Our guide to what you can do in and around the Borough this Weekend

Date published: 10 August 2017

Rochdale Feel Good Festival, Fire Service Museum Open Day, Rochdale AFC v Scunthorpe, Food And Craft Markets, It's a Knockout Challenge, Rooley Moor Community Event, Good old-fashioned sports day, Springfield Park Model Train Rides - lots to do round the borough for all the family.

All Weekend:

Rochdale Feel Good Festival, Friday & Saturday Rochdale Town Centre

The best in live music, food & family entertainment celebrates its 10th birthday!
Live music across indoor venues, main stage against the backdrop of the town hall, a quality food market and family entertainment. Free entry. No tickets needed.

Rochdale Free-Fest, Friday & Saturday, 6pm - 4am, Empire Rochdale

This is the 1st ever Rochdale Free-Fest. 20 hours of guest performances spread over two days

The Flying Horse - Feel Good Festival, Friday & Saturday 12 August

Bars & Food inside, Bar & Food Outside, Mexican food trailer, 12 acts on inside, 6 bars, Speed bars - fast service & huge choice, 10 ciders, 20 cask ales - basically a beer fest within a festival 

  • Friday 11 August

Find out more about healthcare in Rochdale, 11.30am -1.30pm, Number One Riverside

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) August’s meeting will include the Primary Care Workforce Strategy and Rochdale’s transformation fund. There will also be updates from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership; the HMR CCG finance team; and the Primary Care Finance, Contracts and Estates and Primary Care Innovation and Transformation sub-committees.

Fire Service Museum Weekly Open Day, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum

Fire museum attractions will be on show including our collection of historic firefighting artefacts from the 18th century to present day

Rochdale Gramophone Society, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, St George's Church Hall

If you enjoy good music (both light and serious) then you are bound to find something to your taste in our programmes of recorded music.

For a full list of Friday's events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary

  • Saturday 12 August

Rochdale AFC v Scunthorpe, 3.00pm, Crown Oil Arena 

Three stands are allocated to home supporters, Family Area, Dale's mascot is a friendly dragon named Desmond. You'll find him in and around the family area on a matchday. Make sure you say hello!

Rochdale Vegan Fair, 11am - 4pm, Rochdale Masonic Hall

In aid of Beauty With a Purpose, funding children's charity's across the world. Expect all Vegan friendly stalls, a place to sit and enjoy food, live music and more.

Littleborough Reading Group, 10.30am - 11.30am, Littleborough Library

Littleborough Reading Group meet once a month to discuss various authors, genres and themes.

Whitworth Shop Local Food And Craft Market, 10.00am - 3.30pm, Hallfold Reformed Church Hall

Whitworth Shop Local Food and Craft Market is based at Hallfold Church in Whitworth on the second Saturday of every month.

Ladies Open Pairs Bowling Competition, 10am - 5pm, Milnrow Ladybarn Bowling Club

Top class bowling event with refreshments available, free entry for spectators on the day.

The Flying Horse - Official Festival Aftershow Party, 22:30pm – 2:30am

Live music from sensational covers/party band Lucky Pierre on the ground floor and 'Sequence' DJ sets on the first floor.

For a full list of Saturday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary

  • Sunday 13 August

Littleborough Community Market, 10.00am

Food Market in Littleborough Square, Craft Fair in Littleborough Coach House. The market will take place every second Sunday of the month

It's a Knockout Challenge, Falinge Park

The annual 'It's A Knockout' Challenge at Falinge Park in Rochdale gives local community groups, charities, teams and companies the chance to compete against each other on a massive inflatable obstacle course.

Ska vs Soul, 2pm - 7pm, Empire Rochdale

This event will be featuring real vinyl DJ's on two sets of turntables on stage playing proper 7" & 12" records, so the music you hear plays constantly (back 2 back).

Wedding Open Day, 12.30pm - 3pm, Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa

Come and view our function rooms dressed as they would be on a Wedding day by our fabulous Venue Dresser! Take a look around our recently refurbished Bridal Suite and bedrooms.

Community Event - Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum, Noon to 4pm

We are having our second neighbourhood event in Lanehead Village (near the top of Rooley Moor Road, just before the cattle grid). There will be live music, clog dancing, food and drink and much, much more.

Hare Hill House and Park - good old-fashioned sports field day, 1.30pm

The next big family event - a good old-fashioned sports field day: Sack race Egg and spoon race Hoopla sack race - A real family day for mums, dads, aunties, uncles, gran and grandad. No age limits, up or down.

Live Band: The Micradotts, 6pm - 2am, Empire Rochdale

Sunday Club @ Empire Rochdale. 3 piece Mod/Punk/New Wave band based in Greater Manchester. A blend of Daltrey and Marriott throw in a sprinkling of Rotten and top it off with a bloody good pinch of (Our Lord) Mr Weller and you've got The Micradotts.

Family Fun Day, 11am, Middleton Cricket Club

Inflatables, donkey rides, BBQ, face painting, games and fairground rides.

Springfield Park Model Train Rides, 12.00noon - 3.00pm

We have many different locomotives running throughout the year, where for a small fee you and your family can enjoy the thrill of a journey behind a hand built model.

Plastic Patrol comes to Rochdale, Rochdale Canal

On Sunday 13 August, the Canal & River Trust will host a free paddle boarding event on the Rochdale Canal as environmental nationwide initiative - Plastic Patrol, comes to Greater Manchester.

Cricket: GMCL Senior Interleague Fixture, 1.00pm, Prestwich CC

The GMCL senior interleague team take on the Northern League at Prestwich on Sunday.

For a full list of Sunday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary

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