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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. 'God's Own Country': Art and Artists inspired by West Yorkshire

    Brighouse

    'God's Own Country': Art and Artists inspired by West Yorkshire

    Starting 6th Apr 2019
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    An exhibition of works from Calderdale Museums' collections, celebrating West Yorkshire’s artistic talents and the region’s inspiring landscapes, h...
    An exhibition of works from Calderdale Museums' collections, celebrating West Yorkshire’s artistic talents and the region’s inspiring landscapes, history, people and architecture. This exhibition is in partnership with the four other West Yorkshire Local Authority Museum Services (Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield) as part of a celebration of our collections relating to the theme 'We are West Yorkshire: A Celebration of People and Place'. FREE admission
  3. 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.
  4. The Storytelling Bus - IOU Theatr

    Halifax

    The Storytelling Bus - IOU Theatre

    Starting 25th May 2019
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    Times: Various Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) , approx running time: 30mins Suitable for age 8+ ( height restrictions apply ) Take a 30-min...
    Times: Various Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) , approx running time: 30mins Suitable for age 8+ ( height restrictions apply ) Take a 30-minute bus journey around Halifax and become part of IOU’s latest immersive experience. The Storytelling Bus takes us on a journey around Halifax, seeing this extraordinary town in a way you’ve never seen it before. Passengers sit on the moving bus wearing headphones, listening to individual stories as they take in the sights of Halifax. The words of people living in the town are brought to life – the personal, every day stories of our lives are given voice and shared meaning. The Rear View Storytelling Bus is an alternative sightseeing journey unique to Halifax, presented in partnership with Piece Hall & Square Chapel. The Rear View bus was conceived, designed and made by IOU in their Halifax workshop and is the only one of its kind in the world. The bus is generously maintained by First Bus, Halifax.
  5. 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.

  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. Halifax Minster Summer Festival 2019

    Halifax

    Halifax Minster Summer Festival 2019

    Starting 27th Jun 2019
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    Halifax Minster Summer Festival 27th June to 7th July 2019

    Halifax Minster Summer Festival 27th June to 7th July 2019

    Thursday 27th June at 1.00pm Festival Inaugural Organ Recital by Dr Simon Lindley.

    Come and hear the ‘King of instruments’, the magnificent 1929 Harrison and Harrison Organ played by the acclaimed organist Dr Simon Lindley. Lunch available at 12.15 (£4). Retiring collection.

    Thursday 27th June  at 7.30pm Brass Extravaganza

    This unique event brings together The whole Elland Silver Band Organisation together for a Summer Extravaganza with the Training Band, Youth Band, Senior Band, and the mighty Minster Organ! £10

    Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. An Evening with Barrie Rutter OBE

    Renowned local actor who founded the Halifax based theatre company, Northern Broadsides They perform Shakespeare with northern accents. Barrie will talk about his career and perform excerpts from various plays. £10

    Sunday 30th June at 6.00pm. Sparkling music for a Summer’s Evening

    The Minster Choir, joined by Rishworth School Choir, perform classic choral pieces for summer with solo performances by talented young musicians. Enjoy a glass of prosecco and strawberries in a historic setting.  Retiring collection to raise funds for the Minster choir summer cathedral tour.

    Monday 1st July at 7.00pm. Old Halifax David Glover, well-known local historian, will give a presentation of Old Images of Halifax. An opportunity to discover the town’s past from images rarely seen for many years.

     Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July, all day. Calderdale Schools Bearder Poetry Festival

    Funded by the Bearder Trust, these two days give local school children the opportunity to work with an amazing poet, Karl Nova, for a day! (Sold out.)

     Thursday 4th July at 1.00 pm. Festival Organ Recital by Christopher Newton

    A native of Manchester, he gave his first recital at Halifax Minster in 1980. He has a long association with the church of St Bartholomew, Armley, where he regularly plays for services and for recitals. He has been described as a ‘a devoted organist sniffer-dog, discovering pieces long since buried, some deservedly so, but others turning out to be forgotten gems’. His mixed programmes aim to please organ recital regulars as well as people who might think that these events are not usually for them. Lunch at 12.15pm (£4). Recital at 1.00pm. Retiring collection.

    Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm, Halifax Concert Band

    Our local, very talented concert band will perform a wide range of music from its extensive repertoire which caters for all tastes and includes light, popular, classical and traditional military band music.  The programme will include pieces from Film and Stage including selections from Les Miserables, Star Wars, Chess and The Greatest Showman, a new addition to the repertoire. British composers will feature with works by Gustav Holst, Karl Jenkins, John Miles and Freddie Mercury. £10.

    Friday 5th July at 7.30pm. ‘Gentleman Jack’ 

    An evening with Sally Wainwright and Anne Choma, in conversation with a guest BBC Radio Leeds presenter, about the HBO/BBC series ‘ Gentleman Jack’ which dramatises the later life of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, together with the opportunity to hear about Sally’s earlier dramas, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ and Happy Valley’. £10.

    Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm The St Peter’s Singers

    The St Peter Singers of Leeds are a versatile Chamber Choir of renown directed by Dr Simon Lindley. Music to include: Vaughn Williams Five Mystical Songs, Donald Hunt Hymnus Paschalis, Matthew Oglesby Agnus Dei and In Paradisum, and Vaughn Williams Dona nobis pacem. £10

    Sunday 7th July at 4pm (Rehearsal at 2.30) ‘Come and Sing’ Festival Choral Evensong

    An opportunity for those who like to sing to join with the Minster Choir to sing the service. Music will include Stanford in Bb and Henry Wood’s O Thou the Central Orb. £5 for singers (music supplied). Celebrate the end of the Summer Festival with a glass of Prosecco and strawberries!

    Tickets available from Eventbrite or by visiting the Minster Shop which is open daily from 10am– 4pm. (Booking charge applies).

  9. 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
  10. Tinderwood Trust Family Forest school sessions

    Todmorden

    Tinderwood Trust Family Forest school sessions

    Starting 28th Jun 2019
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    10am - 12pm

    Wild playing out sessions for families at our Eastwood Forest School site, Eastwood, Todmorden OL14 6DQ.

    We will be ...

    10am - 12pm

    Wild playing out sessions for families at our Eastwood Forest School site, Eastwood, Todmorden OL14 6DQ.

    We will be getting creative with nature, probably digging interesting holes and definitely cooking on the fire and searching for things in the pond, all inspired by the forest school ethos.

    Forest School is a child-centred educational approach that sees natural settings as rich opportunities for learning. The overwhelming aim of our Family Forest School sessions is to give space and time for children and their parents to have fun together and discover all the play possibilities of the outdoor world and make friends at the same time.

    The sessions are run by fully qualified Forest School Leaders and Volunteers. All adults leading the sessions hold current enhanced DBSs.

    More information available from Tinderwood Trust via our Facebook page - tinderwoodtrust, or through our website.

    Suitable for ages 0-6 (no unaccompanied children)

    £4 per child . No booking required

  11. Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes: Illustrated Talk

    Halifax

    Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes: Illustrated Talk

    3rd Jul 2019

    7.30pm Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes - The Man, the Business, the Legend. Illustrated Talk by Glenda Shaw Everyone welcome. C...
    7.30pm Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes - The Man, the Business, the Legend. Illustrated Talk by Glenda Shaw Everyone welcome. CIMA members FREE. Non members £3. Light refreshments available.
  12. Hooray for Hollywood & The Great American Songbook

    Halifax

    Hooray for Hollywood & The Great American Songbook

    Starting 5th Jul 2019
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    Enjoy a spectacular programme of music from the Golden Age of Hollywood and some great American songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's - incorporating ...
    Enjoy a spectacular programme of music from the Golden Age of Hollywood and some great American songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's - incorporating the 'swing' era alongside musical theatre and film music of the mid-twentieth century. Tickets £15 & £13 (concessions) Evenings 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm A Halifax Musical Theatre Compnay Production
  13. 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. .
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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

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