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Link4Life, the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust, brings you an exciting activity programme during the Easter holidays from Monday 3 - Thursday 13 April 2017.

Children can try our new pool inflatables,  get creative and messy at craft sessions, burn off energy at a variety of sports, watch the Kids Cinema at Heywood Civic and Middleton Arena or enjoy Easter holiday fun at the Touchstones Drama Day.

All Link4Life holiday activities are run by qualified and experienced coaches or leaders and to ensure the programme is safe and child-friendly all staff are CRB checked to an enhanced level and fully aware of safety and child protection issues.

Don't forget you will need to book in advance for most sessions.

Follow the download links to the Centre programmes.

Swimming Pool Timetables

We operate revised swimming pool timetables during school holidays and these will be updated for the Easter holiday period.

For details visit our swimming timetables page.

The Ensonglopedia of Science

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells, DNA and plenty more besides. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

The Ensonglopedia of Science is the brand new show by John Hinton, multi-award-winning writer and performer of the Scientrilogy of musical comedies about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Peer reviewed by actual real life scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Natural History Museum, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more. Funded by Arts Council England and the Science & Technology Facilities Council. Features video animation by top international artists.

“John Hinton is an absolute joy…You can’t help thinking: this guy could get anyone interested in science” – Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible” – British Theatre Guide

Suitable for ages 7 to adult.

Wednesday 5 April 2017 at 2pm-3pm
Venue: Heywood Civic Centre

All tickets: £5

Ring 0300 303 8633.

Easter Bunny's Eggs-ellent Adventure

The most chocolatey Easter Show ever!

Join the hunt for the Easter Bunny's hidden chocolate factory and meet him after the show to receive a special Easter present.

Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure is a family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds and lasts for 40 minutes, followed by our popular meet, greet and treat with the Easter Bunny himself - plus a free Easter present for every child!

Friday 7 April 2017 at 2pm
Venue: Heywood Civic Centre

Ring 0300 303 8633.

The Wild Roadshow

The Wild Roadshow is proud to present the wonderful world of animals to children of all ages, in 'hands-on' animal encounter workshops. Get up close and personal with the likes of snakes, spiders and cockroaches and find out where they live, what they like to eat and much more.

Please book early as only 25 places available for each session. Each session is 45 minutes long and starts from 12noon.

Tuesday 11 April 2017
Venue: Heywood Civic Centre

Ring 0300 303 8633.

Kids Cinema

Exciting stories and your favourite characters are coming to the Big Screen over the Easter Holidays.

Tickets include: film plus drink, popcorn and snack.

Heywood Civic Centre
Friday 14 April
Doors open 12.30pm, starts 1pm - Trolls

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colourful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks' TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

Ring 0300 303 8633.

Doors open 3pm, starts 3.30pm - Moana

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.

Arrive early to take your seats and receive your goodies.

Tickets available from Link4Life Box Office on 0300 303 8633 or call in.


Active Fundays

Activities include: A wide range of sporty activities including: Mini Trampolining, Circuit, Fun Games, Shokk Gym and Dance Mats and a Fun Circuit Sessions  for children aged 5-13+.
Mondays 3 & 10 April & Thursday 6 & 13 April 11am-2pm Cost £4. Bring a packed lunch.

Fun Games, Shokk Gym, Circuit Games & Dance Mats

Tuesday 4 & 11 April 11am-2pm Cost £4 for children aged 5-12. Bring a packed lunch.

After School Sessions

Boxer Circuit Tuesday 4.45pm-5.45pm Cost £3.40 for children aged 5-15

MiniTrampolining / Shokk Gym and Fun Games Saturday 10am-1pm. Cost £6.10 for 5-15 years. Bring a packed lunch.

Shokk Gym / Dance Mats Monday-Friday from 4.30pm Cost £2.10p per session or £9.50 per month on a casual monthly payment.

Football Sessions


Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Evenings from 5.30pm

For various ages, contact Phil for further details on: 07979 683999

Free Gym Sessions

For all parents who book their children on the holiday activities - please ask at reception for details.

Various adult classes every evening from as little as £2. Contact Bowlee Park Sports Centre for the full programme of activities for all ages.

Working in partnership with Bowlee Park Community School, St. Mary’s RC Primary School and Langley Children’s Centre.

Mini Madness

Monday 3 & 10 April  10.30am-12.30pm Cost £4

A jam packed session of arts & crafts and swimming. Bring with you: Drinks and swimming kit for children aged 5-7. Clothing suitable for arts & crafts.

Sports Camp

Monday 3 & 10 April  12.30pm-3.30pm Cost £3.50

An afternoon of sports activities and fun, including multi-sports, a range of games plus competitions for children aged 8-12. Bring with you: Drinks.

Turbo Tots

Tuesday 4 & 11 April  9am-12noon Cost £1.80

Drop in to this fun soft play session for children under 5 years old. Get your children active and play and interact with other kids. Parent/guardian must supervise their children at all times. Sure Start lead session.


Tuesday 4 & 11 April & Friday 7 April 1.30pm-2.30pm Cost £3

Fun pool inflatable obstacle course. Must be able to swim 25m and be confident in deep water for children aged 8-13+.

Soccer Skills

Tuesday 4 April  1pm-3pm Cost £3.50

Football coaching, skills & tournaments for children aged 5-12. Bring with you: appropriate footwear for both inside and outside & drinks.

