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

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.


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

Touchstones Shop
Merchandise and Artwork Sale | 12pm – 4pm

Art Cafe
Craft Beer Stall | 12pm – 4pm

Conference Suite
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

Education Suite
Rachel Colley: Paintbrush Making and Painting with Foodstuffs workshops | 12pm – 4pm

Gallery One Balcony
Claire Curtin and Alex Gaites: Paper Collage workshop | 12pm – 4pm

Gallery One
Daniel Fogarty: Enamelling teaspoons workshop | 12pm – 4pm

Gallery Three
Meet the artists:

  • Doc Rowe | 12pm – 12.40pm
  • Anna FC Smith | 12.40pm – 12.50pm
  • Bryony Bainbridge | 12.50pm – 1pm

Gallery Four
Michael Higgins: Lancashire dialect poetry reading from Tim Bobbin’s Human Passions | 1pm – 1.30pm

Open stage for soloists and duos | 2pm – 4pm

Saturday 26 May 2018, 12pm – 4pm
FREE, drop-in

Location: Touchstones
Wakes Day