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  1. Image: Bridge End, Brighouse by Miles Sharp. Calderdale Museums.

    Brighouse

    A Town Through Time

    Starting 19th Oct 2019
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    A new exhibition capturing a century of Brighouse, West Yorkshire on canvas and camera, featuring paintings and photographs from Calderdale Museums...
    A new exhibition capturing a century of Brighouse, West Yorkshire on canvas and camera, featuring paintings and photographs from Calderdale Museums’ collections, including works by local Brighouse artists Miles Sharp and Stanley Chapman. These works are displayed alongside newly produced photographs by the Halifax Photographic Society, who have recreated scenes from historic artworks of Brighouse to bring up to date the story of everyday life and ongoing change in the town. This exhibition runs from Saturday 19th October 2019 until Monday 20th April 2020 . FREE entry Smith Art Gallery is open: Monday: 10am - 5pm Tuesday: 10am - 4pm Wednesday: CLOSED Thursday: 10am - 4pm Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 10am-3.30pm Sunday: CLOSED
  2. Ryburn Folk Club at The Malt House

    Rishworth

    Ryburn Folk Club at The Malt House

    Starting 29th Jan 2020
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    Ryburn Folk Club brings you three hours of wonderful traditional music on the last Wednesday of every month (except July a...

    Ryburn Folk Club brings you three hours of wonderful traditional music on the last Wednesday of every month (except July and August).

    Our excellent and varied resident singers are joined by a special guest each month who performs a set in each half of the evening.

    Our upcoming guest performers are:

    Wednesday January 29th Jack Rutter

    Wednesday February 26th Bernard Wrigley

    Wednesday March 25th Roisin Ban

    Wednesday April 29th Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson

    Wednesday May 27th Cosmotheka

    Wednesday June 24th George Sansome

    For further information, contact Pete and Sue Coe on 01422 822569, email ryburn3step@gmail.com or visit our website: www.ryburn3step.org.uk

    Ryburn 3 Step is a not-for-profit community group of folk musicians, dancers and singers based in Ripponden.

  3. Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance

    Brighouse

    Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance

    Starting 15th Feb 2020
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    8pm - 11pm

    English Barn Dances are easy, enjoyable and excellent exercise; the dance caller will talk you through the ...

    8pm - 11pm

    English Barn Dances are easy, enjoyable and excellent exercise; the dance caller will talk you through the moves before and during the dance and help is usually to hand from our helpful regulars.

    Admission costs £9 for adults, children 12 years and under are free (as long as they are accompanied by an adult) and anyone over 13 years in full-time education is £5.

    December 14th 2019: Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance with caller Rosie Bryce and music from The Barley Cote. NB Please note that the December Barn dance takes place at Victoria Hall, 212 Halifax Road, Ripponden HX6 4BG

    January 18th 2020: Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance with caller Baz Parkes and music from the Old Bridge Inn Specials.

    February 15th 2020: Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance with caller Brenda Spence and music from Dogsbody

    March 21st 2020: Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance with caller Michelle Holding and music from Granny's Attic

    April 18th 2020: Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance with caller Dave Ingledew and music from The Wakes Band

    For more information  please ring Sue and Pete Coe 01422 822569 or email: ryburn3step@gmail.com 

  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Anne Lister's Birthday at Shibden Hall

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Birthday at Shibden Hall

    3rd Apr 2020

    10am - 8pm Shibden will be staying open until 8pm on Anne Lister's birthday, Friday 3rd April 2020. Anne was born on the 3rd April 1791 and t...
    10am - 8pm Shibden will be staying open until 8pm on Anne Lister's birthday, Friday 3rd April 2020. Anne was born on the 3rd April 1791 and to celebrate there will be tea and birthday cake and a celebratory atmosphere with staff and volunteers on hand to talk all things Anne Lister. Dressing up is most definitely encouraged! (More details to follow in early 2020) The usual admission fees apply. There are no advance bookings, just turn up on the day.
  8. 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
  9. Alice Longstaff Exhibition

    Hebden Bridge

    Alice Longstaff Exhibition

    Starting 10th Apr 2020
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    An exhibition of the exciting, recently revealed work of Alice Longstaff will be held here at Pennine Heritage, Birchcliffe Centre over the East...

    An exhibition of the exciting, recently revealed work of Alice Longstaff will be held here at Pennine Heritage, Birchcliffe Centre over the Easter weekend, Friday 10 to Monday 13 April, free entry and refreshments will be available.

    Alice was a remarkable Hebden Bridge woman who, 100 years ago and aged 14, was apprenticed to a local photographer. She went on to document the life and times of this small northern town for the next 70 years.

    However, in addition to the usual studio portraits, weddings and local events, Alice more excitingly embraced candid street-style photography, and often used the last few frames in a roll of film to capture the unplanned and incidental. Hundreds of these strong images of Calderdale folk, often gently humorous and affectionate, have recently been rediscovered and they will be the subject of a series of exhibitions provisionally called Through Alice’s Eyes.

