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

Date published: 16 May 2024

Lots to do in and around the borough this weekend:

Lee Rigby and Scott Hetherington and Armed forces Memorial Ride, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Fireground Museum, Live music, Gallery Exhibitions, The Drifters, Comedy Night, Messy Church, Dying to Talk, Rochdale Ramblers, Rochdale Gramophone Society, Craft markets, Car Boot Sale, Plant Sale and much more.

  • Events happening all weekend

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast – Champness Hall
Thursday 16 May – Saturday 18 May

Step into the enchanted world of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway Musical, at the iconic Champness Hall


Visit Fireground Museum – Fireground, Maclure Road
Thursday 16 May - Saturday 18 May, 10am - 4pm

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


Gallery Exhibitions: Rochdale & District Camera Club and Rossendale Art Group – Littleborough Coach House
Thursday 16 May - Saturday 18 May 10am - 3pm

Rochdale & District Camera Club, Heritage Room. Rossendale Art Group. Victoria St. Room.


The Drifters – Middleton Arena
Friday 17 May - Saturday 18 May 7.30pm

The Drifters are back on tour in the UK performing all their classic hits including Saturday Night at the Movies, You’re More Than A Number, Come on Over to My Place, Under the Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row and many more!


  • Friday 17 May

Comedy Night – Rochdale Sports Club, 7.30pm

Get ready to laugh until your sides ache at Rochdale Sports Club's Comedy Night.


Live music from JT Sax – Treehouse Bar Rochdale, 7pm

Enjoy live music from JT Sax.


Rochdale Gramophone Society – St George's Church Hall, 2pm - 4pm

Today's meeting the AGM and members afternoon.

If you enjoy good music (both light and serious) then you are bound to find something to your taste in our programmes of recorded music


For a full list of Fridays events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:


  • Saturday 18 May

Messy Church – Moorhouse Methodist Church, 4pm - 6pm

A fun time of worship, crafts, games and food. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Dying To Talk – St Pauls, 2pm - 4pm

Registering and All That - Led by Joseph Murphy, Superintendent Registrar, Rochdale Registration & Celebrant Services. 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.


Charity Indoor Car Boot Sale – Smithy Bridge Methodist Church, 9.30am - 11.30am

Each month we raise money for a different charity through our indoor car boot sales.


Live music from Antone – Treehouse Bar Rochdale, 7pm

If you like that Celtic vibe, then this Saturday at the Treehouse is for you. Solo Irish vibes. Dublin born and bred.


Karaoke Night – Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, 6pm - 1am

Sing your heart out at our karaoke night! Grab the mic, choose your favourite tunes and let the good time’s role your become the star of the show!


Rochdale Ramblers – Saturday Walks, 10am

Exploring the Hills above Todmorden - Walk distance = 8.5 miles. National Grade: Moderate This is a scenic walk exploring the hills above Todmorden.


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


  • Sunday 19 May

Falinge Park Plant Festival – Falinge Park, 11am - 3pm

Come along and buy some plants, find out about our green activities. Bring along any excess plants from your own growing and contribute to the ongoing restoration of our community park.


Alkrington Village Craft Market – Alkrington Community Centre, 11am - 4pm

Pop along and support your local small businesses and community. With over 30 stalls we have a fantastic range of brilliant crafters selling their handmade and unique crafts not available on the high street.


Rochdale Hornets v Workington Town – Crown Oil Arena, 3pm kick off

Founded in 1871, Rochdale Hornets are one of the original 22 rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union, making them one of the world's first rugby league clubs.


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.


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.


Lee Rigby and Scott Hetherington and Armed forces Memorial Ride – Asda Superstore, 11am start

Annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride Event in memorial of Lee Rigby, Scott Hetherington and other lost members of the Armed Forces.


Wedding Open Day – Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, 1pm - 4pm

This Wedding Open Day gives you the opportunity to view the beautiful suites dressed to impress and meet a selection of fabulous suppliers.


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


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