Join us on an illuminated evening towpath walk through Todmorden to Fielden Wharf, with a live band and lanterns you’ve made yourself! Meet outside the Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden at 8.45pm, No booking required!

Lantern making workshops- Monday 15th August, 2.00pm and 6.oopm at the Hippodrome Theatre.


Join us at Sowerby Bridge Wharf (behind the Moorings car park) for the launch of the Canal Festival 2011. We are offering a range of free, fun, family activities including canoeing demonstrations, giant games, fairground rides, plant and bird stalls and Rochdale Canal Society narrowboats on the water. See a horseboat on the canal and find out how a lock gate is made at Hargreaves factory. The Moorings pub will also be providing a barbeque from 12 noon!


An extra event that missed our Festival programme!

15-19 August

Daily 11am and 2pm

Leaving from the Marina at Hebden Bridge, the morning walk will be an easy stroll along the towpath to discover what type of species live along the canal and will last no more than an hour.

The second walk in the afternoon (leaving from the same place) will be a little longer, incorporating Hardcastle Crags (the local National Trust site), but will still be a relatively easy walk, highlighting the birds and wildlife living on and around the canal.

RSPB stands will be set up at the Hebden Bridge Marina (outside the Canal and Tourist Information Centre) from Monday 15th – Friday 19th August, 10am until 5pm.

Bird books will be provided on the walks, but walkers should bring their own binoculars with them if possible.

No need to book – just turn up.  For any further information prior to the walks ring Jo on: 07595 655 177


Canal Festival 2011 programme

16 & 22 August, 7pm

Did you know there’s an underworld in central Manchester?! As part of the Rochdale Canal Festival 2011 we’re offering FREE underground tours of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal with the Inland Waterways Association.

All participants must wear sensible walking boots/clothes, bring a torch and be able to manage stairs.

Great North Western Goods Warehouse, between Deansgate and Peter Street. Meet in the large open space near the water feature

Booking required (25 people max). Telephone: 07795 838 335


As part of the Rochdale Canal Festival 2011 we will be holding a Mytholmroyd Masquerade, on Sunday 21 August from 12 noon onwards. Come and make masks and costumes based on canal creatures and plants and then take part in a performance with the Handmade Parade theatre organisation, including giant puppets and stilt walkers.

FREE fun for all the family – just turn up at St Michael’s Church!

As part of the Rochdale Canal festival 2011 we are teaming up with Adactus Housing Group to present The Miles Platting Festival, taking place on the 14th of August from 12.00pm-4.00pm, at Victoria Mill hut, Miles Platting.

The festival promises to be as successful as last year. Kayaking and Angling will be taking place on the canal and there will be music, food and entertainment happening throughout the afternoon!

 Watch this space for updates!