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

Date published: 16 May 2019

Hopwood Hall Community Fun Day, Lee Rigby Memorial Ride, Special 60’s Show for Springhill Hospice, Speak Easy Casino Night, Impressions of Middleton Art Exhibition, FIFA19 Competition, Cabaret Night, Live Music, Car Boot Sale and Greater Manchester Walking Festival - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.


  • Events happening all weekend

FIFA19 Mini-Game Competition – Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, Fri 17 & Sat 18 May, 10am – 5pm

Game fans are invited to show off their scoring skills on FIFA19 for a chance to win a PlayStation 4 bundle.


Greater Manchester Walking Festival – until Fri 31 May, various times and locations

Aiming to showcase all that the region has to offer on foot, the event’s calendar features many expert-led walks, catering to a variety of ages and abilities. Visit the link below for a full list of walks:


  • Friday 17 May

Community Services – The Lighthouse Project, 11am – 2pm

Up to 50 exhibitors all in one space representing the different areas of health and wellbeing. An opportunity to ask your questions directly to the service providers.


Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe 25 – Middleton Arena, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Mugenkyo are widely recognised as the ground-breaking pioneers of taiko drumming, celebrating their landmark 25th year.


Special 60s Show in aid of Springhill Hospice – Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.30pm – 11pm

Raising funds for three local hospices – Springhill Hospice, Dr Kershaw’s and Willow Wood Hospice - featuring some of the biggest names of the 1960s.


Pop Up ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ Cabaret Night – Touchstones Rochdale, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Featuring music, poetry, theatre, songs and a comedy act.


Speak Easy Casino Night – The Baum, 8pm

Highest chip holder of the night wins a mini cruise to either Bruges or Amsterdam!


Live Music: The Complete Clash – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

A dedicated tribute to the music of the mighty Clash, plus support from The Joe Publix.


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


  • Saturday 18 May

Oil Painting Workshop – Whitworth Library, 10am – 12.30pm

Guided by local artist Matt Dickinson.


Community Fun Day – Hopwood Hall College, Middleton Campus, 11am – 3pm

Featuring over 600 animals, a dog show, sport activities and much more for families.


St Clements Spring Fair – St Clement’s Church, 11am – 2pm

Various stalls, cakes, lucky dip, hand made cards, tombola and raffle.


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

With music on pianoforte and flute.


The Riot Act – Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 1pm

A play about the protests of 19th century Lancashire cotton workers, which led to the Preston Lune Street Riot of 1842.


Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions – Crown Oil Arena, 3pm kick off

Championship round 4.


The Ian Newman Community Film Club – Bamford Chapel and Norden URC, film begins 7pm

Tonight’s film is The BFG. Entry is £3.


Impressions of Middleton Art Exhibition – Bo-Jangles Theatre, 6.30pm

A charity arts exhibition by known artist, Steve Whitworth.


Mozart’s Requiem – Alkrington & Providence United Reformed Church, 7.30pm

Middleton Musical Society Choir, Orchestra and Soloists will perform Mozart's Requiem and other miscellaneous pieces for their summer concert.


Live Music: 47fingers – The Flying Horse Hotel, live from 10pm

A night of great rock covers playing the likes of Nirvana, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Green Day and more.


Live Music: The Prince Xperience – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

A tribute to Prince.


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


  • Sunday 19 May

Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors Market – Bowlee Community Park, 6am for sellers, 7am – 1.30pm public

As always there’s no need to book, just turn up.


Brave the Shave for MIND – Church Street Barber Shop, 9am – 12noon

Looking for men and women to have there head shaved to raise money for MIND.


Hollingworth Lake Heritage Walk – From Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, 10.30am

No need to book. Join Rangers on a 2 hour heritage walk.


Lee Rigby Memorial Ride – Meet at Rochdale Town Hall, departure 12noon

Riding to honour all armed forces personnel past and present and to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.


Stars of Tomorrow – Middleton Arena, 7pm – 9.15pm

Staged to give local children the opportunity to experience performing in live theatre, on a professional stage.


Jazz on a Sunday – Newtown National Club, doors open 7.15pm

Tonight we welcome Aire Valley Jazz Band.


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



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