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Rochdales Jurassic Journey

Soon each school child in the Borough will receive their Go4It Feb - June booklet, filled with the info from this newsletter and all the good stuff happening in Easter and May half terms... In the middle of that booklet you will see Go4It's Jurassic Journey, a map designed for children to complete by collecting stickers for the activities they attend over the next 3 half terms. Look out for it and we hope you enjoy it! 

Under 5's Weekly Sessions

We have a whole host of new regular sessions now for under 5's at Littleborough Sports Centre.

From toddler yoga to learn to ride, most sessions are just turn up (see poster for details).  

For any more info click here.

Energy Club

A fun, active and educational 10 week
programme for the whole family with
children aged 5 -12 years. Energy Club aims
to help support families to improve their
health and wellbeing & get active.
This FREE programme takes place at
Heywood Civic Centre each week,
4.30pm – 6pm. To find out when the next club starts and register your name please contact: Living Well Project Support on 01706 751190.

Special Display: L.S. Lowry

21 December 19 - 10 September 2020

Footbridge’ and ‘Cleator Moor’, two important works by L.S. Lowry, are both owned by The Co-op. Purchased for their links to the history and principles of the co-operative movement, they have rarely left their Manchester offices. However, to celebrate The Co-op’s 175th anniversary there will be a special display of the works alongside ‘Our Town’, a much-loved painting within the Borough’s own fine art collection at Touchstones Rochdale. During their stay in Rochdale, and in the spirit of community and sharing, the works will also be taken out on ‘day trips’ to a number of local schools and community venues.

Please keep an eye on our website for further details about when and where.


Sessions for young people who have a mild to moderate disability
that are funded as part of the short breaks by the CWD team
in Rochdale.

There are 3there groups - 4-7 year olds, 8-12 year olds and 13-18 year olds at a cost of £5 per session.

The activities vary each school holiday and are located in different
Link4life venues across the Borough.

FRESH is a great opportunity to try something new and meet new friends.


#Thrive Holiday Clubs

#Thrive Holiday Clubs run every school holidays they involve different activities at various centres around the borough. These sessions are for participants aged between 5-12 with gym sessions available for ages 13+. Please email Sarah.maeght@link4life.org 07812223270

Exciting Science

Middleton Arena

Sunday 16th February | 2pm - 4.30pm


This Brand New, Exciting & Educational show will amaze & astound all ages from 4 years & upwards, as we put the “Exciting” back into Science.

All tickets: £11.50

£42 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 Adult and 3 Children )

BOOK ONLINE or ring the Box Office on 0300 303 8633..

FREE Cricket & Tennis

Chance to Shine Cricket

FREE indoor cricket sessions open to young people aged 8-15 years.

All equipment provided just turn up and join in.

Every Sunday | 10am – 12noon at Rochdale Leisure Centre.

Contact Sheraz for more details –

Birthday Parties at Link4Life

As you all know by now, Link4Life offers many different services and a lot of those services can be turned into your little ones birthday party! 

We offer:

Adventure parties at Hollingworth Lake, Touchstones Rochdale birthday parties, splash parties, wet n wild parties, soft play parties, sports parties and build your own parties.

Click here for the digital version of our birthday party brochure.

Go4It Socials

For the most up to date news and activities follow Go4It:

On Facebook here

On Twitter here

And you can subscribe to this newsletter here (if you're not already). 

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We've all gone dinosaur crazy!

In case you haven't heard, there is a dinosaur coming to town... and his name is Dippy! The Natural History Museum's​ famous dinosaur, Dippy the Diplodocus has left the museum for the first time to go a on a tour of the UK, and Rochdale has been selected as one of just eight venues which will host him during the tour.  Read below to find out more.

Of course with such an exciting event making its way to Rochdale, Go4It will have tonnes of activties on offer for children and families of all ages which you can find out about below.  

Go4It Holiday Club is back and bigger than ever, along with fun filled sessions for under 5's as well as loads of outdoor fun for the slighly older kids and their familes. 

We hope you can join us for everything going on in the next 6 months and hope you have a roaring good time exploring all things dinosaurs and Go4It!


Dippy on Tour

Dippy started his tour in 2018 and has already welcomed over a staggering 1 million visitors as he has journeyed from Dorset to Birmingham and onto Belfast and Glasgow.

In Rochdale, Dippy’s only North West stop, he'll take pride of place in the award-winning Number One Riverside building, from February 2020 to June 2020.

Delve deeper into the natural world at Touchstones Rochdale with a dino-tastic family friendly exhibition. This roarsome exhibition will include a Dinosaurs Gallery, Swampland Gallery and a gallery depicting Our Changing Planet. Visitors can also see the fossil of Rochdale’s famous scorpion, which is 300 million years old - even older than the dinosaurs. You can learn about sustainability and how we can safeguard our amazing natural world for future generations.

Fore more info click here.

Go4It Holiday Club

Go4It Holiday Club is back for 2020! This time we have more options for parents and are offering Holiday Club in three different areas of the Borough. 

