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

Date published: 11 April 2019

Hollingworth Lake Easter Fun Fair, Children’s Easter Activities & Clubs, Model Railway Exhibition, Theatre Shows, Ladies Night, Live Music & Concerts, Healey Dell Spring Clean & BBQ, Embroiders Guild Exhibition, Wedding Open Day & Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors Market - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.

  • Events happening all weekend

Hollingworth Lake Easter Fun Fair – Hollingworth Lake, opening on Sat 13 April & running until Mon 22 April

Rides for all ages including waltzers, bouncy castles and twist slides, as well as hot dogs, burgers and candy floss.


Annual Model Railway Exhibition – Littleborough Coach House, Sat 13 & Sun 14, 10am – 4.30pm each day

Hosted by Rochdale Model Railway Group, there will be 9 layouts showcasing the fine scale modelling of our members and friends.


Rochdale Embroiderers Guild Exhibition of Embroidery and Textiles – Littleborough Coach House, Fri 12 & Sat 13, 11am – 4pm & Sun 14 12noon – 3pm

The members of the Rochdale Branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild are showcasing their work until Sunday 5 May.



  • Friday 12 April

Children’s Activities – Gordon Riggs Garden Centre Rochdale, 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm

Lots of Easter activities on over the holidays including painting bunny or sheep planters and a free Easter quiz trail.


I Wish I Was A Mountain – Heywood Civic Centre, shows at 11am & 2pm

Using rhyme, live music, and philosophy to boldly reimagine Hermann Hesse’s classic fairy-tale. For ages 6+.


Easter Fun with Chris Topper Puppets – Middleton Shopping Centre, 11.30am, 1pm & 3pm

Bringing his Three Little Pig Puppet Show muppet style puppets to life.


Muckers – Touchstones Rochdale, showtimes 11am – 12noon & 2pm – 3pm

Muckers is a funny, magical, physical production for ages 5+ with original songs.


Celebratory Evening for Angels Amongst Us – Thrum Hall Methodist Church, 7pm

People nominated as 'angels' from the Rochdale area will be awarded plaques and certificates.


St Ann’s Players Amateur Dramatics present The Opposite Sex – St Ann’s Church Parish Hall, 7.30pm

An extemely funny comedy with a cast of 2 males and 2 females.


Di, Viv and Rose – The Curtain Theatre, 7.30pm

Follow three girls over two decades, demonstrating how separation, careers, marriage, families and loss all affect their friendship.


Ladies Night – Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa, 7.30pm – 1am

A night of fun with a male entertainer, followed by dancing with our resident DJ... just for the ladies.


Live Music: The Replicants – The Flying Horse Hotel, live music starts 10pm

Covering rock music and blues rock.


Live Music: Standing in for Joe – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

Late 1970s and early 1980s Punk / New Wave / Ska.


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



  • Saturday 13 April

Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day – Unit 3 Park Works, 10am – 4pm

Come along and stretch the legs of your locos by running them on one of our layouts.


Spring Clean and BBQ – Healey Dell Heritage Centre & Tearooms, 10.30am – approx. 1.30pm

Help the countryside rangers and Friends of Healey Dell prepare for summer, then relax with a well earned BBQ lunch.


Cutlery Wind Chime – Touchstones Rochdale, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Fill your garden with the soothing sound of musical notes made with upcycled cutlery.


Lunchtime Concert – Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad’s, 12noon

Music performed by students of Manchester University and The Royal Northern College of Music.


Wedding Open Day – Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa, 1pm – 4pm

See the newly refurbished bedrooms and Bridal Suite along with the top class facilities.


Rochdale Music Society – Heywood Civic Centre, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Tonight is the Zelkova String Quartet Concert.


Live Music: Chasing Munford – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

Europe's No.1 Tribute to Mumford & Sons.


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



  • Sunday 14 April

Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors Market – Bowlee Community Park, 7am – 1.30pm

The first Bowlee Car Boot Sale of 2019. Sellers can arrive from 6am.


Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy – Middleton Arena, shows at 2.30pm – 4.45pm & 7.30pm – 9.45pm

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story.


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

Read, play, sing or simply make up the audience. Your own or others' works both acceptable.


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



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