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Exciting year of events

15 March 2017

Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

You can look forward to a packed programme of council backed events over the next 12 months, providing a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting visitors from across the region.

Hot on the heels of this month’s Rochdale Digital Festival next month sees the return of Rochdale Wedding Show with hundreds of couples planning to tie the knot heading to the town hall on Sunday, 2 April 2017, along with over 35 of the borough’s most beautiful, stylish and inspiring suppliers plus a breath-taking catwalk show, food tastings and live music.

On Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 May 2017 a new Street Eat food event will take place outside Rochdale Town Hall, celebrating the best local restaurants.

On Sunday, 21 May 2017 Middleton’s double Olympic gold medal-winning and World Champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE hosts Ride Rochdale a female-only cycling event featuring a choice of 2 rides; 'Blackstone Vale' a 45-mile route with 4,500 feet of climbing and ‘Blackstone Vale and Moor' a 75-mile challenge with 8,000 feet of climbing. Both take their names from Blackstone Edge in Littleborough which will feature in the early part of the scenic courses.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, 11 and Saturday, 12 August 2017, promising another incredible showcase of entertainment, food and culture. Past Feel Good performers include The Fratellis, The South, Scouting for Girls, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Toploader, The Feeling, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Badly Drawn Boy and The Lightning Seeds. The 2017 festival will include live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall, a quality food court and family entertainment.

The Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run​ will be staged on Sunday, 8 October 2017 and once again all races will start and finish by Rochdale Town Hall. Since 2015 over 2,200 people have taken part in the event, which sets out past the new Gracie Fields statue on traffic-free courses taking in the town and some of the north west’s most picturesque countryside scenes.

That’s followed by a week of arts and culture thanks to Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, from Tuesday, 17 - Monday 23, October 2017 promising a packed week of excitement for all ages. Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14 to 25, another ‘Generation Z’ programme is being put together, with plans to commission a brand new piece of work specially for the festival.

‘Lots of good reasons to keep coming into town, supporting our shop and businesses’

Rochdale Beer Festival in association with Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) returns for a third year on Friday, 17 and Saturday, 18 November 2017, and November will also see the beginning of a programme of festive and New Year events. There’s a new arrival for Spring 2018 - Rochdale Food and Drink Festival to be held in late March 2018.

Councillor Janet Emsley, our Cabinet Member for Culture Health and Wellbeing said it’s an exciting 12 months ahead:

“This programme of events is a significant commitment by us to give residents and visitors lots of good reasons to keep coming into town, supporting our shop and businesses, as well as attracting a good deal of positive publicity for the borough. Rochdale really is the place to be this year with so much going on. I’ll be excited to welcome the new arrivals, Ride Rochdale and Rochdale Food and Drink Festival as well as the return of our hugely popular established events and of course Rochdale Feel Good Festival, celebrating its 10th birthday this summer. The council will also be supporting numerous other events organised by community groups and individuals which make up an exciting calendar.”

More information on events and activities​ in the borough and advice on how to plan your own.​​