Wakes Day

26 May 2018

Event times

12pm - 4pm

Cost of entry



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

Stephanie Besford

Laura Mansfield

Ms Rebecca Morrill

Exhibiting artists

Rosie Deegan

Abbie Williams

caroline broadhead

Nuala Clooney

Julie Mellor

Kate Haywood

Maria Militsi

Bryony Bainbridge

Jonathan Trayte

Natalie Reid

James David William Clarke

Robert Anderson

Jasleen Kaur

Anna FC Smith

Joe Hartley

Kate Farley

Matt Rowe

rebecca ounstead

Magnus Quaife

Daniel Fogarty

Rachael Colley

Taking part

Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale

Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale

Rochdale, United Kingdom

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