Town Centre News

First names announced for Rochdale’s literature festival

The first five names on the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been revealed. The eight-day festival in October will feature bestselling feel-good fiction writer Milly Johnson, blogger, author and activist Erin Ekins, popular children’s authors Harry Heape and Hannah Lee, as well as award winning illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill.


It’s a hole in one as Hollywood Bowl Group signs lease to bring Puttstars to Rochdale Riverside

Rochdale’s new leisure and retail complex, Rochdale Riverside, has scored another occupier, with Hollywood Bowl Group signing a deal to bring its new indoor mini golf concept, Puttstars, to the scheme. The deal will see the leisure brand open a 20,000 square foot unit in the development, which will feature three themed nine-hole courses. It will sit beneath a six-screen cinema, operated by Reel, with four restaurant units below. Together these make up the leisure block in Constantine Road and Baillie Street, next to the Regal Moon pub.


Time Machine "WOW" take a look at the video!

Lots of local organisations, clubs and societies were involved in the first ever Time Machine event, which gave people an opportunity to bring along their own photos, archives and artifacts, communities coming together to create bunting using scrapbooking techniques and watch rare local footage from the Pathe film archive in a mobile vintage cinema. The area that looked at the future of the town and the recent multi-million investment areas.


Free advice for start up businesses!

Free advice for young and new businesses will soon be available from GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, in the pop-up space in the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, Rochdale. The GC Business Growth Hub supports businesses at all stages of their growth journey with a broad range of services, such as one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and more. Now they will be offering free business advice to new and fledgling businesses, and those thinking of starting a business, on a monthly basis from Rochdale town centre between 10am and 2pm on 16 July, 20 August and 17 September. If you would like to book a slot at the event, please register using https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-2-1-business-advice-rochdale-tickets-61026979338?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Rochdale beauty salon celebrates 26 years of business

Established Rochdale beauty salon, The Retreat is celebrating 26 years of business this month. Originally located on Baillie Street, the St Mary’s Gate salon was set up as ‘Nails and Things’ by Laura Prime in 1993. The salon grew from humble beginnings and underwent a name change in 2009 – becoming The Retreat – to incorporate the spa feel and facilities available.