Our guide to what's on in the borough this weekend

Date published: 09 May 2024

Lots to do in and around the borough this weekend: The Goals For Cure charity match, Artisan Market, Rat Pack – Swingin’ at the Sands, Open Mic / Jam night, Rochdale Ramblers, Springfield Park Model Train Rides, Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market, Live music - various venues, Rochdale Ramblers, Mayors Quiz night, An Evening of Sea Shanty Music, and lots more.

  • Events happening all weekend

Visit Fireground Museum – Fireground, Maclure Road,

Thursday 9 May - Saturday 11 May, 10am - 4pm

Fire Museum attractions are on show including historic and recent day artifacts.


  • Friday 10 May

Rat Pack – Swingin’ at the Sands - Middleton Arena - 7.30pm

Take three great singers, add a dash of comedy and rousing camaraderie with a pinch of the greatest songs ever written and what do you get? A perfect night’s entertainment with The Rat Pack – Swingin’ at the Sands!


Open mic / Jam night - Ukrainian Club - 7.30pm

Stage and PA provided. Get yourself some practice or just show everyone what you can do. Bands and solo artists welcome, bring your...


Mayor's Charity Quiz - Rochdale Town Hall – 7.30pm

Hosted by Andy Kelly. Raising funds for the Mayor’s Charities. Teams of 4.


Live music from Eddie Braddick - Treehouse Bar Rochdale – 7pm

Be entertained by singer Eddie Braddick. If you like Rock n roll, Elvis, the 60's etc this night is perfect for you.


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


Saturday 11 May

Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day - Unit 4 Park Works - 10am - 4pm

Do you have locos and stock but not enough space to run them? Why not come along to one of our open days where you can stretch the legs of your locos by running them on one of our layouts?


Riverside Artisan Market - Riverside Retail & Leisure Complex - 10am - 4pm

Running on the second Saturday of every month, the successful Riverside Artisan Market returns again to Rochdale Riverside this weekend.


An Evening of Sea Shanty Music featuring Lytham St Annes Sea Shanty Crew - Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club – 7.30pm

Organised by Rotary Rochdale in support of the President's Charity to celebrate 200 years of the RNLI and raise funds for the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Stations.


Rochdale Ramblers - Saturday Walks - Politics & Poverty in Manchester (History walk) – 10am

This is a paid for walk led by a professional Manchester Walk Guide, John Alker, who will take us through Manchester's industrial past with the theme of 'politics and poverty'.


Goals For Cure - Crown Oil Arena - 4pm Kick off

The Goals For Cure charity match returns to the Crown Oil Arena in May.

Raising funds towards Joe Thompson’s GoFundMe page, a Joey T XI will take on a Celebrity All Stars XI.


Fundraising afternoon tea for WHAG - Rochdale Cricket Club - 3pm - 5pm

Fancy a fun Saturday afternoon for a good cause? Why not come over to a fundraising Afternoon Tea event kindly hosted by Rochdale Triathlon Club.


Dying To Talk - St Michael’s Church - 2pm - 4pm

Let's Talk About 'Dying to Talk' Jane Ashworth Springhill Hospice. An opportunity to discuss dying, how to relate to those we love over the last part of their lives and talk about the practicalities following a death.


Family Fun day and BBQ - Crimble Croft community centre - 1pm -5pm

Fun for all the family. Kiddies rides, Games, Family entertainment BBQ Come down and have a lovely day out.


Live music from Tommy Price - Treehouse Bar Rochdale – 7pm

Not to be missed Enjoy live music from Tommy Price. He is a superb live solo artist. Kind of across the board.


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


  • Sunday 12 May

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

If it's time for a de-clutter, you can easily offload your unwanted possessions in exchange for cash or explore and bag yourself a bargain. There's a huge range of goods available.


Rochdale Vintage & Collectors Car Club - Queen’s Park - 10am - 4pm
Classic car show. If you have a classic car, you are welcome to enter Open to all, entry to park by marshall. Vehicles ranging from 1920 - 2000.


Springfield Park Model Train Rides - Springfield Park - 1pm to 4pm

Our miniature railway running in Springfield Park, is now open every Sunday afternoon till the end of October. Please come along and support us.


Tropical Fish Auction - Littleborough Conservative Club - Booking in 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Greater Manchester Cichlid Society open fish auction, dry goods & equipment. Auction Starts 1.15pm.


Explore Middleton's Conservation Area - Long Street Methodist Church - 2pm

A guided walk round the amazing 'Golden Cluster' of historic buildings in the Middleton Conservation Area, particularly focusing on those by the 'remarkable' architect Edgar Wood (1860-1935).


Rochdale Ramblers - Sunday Walks - Kirklees Brook - 10am

Walk distance = 8.5 miles. National Grade: Moderate This is a moderate walk starting from Burrs Country Park and exploring the Kirklees area.


Car boot sale - Brownhill Learning Community Darnhill school

11.00am till 1.00pm

Car boot sale. £10 per car/van. Please call Jackie to book a space. Tombola onsite. All proceeds are going to our year 11 prom.


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


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