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.


Laura Mansfield

Mark Doyle

Stephanie Besford

Ms Rebecca Morrill

Exhibiting artists

Maria Militsi

Kate Farley

Robert Anderson

Nuala Clooney

Jonathan Trayte

Natalie Reid

Bryony Bainbridge

Joe Hartley

Daniel Fogarty

Jasleen Kaur

Rachael Colley

rebecca ounstead

Anna FC Smith

Rosie Deegan

Abbie Williams

caroline broadhead

Julie Mellor

Magnus Quaife

James David William Clarke

Kate Haywood

Matt Rowe

Taking part

Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale

Rochdale, United Kingdom

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