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In line with national guidance aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus, all Link4Life venues are currently closed to the public.

This includes:

  • Arts and Heritage Resource Centre
  • Bowlee Sports Centre
  • Heywood Civic Centre
  • Hollingworth Lake Country Park
  • Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre
  • Littleborough Sports Centre
  • Middleton Arena
  • Rochdale Leisure Centre
  • Touchstones Rochdale

Given this is changing day-by-day, we are unable to confirm at this time how long we will be closed for, however we will continue to reassess the situation and provide further updates. During this time we will continue to follow the advice and updates provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Government, Public Health England and NHS.

As a charity working in the heart of the borough, we know that our centres and activities are important to you and we aim to get them up and running as soon as possible. We are overwhelmed by the messages of support that we’ve received from our customers and ask that you stick with us if you can. You’re the reason why we do what we do and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible!
Link4Life At Home
Even though the centres are closed, we're still here to help you!
We will all be spending more and more time at home in the coming weeks and we know that regular exercise and being creative is essential for keeping you as healthy as possible and boosting your mood and that's why we've created Link4Life At Home, giving you a range of Les Mills workouts, on-demand classes and ideas for mindfulness, wellbeing and nutrition.  And, we’ll be adding lots more to help you stay active, creative and healthy! 

Click here to access Link4Life At Home

These are uncertain times for us all but and thank you for your understanding and patience. We are grateful for your support and urge you to look after yourselves and one another.

We'll keep this web page up to date and also include information on our social media pages so please continue to check regularly.

Latest information and advice from Gov.UK and NHS.UK

  • Coronavirus: what you need to do  - all the information in one place from the UK government. It includes protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support, school closures, education, childcare, information for businesses, healthcare workers and carers, and more.       
  • Check the NHS website if you have symptoms - includes stay at home advice if you or someone you live with have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, how to access the NHS 111 coronavirus service, how to avoid catching and spreading it and more.

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people is available through GOV.UK 

This guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

Translated versions are included.

In line with national guidance aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus, Link4Life venues are closed.    We know that our venues and activities are important to you and we will get them up and running as soon as it is safe to do so.

Given this is changing day-by-day, we are unable to confirm at this time how long activities may be interrupted, however we will continue to reassess the situation provide a further update at the end of April.  During this time we will continue to follow the advice and updates provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Government, Public Health England and NHS. 

If you have a health and fitness membership or your child(ren) are currently on Swim Academy swimming lessons, we've automatically stopped your payments until we reopen.

We ask that you do not cancel your direct debit to avoid unnecessary administration when membership can be restarted. 

If you have paid up front, in full, for an annual health and fitness membership, it will automatically be extended when we reopen so that the duration of the closure period is added and you do not lose any time.

If you have purchased upfront credits for swimming lessons, your account will be credited with any outstanding credits ready for when swimming lessons restart.

We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen to enjoy the great programme of entertainment that we have planned and in the meantime we will be rescheduling all shows that are currently planned to take place between now and the end of May. 

Our box office and events team are contacting all customers who have purchased tickets.  Please note that they will be working through events in date order so we kindly ask for your patience and that you do not attempt to contact us regarding ticket exchanges until we get in touch with you.  This will enable us to contact customers as quickly as possible and ensure the best outcome for all.

When we contact you regarding the event(s) that you have booked for, we will be giving you the following options:

1.  Keep your tickets for the new date (once we have them); or

2.  Turn your purchase into a donation to help to continue to support the vital work that Link4Life does across the Rochdale borough, or

3.  Turn your purchase into a credit you can use for other shows.


In order to help restrict the spread of coronavirus, we’ve taken the decision to close the Country Park, which includes the toilets, play areas and cafés.

We know that people are likely to need space and fresh air in the coming weeks and months and we will do all we can to provide access wherever possible as soon as it is safe to do so.

We urge people to stay local and observe social distancing to look after yourselves and one another.

In light of the current situation, along with our colleagues at Rochdale Borough Council, we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend Dippy in Rochdale.

Dippy in Number One Riverside and the fantastic Dippy exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale have brought joy to many and we’re incredibly proud to have welcomed 110,000 people during his stay in Rochdale, including almost 9,000 schoolchildren from more than 100 schools across the region but the health and safety of our residents and visitors must come first and now is the time to take a pause.

We will review the possibility of reopening Dippy on Tour in Rochdale in the upcoming months.

We would like to thank our visitors, our first class volunteers and the sponsors and supporters of Dippy On Tour, both regional and national, for coming on this journey with us.

We are also grateful to colleagues at the Natural History Museum for giving us this incredible opportunity; it’s been amazing. If we can reopen Dippy in the North West at a future date, we will.

We always wanted Dippy to be just the start of your natural history adventure and, if he’s inspired you to learn more, you can get some amazing facts and resources at the National History Museum website and the Touchstones Online Collections.

Please stay tuned to our social media channels and we will update you as and when we can. will also continue to share interesting dino and natural world inspired facts on the twitter account @dippyontour.

Anyone who has bought tickets to our Dippy events will be contacted in due course and given a full refund.