Our health and safety is of paramount importance. VisitCalderdale is committed to sharing advice and guidance related to the COVID-19 and we respectfully ask that you keep up to date with and follow the latest guidance and support on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
When you are visiting Calderdale, please be aware that parking charges are back in force across the borough at all on street and council car parks. Don’t get caught out and fined!
Visiting Calderdale’s Parks and Countryside
Local Nature Reserves, parks and other outdoor spaces are beginning to re-open with social distancing guidelines in place. Please read the government guidance on visiting green spaces safely , observe social distancing guidelines and be considerate and respectful.
Go to our ReVisitCalderdale’s Countryside and Open Spaces page for information and inspiration on visiting Calderdale’s magnificent outdoor spaces.
Events & Festivals in Calderdale
The majority of events due to take place this summer in Calderdale have sadly been cancelled or postponed. Visit our What’s On page to keep up to date with what is taking place and when. The page includes rescheduled 2021 dates for some of our most popular festivals, shows and carnivals and it’s updated daily as more events are confirmed.
Attractions and Food & Drink in Calderdale
Many, but not all, hospitality businesses are reopened on Saturday July 4th, so please check in advance by directly contacting each individual venue about their opening times and to book places for your visit as the number of places available at each venue will be more limited than before in order to accommodate social distancing requirements.
We’re all excited about our hospitality sector being able to reopen, but please remember that the owners and staff will all be getting used to the many changes they have had to make in order to safely reopen, so as a customer; please be kind, patient and follow whatever new requirements each business has in place, in order to help make everybody’s experience safe and enjoyable.
Did you know that there are lots of activities and experiences happening online, so whilst you’re at home you can still experience theatre and museum exhibitions from the comfort of your sofa?
Northern Broadsides Digital Squad: short videos created by Northern playwrights and theatre makers that respond to the global crisis we are living through.
Bankfield Museum: Enjoy several online exhibitions courtesy of Bankfield Museum:
A Grand Tour: an exhibition of artists and their travels, including Samuel Prout, Albert Goodwin and John Ruskin.
A Trip to Toffee Town: exploring the history of Mackintosh toffee, Quality Street and how Halifax became ‘Toffee Town’.
Photographic Memories: explore the history of photography and the story of our love for photos – from the first permanent image made in 1826, to the estimated 14 trillion we take each year across the world today.
VE Day: using several objects from Calderdale Museums Service collection to tell the story of the war.
Waterloo: commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th June 1815 using stories and objects from Calderdale Museums and the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum.
Many food and drink businesses in Calderdale are offering takeaway options or a delivery service, so you can eat ‘inn’ and still be loyal to some of your favourite local places. Visit this Food Directory to discover a range of our wonderful local producers and businesses offering local produce and services.
Shopping in Calderdale
Many of our fantastic local shops have now reopened or are getting ready to reopen soon. We can’t tell you where to shop, but a national chain store is going to have a lot less trouble surviving in the ‘new normal’ than our small independent retailers will, especially after all the flooding that occurred in the Upper Calder Valley earlier in the year.
So we will ask you to please, please be loyal to your local shops, cafes and restaurants and shop Totally Locally wherever you can. Why not buy a coffee from that barista in the market you’ve never tried before, instead of going to ‘Starcostas’ as usual? Buy bread from your bakers, fruit n’ veg from your greengrocer, get a BBQ pack from your local butchers; buy books from your bookshop and not a faceless online retail giant or supermarket.
If we don’t use our great independent shops, we’ll lose ‘em. It’s as simple as that.
Our magnificent towns, villages and countryside will be waiting to welcome you back as we all return to (the new) normal and we look forward to you soon being able to VisitCalderdale with confidence; reconnecting with friends, family and the places you love. Please enjoy yourselves considerately and safely.
- The VisitCalderdale Team