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  1. Once Upon a Time

    Halifax

    Once Upon a Time

    Starting 2nd Feb 2019
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    A new exhibition of children’s books and favourite characters for little children and grown-up children. FREE admission.
    A new exhibition of children’s books and favourite characters for little children and grown-up children. FREE admission.
  2. The Fashion Gallery

    Halifax

    The Fashion Gallery

    Starting 11th May 2019
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    Showcasing Calderdale Museums’ fashion and textile collections from ancient Egypt to modern day. Calderdale Museums has one of the best but litt...
    Showcasing Calderdale Museums’ fashion and textile collections from ancient Egypt to modern day. Calderdale Museums has one of the best but little known textile collections in the country. There are 17,000 objects, collected from all over the world. The collection began when the museum first opened in 1887. It represents the influence of world textiles on local production as well as how local textiles have been exported around and influenced the world. The collection includes significant objects from Ancient Egypt, The Balkans, China, Japan and the Indian Subcontinent. A range of English embroidery, samplers, costume, court dress, military uniforms, pattern books from West Yorkshire manufacturers and the design archive of Crossley’s Carpets. It represents not just textiles but textile production from spindles to spinning wheels, cards, combs and looms. The new fashion gallery will tell both the story of the production and manufacture of textiles in the local area and how those textiles were then used. This new gallery replaces the 'For King and Country' exhibition on the top floor at Bankfield. 2019 will also see a range of related talks, tours and events. FREE admission.
  3. 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.

  4. DON’T PANIC! Calderdale at War, 1939-1945

    Halifax

    DON’T PANIC! Calderdale at War, 1939-1945

    Starting 8th Jun 2019
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    September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted fo...
    September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted for military and industrial service; industry was placed on a war footing and many workers took on Civil Defence and Home Guard duties. The area did not escape unscathed, there were 11 bombing incidents recorded and 11 people were killed. On 24 December 1944 a German V1 Flying Bomb (commonly known as ‘Doodlebugs’) landed in a field at Little Tooting Farm, Hubberton, Sowerby. Extensive blast damage made the farmhouse uninhabitable for some time and broke windows a mile away. The farmhouse occupants received cuts from broken glass. The photograph shows the Auxiliary Fire Service team, which attended the incident, along with the police and ambulance service. FREE admission. The exhibition runs from Saturday 8th June to Saturday 30th November 2019 .
  5. Gentleman Jack Costumes Display at Bankfield Museum

    Halifax

    Gentleman Jack Costumes Display at Bankfield Museum

    Starting 12th Jul 2019
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    An exclusive chance to see some of the costumes designed by Tom Pye for Sally Wainwright’s TV series Gentleman Jack. The series about the life o...
    An exclusive chance to see some of the costumes designed by Tom Pye for Sally Wainwright’s TV series Gentleman Jack. The series about the life of Anne Lister, was filmed largely at her home of Shibden Hall, managed by Calderdale Museums Service. On display at Bankfield Museum are a number of the costumes and props from the series, worn and used by actors including Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle. At Bankfield you can also see original clothing from the period of Gentleman Jack in the new Fashion Gallery on the top floor. The costumes have been kindly loaned for display by Lookout Point Productions with assistance from designer Tom Pye. FREE admission. Friday 12th July 2019 until Saturday 26th October 2019.
  6. 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.
  7. Drawing Workshop with Jane Austin – Windows & Doors

    Halifax

    Drawing Workshop with Jane Austin – Windows & Doors

    24th Aug 2019

    Drawing Workshop with Jane Austin – Windows & Doors All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax, HX3 6DR. Saturday 24th August 2019. 11 – 1 PM. £15 ...
    Drawing Workshop with Jane Austin – Windows & Doors All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax, HX3 6DR. Saturday 24th August 2019. 11 – 1 PM. £15 Maximum 15 people per workshop. As the third in a series of three drawing workshops this year at All Souls we are taking inspiration from the magnificent architecture, the Gothic style and outstanding stained glass. Suitable for all abilities as the chosen images can be as simple or complicated as you wish. This building has limited access for the public, lacks any facilities such as running water and it can be very cold even on a hot day so it is essential to wrap up warm. You are welcome to use the facilities at Bankfield Museum which is a short stroll through the park. The floors are uneven, there is seating within the pews but you may also wish to stand with an easel provided or bring a small portable stool. You may wish to bring along your own sketchbook or paper and drawing materials, though some will be on hand as well as boards and easels. You may also wish to bring along a camera to capture more for work at home as there is so much to inspire. Contact Jane for booking and any enquiries, 01422 353308. Recent winning artist on BBC1 ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’ episode 12.
  8. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Burdock Way

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Burdock Way

    25th Aug 2019

    You will be surprised at how much Halifax history lies along this route. We'll see buildings of varying ages telling us a surprising amount about t...
    You will be surprised at how much Halifax history lies along this route. We'll see buildings of varying ages telling us a surprising amount about the town, its people, it's industries, and more from the last 2½ centuries. Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. in the car park behind Halifax Playhouse (off Hopwood Lane). HX1 2SH is the closest postcode.
  9. Calderdale Heritage Walk: What's A Foot?

