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  1. Bankfield Museum, Halifax

    Halifax

    Bankfield Museum

    A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Set in the attractive surround...
    A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Set in the attractive surroundings of Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village conservation area, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd. We are a short distance from the centre of Halifax, with free parking and close to public transport links. Bankfield’s exhibitions cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. Our collections contain objects from Ancient Egypt through to the 21st Century as we continue to collect and preserve items for future generations.
  2. Dave Johns: From Byker to BAFTAS + Q&A

    Halifax

    Dave Johns: From Byker to BAFTAS + Q&A

    12th Oct 2019

    Sat 12 Oct, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins Age: 18+ Dave Johns has been a sta...
    Sat 12 Oct, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins Age: 18+ Dave Johns has been a stand-up comic for nearly 3 decades touring his one man shows worldwide. Best known for his critically acclaimed breakthrough performance in Ken Loach’s 2016 Palme D’Or and BAFTA winning film I, Daniel Blake. Thereafter many film roles have followed such as The Keeper, Fisherman’s Friends and his latest film, 23 Walks’ staring alongside Alison Steadman due to be released in 2020. This autumn Dave presents his New stand up show for 2019: From Byker to the BAFTA’s
  3. Halifax Town Hall

    Halifax

    Halifax Town Hall

    Halifax's ornate town hall was designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament. This Grade ll* listed building has a magnific...
    Halifax's ornate town hall was designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament. This Grade ll* listed building has a magnificent 180ft tower and spire which is enriched with sculpture. Free guided tours of Halifax Town Hall can be arranged to help you learn more about its fascinating history. Please contact the Mayor's Office on 01422 393022.
  4. Dean Clough, photo by Bruce Fitzgerald

    Halifax

    Dean Clough

    Eat, drink, shop, pamper yourself with health & beauty treatments and enjoy art at Dean Clough! These converted mills, formerly the largest car...
    Eat, drink, shop, pamper yourself with health & beauty treatments and enjoy art at Dean Clough! These converted mills, formerly the largest carpet manufacturing factory in the world, are now home to about 150 businesses and arts venues. These include the Crossley Gallery, I.O.U and the Viaduct Theatre; bars and restaurants such as Eds Urban Eats. The Loom Lounge, Engine Room Cafe & Kitchen, Mill Bar & Kitchen, Babar Khan Restaurant & Buffet, Stod Fold and Riccis Tapas and Cicchetti. You can also shop at Jack Wills, The Design Shop, Pam's Shop and The Loom Lounge Roastery. Don't forget to see the (ever growing) Lego model of Dean Clough - it's awesome!
  5. Halifax Heritage Festival at the Artworks

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival at the Artworks

    Starting 14th Sep 2019
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    10am - 4pm on both days
     

    Join us in celebra...

    10am - 4pm on both days
     

    Join us in celebrating Heritage Open Days 25th Anniversary! Over the course of the weekend, feel free to look around our Resident Artist Studios and explore our Drawing Matters Exhibition - a post card exhibition exploring the idea of 'What Matters to You?'

    Prize Winners will be announced on Sunday 15th at 12.30pm!

    Over the weekend we will also be hosting a series of workshops to celebrate our Heritage Weekend.

    Susan Wright - Monoprinting with Heritage Textiles 
    £5.00 Adult Workshop Saturday14 September 1.00pm - 3.00pm
    This workshop will give you the opportunity to create a simple but beautiful print using textiles associated with heritage and history of Halifax and the West Riding.
    No experience is necessary to take part in this workshop.

    Ami Hallgarth - Jewellery Making
    Sunday 15 September 1.00pm - 3.00pm
    No need to book just come and see Ami in the Gallery.
    Choose from hundreds of beautiful beads to make and take away your own name bracelet or beaded bracelet. Suitable for children and adults.
    (From £3 per bracelet)

    Jane Pugh - Watercolour Painting for Beginners - £5.00
    Power to the People; Dare to Dream Sunday 15 September 1.00pm - 3.00pm
    This workshop is for anyone who wants tot learn to paint in watercolours but doesn't know where to begin. I will show you what materials you will need and how to use them. Exercises include, mixing watercolour paint to create a range of tones, learning how to produce a flat wash and a wet in wet wash - as well as producing a painting as part of the Heritage Weekend.


