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  1. Christmas at The Piece Hall

    Halifax

    Christmas 2019 at The Piece Hall

    Starting 22nd Nov 2019
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    This winter, The Piece Hall will be transformed into a spectacular Christmas destination like no other.

    From 22 November – 31 Dece...

    This winter, The Piece Hall will be transformed into a spectacular Christmas destination like no other.

    From 22 November – 31 December, the courtyard will become home to a stunning Christmas tree, a thrilling fair-like Victorian carousel and our cosy courtyard Deluxe Bar, where you can enjoy warming drinks sheltered from the storm.

    A Christmas Fair showcasing some of the region’s favourite independent craft stalls, artisan makers and pop-up food and drink traders will feature for a festive shopping weekend 29th November - 1st December, while the surrounding shops, cafes, bars and restaurants will be open throughout the season to pick up that special gift or stop for a bite to eat along the way.

    The season continues with the magnificent circus-style Salon Perdu, showcasing a fantastic programme of family shows, live music and stand-up comedy. An array of creative Christmas workshops give you the chance to get crafty and learn a new skill, while outside brass bands and choirs bring the place to life with festive cheer. The season will come to a close with a festive finale on New Year’s Eve, when 2020 is seen in with an outdoor Courtyard Party for an evening to remember.

    Click here to see the shows on at the salon perdu and to book your tickets.

  2. Ogden Water Practical Day

    Halifax

    Ogden Water Practical Day

    Starting 13th Dec 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
  3. Santa Comes to Ogden Water

    Halifax

    Santa Comes to Ogden Water

    14th Dec 2019

    Saturday 14th December

    Come along to Ogden Water to visit Father Christmas in his magical woodland grotto in the woods.  Select tim...

    Saturday 14th December

    Come along to Ogden Water to visit Father Christmas in his magical woodland grotto in the woods.  Select time when booking online.  Booking essential (limited numbers) 

    Wheelchair acessible.

    No dogs at this event, please.

    To book, please click here.

    All ages (no unaccompanied children) – crafts aimed at 3+

    £9, £8 (Passport to Leisure holders).

    Select time when booking – Event runs from 10am–3.15pm

  4. Father Christmas’s Grotto in the Jungle!

    Halifax

    Father Christmas’s Grotto in the Jungle!

    15th Dec 2019

    09.30 – 11.45 and 12.15 – 15.30 - select time when booking.

    A warm welcome will be waiting when visiting Santa in his specia...

    09.30 – 11.45 and 12.15 – 15.30 - select time when booking.

    A warm welcome will be waiting when visiting Santa in his special grotto in the Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB.

    Take part in a Christmas crafts session (crafts aimed at children aged 3+) then visit Santa in his grotto and receive an early Christmas gift.

    All ages (no unaccompanied children) – crafts aimed at 3+

    £8.50, £7.50 (Passport to Leisure holders).

    Please click here to book through Ticket Source

  5. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Brighouse Extends Northwards

    Brighouse

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Brighouse Extends Northwards

    15th Dec 2019

    1.30pm In the 1800s Brighouse expanded rapidly, particularly to the north. Many buildings from that period are still in use, some with rich hist...
    1.30pm In the 1800s Brighouse expanded rapidly, particularly to the north. Many buildings from that period are still in use, some with rich histories. Meet Ian Philip at 1.30pm outside Brighouse Civic Hall HD6 1RW. £3 per person.
  6. Calderdale Heritage Walk: How Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: How Hebden Bridge

    29th Dec 2019

    The story behind the growth of the town and the changes that have taken place. Meet David Cant at 1.30 p.m. outside the TInformation Centre by t...
    The story behind the growth of the town and the changes that have taken place. Meet David Cant at 1.30 p.m. outside the TInformation Centre by the marina on New Road - HX7 8AD
  7. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Middle of Rastrick

