smash last year’s fundraising total.
Special Brew MCR on stage.
18 June 2019
An evening of free live music is on offer in Rochdale this week as part of an international celebration of music.
Councillor Neil Emmott with workers at Sudden junction.
13 June 2019
The borough of Rochdale is taking a stand and creating flowering grass verges to help stop the worrying decline of bees and other insect pollinators.
Tooth fairies at Jollytots.
13 June 2019
Hundreds of children across the borough of Rochdale have been visited by tooth fairies as part of National Smile Month.
Reception class in front of a bin lorry.
12 June 2019
Most of us don’t give much thought to what happens to our waste once it’s thrown away but children at a local primary school are learning about just that.
Guests at Rochdale Digital Festival.
11 June 2019
Rochdale Digital Festival returned with over 650 people visiting Number One Riverside on Saturday, 8 June 2019 and hundreds more taking part in tech workshops on Friday, 7 June 2019.
In bloom volunteers.
06 June 2019
We've been nominated for a top national award for the innovative services we deliver to residents across the borough.
Armed forces personnel at the D Day anniversary event.
06 June 2019
The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings was commemorated at Rochdale Cenotaph as scores of people from across the borough came together to reflect and remember.
A young man listening to music.
04 June 2019
Final preparations are well under way for Saturday’s Rochdale Digital Festival, which is being held at Number One Riverside this weekend.
Nobilia UK building at Kingsway Business Park.
29 May 2019
Almost £40 million of private sector investment has been brought into the borough of Rochdale over the last financial year, bringing a number of new businesses to the borough, creating 286 new jobs.
Children's champion finalists 2019.
29 May 2019
6 candidates from across the borough are nominees for this year’s children’s champion role as elections are set to take place in primary schools.
Shops at the foot of Drake Street.
28 May 2019
Almost £800,000 of grants to repair historic buildings in one of Rochdale’s most well-known streets have been made available as the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project takes another step forward.
Spelling Bee winner Billy Powell celebrating with his trophy.
28 May 2019
8-year-old Billy Powell from Norden Primary school was crowned the Rochdale Spelling Bee champion at the borough’s first grand final.
A trader prepares a dish for a customer.
28 May 2019
The Bank Holiday weekend’s Street Eat festival is being hailed as the best one yet, as crowds of well over 3000 tucked into a double helping of food, drink, family entertainment and live music around Rochdale Town Hall Square.
The falcon mother and chicks in the nest box.
28 May 2019
Nature lovers will be in raptures after we hatched plans for another ‘Name the peregrine falcon chick’ competition.
Rochdale Riverside under construction.
28 May 2019
Global retail giant H&M will be coming to Rochdale for the first time after a deal was struck to bring it to Rochdale’s new £80 million retail and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside.
A man using a virtual reality system.
24 May 2019
With just weeks to go before Rochdale Digital Festival returns, we can revealed more about the event.
A half marathon winner.
24 May 2019
Need extra motivation to sign up for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K? A prize fund of more than £3,000 has just been announced for the 2019 event.
The new mayoress and mayor of Rochdale.
23 May 2019
The borough welcomed its new mayor last night as Councillor Billy Sheerin was sworn in to office during a ceremony at our historic Town Hall.
Vicky Lomax and Jayne May with staff from Strawberry Gardens.
21 May 2019
There’s plenty to keep young children occupied at the Street Eat festival this weekend, including free activities promoting healthy eating.
The 6 new apprentices starting work with us.
20 May 2019
6 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council in a variety of departments.
The mayor of Rochdale with councillors and LGBT flags and campaigners.
20 May 2019
The borough of Rochdale’s new LGBT+ identity has been officially launched.
Jayne May, Arron Dixon and Paul Ambrose with some of the new plastic-free cutlery.
16 May 2019
A popular food festival will be the first in the borough to be plastic free when it is held in Rochdale Town Hall Square in May.
Foster carers Lauren and Danny Sullivan.
14 May 2019
We’re supporting Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit foster carers in the borough of Rochdale.
A teacher with 2 pupils interacting with one of the exhibits.
14 May 2019
Around 120 pupils from Broadfield Community Primary School descended on Number One Riverside for a really wild natural history adventure as schools across Rochdale get ready to welcome Dippy the dinosaur next year.
Mr Bloom and his band.
14 May 2019
Mr Bloom and his ‘compostarium’ band will open the main stage at this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Trapped logo.
13 May 2019
We’re working to put a stop to criminal gangs grooming children and vulnerable adults to commit crime.
Operations Director Kevin Beswick and Sales and Marketing Director Barry Tuffs of Atrium Telecom.
09 May 2019
A growing Heywood technology company is celebrating a decade in the town.
Henry Yau, Danielle Whitworth, Paul Ambrose and Ben Boothman.
09 May 2019
Building and construction company Willmott Dixon are supporting this month’s Street Eat festival.
Business partners Jerry Radcliffe and Jason McGuire in Roasted and Toasted.
08 May 2019
The coffee connoisseur behind the Manchester Coffee company is full of beans after opening his latest venture in Rochdale town centre.
A bee resting on a cornflower.
03 May 2019
Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.
The Northern Soultrain performing on stage.
02 May 2019
2 more acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
A ballot box with a marked ballot card in the slot.
01 May 2019
There are just days left for anyone wishing to have their say in the European Parliamentary Elections to ensure they are registered to vote.
Gail Hopper, Director of Children's Services.
26 April 2019
A new police and council safeguarding initiative called Operation Encompass is giving immediate support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
A ballot box with a marked voting slip.
25 April 2019
The countdown has begun to the European Parliament Elections.
The 2 dishes ordered that contained milk.
24 April 2019
A former takeaway owner has been prosecuted over food safety offences after selling products containing milk to a customer who reported being allergic to it.
The flag of St George outside Rochdale Town Hall.
23 April 2019
Residents came together to celebrate St George’s Day at Rochdale Town Hall.
A wireframe figure in front of a green background.
18 April 2019
A festival which celebrates the borough’s growing digital economy will take place in June 2019.
The main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
18 April 2019
Local bands or solo artists can bag themselves a spot playing in front of thousands of people as this year’s Rochdale Feel Good – Battle of the Bands opens for entries.
Visitors at The Artisan Market.
17 April 2019
Businesses across Rochdale town centre saw customer numbers surge on the back of the event.
Alias Kid.
17 April 2019
3 more acts have been revealed for this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The Coral.
12 April 2019
Rock band The Coral will headline Rochdale’s Feel Good Festival this summer.
Winners of last year's Mayor's Youth Awards.
11 April 2019
The search is on for the borough’s next young superstar as the Mayor’s Youth Awards launches.
The River Roch.
11 April 2019
The search is on for the borough’s best new buildings, regeneration schemes, open space improvements and heritage projects.
Spelling Bee finalists and organisers.
08 April 2019
Primary schools across the borough have taken part in Rochdale’s first ever Spelling Bee challenge.
Pupils at Alkrington Primary School doing The Daily Mile.
05 April 2019
The Daily Mile has got 7000 children moving across the borough of Rochdale.
Josh Spanswick.
04 April 2019
It’ll be a half term to remember for local pupil Josh Spanswick, who’s been selected to enter a top global dance competition in LA.
2 couples with beers at Street Eat.
02 April 2019
Fans of tasty treats are in for another Bank Holiday extravaganza with the return of the Street Eat festival.
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Events

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.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival
10 August 2019
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by indie-rock band The Coral.
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.