    All equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

  6. Digital Dimensions at Eureka! the National Children's Museum

    Halifax

    Digital Dimensions at Eureka! the National Children's Museum

    Starting 25th May 2019
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    May 25th - November

    Kids visiting the award-winning Halifax attraction will be treated to vibrant visual effects and stunning sounds tha...

    May 25th - November

    Kids visiting the award-winning Halifax attraction will be treated to vibrant visual effects and stunning sounds thanks to cutting-edge design and technology, including giant motion-tracking projections capturing children’s movements as they interact with what they see.

    This features in the exhibition alongside touch-triggered 3D shapes and luminous touch-sensitive pillars of light.

    A visit to Digital Dimensions, housed in Eureka!’s ground-floor Spark Gallery, will allow families to:

    • Test memories and coordination in a game against a series of 3D musical cubes – working together to remember patterns to trigger sounds and a colourful chain reaction!
    • Weave their way through luminous touch-sensitive colour-changing pillars of light - find the master pole to reset the colours
    • Step into a colourful motion-capture tunnel of with astounding visual effects
    • Open some truly magical doors to a series of digital dimensions.

    Digital Dimensions has been created by first year students studying for a BA (Hons) in Live Visual Design & Production at Backstage Academy, based at Wakefield’s Production Park, a community of live events businesses behind the staging of Beyoncé & Jay-Z and Take That arena tours.

    Digital Dimensions is included in the price of admission, or free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders.

  7. FierS a Cheval

    Halifax

    FierS a Cheval

    13th Sep 2019

    Gates 7pm, show starts at sunset. The courtyard becomes the stage for a spectacular evening featuring a fairytale herd of glowing white horses. ...
    Gates 7pm, show starts at sunset. The courtyard becomes the stage for a spectacular evening featuring a fairytale herd of glowing white horses. These giant luminous puppets are the handiwork of French outdoor theatre specialists Compagnie des Quidams. The magnificent dancing horses are the centrepiece of a dreamlike, playful night time show suitable for all the family, accompanied by beautiful music and lights. TICKET PRICES General Courtyard Adults £14.50* Children £8* Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £40* Balcony (Premium) Adults £20* Children £10* Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £55* *Please note we charge a 50p booking fee on each ticket. This helps us, The Piece Hall Trust, to continue to stage amazing events for all to enjoy.
  8. The Official Sun Records Concert Show

    Halifax

    The Official Sun Records Concert Show

    26th Sep 2019

    Thu 26 Sep, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £25 , approx running time: 130 mins with interval The legendary record label that brought y...
    Thu 26 Sep, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £25 , approx running time: 130 mins with interval The legendary record label that brought you Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas and scores more rockin’ pioneers, comes to life live on stage. Revisit the blessed recording studio where the distinctive sound we know and love today was crafted from gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie and western swing by musical visionary Sam Phillips.His trailblazing Memphis studio brought us That’s Alright Mama, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Bear Cat, Blue Suede Shoes, Good Rockin’ Tonight. . . hundreds of hits that would influence the world of music for generations to come.
  9. Halifax Minster

    Halifax

    Halifax Minster

    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a ...
    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a place of worship, prayer, of civic engagement, education and culture; with a year-round programme of events for you to enjoy. The church of St John the Baptist Halifax was given its Minster status in 2009 in recognition of its important role in the civic life of the town and borough. Visit Halifax Minster to enjoy a tour of the beautiful and historic interior of the building, the beautiful stained glass and painted wooden ceiling panels. Look out for the mice carved into the Thompson chairs in the Wellington Chapel! Children can enjoy Halifax Minster too. When you arrive with the kids you have free use of a backpack containing a short guide around the Minster, an eye-spy guide to the 16 stained-glass windows, paper, pencils and crayons to make drawings of all the interesting things you'll find and a torch to help you find them! Enjoy organ recitals on Thursdays at 1pm from March to end of October. Lunch (£4) is available from 12.15pm. There are also regular performances by the Minster Choir, our Summer festival in June & July and other events throughout the year. Entrance to Halifax Minster is FREE, with donations welcome to help us maintain and preserve this beautiful building for future generations to enjoy.
  10. Status

