Saturday 26 May 2018
12pm-4pm | FREE | No booking required
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.
See the schedule below.
Image: Rochdale Wakes Week Postcard (1910-1930). Courtesy of Touchstones Rochdale Museum Collection
Pam Ashton Heritage Walk | 2pm |
Collect your map from reception
Meet and greet and information | 12pm-4pm
Local Studies Centre
Wakes Day Photographic Display | 12pm-4pm
Merchandise and Artwork Sale | 12pm-4pm
Craft Beer Stall | 12pm-4pm
Dancing and performances throughout the day.
- Oakenhoof, Grenoside Sword Dancers, Faye Spencer | 12pm-1.15pm
- Clog Dancing Workshop |1.30pm-2.30pm
- Ryburn Longsword, Lancashire Wallopers, Thieving Magpies |12.45pm-4pm
Rachel Colley: Paintbrush Making and Painting with Foodstuffs workshops | 12-4pm
Gallery One Balcony
Claire Curtin and Alex Gaites: Paper Collage workshop | 12pm-4pm
Daniel Fogarty: Enamelling teaspoons workshop | 12pm-4pm
Meet the artists.
- Doc Rowe | 12pm-12.40
- Anna FC Smith | 12.40-12.50pm
- Bryony Bainbridge | 12.50pm – 1pm
Michael Higgins: Lancashire dialect poetry reading from Tim Bobbin’s Human Passions | 1pm-1.30pm
Open stage for soloists and duos | 2pm-4pm