Our guide to what you can do in and around the borough this weekend
Date published: 06 December 2018
Photo: Ken Rowlatt
Santa Dash or Dawdle
Santa Dash or Dawdle, Middleton’s Christmas Float Tours The Streets, Treasure Island, Christmas Pantomimes, Christmas Wine Tasting, Launch of Bamford & Norden Dementia Friendly Café, Xmas Factor, Wheatsheaf Winter Wonderland, Breakfast with Santa and Live Music - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.
- Events happening all weekend
Christmas Events - Whether you fancy a festive shopping trip to a Christmas Fair or Market, a night out with friends, taking the kids to a panto or to see Santa, singing along to your favourite carols, or making something crafty for Christmas - we have something listed for you:
Treasure Island – The Curtain Theatre, running until Saturday 15 December
There’s digging, sailing and singing going down at Rochdale’s Curtain Theatre this December with a 19-strong cast of pirates, grandmas, cabin boys and parrots.
MAD Theatre Company presents CinderAlf! – Butterworth Hall, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, 2.30pm – 4.35pm & 7.30pm – 9.45pm
A twist on the traditional tale of Cinderella, as Cinderella is now CinderAlfred.
Christmas Pantomime: Aladdin – Middleton Arena from Fri 7 to Sun 30 Dec, shows at various times
Join Shone Productions this Christmas for their biggest, brightest and most magical Pantomime yet... Aladdin!
- Friday 7 December
Launch of Bamford & Norden Dementia Friendly Café – Bamford Chapel & Norden United Reformed Church, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
A new welcoming venue for people living with dementia and their carers, family & friends.
Diabetes Awareness – Castlemere Community Centre, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Helping the community to take preventative measures and learn more on diabetes.
Christmas Wine Tasting – Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 6.30pm – 8pm
Come and find out from the experts how to choose the perfect seasonal tipple.
The Rotary Club of Middleton Christmas Float – Alkrington, 6.40pm – 9pm
Friday sees the float in Alkrington = Worcester Road, Malvern Road, Boardman Fold Road, Evesham Rd, Walsingham Avenue, Tenbury Avenue, Brackley Drive, Banbury Rd.
Family Quiz Night – Syke Methodist Church, 7pm
Come along to our festive Quiz Night with refreshments. All good fun.
Live Music: The Oasis Experience - Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am
A tribute to Oasis, this band were born from a mutual high regard for the Mancunian mayhem makers.
For a full list of Friday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
- Saturday 8 December
Breakfast with Santa – Queen’s Park Café, 10.30am
Children can enjoy breakfast, make tree decorations and meet and greet santa himself. Running every Saturday in December.
The Wheatsheaf Winter Wonderland – The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, 11am – 3pm
See Father Christmas storytelling 'The Night Before Christmas' as well as slime workshops, elf trail, face painting and live performances.
Cabin of Curiosity’s Xmas Factor – Touchstones Rochdale, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Icelandic Ogres, Greek Goblins, German Witches and French Scarecrows compete for the crown of the Xmas Factor – all judged by you!
Skylight Circus Arts Grand Exhibition – Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, 1.30pm
Live exhibition with special guests from our Mr Kite cast, followed by a free circus workshop.
Ladies Festive Afternoon Tea – Clock Tower Restaurant, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Featuring a raffle and tombola, this is a fundraising event for The Gem Appeal charity.
Christmas Dinner Dance in aid of Rochdale & District MS Society – Rochdale Golf Club, 7pm
Organised by Rochdale MS Society, for £25 a ticket you can join the Christmas dinner and a splendid evening of fabulous food and entertainment.
Seasonal Concert – All Saints and Martyrs Church, 7.30pm
A concert of seasonal and other songs given by Rochdale Retirement Choir.
Live Music: Tribute to Adam and the Ants – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am
ANTMUSIC is the ultimate tribute show to the music of Adam and the Ants.
For a full list of Saturday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
- Sunday 9 December
Santa Dash or Dawdle – Hollingworth Lake, registration from 10am, 11am start
Start your festive celebrations by becoming a Springhill Santa and dressing to impress at this year's Dash or Dawdle.
Middleton Craft & Food Market Christmas event – Middleton Masonic Hall, 10am – 3pm
We will have over 45 incredible talented crafters just for you, with amazing Christmas ideas & presents for your loved ones.
Christmas Concert – Hallfold United Reformed Church, 2.30pm
Sunday afternoon concert by Katarina Sirotnakova Wilson (accordianist) and St Thomas Moorside Handbell Ringers. Traditional Slovakian & British Christmas music.
Civic Carol Service – Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad’s, 3pm
Join the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale for a festive celebration at St Chad's. All are welcome.
Frozen in the Snow Children’s Party – Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa
Bring the children along to our much loved Anna and Elsa live show with a delicious family buffet, entertainment and face painting.
Queen’s Park Christmas Market – Queen’s Park Café, 11.30am
Looking for those Christmas gifts? We will have a large variety of stalls for you to browse.
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – St James Church, Heywood, 6pm
Make a professional looking wreath to your own design and colour scheme for your home.
For a full list of Sunday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
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