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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. 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 .
  4. CHORD by Conrad Shawcross at Dean Clough

    Halifax

    CHORD by Conrad Shawcross

    Starting 25th Jun 2019
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    10am - 4pm (Closed Mondays) ‘CHORD’: A giant ‘time machine’ brings Dean Clough’s jute shed back to life. An enormous rope-making machine that...
    10am - 4pm (Closed Mondays) ‘CHORD’: A giant ‘time machine’ brings Dean Clough’s jute shed back to life. An enormous rope-making machine that ‘captures time’ will be a major visitor attraction in the forgotten ‘Jute Shed’ at Dean Clough Mills this Summer. Over the course of the exhibition two identical machines, each with three arms carrying 324 spools of coloured cord, slowly retreat from each other down a rail track. Suspended between them, nearly 3m in the air, a multicoloured rope is mesmerically woven. Unseen for ten years, ‘Chord’ was originally commissioned by Measure Arts and shown in a disused tram tunnel in London when the rush for tickets caused the booking systems to temporarily crash. Sections of the rope previously made by ‘Chord’ (measured - not in metres - but in minutes) will be on display at Halifax’s recently restored and nationally celebrated Piece Hall, which hosts a simultaneous exhibition of drawings and other pieces by the critically acclaimed Conrad Shawcross. NB. There is no parking near the Jute Shed and visitors should be prepared for a five minute walk. Please call in advance for details of wheelchair access. FREE entry The exhibiiton runs from 25th June to 21st July 2019.
  5. Ogden Water Practical Day

    Halifax

    Ogden Water Practical Day

    Starting 28th Jun 2019
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    Help with the ongoing management and new projects designed to look after the wildlife and infrastructure of this Local Nature Reserve. Meet Chr...
    Help with the ongoing management and new projects designed to look after the wildlife and infrastructure of this Local Nature Reserve. Meet Chris Sutcliffe at Ogden Water. Session runs 9.45am - 3pm. Please contact 07769 954956 for more details. Bring a packed lunch. No dogs allowed (with the exception of guide and hearing dogs). Please wear old clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Suitable for ages 16+. FREE
  6. Brighouse Artisan Market

    Brighouse

    Brighouse Artisan Market

    30th Jun 2019

    Brighouse’s town centre will host an Artisan Market, celebrating independent producers and makers. The town will once again welcome talented trader...
    Brighouse’s town centre will host an Artisan Market, celebrating independent producers and makers. The town will once again welcome talented traders from the local area with an array of different farmers, artisans and vendors offering lots of different things. If it’s food you’re looking for, then we have locally made cheeses, bread made by local bakers, meat from local farmers and a great selection of cakes and sweets. Jams and chutneys made from locally sourced fruits or delicious pork pies from a local pig farmer to a delicious chocolate fountain. In case you feel hungry during your visit we have a wide variety of street food offering shoppers food that is not only healthy, but environmentally friendly. There is a wide selection of locally produced crafts, ranging from jewellery to glassware, soaps to ceramics and bags to knitwear. 10.00am-4.00pm
  7. Handmade Parade

    Hebden Bridge

    Handmade Parade

    30th Jun 2019

    Join us this year for our 11th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade as we bring celebration and spectacle to our streets! The Hebden Bridge Hand...
    Join us this year for our 11th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade as we bring celebration and spectacle to our streets! The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! The magic happens in three weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carry-able art or help create giant puppets. With a crack team of local professional carnival artists, volunteers, guest artists and some amazing street bands, we create just the occasion for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this. The parade will start at 12 noon on Victoria Street, and finish in Calder Holmes Park at 1pm where there will be a finale, music, and food stalls until 3pm.
  8. Heptonstall Festival 2019

