Let’s Grow team returns to Halifax Borough Market for Festive Fun!

Families can share the joy of laughter, learning and festivities in the magnificent Victorian Halifax Borough Market and surrounding streets this December, as the ‘Let’s Grow’ team return with a Christmas theme.

The Let’s Grow Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Little Christmas Party follows the successful debut of the two-day pop-up allotment event at the market during the October half-term.

On Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December 2021, Halifax’s stunning market hall will welcome back the charming family of baby fruits and vegetables, their friendly ‘Vegetable Nannies’ and a host of performances, games, crafts, festive tunes, prizes and more.

The free event is brought to the market by Ben Faulks – co-creator of the award-winning TV series, ‘Mr Bloom’s Nursery’ – and his wife, Mimi, in partnership with Calderdale Council. It is funded by the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to help high streets and tourist attractions recover from the pandemic and welcome back shoppers and visitors.

At the October Let’s Grow event, the Council launched a two-year community art project and gave people the chance to share ideas for the borough’s Year of Culture in 2024, to coincide with Calderdale’s 50th anniversary and support the economic recovery.

Here are just some of the fun-packed activities taking place:

  • Dance along as the Disco Shed plays funky festive tunes with games, bubbles and cheeky elves a-plenty.
  • Snap a selfie with the Living Lamp Posts and Christmas Travellers, Hodman & Sally.
  • Get creative with reindeer costume making and arts and crafts.
  • Complete the Christmas market treasure trail for a chance to win a family annual pass to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.
  • Make your own reindeer food to take home and sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.
  • Get active with the reindeer hoopla game or relax and draw elf portraits in the Christmas Chill Out Zone.

For more information about ‘Let’s Grow’ and the full programme of activities and performances, please visit www.letsgrow.org.uk and www.visitcalderdale.com/the-lets-grow-ho-ho-ho-merry-little-christmas-party

COVID-safety measures are in place for the event, including face coverings for all performers and stewards and the monitoring and restriction of visitor numbers in the festival spaces.

To find out what else is happening in Calderdale this festive season, head to www.visitcalderdale.com and look out for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #visitcalderdale

Community Get Together – Pizza, Activities, Information – November 18



Healthy Minds, Staying Well and Focus4Hope would like to invite you to a day of mindful and relaxing activities, fun and food!

Our community Get Together will be at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland on

Thursday 18 November between 10am – 2pm

There will be mindful movement activities, arts and crafts, pizza making and lots of information about local services.

Please call 01422 392767 to book your place or email stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk

Alternatively contact Healthy Minds or Focus4Hope.



Crafts with Dan – Plastic Bottle Piggy Planter

In the UK over 35.8 million bottles are consumed each day and sadly, a staggering 16 million of these fail to reach plastic recycling facilities.
As part of a North Halifax Partnership project around recycling and the environment our Ward Link Worker Dan Marham is here to share some creative ways to make use of one of the largest contributors to plastic pollution…. Single use plastic bottles!

We hope you enjoy the first installment of Crafts with Dan!

Have a go at making your own plastic bottle planters and send us your photos via Facebook messenger at Halifax North & East or Tweet your pictures @hxnorthandeast

Watch the video below and don’t forget to subscribe ready for the next crafts video!


Re Arranged – Easter egg hunt with the Addy Community

The Addy Community Easter Egg Hunt will now take place this coming Sunday

Join in for a great afternoon of Easter fun for children, including arts & crafts and an Easter egg hunt with a special prize for the finder of the golden egg.

Sunday 3 April – 12 to 3pm
At Pellon Network Centre, 53-55 Rye Lane, HX2 0QB

Please note a ticket will be needed to enter the egg hunt which can be obtained by taking part in all activities leading up to it. – All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Addy Community is also in need of a treasurer and require someone good with numbers, able to do banking of money etc and most importantly someone who wants to be part of a fantastic group that is striving to improve the community.

If you are interested and want further details please contact Paul Tait 07707597353.

The Social and Health Benefits of Crafting

Watch as the Ladies at Halifax’s Fabbadashery, discuss the social and health benefits of crafting as a group activity in this short video from Calderdale Live TV.

Create and Talk English at VAC

Learn about making jewellery, try basket weaving, make a candle stand and practise your English while you create with tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Thursday 3, 10 and 17 December – 1.30pm to 3pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY

To get involved email hrichardsonallen@wea.org.uk.

Have an Un-Scrooged Christmas at New Beginnings

christmas-wreathEnjoy FREE body art, face painting, arts and crafts, Christmas films, a bouncy castle and more including a living nativity, telling the story of Christmas like never before.

Saturday 12 December – 11am to 2pm
At New Beginnings Christian Centre, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX.

Then at 6pm enjoy ‘The Sound of Christmas’ involving a local Children’s Christmas Choir and other festive entertainment.

Entry to the evening carol and choir singing is an item/items of non-perishable food which will be donated at the end of the evening to the Halifax Food Drop In Centre.

Drop in to New Beginnings for further information or call 01422 385207.