Our guide to what you can do in and around the borough this weekend
Date published: 29 November 2019
Photo: Rochdale Online
Littleborough Christmas lights switch on
Littleborough Christmas Lights Switch On, Castleton Christmas Carnival, Christmas Artisan Market, Falinge Festival of Lights Parade, The Oxford Christmas Markets, Whisky Tasting Evening, HIV Testing, Rochdale AFC v Boston United, Christmas Health and Wellbeing Event, Motown & 60's Dance Party and Fire Service Museum Christmas Open Day - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.
- Events happening all weekend
Flint Street Nativity – The Curtain Theatre, Fri 29 & Sat 30 November, running until 6 December
Actors firstly play the children in their class, then have to transform into their parents. A hilarious evening’s entertainment.
The Oxford Christmas Markets 2019 – The Oxford Pub, Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec, 12noon – 8pm both days
Brass bands, mulled wine, festive wreaths, bratwursts and amaretto hot chocolate.
- Friday 29 November
Falinge Festival of Lights Parade – Falinge Park, 4pm – 8.30pm
Make lanterns from 4pm to be included in the parade at 6pm.
Wardle Christmas Market 2019 – Wardle Conservative Club, 7pm – 9.30pm
With personalised gifts, bath bombs, hampers, clothing and more.
Castleton Literary & Scientific Society – Castleton Community Centre, 7pm
Tonight is The Painted Veil - a film about Middleton's Edgar Wood.
Keith Powell Whisky Tasting Evening – Middleton Masonic Hall, 7pm arrival
Sample five top drawer whiskies, ticket includes pie supper.
Jadek – Touchstones Rochdale, 7.30pm – 9pm
Play about a Yorkshire woman who moves in with her blind 94-year-old grandad. Based on a true story.
Live Music: The Marley Experience – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am
Tribute to Bob Marley.
For a full list of Friday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
- Saturday 30 November
Charity Indoor Car Boot Sale – Smithy Bridge Methodist Church, 9.30am – 11.30am
This month all the proceeds will go to Help for Heroes.
Christmas Artisan Market – The Butts, 10am – 4pm
Filled to bursting with Christmas gift ideas and seasonal temptations, as well as delicious streetfood and local musicians.
The Chorus of Others sing Christmas Carols – Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, 10am – 3pm
Voices for Mind with The Chorus of Others, stalls and fun and games.
Meet Father Christmas and his elves – Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, 11am – 3pm
Meet Santa, elves, stilt walkers and get creative with a doodle cube.
HMR Macmillan Community Cancer Service Christmas Health and Wellbeing Event – Butterworth Hall, 11am – 3pm
Free lunch and refreshments, talks, demonstrations, a choir, raffles, games and stallholders.
HIV Testing at Rochdale Pioneers Museum – Toad Lane, 11am – 3pm
HIV testing clinic for all LGBT people with results in 60 seconds.
Christmas Fair at St Chad’s – Rochdale Parish Church St Chad’s, 11am – 2pm
Festive stalls including jewellery, cakes, books, bric-a-brac
Coach House Christmas Craft Fair – Littleborough Coach House, 11am – 4pm
Wide range of stalls showcasing local craftspeople and their talents.
Littleborough Christmas Lights Switch On – Littleborough Square, 4pm – 6pm
Music, dance and fun-fair and the lights will be switched on by the winner of the Littleborough Lions Peace Poster competition at 5.30pm.
Musical Night – St Andrews Church, Dearnley, doors open 6.30pm
Celebrate St Andrew’s Day and the church Patronal Festival, combined with the start of Advent.
Shout! Motown & 60's Dance Party – Ratcliffe Bars, doors 7pm
With DJ's Nick Robinson and Dave Sweetmore, plus special guests.
Big Guys Don't Cry – Heywood Civic Centre, 7.30pm – 10pm
Paying tribute to Franki Valli, the Four Season, Jersey Boys and some of Motown's biggest stars.
Live Music: Wrong Jovi - Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am
Tribute to the hit songs of Bon Jovi.
For a full list of Saturday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
- Sunday 1 December
Fire Service Museum Christmas Open Day and Consultation – Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, 10am – 4pm
Funfair, fire engine rides and a visit from Santa. The Museum is also keen to share its plans of the redevelopment process.
Queen’s Park Cafe Christmas Markets – Queen’s Park, 11am
Festive food and treats. Running every Saturday and Sunday in December.
True Serenity Christmas Fayre 2019 – Castleton Health and Leisure Centre, 11am – 3pm
A variety of unique taster treatments on offer.
FA Cup: Rochdale AFC v Boston United – Crown Oil Arena, 2pm kick off
Following victory over Wrexham, Dale will face Boston United at home in the Emirates FA Cup second round.
Castleton Christmas Carnival & Lights Switch On – Castleton Village Green / Community Centre, 5.30pm – 8pm
Carol singing, Christmas fair, Santa’s grotto and lights switch on by the Mayor.
Jazz on a Sunday – Newtown National Club, doors open 7.15pm
Wall City Jazzmen with Irene Martin.
For a full list of Sunday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
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