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Ready for town centre celebrations to welcome 2018

21 December 2017

Festive crowd at night in front of Rochdale Town Hall.

New Year's Eve in Rochdale town centre will feature 2 firework displays together with family entertainment in the afternoon and a 14 piece orchestra performing at night on the Esplanade by Rochdale Town Hall.

Two separate displays will light up the sky – one at 5.30pm for families and the second at midnight to ring in 2018. 

On Saturday, 31 December 2017 there will be children's rides from 2pm-5.30pm – including cups and saucers, mini big wheel and a paratrooper.

'A perfect opportunity to come into town for a meal and to drink a toast to 2018'

A family disco will be hosted by Revolution 96.2 with prizes and there will be circus performances from Skylight Circus Arts.  Food and drink, face painting and candyfloss will be available and at 5.30pm there will be a firework display suitable for children. 

Crowd of adults and children dancing.

Then from 10pm the night time entertainment kicks off on stage, with sets from Revolution 96.2 and ex Hacienda DJ Elliot Eastwick. He'll introduce a live performance of big band and swing classics from The Suburban Swing Orchestra before the second dazzling firework display as Rochdale Town Hall clock chimes midnight for the start of 2018. 


The Suburban Swing Orchestra specialise in big band and swing, covering numbers from artists including Count Basie and Michael Buble. With the vocals of Lisa Lawton, Julien and special guest Paul Taylor.

Food and drink will be on sale.

Saxophone being played.

Councillor Janet Emsley, our cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said:

"New Year's Eve is always special in Rochdale and there will be entertainment for everyone, a perfect opportunity to come into town for a meal and to drink a toast to 2018. Both firework displays will be amazing and with the family display it means younger ones don't miss out."

After the fireworks, entertainment continues in the town's indoor venues, including Irish rock band 'The Scattering' at The Flying Horse and an 80's Theme Night at The Empire.