What's On This May Bank Holiday in Calderdale
Saturday May 4th
There's fun for all the family at Northowram Village, Halifax, when the Northowram Scarecrow Festival returns over the May Bank holiday weekend. In addition to the Scarecrow Trail there's a Fun Dog Show, Bake Off, BBQ, Live Music, Raffle and Tombola (Sat – Mon).
The Fashion Gallery opens at Bankfield Museum. The exhibition includes significant objects from Ancient Egypt, The Balkans, China, Japan and the Indian Subcontinent and tells the story of the production and manufacture of textiles in the local area and how those textiles were then used (Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm, FREE entry).
It’s your last chance to see two great productions. At the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, to see Northern Broadside’s production of Much Ado About Nothing; William Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy, told in true Northern Broadsides style and set at the end of World War II. (2.15pm). At Halifax Playhouse, All Souls’ Amateur Operatic Society present the popular western musical Calamity Jane (2.15pm).
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at Victoria Theatre, Halifax – a fun-filled adaptation of this family favourite story (Sat 11am & 2pm, Sun 11am & 2pm).
The Woolshops Shopping centre in Halifax are starting their Tour de Yorkshire celebrations early with a wheelie fun weekend full of FREE activity! Halifax Minster and Calderdale Industrial Museum are also both open to the public.
Square Chapel Arts Centre’s Up North Film & Television Festival is underway, running until 29th of May there’s plethora of screenings and Q&As with guests. Download a copy of the festival brochure here.
Hebden Bridge has the only hackerspace in Calderdale - at Bridge Rectifier in Hebble End Works. It only costs £10 per month to join, then bring your ideas for using the laser-cutter, 3D-printers, and electronics equipment - full training will be given. On Saturday 4th May, they’re open 10 – 4 pm, when members will be working on various projects and chatting with visitors.
The Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is in full swing. Running until Sunday, some of the events have already sold out, testament to just how popular this annual event is. Visit the Festival website to get your tickets !
The annual Todmorden Folk Festival brings you a weekend packed with live music, dancing, singing, mirth & merriment at several fantastic venues across Todmorden Town Centre. (Sat & Sun various venues and times)
Sunday May 5th
Stage 4 of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire begins from The Piece Hall, Halifax at approx 12.35pm. There’s loads of activity for all the family throughout the day, although there will be road closures too. Visit our dedicated Tour de Yorkshire page for all the details.
Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax is specially open for you to visit during the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations. There’s entertainment at The Woolshops Shopping Centre and Westgate Arcade, The Imperial Crown are having a BBQ on their terrace and Halifax’s great shops, Halifax Borough Market, cafes, restaurants pubs n’ bars are all open for you to explore our great independent shopping, food & drink offer!
Take a Taster Tour of Todmorden Town Hall at 2pm,
As detailed above, there are several great festivals continuing today too.
Monday May 6th
Wainhouse Tower is open for you to ascend to the top and take in the spectacular views from the top (11am – 4pm).
Join Calderdale Heritage Walks to explore the picturesque twin villages of Lumbutts & Mankinholes in the Upper Calder Valley (Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15pm at the former Lumbutts Chapel, OL14 6JA).
Halifax Minster hosts an intriguing art exhibition that brings together artists from around the North of England. ‘And... Forgive Us Our Trespasses’ explores the Seven Deadly Sins (6th – 12th May 2019 during the Minster’s opening hours).
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, folks!