Category Archives: Rochdale

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (16-18 September)

Here is our guide to the best of what’s on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Salford’s Big Day Out


A huge host of family events set to make a great day out in Salford, with plenty to keep the kids entertained. Find out more.

Ramsbottom Festival


With its eclectic mix of indie, rock and folk music, as well as family arts shows and specially brewed ales, Ramsbottom Festival is set to return this weekend. Find out more.

Gracie Fields Weekend in Rochdale


A weekend of celebrations to mark the unveiling of the Gracie Fields statue in Rochdale, including a dinner dance and children’s activities. Click here for more information.

Chester Zoo Wildlife Connections


Two days of intimate wildlife encounters, nature activities, workshops, live music and cinema will take place at Chester Zoo as part of a new festival celebrating all things UK wildlife. Click here for more information.

Greater Manchester Walking Weekends


People across Greater Manchester will have the chance to step out and discover more about the region’s heritage and countryside with Walking Weekends this weekend. More information.

Albert’s Schloss: Oktoberfest


Albert Schloss is hosting it’s very own Oktoberfest at the heart of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival starting this weekend. Find out more.

Why not enter one of our competitions to win a meal for two at Infamous Diner, or a Family Ticket to Manchester City Women v Chelsea Ladies’ in the FA Women’s Super League. Find out more.

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5 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (19 – 21 August)

Here is our guide to the best of whats on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Chorlton Makers Market

Chorlton Makers Market
20 August
Visitors will find the very finest of local food, drink, art, design, vintage, and modern craft carefully selected from Manchester artisans and business local to the North West. Find out more.


Morrissey at Manchester Arena
20 August
Morrissey has announced his only UK show of the year with a headline date at Manchester Arena as part of an international run of shows this August. Click here for more information.

Rochdale FGF

Rochdale Feel Good Festival
19 – 20 August
Expect live music from established names, must-see rising stars and first class cooking from world renowned chefs. Find out more.

Great Village Bake Off

Great Village Bake Off 2016
21 August
The Great Village Bake Off returns to Manchester’s Gay Village this weekend. In it’s 4th year, this year’s Bake Off promises to be the best yet! Find out more.


Wigan Live Festival
19 August – 20 August 2016
Showcasing some of the best unsigned bands and soloists from the local area and further afield, Wigan Live Festival returns for a fourth year this weekend. Click here for more information.

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6 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (4 – 6 September 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.

Soccerex Football Festival

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This two day event is an extravaganza of football and entertainment. Guests can try their luck at Zorb Football, watch skilful freestylers, rub shoulders with legends of the game and much more all for free. Click here for more information.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival

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This two-day event will be packed with free entertainment in Rochdale Town Centre, including live music from established names and must-see rising stars, as well as a Celebrity Kitchen featuring top chefs including Rachel Allen, Kevin Woodford and Andrew Nutter. For more information, click here.

Festejar – Spanish Festival in Albert Square

Spanish festival

Festejar is a weekend of fun, food and fiesta, bringing a bit of Spain to the heart of Manchester. Visitors can enjoy the best of Spanish cuisine as well as take part in cultural workshops involving dancing and language learning. For more information on the event follow the link here.

Withdraw at IWM North


WithDraw is a display of artwork which captures life in Afghanistan away from the television cameras.  Make sure not to miss the last day of this insightful exhibition. See here for more information.

Launch pad: ‘It Was a Dark and Stormy Night’ at Castlefield Gallery


It’s the last chance this weekend to catch this exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, which is a group project initiated by six artists based across the UK, France and The Netherlands. To find out more, click here.

‘Hot Stuff’ at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

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The company presents its take on the cult musical featuring the hits of the 70s and 80s. Follow the link here to find out more.

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3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (10 – 12 April 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

Watch a Hitchcock classic at The Lowry

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Rebecca is timeless, the book by Daphne Du Maurier is beloved by generations and the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film a classic. Now the award winning Emma Rice has created a spellbinding new production which conjures Cornish romance and theatrical magic.

Soak up derby day in Manchester

Manchester will be buzzing on Sunday as east meets west in one of the most important derbies in recent years. Only a point separates the two teams. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United go into the game on hot form but considering Manchester City’s recent record at Old Trafford anything could happen…

Take a trip on the East Lancashire Railway

Join the steam service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall. This popular railway offers a great day out for all the family and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions to suit all ages and interests. Break your journey at any of the stations and explore characterful towns and villages.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@stokersarms: A trip to leafy Didsbury and the #StokersArms is always a wonderful experience!‏@Hubprojects: Visit the glorious #northernquarter – it looks fantastic today 🙂
‏@MancRugbyLeague: Tonight #ManchesterRangersRLFC v Culcheth Eagles at the Regional Arena, EtihadCampus. KO 7.30PM literally next door to #MCFC
‏@antscally: Police museum Northern Quarter.
‏@NQTuesday: A tour of NQ
‏@RedLetterTweet: For our London visitors – tram from Piccadilly to Old Trafford and back again after the game 🙂
‏@deetr44: Head over to the Theatre of Dreams, for some real atmosphere !!
‏@ethnomcr: Get down to @McrMuseum and see the #MMRapaNui exhibition!
‏@TicketBureau: Whatever color your favorite is, wear red or blue and head over to Old Trafford for the unique City Derby
‏@Brenddd94: Take a trip to Heaton Park it’s lovely weather for it!
‏@Philcat4: @staircasehouse is good value – kids go free 🙂

