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  1. Spring into Comedy Week

    Halifax

    Spring into Comedy Week

    Starting 18th May 2019
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    The Victoria Theatre, Halifax is excited to announce the launch of their very first Spring Into Comedy programme; a week of comedy events taking p...
    The Victoria Theatre, Halifax is excited to announce the launch of their very first Spring Into Comedy programme; a week of comedy events taking place in the theatre’s Green Room Bar from Saturday 18 May – Saturday 25 May. This jam packed week of laughs will give you the opportunity to see some great stand-up comedians up close in the laid back surroundings of the Green Room Bar and at an affordable price. The event opens on Saturday 18 May with the undisputed masters of off-the-cuff comedy The Noise Next Door. In this brand new show, audience suggestions will be transformed into ferociously funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye. Tickets are available for just £15. On Sunday 19 May two live back to back stand-up shows will be taking place. Ivo Graham, the apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus will be on stage at 8pm with his crafty and self-aware wit. Ivo will be followed by Tom Binns; AKA Ivan Brackenbury at 9:30pm. The daft and inept, yet adorable radio DJ will bring his fantastic ‘Hospital Roadshow’ spoof radio show, complete with inappropriate records and bungled cues - a unique and wonderfully brilliant show guaranteed to make you cry with laughter. The evening will be compered by hilarious comedian Andy Kind. Tickets are on sale for £11.75 per performance and combined tickets are available to see both shows for £18.50. John Robertson returns to Halifax on Thursday 23 May with his hilarious interactive video game event The Dark Room. This promises to be a comedy night unlike any other. Imagine being trapped in a retro videogame with a sadistic end-of-level boss in a high octane and text-based adventure game show. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “Watching audiences attempt to tackle the challenge and fail is one of the funniest sights around, don’t miss it”. Tickets are on sale for £13.75. Earth’s funniest footwear are back with their brand new show on Friday 24 May at 7pm when the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre return with a taster of their most recent Edinburgh Fringe creation. Following that you can also attend the infamous monthly Dick & Liddy’s Comedy Club at 9pm – a must stop on the comedy circuit to see up and coming comedians. Tickets are £11.75 per show and combined tickets are available to see both events for £18.50. The Spring Into Comedy week is brought to a close on Saturday 25 May with Saturday Night Comedy, featuring quality stand –up routines from Patrick Monahan, Bethany Black, Rob Rouse and compered by Cokey Falkow. Funny and adorable Irish/Iranian/Teessider comedian Patrick Monahan knows how to work a room and engage an audience with a strongly skilled blend of ad lib banter and stand up. Bethany Black’s style of comedy is honest, dark tinged but magical, filled with funny anecdotes about her life. You may recognise Rob Rouse from The Friday Night Project, Dave’s One Night Stand, Celebrity Juice and 8 out of 10 Cats. The evening will be. Tickets are just £15.75.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Halifax

    Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Starting 27th 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
  9. Pennine Spring Music Festival

    Heptonstall

    Pennine Spring Music Festival 2019

    Starting 28th May 2019
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    28th May to 1st June 2019 Set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside that inspired the Bronte sisters and Ted Hughes, the Pennine Spring Music F...
    28th May to 1st June 2019 Set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside that inspired the Bronte sisters and Ted Hughes, the Pennine Spring Music Festival brings together instrumentalists and singers from all over Britain for a week of convivial music-making and performing. Tuesday 28th May Kodaly – Laudes Organi Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes Saint Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 Thursday 3oth May Chilcott – Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda Poulenc – Rapsodie Negre Chilcott – The Gift to be Simple Hamlisch – The Way we Were Porter – Ev’ry Time we Say Goodbye Saturday 1st June Mozart – Vesperae solennes de confessore Wieniawski – Violin Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 All concerts start at 7.30pm in the St. Thomas Church, Heptonstall Please see the Festival's website for full details of the 2019 programme. Ticket prices for each concert are : £12.00 full Price ; £10.00 concessions ( retired etc), £1.00 children. Or buy a saver ticket for three concerts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: £30.00 full price, £25.00 concessions Tickets for all concerts are available on the door, but can also be purchased in advance by contacting: tickets@penninespringmusic.co.uk
  10. Victoria Theatre, Halifax

    Halifax

    Victoria Theatre

    Situated in the heart of the bustling Halifax Town Centre, this thriving theatre prides itself on an exciting and varied programme of live events. ...
    Situated in the heart of the bustling Halifax Town Centre, this thriving theatre prides itself on an exciting and varied programme of live events. From no-holds-barred rock 'n' roll, chart-topping pop and sumptuous ballet, to cutting-edge comedy, fantastic family shows, annual pantomime and unmissable drama - there's entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're looking for an unforgettable rollercoaster of emotions, uncontrollable laughter and maybe to shed a tear; to lose yourself in the greatest rock and pop concerts; to marvel at true talent and sensational skills; or simply to spend an evening of relaxation and entertainment with family and friends - it's all happening at the Victoria Theatre! With a choice of 1,512 seats over three levels: Stalls, Circle and Balcony, no obstructive pillars and raked seating on every level, the Victoria Theatre has the size and magnificence for a sensational theatre experience for everyone.
  11. 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.
  12. Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band

    Brighouse

    Brighouse & Rastrick Band

    The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. The band was formed...
    The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. The band was formed over 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.
  13. Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum

    Halifax

    Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum

    Representing over 300 years of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, since its raising in 1702, this museum tells the stories of the soldiers who serv...
    Representing over 300 years of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, since its raising in 1702, this museum tells the stories of the soldiers who served using their own words. The ‘Iron Duke’, Arthur Wellesley, was the Colonel of the 33rd which became, after his death, the only Regiment to be named after a person not of the Royal Blood. Displays include items relating to the Duke himself and to the rich and varied history of the regiment, including the campaigns of 33rd and 76th foot. The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment has a long association with the town of Halifax and its location within Bankfield Museum complements the wider history on display here. FREE Admission
  14. 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

  15. https://www.seetickets.com/event/embrace-good-will-out-hometown-anniversary-show/piece-hall/1290029

    Halifax

    Embrace Live at The Piece Hall SOLD OUT

    28th Jun 2019

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Gates 5pm EMBRACE, The Good Will Out Hometown Anniversary Show Playing the album in its entire...
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Gates 5pm 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.
  16. Mac DeMarco Live at The Piece Hall

    Halifax

    Mac DeMarco Live at The Piece Hall

    27th Jun 2019

    Gates 4pm Brudenell Social Club present Mac DeMarco for a special outdoor performance at The Piece Hall on Thursday 27 June 2019! With his bi...
    Gates 4pm Brudenell Social Club present Mac DeMarco for a special outdoor performance at The Piece Hall on Thursday 27 June 2019! With his biggest show to date, and a new album in May, Mac DeMarco will play The Piece Hall in June with special guests Yellow Days and Amyl & The Sniffers! Tickets on general sale Friday 8 March. General admission £32.50/Premium ticket £38 in advance

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