Still Time to See The Battle of Heptonstall Community Play at Halifax Minster

The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.

The script for The Battle of Heptonstall was written over the summer by commissioned playwright and director Michael Crowley

The last of four shows will be at Halifax Minster on March 9th. There is promotional film about the play and the battle itself here.

“I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, Sir, I think it’s clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not bound in a strict sense to that government that he hath not had a voice to put himself under.

Colonel Sir Thomas Rainsborough, Leveller and MP for Droitwich, The Putney Debates 1647.

Tickets at £10 are available through Eventbrite.

Illuminating Halifax – Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Minster and more…

Square Chapel, The Piece Hall and The Halifax Minster present

Illuminating Halifax

Fri 07 Dec—Mon 10 Dec
Times: Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Piece Hall & Halifax Minster

Tickets: Free

This December Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, are lighting up their buildings in one mesmerising weekend of spectacular light.


Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December

6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm

Free to attend

Square Chapel Art Centre’s copper building will come to life in a 10 minute light and sound spectacular celebrating 30 years of the arts centre.

Halifax Minster

Sunday 9 December: 5.30pm | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm

Monday 10 December: 3.30pm | 4.30pm | 5.30pm | 6.30pm

Free to attend

Ceiling illumination at the Halifax Minster

Three Harps of Christmas at Halifax Minster

Monday 10 December, 8:00pm

Tickets £15

Join internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall as she takes you on a candlelit journey through carols, medieval and new music on concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp at the wonderful Halifax Minster.

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The Piece Hall

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December

From dusk | Free to attend

The Piece Hall will house a frosted Christmas light installation that will illuminate using the beautiful historical cloth hall as a backdrop.

Christmas Services at Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster has published the programme of services for December as follows;

  • Advent Carol Service – Sunday 2 December, 6:30pm
  • Carols at All Souls, Haley Hill – Sunday 9 December, 4:00pm
  • Christmas Carol Service – Sunday 23 December, 6:30pm
  • Christingle Services – Monday 24 December, 1:45pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Midnight Mass – Monday 24 December, 11:30pm
  • Christmas Day – Christmas Day, 9:00am, 10:30am

Halifax Minster Christmas Tree Festival

The Halifax Minster Christmas Tree Festival will include many real Christmas trees from 6ft to 18ft , beautifully decorated and sponsored by local businesses for our enjoyment.

The Festival runs from Friday 30 November to Monday 3 December from 10:00am to 4:00pm except for the Sunday which will be 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Refreshments will be on sale and the Minster shop will be open.

£2 entry for adults and children FREE.

‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ at Halifax Minster

Overgate Hospice Choir is proud to be presenting Karl Jenkins’ moving work on the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One on Saturday 13 October, 7:00pm at Halifax Minster.

‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ is a powerful and compelling account of the consequences of war and the world’s hope for peace. Commissioned for the millennium by The Royal Armouries and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, this work is a contemporary example of a mass based on the 15th century French song L’homme armé (The Armed Man). Set within the framework of the Christian mass, The Armed Man, uses both sacred and secular texts.

The choir will be joined by the Youth Orchestra of Musica Kirklees (was Kirklees Music School) and their Music Director Thom Meredith.

The choir will also be joined by three treble soloist from the Halifax Minster Choir; Rosie Barber, Martha Hill and Madison Tasker.

Tickets at £12 are available from:

  • Overgate Hospice, 30 Hullen Edge Road, Elland HX5 0QY
  • Harveys of Halifax, Commercial Street, Halifax HX1 1LJ
  • Shoesmiths, Commercial Street, Halifax HX1 1BE

Celebrate World Animal Day at the RSPCA Animal Blessing Service


THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are inviting all creatures great and small to celebrate World Animal Day with them at their annual Animal Blessing Service in conjunction with the Halifax Minster. The service is on Sunday October 7, 2:30pm at the Halifax Minster, Causeway, HX1 1QL.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said “We think our animal blessing is a really special and unique way to celebrate World Animal Day and it’s one of our favourite events of the year. We love seeing the amazing variety of pets and animals people bring to the Minster, from kittens to horses and we hope the local community will join us for a wonderful service”.

Owners should ensure that all pets are well behaved and properly restrained, dogs on leads, cats in baskets and other small animals in travelling cages, equines must be unshod to be allowed in the church. RSPCA staff will be at the church to welcome and give assistance to owners and their pets.

To find out more about the Animal Blessing please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford website here: You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘Animal Blessing’ in events within Halifax.


Sans Illuminaire at Halifax Minster

Make an exclusive evening visit to the Benedictine Halifax Minster and meet some Living History characters from its past as you journey through some 900 years on Friday 7 September, 7:30pm.

Characters from our town’s past will return to life for an evening during Halifax Heritage Festival. Twelve costumed former citizens will each say something about their lives and their connection with the building. There will be musical interludes. A magical, candlelit evening, directed by David Glover.

The price of £5.28 (including booking fee) includes a glass of wine and tickets can be booked at Eventbrite.