    Heptonstall

    Heptonstall Festival

    6th Jul 2019

    This year the Heptonstall Festival will be held on Saturday 6th July from 12pm. The festival is a family friendly event held across the whole vi...
    This year the Heptonstall Festival will be held on Saturday 6th July from 12pm. The festival is a family friendly event held across the whole village of Heptonstall, with activities happening throughout the day including street entertainers, face painting, live music and with all sorts of delicious street food to enjoy. FREE entry. .
  9. Big Butterfly Count

    Brighouse

    Big Butterfly Count

    7th Jul 2019

    Join Andrew Cockroft from Halifax Scientific Society to count how many butterflies are to be found at Cromwell Bottom with the chance to meet the E...
    Join Andrew Cockroft from Halifax Scientific Society to count how many butterflies are to be found at Cromwell Bottom with the chance to meet the Essex Skipper, a recent arrival in Calderdale. Meet by the Cromwell Bottom cabin HD6 2RG (short walk from car park) at 10.30. Walk covers around 3 miles. Bring lunch. Dogs welcome if kept on a lead. 8+ (No unaccompanied children) Free but donations welcome to Halifax Scientific Society
  10. Taster Tours of Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden

    Taster Tours of Todmorden Town Hall

    Starting 7th Jul 2019
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    Free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January). Meet at 2pm opposite the Town Hal...
    Free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January). Meet at 2pm opposite the Town Hall pediment on Halifax Road, OL14 5AQ Todmorden Town Hall straddles the Walsden Water and was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was moved on January 1st 1888. Designed by John Gibson of Westminster, this Grade 1 listed building holds a strong place in the hearts of local people. Most iconic, from the outside, is the pediment. The carved stonework has two central female figures on a pedestal. The one on the left represents Lancashire (cotton spinning industry) and the one on the right Yorkshire (engineering and agriculture). Below the two figures are different friezes of the industries coming together to prosper on the border. Inside the building there is an old Magistrate’s Court which now serves as the Todmorden Town Council Chamber. The ballroom upstairs spans the length of the building and holds many memories for those who have attended the variety of events held in the Town Hall for over 140 years.
  11. Anne Lister Live Interpretation at The Piece Hall

    Halifax

    Anne Lister Live Interpretation at The Piece Hall

    13th Jul 2019

    10am - 3pm Visit the The Piece Hall’s magnificent courtyard and meet ‘Anne Lister’, who will tell you stories about her life and her visits to T...
    10am - 3pm Visit the The Piece Hall’s magnificent courtyard and meet ‘Anne Lister’, who will tell you stories about her life and her visits to The Piece Hall in the 1800s. FREE event, roaming in the Piece Hall.
  12. Cromwell Bottom Practical Day

    Brighouse

    Cromwell Bottom Practical Day

    Starting 13th Jul 2019
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    Join Countryside and Woodlands Service staff and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group to help manage this unique and diverse Local nature ...
    Join Countryside and Woodlands Service staff and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group to help manage this unique and diverse Local nature reserve with a variety of practical activities. Meet at 9.30am, session ends around 2pm Wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring lunch. Sorry, no dogs (with the exception of guide or hearing dogs). Contact Robin Dalton on 0771 286 7619 to book and or further information.
  13. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Sunday Walk: The Early History of Shelf

    4th Aug 2019

    Sunday Walk: The Early History of Shelf Ben Stables Ben Stables, author of 'The Early History of Shelf: A West Yorkshire Village before 1700'...
    Sunday Walk: The Early History of Shelf Ben Stables Ben Stables, author of 'The Early History of Shelf: A West Yorkshire Village before 1700' will lead a walk around some of the places in the book. Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  14. Calderdale Pride 2019

    Halifax

    Calderdale Pride 2019

    10th Aug 2019

    Calderdale Pride 2019 is an exciting, free and inclusive event taking place in the heart of Halifax town centre (with the main stage at the top of...
    Calderdale Pride 2019 is an exciting, free and inclusive event taking place in the heart of Halifax town centre (with the main stage at the top of Russell Street). Throughout the day there will performances, market stalls and food & drink . FREE
  15. 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).
  16. 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.

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