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Events and activities

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Featured events

World Book Night
21 April 2018
Join us for a special evening to celebrate both World Book Night and the current gallery exhibition, Reading Art.
Street Eat
26 May 2018
11am-9pm on Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018. Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Dozens of dishes including Spanish, Italian, English, German and more.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
07 October 2018
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its third year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.

More events

Family History Helpdesk, Alkrington Library
11 September 2017
2pm-4pm​, every 3 weeks on a Monday. Come along to our FREE sessions.
Family History Helpdesk, Castleton Library
18 September 2017
2pm-4pm​, every 3 weeks on a Monday.
Lego club, Alkrington Library
18 September 2017
6pm-7pm​, third Monday of the month. Calling all Lego fans!! Come along to Lego Club at Alkrington Library!!
Knit and natter, Alkrington Library
02 October 2017
2pm-3.30pm​, fortnightly on a Monday. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an avid knitter, bring along your wool and your needles and enjoy a cup of tea with our lovely knitting group.
Lego club, Middleton Library
06 October 2017
4pm-5pm​, first Friday of the month.
Futures Club
23 October 2017
9.30am-1pm, every Monday. Futures Club is an informative drop-in session for care leavers.
Card-making class, Spotland Library
31 October 2017
2pm-4pm, every Tuesday. Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home. Each session costs £3.50 with all materials, envelopes and instruction provided.
Games club, Heywood Library
03 November 2017
1.30pm-3.30pm, first Friday of the month. Come and join our small, friendly Games Club. Board games to suit everyone or bring your own.
Rochdale-in-Stitches at Spotland Library
18 November 2017
10am-12noon, first and third Saturday of the month. A new group at Spotland Library for people who enjoy cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, or who would like to start.
Balderstone Reading Group
11 December 2017
2nd Monday of every month. Informal and relaxed reading group. Discuss and recommend your favourite authors or discover new books you've never thought of trying.
Balderstone Library Coffee Afternoon
08 January 2018
Weekly coffee afternoon for good conversation and a chance to discuss and browse the newest library books.
Code Club, Norden Library
13 January 2018
9.45am-12midday every Saturday. Drop-in these weekly sessions for children 9-11 years old and learn how to code using Scratch.
Code Club, Castleton Library
18 January 2018
4pm-5pm every Thursday. Come and join in the fun learning how to create games, animations and websites. Booking is required. Suitable for children aged 8-12.
Laptop/iPad and tablet helpdesk, Castleton Library
22 January 2018
10am-12noon every Monday. iPad, tablet and laptop sessions, for help with your mobile devices.
Creative Writing at Rochdale Central Library
23 January 2018
Every Tuesday from Tuesday, 23 January - Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Improve your writing by making it interesting and exciting.
Lego Club, Rochdale Central Library
27 January 2018
Fortnightly themed Lego Club aimed at children between the ages of 5-12 years. Duplo is also available for younger siblings.
Code Club, Littleborough Library
05 February 2018
4pm-5pm, every other Monday. Term time only. Learn basic programming, local thinking and problem solving in our FREE classes.
Homework Club, Heywood Library
05 March 2018
Mondays, 4.30pm-6pm during term time. Drop in to Heywood Library for help with English, Maths, French and more at the Homework Club.
Homework Club, Heywood Library
15 March 2018
Thursdays, 4pm-5pm during term time. Drop in to Heywood Library for help with English, Maths, French and more at the Homework Club.
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors
25 March 2018
Every Sunday (or Monday on bank holiday weekends​) until 19 August 2018. One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library
17 April 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Tuesday, 2pm-3.30pm.
Fashion show
18 April 2018
Fashion show in aid of the Mayor of Rochdale's charities. The evening includes men and women's fashion along with refreshments.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Middleton Library
20 April 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 10am-11.30am.
World Book Night
21 April 2018
Join us for a special evening to celebrate both World Book Night and the current gallery exhibition, Reading Art.
The Mayor of Rochdale Civic Charity Ball
21 April 2018
Join us for a 60s themed ball in aid of the Mayor’s charities, including a Beatles Tribute Band, 4 course dinner and optional fancy dress.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Heywood Library
27 April 2018
​​​​​Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 2pm-3.30pm.
Fusilier 50 Freedom Parade
28 April 2018
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Freedom Parade. Troops including Veterans and Cadets will march down Yorkshire Street onto the Esplanade where the Mayor and the Colonel of the regiment will take the salute.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Balderstone Library
01 May 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library
04 May 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 10am-11.30am.
Code Club, Wardle Library
05 May 2018
​9.30am-10.30am every Saturday. Drop-in these weekly sessions for children 9-11 years old and learn how to code.
Tour de Manc Sportive 2018
06 May 2018
One of Greater Manchester’s premier cycling events, starts in Middleton at the David Lloyd Manchester North Club.
Barclays Tea and Teach, Rochdale Central Library
10 May 2018
Barclays UK Bank will be hosting a ‘tea and teach’ morning to help first time or novice internet users develop the skills and confidence needed to explore the benefits of the digital world.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Smallbridge Library
10 May 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Thursday, 2pm-3.30pm.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library
15 May 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Tuesday, 2pm-3.30pm.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Middleton Library
18 May 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 10am-11.30am.
Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea
18 May 2018
Friday, 18 May 2018 and Saturday, 19 May 2018. Join us in celebrating the marriage of HRH Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at a royal themed afternoon tea with an American twist.
Storytime with Sue, Middleton Library
19 May 2018
An exciting storytime for children over 5 years old and their parents. The one hour session includes a reading a story together and then a craft activity.
Mini Manc 2018
20 May 2018
2 family friendly rides at the Tameside Cycle Circuit in Ashton.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Heywood Library
25 May 2018
​​​​​Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 2pm-3.30pm.
Street Eat
26 May 2018
11am-9pm on Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018. Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Dozens of dishes including Spanish, Italian, English, German and more.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Balderstone Library
29 May 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library
01 June 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 10am-11.30am.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Smallbridge Library
07 June 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Thursday, 2pm-3.30pm.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library
12 June 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Tuesday, 2pm-3.30pm.
Barclays Tea and Teach, Rochdale Central Library
14 June 2018
Barclays UK Bank will be hosting a ‘tea and teach’ morning to help first time or novice internet users develop the skills and confidence needed to explore the benefits of the digital world.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Middleton Library
15 June 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 10am-11.30am.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Heywood Library
22 June 2018
​​​​​Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Friday, 2pm-3.30pm.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Balderstone Library
26 June 2018
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Find out how to book your place for Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm.
Treasure Island Event
30 July 2018
Monday, 30 July 2018 - Thursday, 2 August 2018. It’s time to set sail for adventure as you join Captain Smollet, Jim Hawkins and the notorious Long John Silver in the quest for Treasure Island. Can you bag the booty before the buccaneers beat you to it?
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
18 August 2018
Saturday, 18 August 2018, fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall, a quality food court and family entertainment.
Heywood Charities Fete
02 September 2018
Heywood's popular annual Charities Fete and Parade. The Parade leaves Sefton Street, Heywood at 1pm, following the route through Heywood, ending at Queen's Park for the Fete.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
07 October 2018
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its third year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.