    Brighouse

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Middle of Rastrick

    2nd Feb 2020

    Rastrick was a separate authority until 1893 with its own distinctive history.We'l look at 19th & 20th century developments to see how radically th...
    Rastrick was a separate authority until 1893 with its own distinctive history.We'l look at 19th & 20th century developments to see how radically the area changed. Meet Ian Philip at 1.30 pm outside Rastrick High School sports centre car park HD6 3XB £3 per person.
  8. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Fieldentown

    Todmorden

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Fieldentown

    16th Feb 2020

    The Fielden Family left its mark on Todmorden in many ways including work, religion, education and leisure. This walk around Todmorden explores the...
    The Fielden Family left its mark on Todmorden in many ways including work, religion, education and leisure. This walk around Todmorden explores the story of the Fieldens, looking at many of the fine buildings they left us and some of the places where they lived and worked. Some paths may be muddy. Meet Anne Mealia at 1.30pm by Todmorden Town Hall OL14 5AQ. £3 per person.
  9. Anne Lister's Halifax: Mock Marriages & Effigy Burning

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Halifax: Mock Marriages & Effigy Burning

    Starting 1st Apr 2020
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    2pm Anne Lister determined this would be a serious union, with Ann Walker moving into Shibden. Coal-mining and ‘Blue’ political door-stepping co...
    2pm Anne Lister determined this would be a serious union, with Ann Walker moving into Shibden. Coal-mining and ‘Blue’ political door-stepping continued. The 1835 Halifax contest became known as ‘the window-breaking election’. Immediately, ‘mock marriage’ announcements appeared in Yorkshire newspapers. Then in 1836, lurid tales reached Shibden of Anne and Ann being burnt in effigy down in Halifax. Who was behind these public jibes - and why? Walk leader: Jill Liddington. 2-hour circular afternoon walk with short readings from Female Fortune, and ends with tea, cake and Q&A in Halifax. There are some steep steps, walking boots or shoes are advised. Meet at 2pm in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner. HX1 1RE All walks must be pre-booked through Ticket Source [www.ticketsource.co.uk] and cost £5. Bookings open on Thursday 7th November; 8am for walks to 5th April and 2pm for the remainder of the programme. There will be a maximum of 35 per walk.
  10. Anne Lister's Shibden: Marriage, Mining & Money

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Shibden: Marriage, Mining & Money

    Starting 2nd Apr 2020
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    With Ann Walker now living at Shibden, Anne Lister began to realize her coal-mining ambitions. This walk passes by the moss house where her determi...
    With Ann Walker now living at Shibden, Anne Lister began to realize her coal-mining ambitions. This walk passes by the moss house where her determined courtship began. It climbs steadily up Pump Lane, then curves round by Walker Pit - sunk in 1835 and named in honour of Ann. By 1836 Anne Lister's aggrandisement of Shibden's magnificent grounds could begin to take shape. Walk leader: Jill Liddington. A 2½ hour circular afternoon walk, with one steep ascent, ending with tea, cake & Q&A. Meet at 2pm outside Meerside Café, HX3 6XG. Dogs on leads welcome.
  11. Anne Lister's Shibden: Her Private Face

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Shibden: Her Private Face

    Starting 2nd Apr 2020
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    11.30am A 4-hour walk from Halifax climbing slowly up Old Bank to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister's estate in 1832 - when she returned home fro...
    11.30am A 4-hour walk from Halifax climbing slowly up Old Bank to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister's estate in 1832 - when she returned home from her travels, betrayed by yet one more woman's marriage plans. Then re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker changed her life - forever. Anne Lister deployed all her considerable skills to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman - all out of sight of Halifax's prying eyes. Walk leaders: Jill Liddington & Steve Crabtree. Walking boots/shoes advised, and bring packed lunch/snacks. The walk includes short readings from Nature's Domain, and ends with tea, cake and Q&A. Bus back to Halifax. Meet at 11.30 in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner. HX1 1RE
  12. Young Anne Lister in Halifax

