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  1. Up North Film & Television Festival

    Halifax

    Up North Film & Television Festival

    Starting 3rd May 2019
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    Square Chapel Arts Centre presents Up North Film & Television Festival Fri 03 May—Wed 29 May

    Various at Squar...

    Square Chapel Arts Centre presents Up North Film & Television Festival Fri 03 May—Wed 29 May

    Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre

    Tickets: £29.50-£5 (Festival Pass £99 & £59 for under 25s)

    Celebrating northern voices on screen & behind the camera!

    Click here to download a PDF copy of the festival brochure

  2. Al Murray: Landlord of Hope & Glory

    Halifax

    Al Murray: Landlord of Hope & Glory

    17th May 2019

    Monday 24 October, 7.30pm Come and join Al Murray yo marvel at the majesty of our green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for our cult...
    Monday 24 October, 7.30pm Come and join Al Murray yo marvel at the majesty of our green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for our culture, history and places. Join Al to step backwards into the future. Tickets £29.25
  3. Easter Bunny Fun

    Halifax

    Easter Bunny Fun at Shibden Hall

    Starting 18th Apr 2019
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    Sessions 11am-12pm, 1-2pm and 2-3pm 18th & 25th April 2019 Join the Shibden Bunny in search of eggs and friends hidden in Cunnery Wood and the g...
    Sessions 11am-12pm, 1-2pm and 2-3pm 18th & 25th April 2019 Join the Shibden Bunny in search of eggs and friends hidden in Cunnery Wood and the grounds, then make a felt Easter-themed craft. Please note this activity includes a woodland walk which is unsuitable for prams and buggies. The activities are suitable for 4-12 year olds. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Admission: Included in admission price to the hall. Booking: Please call Shibden Hall on 01422 352246 to book your place.
  4. We're Going On A Bear Hunt

    Halifax

    We're Going On A Bear Hunt

    Starting 2nd May 2019
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    2nd - 5th May. Shows at various times See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Victoria Theatre Halifax this May, dire...
    2nd - 5th May. Shows at various times See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Victoria Theatre Halifax this May, direct from the West End. This family favourite story returns vividly and noisily in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way. Based on the much-loved picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this mischievous celebration of play is the perfect treat for families with children aged 3 and up.
  5. Dies used By the Cragg Vale Coiners

    Mytholmroyd

    The Cragg Vale Coiners

    The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's a...
    The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's activities were said to be so damaging that they threatened to wreck Britain's currency. David Hartley learnt his trade as an ironworker in Birmingham, before getting into trouble and moving back to Mytholmroyd to escape the authorities. Once returned to his home at Bell House farmhouse (which is now a bed & breakfast accommodation with educational facilities) David used ironworking as a cover to clip or file the edges from gold coins, milling the edges back so the change was all but unnoticeable, and making counterfeit coins from the shavings whilst returning the clipped coins into circulation. David’s activities soon spread to other farms, with families at nearby Hill Top Farm and Keelham Farm soon becoming involved; forming the beginnings of the gang of Cragg Vale Coiners. Local publicans also helped by placing the counterfeit coins into circulation. David Hartley seems to have been an enigmatic leader, becoming known as 'King David' Hartley and the gang’s numbers grew considerably until well over 30 individuals were involved. Rumours of the gang's activities reached the authorities, who sent an excise man named William Deighton to investigate. One of the coiners turned King’s Evidence and betrayed the gang, leading to Hartley's arrest at an Inn in Halifax on 14th October 1769. Hartley's brother Isaac offered £100 to anybody who would kill Deighton. It is alleged that the plotters planned Deighton's murder at an Inn in Mytholmroyd called Barbary's, which is now gone, but was located on the opposite side of the road to the present day Dusty Miller. On November 10th 1769 at Bull Close Lane near Halifax, Deighton was approached by two men, Matthew Normanton and Robert Thomas. Deighton was shot dead, his body also showing signs of having been stamped on. Just days later, the Government offered a reward of £100 for information leading to the arrest of the murderers and a pardon for anybody, bar the killers, who would turn King's Evidence. Over 30 people were subsequently arrested, including 'King David' Hartley, who was sentenced to death on April 6th 1770 and hanged at Tynburn, near York, on April 28th. His body is buried in the graveyard of the village of Heptonstall, above Hebden Bridge. Robert Thomas was acquitted of Deighton's murder, but was later hanged in 1774 for being a highwayman. Matthew Normanton initially fled the authorities, but was later caught and hanged in 1775. Isaac Hartley was never brought to trial due to a lack of evidence and died in 1815, aged 78. Heptonstall Museum has on display some of the original dies used by the Coiners to stamp their gold discs into coins, as well as panels telling more of their story.
  6. 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.
  7. Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

    Sowerby Bridge

    Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

    Christ Church is the Parish Church of Sowerby Bridge in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It is a warm and welcoming place to visit and ...
    Christ Church is the Parish Church of Sowerby Bridge in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It is a warm and welcoming place to visit and and worship, There are regular services during the week, and plenty of other other activities too. The church is open on a Tuesday and Saturday from 10am till 11:30am for visitors to have a look around and at other times by appointment.
  8. Ted Hughes

    Mytholmroyd

    Ted Hughes

    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there unti...

    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there until he was seven, when his family moved to Mexborough. During his childhood he spent many hours exploring the countryside around Mytholmroyd, and these experiences and the influences of the landscape on him were to inform much of his later poetry.