    Halifax

    Status

    27th Sep 2019

    Fri 27 Sep, 8pm at Copper Auditorium Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) , approx running time: 80 mins. Age: 14+ A new show from the multi Fringe...
    Fri 27 Sep, 8pm at Copper Auditorium Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) , approx running time: 80 mins. Age: 14+ A new show from the multi Fringe First winning team that created Confirmation: written and performed by Chris Thorpe (Unlimited Theatre, Third Angel) developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin (The TEAM). Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Les Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and supported by the British Council, Goethe-Institut London and the Collaborative Touring Network. We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us. Status is a show about someone who doesn’t want his any more. About running away from the national story you’re given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you give it up. A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way. Status springs from conversations about who we might be, and whether your country needs you more than you might need it.
  11. Wainhouse Tower, Halifax

    Halifax

    Wainhouse Tower

    The 253 ft Wainhouse Tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works by John Edward Wainhouse in the late 19th century. The ...
    The 253 ft Wainhouse Tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works by John Edward Wainhouse in the late 19th century. The structure was never actually used as a working chimney and as such, is regarded by many as one of Britain's finest follies. The Tower is open to the public on Bank Holidays (please see below for the 2018 dates) and is available for Private Ascents. For those brave enough to tackle the 403 steps to the viewing gallery at the top, the stunning views make it well worth the climb. Click on the hyperlink below for video photo take using a drone of the awesome views from the top of the tower! The tower is open on bank holidays, between 11am to 4pm (last ascent 3.30pm) on the following dates: Easter Monday April 22nd May Day Monday May 6th Spring Bank Monday May 27th August Bank Monday August 26th Adult £3 Children & Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £2.50 Child PPL £2 Family ticket ( 2 Adult & 2 Children ) £10 Private ascent for 1.5 hrs Maximum 50 people £150 (£125 + vat) for a week day viewing £210 (£175+vat) for a Saturday viewing £300 (£250 + vat) for a Sunday viewing
  12. Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Halifax

    Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    26th Aug 2019

    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 ...
    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! Opening Times: Wainhouse Tower is open from 11am to 4pm (last ascent 3.30pm) on the following dates in 2019: Easter Monday April 22nd May Day Monday May 6th Spring Bank Monday May 27th August Bank Monday August 26th Adult £3 Children & Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £2.50 Child PPL £2 Family ticket ( 2 Adult & 2 Children ) £10
  13. Lister Lane Cemetery

    Halifax

    Lister Lane Cemetery

    The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. Today, the Cemetery has Grade II listed status and has many interesting monuments, p...
    The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. Today, the Cemetery has Grade II listed status and has many interesting monuments, particularly the gothic spires and obelisks along the main pathway. The Cemetery has been recognised as a Significant Cemetery in Europe, one of only 13 in the UK, putting it alongside such famous cemeteries as Highgate in London. Lister Lane Cemetery covers three acres of land, laid out around a now derelict neo-classical chapel and a raised terrace with views across Halifax to Beacon Hill. The Cemetery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 10am - 3.30pm and most Sundays (weather permitting) from 10am - 12pm when the Friends of the Cemetery are working there.
  14. Chow Down at The Piece Hall

