The Best Days Out in Rochdale!

From behind the clouds, the sun is finally starting to emerge and with summer school holidays just around the corner, there's no better time to plan some fun days out! Thankfully, Rochdale residents are spoilt for choice, with a variety of fun and family-friendly activities right on their doorstep. We've handpicked 5 of our favourites, so whether you're with the family or flying solo, you've got plenty of ideas for days out in Rochdale!

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Hollingworth Lake

Rochdale's Hollingwood Lake is a fantastic summer day out in Rochdale. Originally built as a reservoir in the 19th century, it has transformed into a vibrant recreational area. Enjoy sun-fuelled sporting activities on the water including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating, windsurfing and rowing, or explore the scenic walking and cycling paths around the lake offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside. If you prefer to prioritise relaxation over recreation, there are plenty of picnic spots and bird-watching opportunities, and the visitor centre provides an interesting insight into the local wildlife. Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale is a versatile day out for thrill-seekers and leisure-lovers alike.

Hollingworth Lake - at a glance:

Opening Times - The lake's open all year round but the activity centre is open for watersports 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week, March - October.

Booking - it's advisable to book watersports online and in advance

Cost - the lake is free to visit. Watersports vary in price but start from around £15.

Refreshments - refreshments are available on-site with independent cafes but they run on their own timetable.

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Fireground, Rochdale's interactive firefighting museum, promises an educational and engaging for you and the family. Housed in the former Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, Fireground showcases an extensive collection of historical firefighting equipment, vehicles, and memorabilia. Through hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, visitors can learn about the evolution of fire safety and the heroic stories of firefighters. Special exhibitions cater for children, on the off-chance they weren't already won over by all the fire equipment! Located in the heart of Rochdale, Fireground combines history, education, and fun, making it a must-visit attraction for a memorable day out.

Fireground, Rochdale - at a glance:

Opening Times - Open 10am - 4pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Booking - pre-booking not required, please pay on entry.

Cost - under 3's are free, children aged 4 - 15 tickets are £5, Adult tickets are £7. Concessions for seniors and students at £5, family tickets (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children) cost £20.

Refreshments - Fireground Cafe is on-site and opens alongside the museum

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Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Healey Dell Nature Reserve provides one of the best days out in Rochdale. It's the perfect beauty spot to enjoy the summer sun in a picturesque setting. Based on the trail of a defunct 1800s railway trail, the reserve boasts waterfalls, valleys, a stunning 100-foot viaduct, and is home to ancient woodlands. Viewpoints throughout help you appreciate the magnitude of the natural beauty on show, and the breathtaking Victorian-era viaduct is one of the best sights in Rochdale. Whether you fancy yourself a bit of a photographer, wildlife enthusiast, or just a casual visitor, Healey Dell offers something for everyone - there's even a Fairy Grotto where kids can meet the Healey Dell Fairy, and the newly added tea rooms and visitor centre offer a welcome spot for some local history and refreshments.

Healey Dell Nature Reserve - at a glance:

Opening Times - the park is always open, Tea Rooms & Heritage Centre open Thursday, Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday, Sunday 10am - 5pm

Booking - no booking required for park, pre-booking not required, but advised and available to book here

Cost - varies

Refreshments - available from the tea rooms and include sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks

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Ellenroad Engine House

A unique celebration of Rochdale's industrial past, Ellenroad Engine House is the perfect informative destination for a day out in Rochdale. Home to the world's largest working steam mill engine and housing the colossal Victoria and Alexandra steam engines, the museum is full of magnificent machinery for you to marvel at! It's also packed with information on the heritage and history of Rochdale's textile trade and industrial roots. Built in 1892, the spot provides a unique trip back in time to a period where Steam-Power was king. With its blend of engineering prowess and local significance, Rochdale's Ellenroad is well worth a visit!

Ellenroad Engine House - at a glance:

Opening Times - Open on the first Sunday of each month except January, 10am - 4pm

Booking - School parties and other groups require arrangement ahead of time

Cost - admission fee is £7.50, under 16s visit for free

Refreshments - on-site Engine House cafe provides light refreshments and hot drinks

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Greenbooth Reservoir

Greenbooth Reservoir is an idyllic destination for a peaceful day out in Rochdale. Nestled in the scenic hills of the Pennines, the reservoir offers stunning views and provides the perfect backdrop for leisurely strolls, hiking, and bird-watching. The water and surrounding landscapes offer great photo opportunities for the family, and the greenery is ideal for picnics and unwinding away from the hustle and bustle. Greenbooth Reservoir promises a rejuvenating day out amongst some of Rochdale's most charming landscapes.

Greenbooth Reservoir - at a glance:

Opening Times - always open

Booking - not applicable

Cost - free

Refreshments - pubs nearby, including Owl Betts pub and Bridge Inn pub

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