What's On in Calderdale 23rd - 25th November
Friday 23rd November
The Todmorden Book Festival continues, with a talk about the life and writing of local author and artist William (Billy) Holt, the art exhibition Paper Cuts at Platform One Gallery at Todmorden Railway Station and more.
There’s a ‘Call My Bluff’ Wine Tasting event at Pride & Provenance in Halifax.
Rob Newman returns to Square Chapel Arts Centre for an intellectual night of comedy in Total Eclipse of Descartes.
And The King is Back at Victoria Theatre Halifax, with the internationally-renowned Ben Portsmouth performing one, if not the Best Elvis Tribute in the world today.
Saturday 24th November
Enjoy two Christmas Light Switch On events today:
Come to Brighouse this Saturday and Sunday for an amazing food and craft market, live music and a range of Christmas fun for all the family – including the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights. On Saturday, the market is open between 10am and 5pm with the town’s Christmas lights being switched on by Father Christmas in his horse drawn sleigh at around 4pm. The market re-opens at 10am on Sunday and runs through until 4pm.
At the Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On this Saturday you can take part in an attempt to get Halifax into the Guinness Book of World Records for staging the largest gathering of people dressed as Snowmen! (2pm, but please arrive earlier!).If you’d like to help, come dressed in white if you can, or grab one of the white paper decorating suits available from Discover Halifax on the day. To officially count, you’ll need to wear a white long-sleeved top with 3 black dots for buttons, white trousers, a carrot nose, top hat and scarf.
NB: Would all participants please come wearing an old scarf, as they'll be collected and donated to local shelters at the end of the event.
Pulse Radio are broadcasting live from Halifax from 2 pm with live entertainment on the main stage at the top of Woolshops as Danny & Rosie are joined by a host of guests including Victoria Theatre pantomime stars and Father Christmas, for fun and games. The official Christmas Lights Switch on is at 4:30pm, followed by fireworks from the top of Marks & Spencer.
The Piece Hall has its ‘Tentipi' structure “Avalanche”; a festive Alpine Bar and Grill pop up experience, with open fires and comfy seating. Enjoy tartiflette topped with raclette (no, we didn’t know what these are either, but after looking them up we’d like to try them!), lager from the Italian Alps, the bar's signature ‘Ski Shot', delicious hot chocolate and a free alpine-themed photo booth!
Santa Claus is heading to Eureka! the National Children's Museum to meet families in his grotto, starting this Saturday. Visitors to the museum can also experience a brand new festive show called “A Place for Winter”, joining a cute hedgehog and sleepy dormouse as they find somewhere to keep safe and snuggly before winter sets in. Visitors to the grotto will get to chat to Santa’s elves, before meeting the big guy in red and getting a present to kick off the festive season. Eureka! is proud to be an autism-friendly venue, and the specially-trained Grotto team are opening the doors an hour early at weekends just for visitors with autism. The team can adapt the grotto to minimise any triggers or dislikes that children may have. The Eureka! Grotto is open every weekend from 24th November, and daily from 15th-23rd December. Autism-friendly sessions will run from 10am-11am on grotto days, with bookable 10 minute slots available (book at the Info Desk on arrival). The grotto will open to the general public at 11am. The “A Place for Winter” seasonal show runs every weekend from 24th November and daily from 15th December until Sunday 6th January 2019! “A Place for Winter” is included in the price of admission or free with your Eureka! annual pass. Grotto visits cost £4 per child, and include a small gift.
It’s the final day of the Todmorden Book Festival, with FREE exhibitions, films, music, dance, storytelling and performance throughout the day!
Shelf Village Hall is becoming a festive hub as Shelf Pre-School holds its annual Christmas Fair. From 12pm to 2.30pm there’ll be a range of stalls selling a variety of goods as well as an exciting raffle to be drawn on the day.
Northowram Primary School is holding a Christmas Fair from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Northowram Community Centre, featuring Christmas stalls, glitter tattoos, mince pies, mulled wine and more!