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Tuesday 17 October - Monday 23 October 2017

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What a week!!

Performance poet Tony Walsh read some of his best known work as well as a co-operative themed poem he’d written especially for the festival in the magnificent setting of the Church of St Mary in the Baum to bring the biggest Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival to a close.  The hugely popular artist got a […]

The secret’s out – check out our children’s shows

There’s lots for children and families to look forward to this year. With a ‘secret agent’ theme, children can use their programme, (available now from your local library) in Rochdale town centre to help unravel the mystery behind the theft of the key that winds the town hall clock!! On Saturday, 21 October 2017 at […]

Sir Michael Parkinson forced to cancel appearance

Sir Michael Parkinson has had to cancel his appearance at the festival while he recovers from a back operation. The chat show legend was due to appear at the Gracie Fields Theatre in Rochdale next month as part of our 7 day festival. His agent released a statement saying Sir Michael recently visited hospital in […]


Calling all young detectives of Rochdale – The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre needs you!! Children are invited to put on a lab coat and work alongside our team of forensic experts to crack the case of the mysterious garden theft. Visit the garden 11am-3.30pm to investigate the clues left by the animal mastermind behind this crime. […]

Manchester Science Festival and Chester Zoo – Bat Workshops and Safari

Bats, man: they’re everywhere this festival!! Join us as the batty folk from Chester Zoo swoop down for a series of special workshops, including making a lantern to see our furry, flappy, fangy friends. They’ll teach you where to find them, how to spot them and give you all sorts of useful tips and tricks […]

Book now!! Last chance to grab Early Bird tickets

There’s just a few days left to book special Early Bird tickets for this year’s festival, which has seen the highest opening sales in its 5-year history. Star names like legendary chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson, comedian Jenny Eclair and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson have helped to boost early ticket sales. Tickets have […]

LipService – Thrills and Quills: Jane Austen’s Life in Letters

Award-winning theatre company, LipService, have been creating original comedies from a distinctly female perspective since 1985. Here, in a brand new work, they examine the world of communication from quill pen to SnapChat. With a comic look at Jane Austen’s letters, they consider the vagaries of the Georgian postal system and wonder what witty words […]

25% off Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival tickets

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday 7 August with 25% off, so get yours early and save money! All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on 31 August 2017. From Tuesday 8 August 2017 you can also book and collect tickets in person […]

Pre-festival event: Lee Nelson – Serious Joker

You’ve seen Lee Nelson sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational Serious Joker tour (external link).