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

Date published: 30 May 2019

Time Machine – The People’s Festival, Family Fun Days and Fundraising Fairs, ‘Allo Allo’ Performance, National Children’s Gardening Week, Fire Service Museum Open Day, Brass Band Concert, Alpacas at Littleborough Library, Live Music, Irish Night, Jazz on a Sunday and 75th Anniversary of D-Day Concert - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.

  • Events happening all weekend

Time Machine Rochdale – The People’s Festival – Sat 1 & Sun 2 June, Toad Lane, 11am – 4pm

A free family festival at The Baum, Rochdale Pioneers Museum and St Mary’s in the Baum, bringing together Rochdale’s old and new clubs, societies and collectors as well as entertainment for young and old.


HAODS presents 'Allo Allo' – Rochdale Unitarian Church, Fri 31 May & Sat 1 June, 7.30pm

Based on the hugely successful British television series, tickets are still available for this comedy.


  • Friday 31 May

Friday is the last day of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival, with walks still being held in the borough:


National Children’s Gardening Week – Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Rochdale, 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm

Join in with a selection of gardening themed craft activities.


Afternoon Tea and Talk – Whitworth Library, 2.30pm – 4pm

Learn about Whitworth Mens Shed with a drink and cream scone.


Calderbrook Alpacas at Littleborough Library – Littleborough Library, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Your chance to ask questions and get up close to the real thing.


Rochdale Gramaphone Society – St George’s Church Hall, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

This week is members choice of music.


Brass Band Concert – Wardle Academy, 7.30pm

With bands from Wardle, Stockport and Norway.


Irish Night – Rochdale Catholic Club, 7.30pm

Hosted by Phoenix Academy of Irish Dancing with 2 Irish Dance displays and music from Joe Dunne.


Live Music: U2-2 – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

Ultimate tribute band to U2.


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


  • Saturday 1 June

Family Fundraising Fun Fair – Highfield Manor Care Home, 10am – 5pm

Free entry with children’s fun fair rides, stalls and crafts.


Live Music: Frankly Aretha – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

The UK’s ultimate Aretha Franklin tribute show.


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


  • Sunday 2 June

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

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


Fire Service Museum Family Fun Day – Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, 10am – 4pm

Including face painting, bouncy castle, train ride, miniature fire engine rides and more.


Ellenroad Engine House Open Day – Ellenroad Engine House Steam Museum, 11am – 4pm

This month we welcome back Littleborough Oakenhoof Cloggers.


Hollingworth Lake Craft Fair – Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, 11.30am – 3.30pm

Runs on the first Sunday of the month.


Brass Knuckle Riders - Family Fun Day – Empire Rochdale, ride starts 10am, event from 1pm

Raising funds for PAGUK (Parents Against Grooming) and Rochdale Children's Moorland Home Charity.


One Little Word: Family Theatre Performance – M6 Theatre Company, 2pm

Follow the joys and struggles of a friendship where actions speak louder than words.


Friends of Hare Hill Park Concert - 75th Anniversary Of D-Day – Hare Hill Park, 3pm – 5pm

An afternoon of music and crafts in honour of the people involved in the Normandy landings.


Jazz on a Sunday – Newtown National Club, doors open 7.15pm for 7.45pm start

This week we welcome Pedigree Jazz Band.


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



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