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Events and activities

Coronavirus (COVID-19): event updates

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will keep this website updated.

If you're concerned about whether an event you are attending or would like to attend is affected, please check with the individual venues.

All events and activities

An illuminated nativity scene.
01 March 2018

Sunday, 29 November 2020

The mayor hosts this online event, with a guest appearance from Father Christmas and a performance by Rochdale Music Service as displays, cribs and trees illuminate the borough.

A family enjoying a Christmas tree.
02 March 2018
Safety advice, emergency contact details and more.
Dippy at Number One Riverside.
03 March 2018

In light of current restrictions to help control the spread of coronavirus, we’re sorry we’re not able to reopen Dippy On Tour in Rochdale,

Computer screen and mobile screen.
04 March 2018

Available at home

Our libraries are closed for activities at the moment, but we can show you lots of things you can do from home.

Link4Life at Home.
05 March 2018

Available at home

Workouts, classes and more you can do at home

Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall.
05 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 parent and child playing.
05 June 2018


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

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 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.

2 children sat together.
02 July 2020

Weekly sessions

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

Virtual Lego Club logo.
08 July 2020

Available at home

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

2 racing cyclists.
01 January 2021

2021 - date to be confirmed

One of Greater Manchester’s premier cycling events returns.

Bowlee Car Boot Sale logo.
01 January 2021

2021 dates to be announced

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

Ed Byrne.
14 February 2021

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Ed Byrne presents 'If I'm Being Honest...', his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.

Clinton Baptiste.
26 March 2021

Friday, 26 March 2021

Join the paranormal sensation as he takes you on a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the celestial curtains.

A bride posing in a wedding dress.
28 March 2021

Sunday, 28 March 2021

The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.

A festival visitor in period dress.
19 June 2021

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Celebrate all things 1940s at this superb event for all the family.

Feel Good Family Picnic logo.
01 July 2021

July 2021 - date to be confirmed

An amazing new summer day out for everyone with outdoor performances and a range of activities.

Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre. Headline band to be announced.
01 August 2021

August 2021 - date to be confirmed

Fabulous entertainment in Rochdale town centre. Headline band to be announced.

Runners starting the race.
03 October 2021

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Returning for its 6th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.

A red poppy in a field.
07 November 2021

November 2021

A special service paying tribute to the fallen will be streamed on the council's Facebook page.

Rochdale 2020 events calendar highlights

A roarsome year of huge events!! Here we look ahead to some of the highlights.


Rochdale 2020 events calendar video on YouTube (2mins 8secs) (opens in a new window)

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