Things to do

Manchester Waterside Festival

August 19th, 2016

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, 11.00am – 4.00pm ALL COMPLETELY FREE Come and join us in the Centre of Manchester, along the Rochdale Canal for a weekend of waterside entertainment. Discover art, music and creative technology on the canal during this new 2-day fun filled, explorative and innovative festival. Build an underwater robot*, create floating digital artwork*, participate in… Read more

Call for volunteers

August 8th, 2016

Help needed for Manchester Canal Festival – Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. The event will commence from 11.00–4.00pm, along Rochdale Canal in Manchester City Centre from Lock 87 to Lock 92 (Dukes 92). We would love to welcome and have you on board to assist with various ‪volunteer‬ duties. Possible tasks include: manning information hubs, stewarding event activity points,… Read more

Free walks in and around East Manchester on the Ashton & Rochdale Canals in June, July, August and September Whether you are interested in bats, want to improve your nature photography, want to find out more about edible flowers along the canal towpath or join a walk aimed at families with young children there’s something for everyone to get out… Read more

8pm – 9.30pm on Thursday 28th April 2016 Meet at Lock 47, Rochdale Canal, Halifax Road, Littleborough, OL15 OHL The walk will be led by South Lancs Bat Group and will be a gentle stroll of approximately a mile. It is a great opportunity to see these fascinating creatures of the night. The towpath could be muddy so please wear… Read more

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 10am to 4pm Join the Manchester City Centre Councillors and Canal & River Trust for a weekend of activity to launch the Friends of Rochdale 9, a new initiative encouraging local people to get involved with the Rochdale Canal. Come and see us at Lock 89, Tib Lock (just behind the Ritz, near Oxford… Read more

24th -28th August & 31st August – 4th September Can you help us excavate the final part of Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill? No experience needed, just a willingness to get involved in this community project. Enjoy the team spirit, local history and anticipation on this expert-led dig, who knows what you might discover! 9am – 4pm each day. Free, Suitable… Read more

24th -28th August & 31st August – 4th September Can you help us excavate the final part of Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill? No experience needed, just a willingness to get involved in this community project. Enjoy the team spirit, local history and anticipation on this expert-led dig, who knows what you might discover! 9am – 4pm each day. Free, Suitable… Read more

17th – 21st August Looking for a fun family activity that gets you all outdoors and working together? Then book to come and help dig, learn some new skills and help us uncover the remains of Mellor Mill near the Roman Lakes in Marple. Who knows what you might discover! 9am – 12noon and 1pm – 4pm slots available Free,… Read more

Mellor Mill Festival

July 1st, 2015

Get your hands dirty at this Festival of Archaeology event, at Mellor Mill near the Roman Lakes. Meet our experts and get stuck in to some archaeology, explore the Mellor Mill excavations on a free guided tour, and enjoy fun, hands-on activities for all the family. Free, suitable for all ages. To book a tour email: pamela.pearson@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call/text 07825… Read more

Marple Locks Festival

July 1st, 2015

At Memorial Park and along the Lock Flight, a wonderful event with live music, historic boats, stalls, model boats, guided walks and much more. Plus the chance to find out about the major HLF funded project “Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy” More info available here