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Gary Delaney & Guests Comedy Special at the Champness Hall

Preview by Steve Cooke

Get ready to look forward to laughter and good vibes at Champness Hall on Friday, August 9th, as the hilarious Gary Delaney takes the stage for Feeling Good with Gary Delaney.

Gary Delaney is a double Sony Award Winner and a regular guest on Mock The Week.

He is known for excelling in delivering witty and charming joke. His humour is infectious, and his demeanour reminiscent of a playful schoolboy unable to contain his laughter after each punchline.

Gary is the only comedian to have achieved the feat of having two jokes in the same top 10 list for Dave's TV Funniest Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe. With a successful tour that was extended four times and included over 200 venues and 370 shows, he is widely regarded as the leading comedic talent of his generation.

Highly popular on Twitter, he has amassed a large following and is frequently quoted as one of the most popular comedians in the country.

The event will be hosted by Dave Twentyman.

Dave very much wears his heart on his sleeve, described by audiences as ‘brilliantly moving, heart-warming, honest but most importantly hilarious’.

Dave is quick witted using observations of life for his award-winning sense of humour. He uses his lived experience of ADHD as the source of his creativity and lightning quick humour. I can personally vouch for the fact that he delivers a hilarious and moving account of genius minds in a mundane world. His unique storytelling makes him brutally honest, and utterly hilarious.

Also appearing will be:

Steve Shanyaski

Steve transitioned from a mundane office job to a career in comedy at the start of 2003 and has been thriving ever since. He quickly rose in the comedy scene, making it to the semi-finals of the prestigious BBC New Comedian of the Year and the North West Comedian of the Year Final within six months of starting out.

Steve also had the opportunity to showcase his talent on BBC7 Radio Showcase Spanking New later that year. His accomplishments include being named the Holsten Pils Comedian of the Year in 2005 and winning the title of best breaking talent at the Birmingham Comedy Festival the same year. Steve is known for his charismatic and humorous performances, drawing on his natural storytelling abilities, creative imagination, and musical background to captivate audiences.

Shazia Mirza

Shazia has appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show, Would I lie to You? QI, Meet The Richardsons, Celebrity MasterMind, Loose Women, The Late Late Show, Top Gear, Graham Norton Show, The Apprentice You're Fired, and was the star of Celebrity The Island- Bear Grylls and is in the new upcoming series of 'Celebrity MasterChef' starts July BBC1.

This comedy event is being organised by Ace Lips Comedy Events. Please note that the line-up of acts may be subject to change. The event is fully seated and restricted to those aged 18 and above due to adult themes and occasional swearing.

09 Aug 2024, 20:30

Rochdale, Champness Hall, Rochdale OL16 1PB, UK


Our Sleeping Beauty

Preview by Steve Cooke

The Save Oldham Coliseum campaign has released Our Sleeping Beauty (True Love's Kiss) - a captivating short film celebrating the rich history of Oldham's iconic Coliseum.

Featuring a heartfelt poem written and performed by much-loved actor Julie Hesmondhalgh and brought to life with enchanting music composed by Zoe Hodges.

Our Sleeping Beauty is a collaborative effort, with Julie and Zoe also serving as producers. The short film includes historical footage spanning the Coliseum's storied past, edited by Andonis Anthony and Grant Archer. Our Sleeping Beauty is not just a film; it’s a love letter to ‘the Coli', capturing its deep-rooted significance in the community's hearts and weaving a poignant tale of its legacy.

Our Sleeping Beauty also features an array of distinguished actors, all with a connection to Oldham, who rallied to preserve the theatre on Fairbottom Street. In order of appearance, the actors are: Suranne Jones, Sally Carman, Paula Lane, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Hilton, Annie Wallace, Mina Anwar, Lisa Riley, Antony Cotton, Siobhan Finneran, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sian Phillips, John Henshaw, Shobna Gulati, Jane Hazlegrove, Sally Dynevor, Andonis Anthony, Mitesh Soni, Maxine Peake and Kenneth Alan Taylor, plus the children of Blackshaw Lane School.

Save Oldham Coliseum

The Save Oldham Coliseum campaign is committed to ensuring that the Coliseum remains a producing theatre company in Oldham. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of the Coliseum to the community and to secure the funding necessary to keep the theatre running. Save Oldham Coliseum believe that the Coliseum is a vital part of Oldham's cultural heritage and that it should continue to be a place where people can come together to enjoy the arts.




Saturday 11 May 2024

Riverside Artisan Market

Running on the second Saturday of every month, the successful Riverside Artisan Market returns again to Rochdale Riverside this weekend.

A big thankyou to all our customers for helping us to grow this market every month.

A warm welcome is waiting from over 30 small independent businesses who grow, rear, make or bake what you see. All different, all quality and made by the people you speak to.

From artisan meats to hand made fudge and glass creations.

