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Manchester Open Weekend, Rochdale Canal - (2-3 December 2017)

Come along and meet the experts at Rochdale Canal Open Day. Find out more about what it takes for us to look after this busy stretch of canal running through the heart of Manchester City centre, and get involved in a range of activities and events we have on offer throughout the weekend.

Event details

2nd December 2017 to 3rd December 2017

10:00am - 4:00pm

Manchester city centre

Rochdale Canal


West off Deansgate in Manchester City Centre

Entry via towpath at Lock 89
M3 4LA

Already over the Christmas build-up? Why not come along and see the canal that runs through the heart of Manchester as you’ve never seen it before.

You will be able to walk in the drained chambers of locks 90 and 91, and through the pound that links them. Learn about what it takes for us to look after this busy section of canal and the challenges we face here.

Additionally, there will be lots of other activities for visitors, and warming refreshments to help you keep the winter chills out. Please continue to check this page in the run up to the weekend to see other activities which will be added to the event.

Evening Events

We will also be hosting evening events on both Friday and Saturday night, 6pm-9pm on both days. On Friday come along and dance the night away to some much-loved Hacienda classics in the first ever DJ set in a drained canal lock chamber. This is a free event and will be on a first come first served basis. Saturday evening event – details TBC, please keep checking the website for updates.

The Works

Come along to the Manchester Open Weekend where our team of experts in Manchester will be draining locks 90 and 91, and the in between pound, to carry out vital gate repairs and inspect the cill and ensure the canal in this bustling part of Manchester city centre is kept in great working order for everyone who loves and uses it.

We’ll be working with a great team of volunteers to clear out all the rubbish accumulates here and try to encourage wildlife back to the area.

Hear from Mark Wigley, our Construction Supervisor talk about the works. 

Please wear sensible footwear i.e. trainers or flat shoes. Dogs are welcome but will not be allowed in the locks. There will be a space to leave bikes and buggies. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to go in the locks. Unfortunately, the locks are not suitable for wheelchairs, however there will be a viewing area from street level.

Lock 91 Rochdale Canal