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Jen Robinson: Go and See Mamas Gun at Ruby Lounge tonight they’re great x
David Shanahan: Whitworth gallery then on to the football museum Urbis Man U tour
Mario Kolak: Man Utd – Man City ,Old Trafford,Sunday,of course
Altrincham HQ: We have a sporting weekend here in Altrincham – tonight is Timperley Community Amateur Boxing Club Timperley Show at Cresta Court and then as a warm up for the Manchester Derby there is the Mini Manchester Derby at Altrincham FC on Saturday with with U18s MUFC vs MCFC
Rebecca Morris: Visit the history & science museum’s to see Egyptian mummy’s and other amazing things.
Linda Robinson: Go to The Ruby Lounge tonight to see the amazing Mamas Gun fantastic music!
Flávia Caca: Dreaming of the day that I visit Manchester,  beautiful city!
Lisa Goddard: A lovely walk around Castlefield and by the Canal in the sunshine with lunch at The Wharf.
Juan Francisco: Party in the locks of Deansgate, museum – bibliothes tours and of course walking around the channels or take a arrow boat trips…
Michael McManus: Imperial War Museum Salford Quays
Steven Mangini: Visit Manchester Art Gallery
Craigo Phillipo: Visit Manchester city’s fantastic grounds and surrounding academies. Then on to the lowry to take in all the sights there
David Soh Wei Yuan: Old Trafford. MU vs. MC
Phil Waters: Brew dog #brewdog
Nick Shackleton: Has to be MOSi
Niamh Mearon: Corry tour was excellent
Stephen Sutherland: If people want to get out into the countryside and see some of what Manchester has to offer on its doorstep come for a walk and stretch them legs on a 8 miles walk @
Colin Barton: Breakout Manchester
Shahid A Khan: In Saddleworth , Greater Manchester there is a Making and Doing Saddleworth Handmade festive on 11th & 12 April.

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3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (29 – 31 August, 2014)

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It’s the last weekend of the month so we have decided to give the piggy banks a rest this week. Here’s our guide to the best of what’s free in and around our region, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media buddies.

  • The Street Athletics finals are taking place throughout Friday and Saturday at Exchange Square in the city centre. Either sit back and enjoy the entertainment or stand track-side and cheer on some of the fastest young people from across the country as they bid to become the next big thing in urban athletics.
  • The free music and food celebration in the heart of Rochdale returns, with organisers promising another explosion of entertainment, eats and culture. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall and more at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival. Celebrity chefs will host live cooking demonstrations throughout the event and Scouting for Girls will be headlining.
  • The city’s biggest annual picnic is back. Grab your blankets and baskets, and get down to The Manchester Picnic in Piccadilly Gardens. The much-loved family festival offers a variety of gourmet pop-up picnic traders, alongside live music, games and entertainment. This year’s theme is ‘Play’ to celebrate the recent opening of the new children’s playground.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • ‏@Ioncewasa: look around the alternative @NQManchester stop for some coffee & a gorgeous cake @teacupandcakes then off to Mchr Art Gallery 🙂
  • @IRCCherryl: how about a spot of lunch on #theterrace @rbg_manchester Whatever the weather, guests can dine al fresco
  • @jrobinsondesign: @SKOldTown festival featuring a photography exhibition at @SevenMilesOut
  • @deancharlotte: Stockport Hat Museum
  • @revealmcr: Saturday tour includes fashionable societies of C19 Mcr. Mosley St & Northern Quarter, 11am from outside @mcrartgallery £7
  • @SADD_Fest: 8 hours of the best live music in the beautiful scenery of Saddleworth at #saddfest £20, kids free, gates open at noon!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

*Did you know you can buy discounted tickets for the following regional attractions from our Visitor Information Centre: Legoland, Sealife Centre, MCFC Tour, Tatton Park, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. All tickets are cheaper than on the gate and the big advantage is that they are fast track tickets so there is no waiting in a long queue. Ask in store for details.