    The first of these is that planned for Easter 2020 at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

    A short video about this new exciting collection is now available. A quality book to accompany these exhibitions will be published by the end of 2020.

    The existing collection of her work is well known by many. It was curated and digitized by ourselves Pennine Heritage and can be seen here.

    There are many stories to be told through this new exhibition:

    • The uniqueness of Alice Longstaff as a female photographer from a small northern town in the 1950’s taking “candid photographs” never published in her lifetime.
    • Alice, the independently minded woman who left school 100 years ago, aged 14, to be apprenticed and become a professional photographer.
    • The ‘lost negatives’ rediscovery.
    • The high quality of the images The street style photography – way ahead of its time and later taken up by Martin Parr, who began his career in Hebden Bridge
    • The culture and stories behind the images
    • The Pennine Heritage aspects of the story and its wider social significance.

     In many ways hers may seem a small life but it was no mean feat to work her way up from apprentice to business owner in a Yorkshire market town and to keep that business going for over 70 years, documenting Hebden Bridge and its people throughout most of the 20th century.

  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Good Friday Pace Egg Plays

    Heptonstall

    Good Friday Heptonstall Pace Egg Plays 2020

    11th Apr 2020

    Heptonstall Pace Egg Play is a traditional Mumming Play performed in Heptonstall’s Weavers Square on Good Fridays, attracting hundreds of visitors ...
    Heptonstall Pace Egg Play is a traditional Mumming Play performed in Heptonstall’s Weavers Square on Good Fridays, attracting hundreds of visitors to the village. The Pace Egg play is not unique to Heptonstall but it is one of only a few still performed today. Good Friday, 11th April in Weavers Square . NB times are still TBC, but 2019's times were 11.15 am Heptonstall Pace Egg 12.30 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg 2.00 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg 3.00pm Midgley Pace Egg 4.00pm Heptonstall Pace Egg The Hillmillies will be dancing between the plays, The organisers reserve the right to change the times of, or cancel, any performances. In the play St George takes on contenders such as Bold Slasher, the Black Prince of Paradine and Hector. The costumes, in particular the strange headgear comprising a towering edifice garlanded with flowers, peculiar to the Calder Valley; are as much a part of the fun as the action. Violent sword fights predominate but, as ever, good triumphs over evil. Visitors are asked to not bring their cars into the village as parking is very limited. There are regular buses to Heptonstall from Hebden Bridge and visitors can walk up to Heptonstall via the Buttress, the steep cobbled pathway by Hebden Bridge Town Hall. (Please note this is a demanding walk!)
  13. Hebden Bridge Easter Duck Race © HebWeb

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Easter Duck Race 2020

    13th Apr 2020

    Easter Monday brings Duckmania to Hebden Bridge in the form of the annual Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge. Throughout t...
    Easter Monday brings Duckmania to Hebden Bridge in the form of the annual Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge. Throughout the day there is a variety of entertainment, including children's rides, charity stalls and live music from a local bands. It's a fun day out for all the family. The Duck Race starts at approximately 3.15pm when the ducks are all launched at the same time into the river from St George's Bridge. See the river turn yellow as up to 10,000 ducks enter the water for the race! Tickets for the Duck Race cost £1 each, available on-line and from numerous shops and pubs in the town,displaying brightly coloured posters, and from the Visitor Centre besides the Marina. Tickets will also be on sale from the Rotary stall in St Georges Square on several weekends before Easter and on Easter Monday. Alongside the duck race, we hold a Business Duck race, starting before the main race at 3.00pm, principally aimed at local businesses and organisations. Any organisation or individual can buy a green, red, or blue duck, at a cost of £10 per duck.
  14. Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Halifax

    Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Starting 13th Apr 2020
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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 10am, with the last ascent at 3.30pm, on the following dates in 2020: Easter Monday April 13th May Day Friday May 8th Spring Bank Monday May 25th August Bank Monday August 31st Adult £3 Children & Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £2.50 Child PPL £2 Family ticket ( 2 Adult & 2 Children ) £10
  15. 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.
  16. Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2020

    Starting 24th Apr 2020
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    Hebden Bridge Piano Festival - One magical weekend of piano music each April, in the heart of this beautiful Yorkshire town The Festival takes plac...
    Hebden Bridge Piano Festival - One magical weekend of piano music each April, in the heart of this beautiful Yorkshire town The Festival takes place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and is a mix of free and paid events. Each year, over the three days, we present afternoon and evening concerts, plus lunchtime recitals, given by performers of national and international renown. It is also important to us to showcase talented local amateur pianists and to put on events aimed at people of all ages, including an annual children’s concert presented by one of our headline artists.

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