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What's On at Middleton Arena

What's On at Middleton Arena

Events for everyone at the Arena - from comedy to live music and theatre

Heywood Civic Centre

Heywood Civic Centre

Coming soon - Hello Dolly, Route 62, Caliente Ensemble, Heywood Reunited, Roy Chubby Brown and Gaga - The Ultimate Tribute to Queen.



Low cost fitness classes and sports for adults across the Rochdale borough

More than Dance

More than Dance

Get active, get fit, get dancing. See our new sessions.

Rich Hall

Grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall returns to Middleton Arena with his brand new show.

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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 - 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

Stephen Pinnell: Waiting for the Miracle - Gallery One - 5 November 2014 – 14 February 2015

Paintings by local artist Stephen Pinnell.

Exhibitions in the Contemporary Forward programme

Touchstones Rochdale's contemporary art programme is supported by Arts Council England.

Daksha Patel: Bodytopos - 13 December 2014 – 7 March 2015

Bodytopos is an exhibition of drawings and prints by Daksha Patel exploring themes surrounding mapping, measurement and the human body.

A Common Ground: Ikuko Iwamoto, Junko Mori and Kayo Saito - 13 December 2014 – 7 March 2015

A Common Ground brings together the work of three UK-based, Japanese-born artists for the first time who have a shared interest in the natural world as a source of inspiration for their work.

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.

Spring Programme - tickets cost £2 per child per workshop & accompanying adults go free, booking is essential - numbers are limited. Bookings must be made at in person at Touchstones Rochdale. Ring Touchstones Rochdale on 01706 924492 for more information (open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm).

Visit Art4Families Saturday Club for further information on forthcoming activities.