Two firework displays and family fun as Rochdale celebrates New Year’s Eve in style
New Year’s Eve in Rochdale town centre is shaping up to be the best yet thanks to the announcement that the day will feature not one, but two firework displays together with a host of other family entertainment.
Two separate displays will light up the sky - one at 5.30pm for families and the second at midnight to ring in 2016.
On Thursday 31 December there will be free children’s funfair rides from 11am to 5.30pm, located alongside Rochdale Market on Smith Street.
From 11am to 4.30pm Lancashire Hawks and Owls will bring 12 birds of prey, which will also be on display by Rochdale Market. They are hand-reared and totally approachable, which meansthey can be touched and can pose for photographs! Everyone is welcome to come along for a fascinating look at these wonderful creatures.
At 5.30pm there will be a firework display suitable for children, before the big firework display at midnight as Rochdale Town Hall clock rings the chimes for the start of 2016.
And until 3 January Rochdale Fun Park will be on Milton Street East Car Park with thrill rides, a ‘Frozen’ stage show, synthetic ice rink and more – for £5 per session and unlimited rides.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Following our Mistletoe and Gluhwein Bar it seemed the perfect time to introduce another community event to really kick off 2016 with a bang.”
Mark Foxley from Rochdale Town Centre Management said: “These attractions in Rochdale town centre are another reason to come into town and celebrate the New Year in style. We’ve got some fantastic restaurants and bars and the atmosphere at this time of year is superb. Our fireworks at midnight will be amazing and if you can see the town centre skyline, you will see the fireworks!”
The first three hours of parking in town centre council car parks is free.
Also see #RochdaleXmas on Twitter.
14 Dec 2015