    Luddenden

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: West Vale 1300 to Present

    26th Aug 2019

    It went from almost nothing to being a major village in 50 years thanks to improved roads, railways and a bridge. Textiles declined later and new r...
    It went from almost nothing to being a major village in 50 years thanks to improved roads, railways and a bridge. Textiles declined later and new roles have evolved. Meet Ian Philip at 2.15pm in the car park off the B6113 opposite Andy Thorntons (HX4 8AD) Please note: this walk is taking place on a MONDAY and is wheelchair accessible.
  10. 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
  11. Open Air Cinema Weekend at The Piece Hall

    Halifax

    Open Air Cinema Weekend at The Piece Hall

    Starting 29th Aug 2019
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    Four nights of classic cinema under the stars at the Piece Hall's Open Air Cinema Weekend (29 August - 1 September), with blockbusters incl...

    Four nights of classic cinema under the stars at the Piece Hall's Open Air Cinema Weekend (29 August - 1 September), with blockbusters including Brassed Off, The Greatest Showman, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Gates 7.30pm, Film starts at sunse

    Various ticket prices.

  12. Brighouse & Rastrick Band in Concert

    Halifax

    Brighouse & Rastrick Band in Concert

    31st Aug 2019

    7pm Join us as we welcome The Brighouse & Rastrick Band to the Victoria Theatre Halifax on Saturday 31 August. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band ...
    7pm Join us as we welcome The Brighouse & Rastrick Band to the Victoria Theatre Halifax on Saturday 31 August. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by ‘Briggus’, most recently becoming National Champion Band of Great Britain in 2017, whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. 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. Today, it still continues to be supported through public subscriptions and its own fundraising efforts. Tickets £15.75
  13. Calderdale Heritage Walk

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Lost Railway, Missing Chapels & Toffee factories

    1st Sep 2019

    A look at old and new St Paul's Churches, two former men's Social Clubs, the site of St Paul's Railway Station, sites of several lost chapels, MacK...
    A look at old and new St Paul's Churches, two former men's Social Clubs, the site of St Paul's Railway Station, sites of several lost chapels, MacKintosh's 1890's factory, a former biscuit making site of 1889 is included. The walk ends near Gibbet street crossroads, Meet David Glover at 2.15pm at King Cross OLD SPIRE HX1 3JL, (not St Paul's Church Queen's Road). The walk ends at HX1 4NT. Please note: this is a linear walk ind is level with one major slope, suitable wheelchairs and prams.
  14. Norland Scarecrow Festival

    Sowerby Bridge

    Norland Scarecrow Festival 2019

    Starting 6th Sep 2019
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    Friday 6th - Mon 9th September 2019 The Norland Scarecrow Festival has been held every year since 2000 and raises money for the village and loca...
    Friday 6th - Mon 9th September 2019 The Norland Scarecrow Festival has been held every year since 2000 and raises money for the village and local charities. Local home and business owners create scarecrows to match a different theme each year, creating a trail of around 80 scarecrows! The festival is the first full weekend in September, just before the kids go back to school. The perfect end to the school holidays. The marquee on the Council field will be open from 9am to 7pm (circumstances permitting).
  15. Rushbearing Festival

    Sowerby Bridge

    Rushbearing Festival 2019

    Starting 7th Sep 2019
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    Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019 The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival brings you a packed weekend of Rush-related tradition and tomfo...
    Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019 The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival brings you a packed weekend of Rush-related tradition and tomfoolery! The Rushbearing Festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire. Over the course of the weekend, the festival sees the progress of the Rushbearing procession around seven towns and villages, visiting many churches and local hostelries along the way. the focal point of the procession is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled handsomely decorated and thatched rushcart. A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart as it is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. Accompanying them are a group of supporters in Edwardian dress along with some of the region's finest musicians and Morris dancing teams to provide entertainment for the crowds. By the nature of this event timings over the weekend may vary slightly! For full route details for the Rushcart and approximate timings, please visit www.rushbearing.com.
  16. Halifax Hidden Gems Tours

    Halifax

    Halifax Hidden Gems Tours

    Starting 12th Sep 2019
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    Thursday 712h to Sunday 15th September 2019

    Halifax's hidden gems are set to be revealed in all their historic glory thanks to a special...

    Thursday 712h to Sunday 15th September 2019

    Halifax's hidden gems are set to be revealed in all their historic glory thanks to a special tour.; either on foot or by bus.

    The tour has been organised by Halifax Minster with the support of businesses and heritage sites across Halifax.

    Take part to delve into the fascinating history of the town and perhaps uncover some surprises along the way.

    £5 per person (plus 28p booking fee) Booking ESSENTIAL by either the Halifax Minster website .

    Walking Tours (approx 2  hours Starting at the Town Hall & finishing at Halifax Minster)

    Thursday 12th: 11am, 1.30pm & 3pm

    Friday 13th: 11am, 1.30pm & 3pm                               

    Saturday 14th: 10am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3pm              

    Sunday 15th: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3pm                     

    24 places per tour.

    Bus Tours (Start & finish at Halifax Minster)

    Saturday 14th: 2pm          

    Sunday 15th:  2pm

    45 places on the bus

                       

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