What's On in Calderdale November 18th - 20th
Friday 18th November
Enjoy a performance of Far From the Madding Crowd at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts. As three very different suitors compete for her heart, spirited, independent Bathsheba Everdene must choose between them. Will she choose to marry for passion, for obligation or for true love and companionship? (8pm £12/£10 concessions).
British rock guitar phenomenon John Fairhurst is live on stage at Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Expect heavy electric guitar riffs, face-melting solos and his unmistakable growling vocals along with heart stopping subtleties to melt the most cynical soul. (doors 8pm £12/£10 members).
At Halifax Playhouse you’ll be taken from West End to Broadway as a top quality cast of talented performers present a scintillating selection of timeless classics from hit shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Chicago as well as from high octane box office shows such as Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys and Footloose. (7.30pm £15 / £10).
Get down at the Soul & Motown Cabaret Party Night at Cedar Court Hotel with a three course meal, live entertainment, disco & late bar. (7.45pm arrival, 8.15pm dinner served, 1am bar closes & disco ends £28.95).
Saturday 19th November
On both Saturday and Sunday Shibden Hall & estate brings you their Christmas Craft Fair where you choose from a wide selection of local crafts and produce on sale in time for Christmas shopping. A perfect opportunity for present buying or to treat yourself. (Admission: £2.50 adults, £2 concessions).
Word of Mouth in Hebden Bridge brings you a craft workshop double bill. Firstly you can learn the fabulous art of spinning using a drop spindle. Discover how to select and prepare fleece and take home your spun yarn. (10.30am-12.30pm £20). Secondly; Wet Felting. Wet felting is one of several methods which can produce felt from wool. Learn how to wet felt and create your very own wet felted house from a picture or photo - a perfect gift for Christmas! (2pm-4.30pm £45). Please book in advance for both courses 01422 648299.
At Bankfield Museum you can take part in a free Plaster Cast Decorating Workshop. Decorate a one-of-a-kind plaster cast produced by artist Eva Mileusnic. (10.30am This is a free workshop, but please book in advance 01422 352334).
It’s the return of the Lamplighter Festival, a magical winter night-time event in Todmorden, featuring a parade of community-made lanterns that culminates in a performance in Todmorden town centre where a mythical ‘Lamplighter’ puppet lantern lights a torch, symbolically guiding the community through the dark winter months. (FREE The illuminated installations and street festival from 5pm until 7pm, the lantern parade will be at 7pm and end with a grand finale at about 7:45pm).
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts brings you Convicts and Lunatics; an amusing and thought provoking double bill spanning hundred years of wayward women with dangerous ideas. (7.30pm £13/£11).
Sunday 20th November
Shibden Park is hosting a day of Cyclocross Races organised by Shibden Cycle Club. The Races are part of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association Winter Points Series. The Park will be open as usual the course used for the cycle event will be clearly marked and most of the paths within the park will be available as normal. As a result, parking for the Christmas Craft Fair will be limited.
The Houghton Weavers are in concert at Victoria Theatre Halifax, bringing you their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. (2pm £16).
At Square Chapel Norwich Puppet Theatre breathes new life into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Tinderbox; a tale of magic, bravery and love brought to life with puppetry, animation and music. (2.30pm £8. 50 Duration Minutes. Age 4+).
Also: Ogden Water is on Countryfile on BBC 1 Sunday 20th November at 6.15pm - don't miss it!