This year's Rochdale Canal Festival is being held from 11th - 19th July, and features a week of free eco-themed activities along the canal in Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Calderdale.
Festival organisers have already got lots of exciting events in the pipeline, here's a quick taster:
12th July | Junior angling taster day (run by Todmorden Angling Society) | Todmorden 10-4pm
12th July | Failsworth to Manchester bike ride - including a chance to ride around Manchester's velodrome, and along the Rochdale and Ashton canals
13th July | Free KS2 schools half-day workshop looking at the canal's history and wildlife | ROCHDALE
14th July | Lecture on legs (Hebden Bridge Local History Society) | Hebden End Canal Bridge, 7pm
14th July | Free KS2 schools half-day workshop (as above) | OLDHAM
15th July | Family fun cycle ride (Oldham PCT) | Rochdale & Daisy Nook, 10:30am-12noon
15th July | Free KS2 schools workshop (as above) | MANCHESTER
For more information about the festival, get in touch with Lucy Rogers at the Waterways Trust. To book a place on the schools workshops in Oldham, Rochdale or Manchester, please contact either Lucy or Freya on 0161 242 8216.
Full events listings will be available on Rochdale MBC's website, and on The Waterways Trust homepage closer to the festival. We'll post up more news soon, so watch this space.