Our guide to what you can do in and around the borough this weekend

Date published: 07 March 2019

Rochdale Science Extravaganza, International Women’s Day events, Northern Baroque Orchestra Concert, But What If We Tried Exhibition, The Magnificent Organ of Rochdale Town Hall, Jumble Sale, Greenbelt Protests, Live Music and a Fun Quiz - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.

  • Events happening all weekend

Exhibtion - Harry Meadley: But What If We Tried? – Touchstones Galleries 2, 3 & 4, Friday 8 & Saturday 9, 10am – 5pm

Visitors often ask why Rochdale doesn’t show more of the 1,600 fine art collection we have… challenged by Harry Meadley to display as many pieces of this collection as possible, three galleries are now filled with rarely seen art.


Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts – Rochdale Town Hall, Fri 8 & Sun 10, various times

Music for Youth sessions will be hosted on both Friday (12noon - 9pm) and Sunday (9am - 6pm). These are the final events in the 2019 programme.



  • Friday 8 March

International Women’s Day Quiz – The Baum, 7pm – 9pm

In aid of Care International UK: a women's rights charity who support women & girls living in poverty.


A Night with the Rat Pack & the Legends of Swing – Rochdale Masonic Ballroom, 7.30pm

Fundraiser for Hydro 16 - working with Castleton Health & Leisure to bring Hydrotherapy to the town.


A Celebration of Women in Art – Touchstones Rochdale, 7.30pm

To mark International Women's Day, the women from the Rachel Kneebone dance project will be creating a new piece of movement.


Live Music: Boomin – The Flying Horse Hotel, band on 10pm

A fun, unpredictable, epic Rock ‘n’ Roll band.


Live Music: Guns 2 Roses – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

The most notorious Guns n Roses tribute in history, established 2002.


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



  • Saturday 9 March

Instrument Making – Touchstones Rochdale, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Using strings, springs and saw blades you will design and build unique wooden acoustics.


The Magnificent Organ of Rochdale Town Hall – Rochdale Town Hall, 12noon

Welcoming Jeffrey Ramsdale to play on the world famous organ.


Hands off our Greenbelt – Hollingworth Lake, 12noon

Forming a chain of people all the way around Hollingworth Lake, 2,000 people are needed to pull it off.


Jumble Sale – Syke Methodist Church, 1pm

Find a bargain, entrance is 50p including raffle.


Rochdale Ramblers Saturday Walk – Milnrow, Meet at 1pm

Circular leisurely walk of 5 miles enjoying the views of Milnrow. Start at Bengate Street.


Rochdale AFC v Shrewsbury Town – Crown Oil Arena, 3pm kick off

Sky Bet League One match.


Live Music: Faux Fighters – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

75 Foo Fighters songs in the bag and ready to make some noise!


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



  • Sunday 10 March

Save Crimble Greenbelt – Meet at the Water Fountain in Queens Park, 10am

Walk along the River Roch, around the lake, past Mutual mills, along Barley Hall St and Rochdale Road East to Crimble Lane with banners and signs.


Rochdale Science Extravaganza 2019 – Wardleworth Community Centre, 11am – 5pm

A day to inspire young, adults and elderly during British Science Week with the exotic Zoo2 U, a walking on water show, mobile science lab, planetarium to gaze on the night sky and more.


Fun Quiz & Afternoon Tea – Littleborough Coach House, 2pm – 4pm

Participate in a fun quiz in teams of 4 and enjoy an afternoon tea.


An Afternoon of Music with Northern Baroque Orchestra Concert – St Edmund’s Church, 2pm

Music by Teleman, Fasch, Corelli, Handel and more.


Rochdale Hornets v York City Knights – Crown Oil Arena, 3pm kick off

Championship round 6.


Bards of the Baum Folk ‘n’ Poetry Night – The Baum, 7.30pm

All are welcome to either read, play, sing or simply make up the audience. Your own or others work is acceptable.


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



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