Things to do


To celebrate the arrival of the historic narrow society boat club’s arrival into Hebden bridge we will be holding a pop up canal festival from Calder Holmes Park. In partnership with Pennines Prospects there will be kiting making, story telling performances, a dance troupe and Park Life Cafe will be on hand with a BBQ. it’s a perfect opportunity to… 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

Get moving this summer with a series of free guided bike rides in and around East Manchester on the Ashton & Rochdale Canals in August and September To book or for more information visit

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

Friends of Rochdale 9

May 5th, 2016

Our first volunteer day will take place on Sunday 8 May at 12 o’clock and we’ll be starting our activities at Lock 89 on the Rochdale Canal in central Manchester (next to Rain Bar and Jurys Inn). We will be doing some wild seed planting as well as gardening at our ‘floating garden’ offside the towpath (thanks to the Canal… 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

This month an exciting new initiative is launching in central Manchester on the Rochdale Canal. Friends of Rochdale 9 (FOR9) is the result of consultation with local people in partnership with the City Centre Councillors and Canal & River Trust. We caught up with Councillor Kevin Peel to find out more. Who’s idea was FOR9? Lots of people have been… Read more

Ancoats Canal Project

June 22nd, 2015

Our next volunteer event will be Sunday the 28th of June on the Rochdale Canal. Some clearing of the towpath is planned up to the concrete planter which has been built alongside Butler St (which we plan to plant at a future nature trail event). Nettles and brambles have begun to reappear over the towpath and the New Union Street… Read more

New Manchester Walks presents a fascinating walk and talk exploring the history of the city’s famous canals. Meet at Malmaison Hotel, No.3 Piccadilly at 3pm. Charges apply. More details here