From room sprays, wax melts, handmade soaps and quirky gift ideas

From preserves, chutneys, oils and vinegars to delicious savoury pies, sweet treats and fresh fruit and veg and so much more.

Come say hi, let us know what you think and while you’re here check out the great Rochdale Riverside and the other lovely places Rochdale Town Centre has to offer.


10am - 4pm

Riverside Retail & Leisure Complex, Riverside Walk, Rochdale OL16 1TR


Saturday 11 May 2024

An Evening of Sea Shanty Music featuring Lytham St Annes Sea Shanty Crew, including Pie and Peas Supper

Organised by Rotary Rochdale in support of the President's Charity to celebrate 200 years of the RNLI and raise funds for the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Stations.

Full details and ticket information is available on the Rotary Rochdale website.

Booking is essential


Phone: Linda M Mainwaring 07773 714 907


Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club, Lake Bank, Littleborough OL15 0DQ



Tuesday 14 May 2024

Edwin Waugh Dialect Society

Tonight's session is "Lancashire and its Cotton Industry" songs by Mark Dowding.

Mark developed an interest in the songs of Lancashire in his schooldays by listening to Harry Boardman singing on various LPs. Mark eventually found himself at Harry’s folk club in Manchester for a few years and the banjo that Mark plays is one of Harry’s.

Mark Dowding will be singing songs of the cotton industry from three aspects - Songs written by writers who were involved in the Victorian period, songs written by writers in the 1960s looking back at the Victorian period and the decline of the cotton industry and to conclude, songs written about Lancashire by writers who probably never set foot in Lancashire, or a cotton shed!

In the Chair: Marilyn Moore

Edwin Waugh Dialect Society meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month (previously Wednesday) from October to June, commencing at 7.30pm at St Andrew's Methodist and United Reformed Church, Rochdale (between Rochdale Leisure Centre and Aldi). There is free onsite parking.

Annual subscription is £5, but voluntary donations at each meeting help defray the cost of the room hire. Your first meeting is free.

Formed in 1938 by a group of Lancashire Dialect enthusiasts, the objects of the society are the maintaining and increasing of interest in Lancashire.

At the meetings, members are entertained by a speaker or a performer.

Visit the link below for the full 2024 calendar.

Phone: 01706 826227

7.30pm start - 9pm

St Andrew's Methodist and United Reformed Church, Entwistle Road, Rochdale OL16 2HZ


Tuesday 14 May 2024

Rochdale & District Camera Club

Tonight is Outside event.

You are more than welcome to come down to one of our club nights to see if you would enjoy joining the club.

Visit the link below for the 2024 syllabus.

Phone: Pete Williams 07967 969136


Syke Methodist Church Hall, Syke Road, Rochdale OL12 9TF


Wednesday 15 May 2024

Rochdale Photographic Society

Tonight's session - practical evening, depth of field magic.

We meet every Wednesday at Rochdale Unitarian Church, starting at 7.30pm prompt (doors open from 7.15pm). The door is kept locked so please ring the bell on arrival.

If you would like to see the club for yourself and meet our members, you are welcome to attend as our guest for up to 3 weeks before committing to membership. Annual subscription is £36 for single or £46 for joint membership.

A weekly room fee of £2.50 is also payable on arrival at the meeting. Refreshments are 50p.

Visit the link below for a full 2023 syllabus.

£2.50 for room fee

Doors open 7.15pm, 7.30pm start

Rochdale Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale OL12 6TP


Wednesday 15 May 2024

Chuckling for charity - Petrus homelessness charity local comedy nights

We're keeping the laughs coming with another series of comedy nights in Rochdale and Bury! Hosted by our very own fundraiser by day, funny guy by night, Colin Manford, these nights are headlined by none other than Howard Anstock, a familiar face on the comedy scene who has played most of the premier comedy venues in the North West and beyond.

They'll also be joined by some fantastic supporting acts!


Phone: Petrus Community 01706 526289


The Grapes at Bamford, 69 Norden Rd, Bamford, Rochdale OL11 5PN


Wednesday 15 May 2024

Toad Lane Concerts - Rochdale's Weekly Music at Lunchtime

Doors open 12noon, concert starts 12.30pm - 1.30pm

This week we have Margaret Ferguson soprano (Ghana, RNCM & Poland) and Jonathan Ellis piano (RNCM & Manchester University).

The concert series has been held at St Mary’s since 2001 and was granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020… during the pandemic!

Running every Wednesday, Music at Lunchtime is a weekly live classical music concert series that has been going since the 1960s. The sessions were initially run at the old Rochdale Art Gallery by the local authority, but since May 2001 have been run by volunteer-enthusiasts and artistic director, Dr Joe Dawson.


Phone: Dr Joe Dawson 01706 648872

St Mary in the Baum, Toad Lane/St Mary's Gate, Rochdale OL16 1DZ



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