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Feel Good Festival stage.
21 February 2020
Entry fee introduced and plans for big new free family event revealed.
Councillor Janet Emsley at Kia dealership.
21 February 2020
​Car dealer Premier Kia have renewed their support for Rochdale Food and Drink Festival. The town centre dealership will be an official partner of the festival which returns on Saturday, 4 April 2020.
Kate Josephs speaking at Rochdale Borough Council event.
20 February 2020
The Department for Education paid a visit to Rochdale Borough Council as part of national apprenticeship celebrations.
Council Leader Allen Brett with MYP candidates.
18 February 2020
The eagerly anticipated election result to find out who would be the next member of youth parliament (MYP) for the borough was held at Rochdale Town Hall on Tuesday, 11 February 2020.
Councillors with Hopwood Hall College staff.
18 February 2020
A new scheme has been launched in the borough of Rochdale to encourage businesses to look after the environment.
Rochelle the Healthy Hero with St Mary's Primary School staff.
18 February 2020
The project to bring kitchen facilities to St Mary’s Primary School, Rochdale, is celebrated with a special opening lunch.
Fly-tipped waste at Chamber House Farm in Rochdale.
17 February 2020
3 more residents have been fined in connection with waste dumped illegally following council investigations.
Students at East Lancashire Railway.
14 February 2020
The council has set the wheels in motion for even better access to the East Lancashire railway, the 3rd most visited heritage railway in the UK, after opening a new link road at Heywood station.
Conrad Cole.
14 February 2020
A special dedication ceremony will officially name a local road in honour of a young Rochdale soldier tragically killed in action.
Foster carers Peter and Tammi.
14 February 2020
A special event is being held for anyone who wants to know more about the rewarding role of fostering.
Councillor Allen Brett at a solar farm.
14 February 2020
The leader of Rochdale Borough Council has hailed the authority’s green credentials after further radical plans were announced to reduce carbon emissions across the borough.
Outside stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
13 February 2020
Another exciting year of events is being supported by Rochdale Borough Council to provide a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.
Dippy standing in Number One Riverside.
13 February 2020
The Natural Museum’s famous dinosaur, Dippy, opened in Rochdale, as his record breaking tour reached the North West.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed and staff at Tudor Court in Heywood.
12 February 2020
Rochdale is one of the best performing areas across Greater Manchester for ensuring hundreds of patients are discharged from hospital on time.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with staff and residents at Stansfield Hall care home in Littleborough.
12 February 2020
A Littleborough care home has been praised by the council after a key report described the home as exceptionally effective.
Sheila Hancock with the Mayor, Mayoress and schoolchildren from St Lukes.
10 February 2020
Celebrated actor and author Sheila Hancock cut the ribbon in style at the official ceremony to open the new extension at St. Luke’s CE Primary School in Heywood.
Children reading the new books.
07 February 2020
Libraries across the borough of Rochdale have new mental health and wellbeing books on offer for children as part of the Reading Well for children scheme.
Ben Williams performing.
07 February 2020
A series of concerts called Rush Hour Social is bringing live acoustic music to Rochdale Leisure Centre to beat the rush hour blues.
Members of the Enhanced Night Service team.
06 February 2020
A visionary new care service is ensuring hundreds of elderly and vulnerable residents receive care and support in their own homes rather than hospital settings.
Ben Boothman and Councillor Janet Emsley.
03 February 2020
Rochdale’s new arrival Bombay Brew will be spicing up the 2020 Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.
The vaping products sold to children.
29 January 2020
An investigation is under way into 2 businesses after e-liquids were sold to 2 children during an undercover operation run by Rochdale Borough Council.
Number One Riverside at night.
28 January 2020
A review into the borough’s ward boundaries has been announced by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission.
Dave Spikey.
24 January 2020
Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey will return to Middleton Arena during his new 2020 tour.
A runner holding up her medal.
24 January 2020
Registration has opened for the 2020 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut for an early bird offer.
Discarded rubbish at the side of a road.
24 January 2020
2 Rochdale residents have been fined after council investigations linked them to fly-tipping offences.
The new cohort of apprentices.
23 January 2020
This week 7 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council and schools in a wide variety of departments.
Gillian Smith, Joanne Pearson and Samuel O Brien.
23 January 2020
Rochdale Borough Council’s creative use of technology and state-of-the-art gadgets to support and care for elderly and vulnerable residents has been praised.
Chris Bavin will be presenting.
21 January 2020
Food lovers are in for a treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery demonstrations in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.
Rochdale Riverside under construction.
14 January 2020
3 more major leisure and retail brands have joined the £80 million Rochdale Riverside scheme.
