Wakes Day

26 May 2018

Event times

12pm - 4pm

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England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 5 to 10 minutes walk from Rochdale Interchange
  • 5 to 10 minutes walk from Rochdale Town Centre Metrolink
  • 10 minutes from Rochdale Railway Station
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Join us at Touchstones Rochdale for a unique day celebrating our new season of exhibitions linked to folk culture, craft techniques and radical politics which have shaped the world.


Celebrate this traditional holiday tradition with folk and Morris dance performances, live music, family art and craft workshops, storytelling, a heritage walking trail and explore Lancashire dialect poetry. Also available on the day will be a small selection of guest beers for sale and traditional fayre served in the Art Café.

During the Industrial Revolution the tradition of the ‘wakes’ was adapted into a regular summer holiday with each town in Lancashire taking their designated annual holiday on a different week in the summer.


Mark Doyle

Ms Rebecca Morrill

Stephanie Besford

Laura Mansfield

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Jonathan Trayte

Daniel Fogarty

Jasleen Kaur

Nuala Clooney

Kate Haywood

James David William Clarke

Natalie Reid

Kate Farley

caroline broadhead

Matt Rowe

Rachael Colley

Abbie Williams

Rosie Deegan

Anna FC Smith

Robert Anderson

Maria Militsi

Julie Mellor

rebecca ounstead

Magnus Quaife

Joe Hartley

Bryony Bainbridge

Taking part

Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale

Rochdale, United Kingdom

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