    Halifax

    Young Anne Lister in Halifax

    Starting 2nd Apr 2020
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    View the house where Anne lived as a girl, with buildings and locations in Halifax associated with her earlier years. Learn about her early schooli...
    View the house where Anne lived as a girl, with buildings and locations in Halifax associated with her earlier years. Learn about her early schooling in the town, her private tutor, and her point of departure on stagecoach journeys. Where did her earliest girlfriend live; and where did she buy her blank diaries? Also, see the home and bank of Christopher Rawson, and a filming location from Gentleman Jack. [Building exteriors only] Walk Leader: David Glover. This is a circular walk of 2½ hours. Some sections are fairly steep. Meet at 2pm at Range Bank, junction with Portland Road, HX3 6LB. Dogs on leads welcome.
  13. Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker, Image by BBC Lookout Point

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Ann Walker's Lightcliffe SOLD OUT

    Starting 4th Apr 2020
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    When John Walker died in Naples in 1830 on his honeymoon, his sisters Elizabeth & Ann inherited a large estate in Lightcliffe and became very wealt...
    When John Walker died in Naples in 1830 on his honeymoon, his sisters Elizabeth & Ann inherited a large estate in Lightcliffe and became very wealthy. Within two years Ann had become the companion of Anne Lister. We walk round part of the estate, viewing Cliffe Hill House and the site of Crow Nest Mansion where Ann lived. We finish in the churchyard where she is buried together with other members of her family, employees and tenants (including the one not eaten by a pig). This is a 2 hour circular walk, mainly on pavements with just a short walk across a footpath. Dogs on leads welcome. Walk leader: Ian Philp Meet by the tower in the churchyard at 2pm. HX3 8TH
  14. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Aspects of the Lister Estate

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Aspects of the Lister Estate

    Starting 10th Apr 2020
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    A walk from Anne Lister's new lodge along the serpentine driveway of 1837, to view the Hall she embellished and the parkland she created, leads on ...
    A walk from Anne Lister's new lodge along the serpentine driveway of 1837, to view the Hall she embellished and the parkland she created, leads on to locations of Lister tenancies in the Shibden Valley. Hear anecdotes of a quirky people who lived there in Anne's time, and see the former Stag's Head Inn where she collected rents. What happened in the great flood of 1837? With mentions of mining and stone quarrying. Walk Leader: David Glover Meet at 2pm at Shibden Hall overflow car park immediately after the Godley Lane entrance. HX3 6XG. This is a circular walk of 2½ hours. Dogs on leads welcome. Some sections could be muddy and fairly steep. Walking shoes/boots are advisable.
  15. Anne Lister's Halifax: Her Public Face

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Halifax: Her Public Face

    Starting 10th Apr 2020
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    A two hour walk, recreating the town in 1832 that Anne Lister knew so well. She used Halifax for business transactions with her lawyer, shopping, c...
    A two hour walk, recreating the town in 1832 that Anne Lister knew so well. She used Halifax for business transactions with her lawyer, shopping, catching up on political news, plus visits to the homes of the few families she saw as social equals. With short readings from Nature’s Domain. Ends at 4.00. Walk leader: Steve Crabtree. Meet at 2pm in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner. HX1 1RE
  16. Calderdale Heritage Walk: A Parkland Circuit

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: A Parkland Circuit

    17th Apr 2020

    A focus on the changing landscape of the Shibden Hall Estate at the time of Anne Lister. A short circular walk. Starts part way up Cunnery Lane to ...
    A focus on the changing landscape of the Shibden Hall Estate at the time of Anne Lister. A short circular walk. Starts part way up Cunnery Lane to find out about the cottages, farms and tenants at the north side of the hall. It then turns through the woodland and emerges from the hidden tunnel to the front of the hall. Here we find out about the constant problems of security and changes Anne made to add to the privacy of her expanding estate. Looking down, the Lister mining activities at Mytholm can be seen and explained with a conclusion at Shibden Lake, where we find out about the changes and properties in this part of the parkland. Walk Leader: Mike Beecham. Meet at 2pm at Shibden Hall overflow car park immediately after the Godley Lane entrance, HX3 6XG. Some tracks and damp areas of ground, walking footwear preferable. A disabled person could be helped in navigating this route, however there are some steep parts.

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