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What's On at Touchstones Rochdale

Touchstones Rochdale is a great place to visit with something for all ages – and ideal for families with hands on activities in a child-friendly environment. Entry is free and it is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Here you’ll find – all under one roof – the Art Gallery, Museum, Local Studies Centre, Visitor Information Centre and Shop.

Café Life, run by Pure Innovations, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm with food served from 11am.

Where to Find Us

pdfTouchstones Rochdale - April - September 2014 brochure

pdfTouchstones Rochdale - October 2014 - March 2015 brochure

Touchstones Rochdale is the award winning Arts and Heritage Centre with something special for everyone.

Current Exhibitions

Exhibitions from the borough's collections

Four Seasons in One Day - Gallery Two - 22 March 2014 – 7 March 2015

This exhibition from the borough's art collection explores the four seasons through a range of historic and contemporary works of art. Springtime blossom, summer sunshine, autumn leaves and winter snows are all captured in work from a range of artists including Adrian Berg, Joseph Farquharson, Fred Jackson and Edward Stott.

Talking Heads - Heritage Gallery - 24 May 2014 – 18 April 2015

Portraits are brought to life in this exhibition as personal objects are explored and stories are told. Talking Heads celebrates some of the people of Rochdale who have given to the borough.

Exhibitions in the Community Gallery

Natalie Giannikitzakis: Act Naturally - Gallery One - 30 August - 8 November 2014

Find out more about the exhibition programme.

Art4Families Saturday Club


childrens-university-logoArt4Families Saturday Club invites children and their adult companions to explore Touchstones Rochdale's exhibitions and participate together in collaborative hands-on art & craft making activities led by trained artists and staff. Projects are suitable for a wide variety of abilities and designed specifically for those aged 5-12 years old.

Tickets cost £3 per child per workshop & accompanying adults go free. (There is a maximum of 3 children per adult). Tickets are only available to book online on the Eventbrite website. Please go to and type in 'Touchstones Rochdale Art4Families' in the search box on the top left-hand corner of the screen.

Visit Art4Families Saturday Club for further information on forthcoming activities.