Out and About

Whatever your interests, Hebden Bridge and the Pennine region offer something for everyone. From the history and romance of Haworth that inspired the Brontë sisters to hundreds of acres of countryside that offers walkers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts mile after mile breathtaking scenery.

Hebden Bridge offers a unique shopping experience with well over 100 independent shops to explore. You’ll also find cocktail and wine bars amid traditional pubs serving real ale brewed in the local area. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy organic local produce alongside more meaty fair in the same café, along with the traditional cup of Yorkshire tea served from a teapot that has been exhibited in the Tate Modern.

Hebden Bridge recently celebrated 500 years of creativity and today it continues to live up to its reputation as a melting pot of the traditional and avant garde. A calendar of events throughout the year brings together artists and artisans, poets and musicians to celebrate tradition and challenge convention in the spirit of local son Ted Hughes or the Bronte sisters who shocked polite society with their novels set in Haworth and the surrounding areas.

The Hebden Bridge Little Theatre has been producing plays since 1924 while the Hebden Bridge Picture House, located across the road from Croft Mill, is the town’s very own art house cinema as well as the venue for live events such as a midweek comedy club. Live music is another regular event in town. From brass bands to alternative and world music, there’s something happening most nights of the week.

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Hebden Bridge Visitor & Canal Centre

The Hebden Bridge visitor centre is open throughout the year, offering friendly help and advice to visitors and local residents.  They can provide ideas on what to do, where to go and where to stay along with up to date information about the numerous events that take place in the area through the year.

telephone 01422 843 831
email hebdenbridge@tbtic.co.uk

Forthcoming events

Hebden Bridge Annual Events

Trades Club Live Music & Dance All year Visit site
World Dock Pudding Champonships April Visit site
South Pennine Challenge May Visit site
Pennine Spring Music Festival May/June Visit site
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade June Visit site
Todmorden Triathlon June Visit site
Todmorden Agricultural Show June Visit site
Brass Band Heritage Week End July Visit site
Hebden Arts Festival July Visit site
Oxenhope Straw Race July Visit site
Mytholmroyd Gala July Visit site
World on Your Door Step – Calder Park July
Vintage Car Week End August Visit site
Scarecrow Trail September Visit site
Rushbearing Festival September Visit site

Halifax  Annual Events

Holocaust Memorial Day January Visit site
St. Patrick’s Day Parade March Visit site
Pork Pie Eating Festival May Visit site
Irish Festival Week June Visit site
Festival of Brass July Visit site
Calderdale Gold Open Week End July Visit site
Halifax Summer Gala July Visit site
Halifax Festival July Visit site
Halifax Agriculture Show August Visit site
Heritage Open Days September Visit site
Halifax Minster Guided Tours Visit site
Walk4life Mile Project Visit site

Howarth & Bronte Country (Bradford) Annual Events

Haworth Tourist Information re Festivals   Visit site
Fairtrade Week End Feb/March
Valley Worth Steam Gala February
1940s Week End May
Bronte Vintage Gathering May
Valley Worth Diesel Week End May
1960s Week End June
Hallowe’en Week End October
Scroggling the Holly November
Pipes Bows and Bells Week End November
Torchlight Week End November
Bradford International Film Festivals March, September and November Visit site
Bradford Alhambra’s Comedy Club Monthly Visit site
Saltaire  Delicious Yorkshire Local Produce Markets Montly Visit site
Complimentary Medicine Festival April Visit site
Saltaire Arts Trail Festival May Visit site
Bradford Car Classic Week End July/August Visit site
Bradford Mela August Visit site
Saltaire Festival September Visit site
Ikley Literature Festival Sept/October Visit site

Kirklees, Huddersfield & Holmfirth Annual Events

Kirklees Young Musician of the Year January Visit site
Imbolc Fire Festival February Visit site
Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival February Visit site
Spirit 2011 February Visit site
Huddersfield Literature Festival March Visit site
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Huddersfield March Visit site
Cuckoo Festival Marsden April Visit site
Holmfirth Festival of Folk May Visit site
400th Anniversary King James Authorized Bible   Visit site
Kirkheaton Arts Festival May Visit site
Cleckheaton Folk Festival July Visit site
Birdsedge Village Festival July Visit site
Mirfield Family Agricultural Show August Visit site
Marsden Jazz Festival October Visit site

