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.
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
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|
Walkers are Welcome Weekend
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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
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.
The Pennine Bridleway National Trai
Planned and designed specifically for horse riders, cyclists and walkers.
The Mary Towneley Loop opened in 2002.
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
West Yorkshire Cycle Routes
Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre
telephone 01422 844021
Royal Armouries Museu, Leeds (free)
Eden Camp, Malton
Modern History Theme Museum
Yorkshire Air Museum, York
telephone 01904 608246
The World’s Only Submarium
Bradford Gallery of Photography (free)
The UK ’s independent leading venue for photography
Rural therapeutic centre and rare breeds farm
Hesketh Farm Park, near Skipton
A 600 acre working farm situated on the Bolton Abbey Estate
Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles & Gardens
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