What's On in Calderdale Spring Bank Holiday
Friday 25th May
The Way of All Flesh, an exhibition featuring new work by Jamie Frost, begins at The Artworks, Halifax. The Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday, 12 Noon – 3pm.
The Big Sing at The Piece Hall recreates the historic Whitsuntide Sings that took place every five years during the 19th century with massed choirs of thousands of local children. To honour this tradition nearly 1,000 primary school children from all over Calderdale will perform a number of songs that they've written themselves about their love for The Piece Hall. (Gates open at 6pm performance from 7.30pm. Tickets £5 per person or £18 for a group of four).
Laugh your way into the weekend with Dick & Liddy’s Comedy Club in the Green Room Bar at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax (8.30pm £11.75).
Saturday 26th May
It’s Todmorden Carnival! This year’s theme is TV and Films of the 1960’s. The parade starts at 12.30pm at Sanworth Street and makes its way to Centre Vale Park, where you can enjoy all the fun of the fair. (Advance tickets: £1. Tickets on the day: Adults £4, Children & OAP £3).
Come to Westgate Arcade, Halifax to learn about Birds of Prey and the opportunity to handle a Bird of Prey yourself, with Wise Owls Bird of Prey Rescue (10am – 4pm) You can also enjoy music from the fantastic Georgia Farrar (12.30pm - 2.30pm)
Father John Misty plays his only UK headline show at The Piece Hall, joined by friends Edwyn Collins, best known for his 90s retro-pop hit 'A Girl Like You,' Leeds based psychedelic-rock quintet Hookworms and Halifax's home-grown talent The Orielles.
The festival will take over The Piece Hall from 4pm into the night, with a large outdoor stage. The line-up of live music will be complimented by pop-up bars serving craft beers and local street food favourites across the day, alongside The Piece Hall’s resident independents, including Pizza Loco, The Fish Finger Bar, Cafe Maison (coffee and donuts), Northern Bloc ice cream, The Deli, Gin Lane and Elder.
(Tickets are £37.50 Please note that The Piece Hall will close at 1pm to the public and reopen to ticket holders only at 4pm).
Sunday 27th May
Set your alarm clocks and join Hardcastle Crag’s local bird expert on an unmissable 4 mile Dawn Chorus guided walk to witness nature waking up (4am – 7am - £4).
The Classic Bike & Scooter Show returns for its 5th year in Sowerby bridge. Enjoy food stalls, a farmer's market, bike and scooter memorabilia, free cinema and more (1am - 4.15 pm Adults £5 Under12s FREE)
Enjoy a free fun-packed day for the whole family at The Piece Hall with live music from 12noon featuring your favourite mixtape songs of all time. The Sunday Mixtape will showcase popular DJs and live bands, plus tributes to some of the greatest pop acts of all including Stevie Wonder and Freddie Mercury.
Take part in the Todmorden Boundary Walk, walking or running, passing over moorland, farmland and country roads (22 miles) or take the Pike Hike; following the canal towpath and up and over moorland passing the Stoodley Pike monument (12 miles). Routes are waymarked with both marshalls and supervisors on hand to assist (£6 - £10 booking essential).
Bank Holiday Monday 28th May
Join Calderdale Heritage Walks to explore the charming village of Luddenden – a look at its history, church, inn and other old buildings. Plus its involvement with the textile industry, the Bronte connection and more! Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at the New Road car park at the south end of the village HX2 6QL (£3).
Wainhouse Tower is open to the public! Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian chimney! (11am – 4pm £3)