 

Local attractions

Walkers are Welcome Weekend

(September)

A weekend of guided walks, led walks and events for walkers of all ages, organised by the Hebden Bridge Walker’s Action. Choose from 30 walks, from one-hour town centre strolls to all day hikes. There are pre-breakfast, late night walks, local history walks, environmental walks, architectural walks, children’s walks and French and Spanish-speaking walks. Events on Saturday evening at the Hole in’t Wall pub include John Manning (Walking the Pacific Crest Trail), Kate Ashbrook (a welcome to Walkers are Welcome) and a special walkers’ pub quiz.

Calderdale Reader’s and Writers’ Festival

(August / October)

A month of exciting events for both readers and writers. This includes author events, workshops, bookswaps, quizzes and more. There are lots going on for both children and adults at locations all over Calderdale including Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Hebden Bridge Picture House

Hebden Bridge Picture House provides a mix of arthouse and mainstream cinema, as well as a variety of live events each year, including concerts and theatre. It’s a refreshing alternative to the multiplexes found in most towns, as friendly staff serve delicious hot drinks in china mugs and homemade cakes from the kiosk.

telephone 01422 824807
web www.hebdenbridge-picturehouse.co.uk

Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill

Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill Hebden Bridge is a beautifully wooded valley consisting of 400 acres of unspoilt woodland. In the heart of this is Gibson Mill a 19th Century cotton mill which has been restored and redeveloped to provided visitors with an interactive experience. It is also a flagship example of sustainable tourism. Numerous events take place during the year a great family day out.

telephone 01422 8441518
email hardcastlecrags@nationaltrust.org.uk
web www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Stubbing Wharf Cruises

Stubbing Wharf Cruises Hebden Bridge. Enjoy an enchanting cruise with Gracie on Yorkshire’s most picturesque canal (Rochdale Canal). Departing from Stubbing Wharf there is a delightful range of cruises to enjoy from’Crocodile’ Cruises, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas to pirate parties. Trips run most days during summer and there is something for everyone.

telephone 07966 808717
web www.stubbingwharf.com/cruises

Heptonstall Museum

The medieval town of Heptonstall sits on the hill above Hebden Bridge only ¾ of a mile walk up the cobbled Buttress which was part of the pack-horse route to Burnley or maybe take a bus ride up for those less energetic. There are two churches built on the same site with stunning views from both the Octagonal Church and the remains of the 13th century Cluniac Priory. The poetess Syliva Platt and David Harley, the infamous leader of the Cragg Vale Coiners are buried in Heptonstall.

Heptonstall Museum, Hebden Bridge, is housed in the old village grammar school. A permanent exhibition explores the changing importance of the area from prehistoric times to the present day. The new community space offers a look at the area using oral histories and photographs.


telephone 01422 843738
email musems-arts@calderdale.gov.uk

Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre

Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre in on the banks of the Rochdale Canal and aims to make sustainable lifestyle a reality by providing inspiration, advice, demos and workshops. Visit the One Planet exhibition, the Energy Room, energy audit house, green shop, cyclerecycle and more.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Refurbished in an Art Deco influenced style, thus keeping with the period in which the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre first came into being. Check web for performances.

web www.hebdenbridgelittletheatre.co.uk

Hebden Bridge Train Station

All trains stop here and within 35 minutes you can be in Manchester with its excellent shopping, ranging from markets to high street shops. There are 2 direct trains every hour. The centre of Leeds is 45 minutes away with its museums, Corn Exchange and the Victoria Arcade with everything for the discerning shopper. There are 3 direct trains every hour.

telephone 0845 000 0125

The Pennine and Calderdale Way

The town of Hebden Bridge is renowned for its walks and is the first town in the UK to acknowledge this by “Walkers are Welcome”. The Calderdale Way is approx. 50 miles and is a circular walk round the Borough of Calderdale.

The Pennine Way is 268 miles of chasing the Pennine Mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England from the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales over Hadrians Wall to the Cheviots. Amongst the finest upland walks in England.