Middleton Arena, Heywood Sports Village and Rochdale Leisure Centre (Rochdale will start from Easter onwards) will all have Holiday Clubs over February, Easter and May half terms.  

If you have never been to a Go4It holiday club before, here is all you need to know:

  • It's for 5-12 year old children of all abilities (no need to be sporty)
  • It runs from 8am to 5pm - Monday to Fridays (exc bank hols).
  • It is £17.50 per day or £78 for the week. (10% off for staff or council members). 
  • It includes multi sports, swimming, archery, kids cinema, arts and crafts and much more!

All dates can be found here  on our facebook events page or inside our Feb - June brochure or call you nearest centre to book: 

Rochdale Leisure Centre - 01706926000

Middleton Arena - 01616624000

Heywood Sports Village - 01706924000


Rochdale Leisure Centre - 01706926000

Whilst Holiday Club will start in Easter half term, over February half term there will be 2 fun filled days all focused around dinosaurs! 

Dino Dash

Wednesday 26th February & Friday 28th February 

12pm - 5pm 

Ever wonder what dinosaurs ate? How they moved? Where they came from? Learn all about dinosaurs, fossils and food in an active session full of games and even a splash in the pool. 
Bring with you: snacks, drinks, swim kit and wear comfy clothes.

Booking required. £10 per child. For 5-12 years

Call to book or pop in and speak to our reception team. 

Littleborough Sports Centre - 01706927560

Dino Disco

Tuesday 25th February & Friday 28th February

12pm - 3pm

Celebrate everything dinosaur with tonnes of games, arts and crafts and fun on the inflatable, there may be a few dinosaur eggs to be found around the centre as well!
Bring with you:  snacks, drinks and wear comfy clothes.

Booking required. £5 per child. For 5-12 years. 

Call to book or pop in and speak to our reception team

Hollingworth Lake Adventure & Water Activity Centre - 01706 370499

Dinosaur Treasure Hunt
Wednesday 26 February

Visit any time between 10am – 3pm

Come and explore the lake side on our self-lead dinosaur hunt and search for treasures along the way! | Self lead, takes approx. 1 hour £2.50.  Just turn up.  For families.

Dinosaur Treasure Hunt (by bike!)
Wednesday 26 February

10.30am – 12pm

If you want to hunt some dinosaur treasure on a bike rather than foot then this is the hunt for you!
Lead by instructor. All equipment provided. 
£10 Booking required
Families but children must be 8+ years

Touchstones Rochdale - 01706 924492

Dino Science

Thursday 27 February | 10am, 12pm, 2pm | Free

Enter the R.O.A.R Lab to hatch eggs, extract DNA,
create your own dino wrist tech and go back in
time to visit a prehistoric Rochdale. All mini
explorers allowed (and their adults - if they behave

Booking required. For families and children aged 5+.

Call to book or pop in and speak to our reception team.

Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre - 01706 373421

Hollingworth Lake Craft and Wellbeing Fair

Sunday 2 February  
11.30 – 3.30pm A wide variety of arts and crafts.

Beginners Tree ID

Sunday 9 February     
1.00pm - 3pm Join the countryside rangers to learn basic tree identification using buds and bark.

Hollingworth Lake Craft and Wellbeing Fair

Sunday 1  March  
11.30 – 3.30pm A wide variety of arts and crafts

Kids Cinema: Dino Special!


Friday 28 February | doors at 1pm
show starts 1.30pm | Free

Going to the cinema as a family can be very
expensive these days. Come and join us in the
auditorium for a couple of hours of low cost
family fun!

Book online here or call 03003038633.

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride is back for 2020 with the 4 new courses across 3 our our Link4Life venues.  

Struggling with teaching your child to ride a bike? Do they just need an extra boost of confidence before they can fully ride a bike? Learn to Ride will teach your children the basics of balance, steering and eventually riding a bike using balance bikes and fun games.

For all dates of courses and list of venues click here.


Is your child feeling worried, angry or upset? Struggling to cope? Stressed about school or exams? Feeling bad about themselves?Experiencing bullying or relationship worries? Or just feeling a bit low and not enjoying things?

We have lots of different types of support to help you. We can also offer advice to improve your general lifestyle, including exercise, diet and many other things.


Here is a list of some of our activities taking place in our Link4Life centres:

Multisports session:

Thrive@5 | Bowlee Sports Centre | Mondays 5-6pm
Thrive@5 | Heywood sports village | Wednesdays 5-6pm
Thrive@5 | Rochdale leisure centre | Thursdays 5-6pm

Arts groups: 

Smart Arts | Rochdale Leisure Centre | Tuesdays 4-5pm | 5-10yrs
Smart Arts | Touchstones | Wednesdays 4.30-6pm | 10+ yrs

Arts and crafts and multisports:

Saturday Girls Group | Rochdale Leisure Centre | 6-10yrs |12.30-2.30pm, 
Saturday Girls Group | Rochdale leisure centre | 11+ yrs | 12.30-3.30pm | includes dance class, youth gym and swim.