Children listening to a story.
14 January 2020
2 primary schools have lit up a national competition about storytelling in the dark with unique tales about witches, jelly, owls and hedgehogs.
The Dippy tram at the Rochdale Town Centre Metrolink stop.
10 January 2020
A special dinosaur tram, produced in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, has hit the Metrolink network ahead of Dippy the dinosaur’s visit to Rochdale in February 2020.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with Adi Dalman (2nd right) and staff from PossAbilities.
09 January 2020
A carer based at Heywood social enterprise PossAbilities has been crowned Shared Lives Outstanding Carer of the Year at a national awards ceremony.
Councillor Janet Emsley with staff from Williams BMW Rochdale.
08 January 2020
Runners who hit the road for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run in October 2019 helped raise over £8,000 for Springhill Hospice.
The 6 candidates.
08 January 2020
The new year has got off to a great start for 6 young people who are vying to be the next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Rochdale Borough.
Staff and children from St John Fisher RC.
07 January 2020
St John Fisher RC Primary School in Middleton is the first Greater Manchester primary school to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard (known as Inspiring IAG across Greater Manchester).
Councillor Pat Dale with staff at Highfield Manor care home.
06 January 2020
A Heywood care home has achieved an outstanding accreditation for the high-quality dignity of care it provides its residents.
Lego artist Warren Elsmore with a large dinosaur model and young children.
03 January 2020
A jam-packed programme of roarsome dinosaur inspired activities has been unveiled as Rochdale gears up to welcome Dippy the dinosaur to the borough in February 2020.
Waiting staff and customers in the Clock Tower Dining Room.
02 January 2020
Over 30 casual vacancies will be available at a recruitment event being staged at Rochdale Town Hall in January 2020.
Councillor Allen Brett with veterans.
02 January 2020
The festive spirit was in the air as the Armed Forces community came together for a special Christmas lunch at Rochdale Town Hall.
Georgia, centre, at the Model European Parliament in Malta.
24 December 2019
Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet member Georgia Jones represented the United Kingdom at the Model European Parliament (MEP) conference in Malta.
Outreach team manager Rob Rowe and Councillor Linda Robinson.
23 December 2019
An outreach team dedicated to helping people on the streets is making a difference in Rochdale as the winter weather starts to bite.
Gail Hopper, the Mayor of Rochdale, Chloe Johnson and the Mayoress.
23 December 2019
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Billy Sheerin, held 2 special afternoon tea events for young people who've achieved great things.
Illustration of Rochdale Town Hall.
20 December 2019
Details of the council’s opening times and service changes over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Chris Bavin.
20 December 2019
Visitors to the 2020 Rochdale Food & Drink Festival are in for another treat.
The old RBS building, which is set to be refurbished.
20 December 2019
One of Rochdale most well-known historic buildings is set to swap pounds for pints, as work gets under way to transform the former RBS bank into a Hogarth’s pub.
How the new museum could look.
20 December 2019
Plans for a brand new Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum in Rochdale are blazing ahead with local building firm Casey being appointed to take forward the £3.1 million project.
Paul Ormerod and David Kilpatrick, 2 of those being honoured.
11 December 2019
6 people who have made outstanding contributions to the borough of Rochdale are to be honoured by the council.
Runners in the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon.
09 December 2019
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run will return in 2020 and the date has been confirmed. The popular event will be held on Sunday, 4 October 2020.
The Mayor of Rochdale with council staff.
06 December 2019
The borough of Rochdale has held its first ever celebration of Pride.
A couple posing for a picture in the woods.
05 December 2019
Couples planning to tie the knot will be heading to Rochdale Wedding Show in 2020 when the event returns on Sunday, 20 September 2020.
Adult care team members.
05 December 2019
Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care team will be available over Christmas to provide key services to residents across the borough.
Members of the adult care team.
03 December 2019
Rochdale’s Carers’ Rights Day was declared a success after hundreds of carers attended the popular annual event.
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Events

Things to do during the school holidays
01 May 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays, whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.
Dippy on Tour
10 February 2020

10 February 2020 - 28 June 2020

Visitors to Rochdale, Dippy's only North West stop, can enjoy 2 dinosaur adventures as part of their visit and they're both free.

Frankenstein
26 February 2020

26 February 2020 - 29 February 2020

West End producers present a new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal gothic horror novel ‘Frankenstein.’

Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
04 April 2020
Star chefs cooking live, food and drink village, workshops, music, bars, stalls and family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
04 October 2020
Returning for its 6th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.