Bronte Parsonage Museum & Haworth

Take the scenic drive from Hebden Bridge to the nearby town of Haworth a former wool manufacturing village. The main street has changed little over the years and offers an interesting variety of shops, tearooms and public houses once frequented by Branwell Bronte. The Brontes are perhaps the most famous literary family and the Haworth Parsonage was their home from 1820-1861, now the Bronte Parsonage Museum . This is a must see for fans of Wuthering Heights and you will not be disappointed.

telephone 01535 642323
web www.bronte.org.uk

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

It’s just a short drive over the tops to Oxenhope where you can take a steam train ride to Keighley. Special events are held during the year - Steam Gala Weekends, Day out with Thomas etc. A great family day out whatever the weather. Further details

telephone 01535 645214
web www.kwvr.co.uk

Heritage Walks in Calderdale

Well researched guided walks aim to explain the history and fascinating features of local towns and villages. Walks are 2 hours or just over and are fairly easy walking unless otherwise stated. The walks are not suitable for those under 13 years. The summer programme is underway and the winter programme is available in September. For almost all walks booking is not essential just turn up and pay a small fee on the day. Guides can be booked for private groups for further details:

email CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com

Jerusalem Farm

Situated in the heart of the picturesque Luddenden Valley is between Halifax and Hebden Bridge , Jerusalem Farm offers a safe haven for woodpeckers, herons, deer and profusions of insects. Special packages can be provided to suit many groups which include guided walks, orienteering and other environmental workshop-type activities.

telephone01422 883246
email countryside@calderdale.gov.uk
web www.calderdale.gov.uk

Eureka Halifax

Britain’s award winning ‘first and foremost’ hands on museum for children boasts 400 must-touch exhibits such as ‘Me and my Body’, ‘Sounds Space’, ‘Our Global Garden’. It’s all in a days play at Eureka . There is an admission charge. The museum, shop and café are open from 10am to 5pm everyday except 24-26 December.

telephone 01422 330069
web www.eureka.org.uk

Shibden Hall & Park, Halifax

Shibden Hall & Park has been a family home until quite recently and over the centuries expanded with its different owners and reflects the changes in taste and need. At the back is The Folk Museum which features a 17th century aisled barn with a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and displays showing the interior of blacksmith, wheelwright’s and cooper and many more conserving examples of the traditional trades and crafts of the area. There is a wide range of programmes held during the year. Also there is a café selling snacks. There is a charge into the Hall.

The grounds of Shibden Hall is now a public park with boating lake, pitch and putt, miniature railway and play area for children. The park is free.

telephone 01422 352246

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve

Located outside Halifax on the A629 is a designated local nature reserve Ogden Water which comprises a 34 acre reservoir surrounded by over a 100 acres of woodland. A perfect area to have a picnic and nature activities are organized by the staff throughout the year. Most of the activities are free.

web www.ogdenwater.org.uk

The Pennine Bridleway National Trai

Planned and designed specifically for horse riders, cyclists and walkers.

The Mary Towneley Loop opened in 2002.
www.nationaltrail.co.uk/penninebridleway

Calderdale Cycling Events & Ride Guide
telephone 01422 392103
www.halifaxctc.org.uk
www.calderdale.gov.uk

Walkley Clog Factory, Mytholmroyd

UK ’s major manufacture of Clogs and the only place in the world where the Great British Clog is manufactured in its entirety

web www.clogs.co.uk

West Yorkshire Cycle Routes

web www.ctc.org.uk www.bcf.uk.com www.sustrans.org.uk

Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre

telephone 01422 844021
web www.hebdenbridgeequestriancentre.co.uk

Royal Armouries Museu, Leeds (free)

telephone 08700344344
web www.royalarmouries.org

Eden Camp, Malton

Modern History Theme Museum

web www.edencamp.co.uk

Yorkshire Air Museum, York

telephone 01904 608246
web www.yorkshiremuseum.co.uk

The Deep

The World’s Only Submarium

web www.thedeep.co.uk

Bradford Gallery of Photography (free)

The UK ’s independent leading venue for photography

web www.impressions-gallery.com

Ponderosa, Huddersfield

Rural therapeutic centre and rare breeds farm

web www.ponderosa-centre.org

Hesketh Farm Park, near Skipton

A 600 acre working farm situated on the Bolton Abbey Estate

web www.heskethfarmpark.co.uk

Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles & Gardens

web www.castlesandgardens.co.uk

Halifax Hotels

web www.iknow-yorkshire.co.uk

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