    One of the greatest poets of his generation, Hughes also wrote stories, plays, reviews and essays. He translated the work of, amongst others, Ovid, Racine, Aeschylus and Euripides. He wrote extensively for children, including the story The Iron Man, which was turned into the Disney blockbuster The Iron Giant. Hughes's interests in other art forms led to many collaborations, most famously with the artist Leonard Baskin.

    Although best known in the UK, Hughes was a writer of international standing. He won numerous awards throughout his career, including four for his final collection, Birthday Letters. Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death on 28th October 1998.

  9. Wordplay

    Halifax

    Wordplay

    8th Jul 2019

    7.30pm Enjoy our monthly digest of poetry, variety and open mic hosted by our very own poet-in-residence Keith Hutson! Featuring established and...
    7.30pm Enjoy our monthly digest of poetry, variety and open mic hosted by our very own poet-in-residence Keith Hutson! Featuring established and emerging artists, WordPlay brings the best on the block to Halifax, and celebrates the finest local talent, too. Tickets £5
  10. Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Halifax

    Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Starting 26th Apr 2019
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    8.30pm in The Green Room Bar Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate...
    8.30pm in The Green Room Bar Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate Green Room Bar, Dick and Liddy's is a rare opportunity to get seriously close to serious talent. Let the fun begin! Tickets from £11.75
  11. Halifax Gibbet

    Halifax

    Halifax Gibbet

    Imagine a market day in Halifax. Two thieves are being led from the gaol and in turn, forced to lie with their heads between two upright posts. Abo...
    Imagine a market day in Halifax. Two thieves are being led from the gaol and in turn, forced to lie with their heads between two upright posts. Above, a fearsome blade is glinting in the sunlight. A horse, yoked to a rope, wrenches out the security pin and the blade slices down..! The date was 30th April 1650 and Halifax Gibbet had claimed its last victim. The Halifax gibbet was an early guillotine. The Lord of the Manor possessed the authority to execute summarily by decapitation any thief who was caught with stolen goods to the value of 13½d or more, or who confessed to having stolen goods of at least that value. Decapitation was a fairly common method of execution in England, but Halifax was unusual in that it employed a guillotine-like machine that appears to have been unique in the country, and it continued to decapitate petty criminals until the mid-17th century. A 15 foot high replica of the Gibbet has been constructed on the original site at the bottom of Gibbet Street. To find the Gibbet; from Halifax town centre, take Pellon Lane, turning left onto Bedford Street North. The Gibbet is at the end of the street, to your left, on the junction with Gibbet Street. The Gibbet’s original blade has been preserved and is on display at Bankfield Museum, Halifax.
  12. Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Halifax

    Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Starting 6th May 2019
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    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. Big Girls Don't Cry

    Halifax

    Big Girls Don't Cry

    16th May 2019

    8pm 10th Anniversary Tour - Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys Step back in time, to the era of romanc...
    8pm 10th Anniversary Tour - Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band. Tickets £30.25
  14. Clay House

    Greetland

    Clay House

    Clay House is a Jacobean building, a fine example of seventeenth century vernacular architecture, located within a beautiful rural park in the vil...
    Clay House is a Jacobean building, a fine example of seventeenth century vernacular architecture, located within a beautiful rural park in the village of West Vale, less than a mile form Elland and less than three miles from Halifax. Clay House is the official start (and end) point for The Calderdale Way, a 50-mile walking route that circles the borough of Calderdale. The start of The Calderdale Way is signposted at the rear of the House, with signage, flower beds and a picnic area. The Main hall (7.3m x 10.5m) is a beautiful room with wood panelling, a minstrel gallery, polished wood floor, large stone fireplace and stone mullioned windows. It is licensed for civil ceremonies and can set up to 70 people for a formal meal, or 100 people theatre style for meetings, training sessions or presentations. Terraces and gardens in front and to the side of the House make great backgrounds for photographs and places to enjoy the views across the Park. Access Information: A portable ramp is provided to the front entrance or there is level access to the side; Two small internal ramps enable access to all public areas; A disabled toilet is available The Main Hall is fitted with an Induction Loop.
  15. Wellbeing & Community Festival

    Halifax

    Wellbeing & Community Festival

    Starting 27th Apr 2019
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    10am FREE The Piece Hall is hosting its first ever Wellness & Community Festival this April 27th and 28th, helping the local community get activ...
    10am FREE The Piece Hall is hosting its first ever Wellness & Community Festival this April 27th and 28th, helping the local community get active and creative, as well as offering much-needed support services. The Courtyard will host four different ‘zones’ for you to explore; Active, Creative, Support and Wellbeing. From fitness fanatics to first timers, if you're looking to get moving you can try your hand at a whole host of sports including all-adapted cycling, kurling, dance, tai chi, wheelchair basketball and yoga, and also pick up some tips from Sport For Alland Threeways Sports Centre. If you have a creative flair, you can try your hand at mindful colouring and stone carving, amongst other calming artistic activities. An array of Support services will be on offer across the courtyard from charities Basement Recovery Project, Healthy Minds and Samaritans, and there will be food pop-ups and music from community choirs and local musicians.
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    Halifax

    Embrace Live at The Piece Hall

    28th Jun 2019

    Gates 5pm FUTURESOUND EVENTS PRESENT: EMBRACE, The Good Will Out Hometown Anniversary Show Playing the album in its entirety and their greate...
    Gates 5pm FUTURESOUND EVENTS PRESENT: EMBRACE, The Good Will Out Hometown Anniversary Show Playing the album in its entirety and their greatest hits, plus very special guests Reverend and the Makers, Sleeper and Hope & Social. General Admission £37.50. Premium Ticket £50 (Access to upper balcony level with premium bar and toilet facilities) Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult. No under 6's.

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