    Halifax

    Chow Down at The Piece Hall

    Starting 23rd Aug 2019
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    £3 entry, Under 14s free Once again you can expect to find something to suit all tastebuds, diets and budgets - from the very best independent s...
    £3 entry, Under 14s free Once again you can expect to find something to suit all tastebuds, diets and budgets - from the very best independent street food traders in the UK! Each weekend, we’ll have a different selection of handpicked street food traders, who will be bringing cuisines from all over the UK and the rest of the world. Once again, we’ll be committing to our target of 25% of the offering being either vegetarian or vegan. We’re bringing some of our favourite craft beer breweries to Halifax this summer, so you can sample some of the finest beers the country has to offer - whether it be draught or in cans. And if beer’s not your thing, fear not - as we’ll be bringing our prosecco van, as well as a range of refreshing cocktails - perfect for those hot summers days. A variety of spirits and soft drinks will also be present at Chow Down this year. Dates: August 23rd - 26th 2019 Confirmed Vendors for August ● Little Red Food Truck: on burger duty, Little Red Truck bring the real deal - flavoursome brioche buns dripping with beautifully-cooked patties, and proper chips! ● Fishnets : seasonal shellfish and fishy street-food from the masterminds behind The Sausage Box. ● MorMor: tasty, healthy street food inspired by the Middle East and the Mediterranean, expertly catering for vegetarians, vegans and the carnivorous. ● Nasi Lemak: Malaysian street food legends who bring Rempah Chicken, Sambal Fries and their incredible Vegan Chkn dish, which is a sell out every time. ● Diamond Dogs: The finest hot dogs created with quality cuts and delicious toppings, all encased in artisanal rolls with a proper crust. ● Twisted Meal: A new kid on the block. Mexican food delivered with Northern soul! ● Yorkshire Burrito Company: Yep, that’s a roast in a Yorkshire Pudding wrap. Need we say more? ● Baking Biker: Delicious baked goodies from a small bakery who pride themselves on local sourcing and avoiding any additives or preservatives. ● Greek Street Food: Serving up all those Greek classics, from gyros to sharing platters and beyond. ● YOI Fried Chicken: Brought to you by Tikk’s Thai Kitchen this new concept has just come fresh from Trinity Kitchen in Leeds. Asian style fried chicken from their shiny retro trailer. ● Nyama Choma: A slice of Savannah in the streets, this is Grill House cuisine inspired by Kenyan adventures. ● Proove Pizza: This successful Sheffield pizzeria started as a pop-up, and still enjoys bringing their woodfired pop-ups to the masses with a huge event team these days. Back after a very successful Chow down last year. ● Oh My Glaze : A man with a pan serving wraps, wings and delicious things across the North West. ● Dim Sum Su: The finest, freshest Dim Sum food – steamed buns, spring rolls, savoury dumplings, plus a whole lot more. ● Sugar Spun Sisters: this Leeds-based waffle and dessert company is renowned for their amazing, vegan-friendly creations! ● Froconut: everything is vegan-friendly here, courtesy of their dairy-free coconut ice-cream. Pick your flavour, pick your topping and eat eat eat. ● Jenny’s Jerk Kitchen: if the sun doesn’t turn up you can at least eat some of that sunshine, with Jenny’s amazing, barbecue-smoked Caribbean flavours.
  15. David Harper – Unexpected Tales

    Halifax

    David Harper – Unexpected Tales

    15th Sep 2019

    Sun 15 Sep, 3:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) The show will feature funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, li...
    Sun 15 Sep, 3:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) The show will feature funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, live auctions, exciting antique finds, huge profits, even bigger losses, as well as stories from celebrity TV appearances and historical journeys through time. It’s all part of what makes this show like no other. David Harper is a BBC TV presenter well known for his appearances on Bargain Hunt, The Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Flog It and For What It’s Worth. These hugely popular BBC programmes are shown in over 50 countries worldwide. David has appeared on many other BBC TV programmes too from The One Show to Celebrity Masterchef, Through The Keyhole to Countryfile, Celebrity Eggheads to The Heaven & Earth Show! The show is very much audience led with involvement in the form of questions from the audience or questions and challenges from David throughout, as the talk develops.
  16. Calderdale Industrial Museum, Halifax

    Halifax

    Calderdale Industrial Museum

    The Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax is open to the public! You can visit each Saturday from 10am - 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. The Museum h...
    The Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax is open to the public! You can visit each Saturday from 10am - 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. The Museum houses a collection of industrial machinery and artifacts over four floors. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples in the country and have been placed in settings to give a close representation to the time when they were fully operational in the not too distant past. Down in the basement, the oil engine ‘Sadie’ provides motive power for part of an extensive collection of locally-manufactured machine tools, including lathes, drills and planers. You can take in the experience of nineteenth century Mytholm Coal Mine, learn about stone extraction and the exploitation of clay in the fireclay industries. The Power Gallery on the ground floor illustrates the story of power generation, from the water wheel to the internal combustion engine, by way of steam and electricity. The availability of power, initially from the numerous well-fed streams throughout Calderdale, was key to the growth of local industry. The first floor displays products that were made in Calderdale. World-famous names such as Mackintosh’s Toffees and Crossley’s carpets were everyday brands originating in Halifax. The top floor is still to be renovated and will be opened progressively over the next few years. The objective is to develop and present the story of how worsted cloth is manufactured from sheep’s wool. The Museum is operated by the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA). a registered charity and dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers. A great opportunity to witness the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the Calder Valley! Adults: £5 Concessions (senior citizens & students): £4 Accompanied Children aged up to 16: FREE

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