Things to Do in Rochdale on your visit…

If you are coming to sunny Rochdale for our Tarot Reading and Fortune Telling Course on Sunday 8th March 2020, you might want to make your visit a long weekend to see the sights of the north-west, and perhaps even bring the family for a well deserved mini break.

Don’t be fooled by the saying “It’s grim up north!” – It is far from grim, and Rochdale is a town with lots of heritage ideally situated between the city of Manchester and the Pennines and Saddleworth Moors. So no matter what you are looking for during your visit, there is going to be something to keep you interested.

Activities and Attractions in and around Rochdale…

Dippy The Dinosaur

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, is currently on tour around the UK for the first time, and will be arriving in Rochdale in time for our course!

There are a range of events planned in the town for his visit, and you can see the famous dinosaur at Number 1 Riverside (just a 3 minute walk from the course venue) during the weekend:

Number One Riverside Opening Times:
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:30
Saturday – Sunday 09:30 – 17:00
Bank Holiday 10:00 – 16:00

And visit the Dinosaur Exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale (again, just a couple of minutes walk from the course venue)

Touchstones Rochdale Opening Times
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday – Sunday 09:30 – 17:00
Bank Holiday 10:00 – 16:00

Map of Rochdale Town Hall, The Flying Horse Hotel, Touchstones, Riverside for Dippy The Dinosaur visit 2020
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More information from the official Rochdale Council Dippy Page

Official Dippy Events over the weekend


Enjoy a Pub Lunch at one of the region’s best venues

The Manchester Evening News has just revealed the list of “50 great places to go for a pub lunch in Greater Manchester” and two of them are extremely close to our course venue… Actually one of them is the venue that we are holding our event! And the other is run by the same team, and has made it on the list despite only being open a few months!

The Flying Horse Hotel

CAMRA’s Greater Manchester Pub of the Year (for two years running) is quite rightly famous for it’s real ale… but there is far more to this venue than just it’s wonderful hand-pulled beers; The historic pub has a hop covered ceiling, comfortable decor, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and an excellent food menu.

In a recent review of The “Flyer”, MEN journalist Daisy Jackson writes: “It’s a menu of meaty, pub classics at rock-bottom prices here, with burgers starting from £7.45 and other plates including rag pudding, fish and chips, and steak and ale pie… It really is good value for money for such large portions of unfussy pub grub… The Flying Horse does everything you’d want a pub to do.”

We’d definitely recommend the Rag (Suet) pudding, which is a local favourite!

Flying Horse Website

Flying Horse Menu

Flying Horse on Facebook

Bombay Brew

Is it a pub serving Indian style street food, or a restaurant serving real ale? WE’ll let you make up your own mind! Either way, you’ll definately agree that both the beer and the grub are excellent.

This newly opened bar has already made it onto the MEN’s list of food venues to visit. They write“The beer taps are there, the wood-burning fireplace, the exposed brick walls, the jazzy carpet, the Chesterfield armchairs – but Bombay Brew isn’t your typical pub. Taking over the former Wellington Hotel, Bombay Brew serves a vibrant selection of mostly plant-based Indian street food dishes, not unlike the ones you’d find at Bundobust in the city centre. You can wash down your pani puri, or your samosa chaat, or your lentil korma, with one of the many craft beers being pulled behind the bar.”

Bombay Brew on Facebook


Live Music on a Saturday Night!

We’ve raved about the Flying Horse’s Real Ale and Food… what else could be left?

Every Saturday night, The Flyer has a mini-make-over and becomes one of the town centre’s only live music venues, with a fantastic selection of Rock, Blues and Indie bands, guaranteed to get your feet tapping, hips swinging, and even get you onto the dance floor.

The night before our tarot course, the guest band will be “Indigo Charlie Seven”. Music starts at 10pm.

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