3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (04 – 06 July, 2014)


Le Tour de France

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • Tonight the ultimate children’s playground that is Play Factore hosts a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party packed with fun and excitement for all the family. Visitors can party in Wonderland with Alice and Rabbit stilt walkers, watch eye popping aerial acrobatics and meet Play Factore’s very own Mad Hatter. The fun begins at 6:30pm.
  • Le Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual free sports event comes to Rochdale on Sunday during stage 2 of the race from York to Sheffield. Join thousands of spectators watch the cavalcade of racing cyclists, support teams and media pass through, but get there early for a good spot. There are also plenty of local activities taking place in the build up to and on the day of the event.
  • It’s the opening weekend of Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, which is packed with previews of Edinburgh fringe comedy shows as well as a wide range of exciting new talent in drama, performance poetry, children’s events, live music, dance, cabaret, LGBT events, exhibitions, debates and more.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @anniesMCR: Don’t forget to book your table for tonight Emma starts from 7pm #LiveMusic #friday #Manchester
  • @CornerhouseMcr: We’re screening classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory w/ interactive performance frm @EggsCollective
  • ‏@CityCrashPad: They call it the ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’, get your running gear for tmrw’s #ColourRun in #Manchester! #citycrashpad
  • ‏‏@ITVFeverPitch: It’s quarter finals Saturday down at #ITVFeverPitch! Authentic Brazilian food and drink and the best of samba entertainment!
  • ‏@tomhiltz: I would recommend the football museum then of to @HardRockCafeMCR for some food and a cocktail #buffalowings
  • ‏@richardfrosty: I’d recommend going to @ChorlBeerFest. That’s my weekend sorted 🙂
  • ‏@Phelanjan: Only place to be #montonfestival family fun: 100 stalls, games, fun fair, lots to see and do. All shops, bars, delis have offers
  • Ged Flanagan: For anyone who likes @StarWars, @The_Printworks is holding an Episode I event on Sunday! I’m gonna be there.

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

What’s on in Manchester – July

New Kid on the Block - Turtle Bay

New Kid on the Block – Turtle Bay

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.


Ryan Gander: Make every show like it’s your last at Manchester Art Gallery
Tuesday 3 July – Sunday 14 September
A major new exhibition of work by renowned British conceptual artist Ryan Gander. He will subvert your expectations with playful ideas and visual puzzles.

George Best – ICON at Manchester United Museum
This exhibition celebrates George’s career on the pitch and in the public eye, illustrating how the young Irish teenager rose to become the first global pin-up of British football.


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Play Factore
Friday 4 July
Party in Wonderland with Alice and rabbit stilt walkers, watch eye popping aerial acrobatics, meet Play Factore’s very own Mad Hatter and drool over the ultimate sweet cone goodie bags.

Manchester Children’s Book Festival
Thursday 26 June – Sunday 6 July
A biennial festival that brings many of the world’s best children’s writers to Manchester, providing a wonderful opportunity for children to meet and be inspired by their ‘literary superheroes’.


Beer ‘n’ Blues at Band on the Wall
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 July
A full weekend of Beer ’n’ Blues. Band on the Wall presents the finest artists that the UK’s blues scene has to offer together with a 20 pump bar featuring brews from local breweries Green Mill, Hornbeam, Brightside, First Chop and many more.

Summer in the City at Castlefield Bowl
Thursday 10 – Friday 11 July
Set in the stunning surroundings of Castlefield Docks, this brand new festival brings some of Manchester’s most famous names back to the city. Pixies will headline Thursday and legendary local band James will be performing on the Friday.


Love Story by Erich Segal at Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Thursday 19 June – Saturday 12 July
Love Story is inspired by Segal’s best-selling novel and subsequent 1970s smash-hit film. It is widely regarded as one of the most romantic films of all time and this stage version by Stephen Clark will be the first time it has been performed outside of the West End.

Around the World in 80 Days at Royal Exchange
Thursday 17 July – Saturday 16 August
Be  transported around the world via 108 characters, 33 scenes and some wonderfully funny feats of imagination in the Royal Exchange’s unique space.


The RHS Flow Show at Tatton Park
Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July
Seize the last chance of the season to pick-up expert advice, shop for all your gardening needs and enjoy top class dining at this spectacular summer finale.

Sparkle in the Park
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 July
This ever popular event draws crowds from far and wide. An inclusive celebration of gender diversity, it is free to attend and open to all members of the transgender community and their friends.


Le Tour de France
Sunday 6 July
The third largest sporting event in the world rolls through Rochdale. A spectacle of entertainment and an occasion for all the family to enjoy and remember forever.

The Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays
Saturday 19 July
Staged in the vibrant Salford Quays, this unique ‘dock to dock’ course is an unforgettable experience in the open water. Suitable for swimmers of all abilities, you can enjoy this event safe in the knowledge expert safety kayakers will be with you every stroke of the way.

Tour of the Month

The Football History of Manchester
Saturday 5 July
The streets of Manchester are awash with football history. Join New Manchester Walks’ nippiest wing backs as they lead you through the stories that have molded this great city into the undeniable home of football.

New Kid on the Block

Turtle Bay
Turtle Bay is on a mission to capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for, making customers happy by delivering a combination of joyous food, delightful drinks and a fun, laidback atmosphere.

For more information about what’s going on in Manchester go to and check out our great summer competition give-aways here