Active Kids

Wednesday 5 & 12 April  1pm-3pm Cost £4

An energetic and exciting multi-sports and games session. Keep active, make friends and have loads of fun for children aged 5-7. Bring with you drinks.

Sports Zone

Thursday 6 & 13 April & Friday 7 April  10am-3pm Cost £6

A day full of sports activities and fun, including multi-sports, a range of games plus a fun pool session. Bring with you: Drinks, lunch and swimming kit.

Booking required in advance - ring 01706 924000 or call in at the Centre.

Aqua Tots Plus

Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30pm, £5 per session, £3 L4L Extra, 1 child admitted free

Fun water confidence session for babies and toddlers from approx 3 months plus accompanied by parent / carer. With the support of a qualified instructor.

Aqua Fun

Thursday and Mondays 4pm-4.45pm & Saturdays 10.45am-11.30am
Large Pool. Public swimming prices apply
Fun splash session with floats and play equipment.

Family Aqua Fun

Fridays 12noon-1pm Learner Pool
Public swimming prices apply. Fun splash session with floats and play equipment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Link4Life Swim Academy - Non Swimmers - Stanley 1 and Octopus 1

4 Day Courses - 30 minute lesson each day
Monday 3 - Thursday 6 April 9am-9.30am
Monday 10 -Thursday 13 April 9am-9.30am
Focusing on confidence and fundamentals of swimming. No experience necessary. Ages 3+.

Link4Life Swim Academy - Intermediate - Stanley 2/3 and Octopus 2/3

4 Day Courses - 30 minute lesson each day
Monday 3 - Thursday 6 April 9.30am-10am
Monday 10 - Thursday 13 April 9.30am-10am
Focusing on confidence and fundamentals of swimming. Participants should be confident in the water with aids with some swimming experience. Ages 3+.

4 Day Course price: Full Price £20.40, L4L Extra Card £17.60, Swim Scheme Direct Debit Members £15.30.

Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Archery and Team Building

Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 April and Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 April

Cost £99 per person for each 3 day sessions.

Time: 9am-5pm each day

Contact the HOLWAC Centre on 01706 370499 to find out what's else is available during the school holidays.


Activities at the Arena include:

Active Kids

Monday 3 & 10 April 10am-12noon. Cost £4. Suitable for children aged 5-7.

Take part in a variety of fun games, structured play and sports in this jam packed morning of activities. Bring with you: Drinks

Kids Cinema

Monday 3 April 1pm start. Cost £3 (includes popcorn and cup drink). Suitable for children aged up to aged 13+


Big adventures, gripping fairytales and your favourite characters will be on the big screen at Middleton Arena over the Easter holidays.

Please arrive early to receive your popcorn, drink and take your seats.

Tickets available from Link4Life Box Office on 0300 303 8633.

Sport Zone

Tuesday 4 & 11 April 10am-3pm. Cost £6. Suitable for children aged 8-12.

A full day of activities and fun which will include multi-sports, games and a fun pool session. Bring with you: Packed lunch, drinks and swimming kit.

Mini Madness

Wednesday 5 & 12 April 1pm-3pm. Cost £4. Suitable for children aged 5-7.

An afternoon jam packed with activities including multi-sports, games and arts & crafts. Bring with you: Drinks and clothes suitable for crafts.

Football Fridays

Friday 7 April 1pm-3pm. Cost £3.50. Suitable for children aged 5-12.

A fun football coaching, skills and games session with our fully qualified football coaches. Try out your silky skills, have a go at futsal and compete in small sided games.

Bring with you: drinks

Wet N Wild

Thursday 6 & 13 April 1.30pm-3.30pm. Cost £4.50. Suitable for children aged 8-12.

An exciting and energetic activity which includes our fantastic Gauntlet Water Inflatable. Take part in some sports before taking to the pool to race in the head to head inflatable. Drinks and swimming kit required. Must be able to swim 25m and be confident in deep water.

Booking required in advance - consent form must be completed before sessions start. All children under 8 must be dropped off and collected by an adult.

Call in at the Arena or ring 0161 662 4000 to book.

Easter Holiday Fun - Drama Day

Thursday 6 April 11am-2pm FREE

Come along to our drama day. No experience necessary, please wear comfortable clothing.

Booking required - suitable for aged 8+.

Ring 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale to book.

Because You Can in Sport is back for Easter with more activities on offer. BYCS is an inclusive holiday programme for children of all abilities with qualified sports coaches and support workers delivering on the programme.

All sessions 10am - 3.30pm. Cost £5.

Wednesday 5 April at Kingsway Sports Centre
Thursday 6 April at Middleton Arena*
Wednesday 12 April at Kingsway Park Sports Centre
Thursday 13 April at Kingsway Park Sports Centre

Activities on the Easter BYCS will include judo, multi-sports, and a fun inflatable pool session.

Bring: *Swimming kit required, lunch and drinks

To book please contact Gemma on 01706 924234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The sports centres DO NOT take bookings for these sessions.

#Thrive is for children and young people aged up to 19 years who are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues (e.g. feeling stressed, worried or not enjoying things).

#Thrive can also provide advice and support to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person.

You can get in contact with us yourself, or ask someone you trust to contact us for you on 0161 716 2844 or visit the website for more information.