New workshops at Eureka for children with visual impairments – British Science Week


New workshops for children with visual impairments

To celebrate British Science Week on Sunday 15th March we’ll be running FREE workshops for children with visual impairments aged 7-11 to explore the solar system.

Join us for our Tactile Universe workshops and use 3D models and sensory activities developed by astrophysicists from the University of Portsmouth to explore the wonders of space and astronomy.

Children will get to create their own mini 3D models of the solar system to take home. Find out more on our website.

Places are free for visually impaired children aged 7-11 years and their families but must be booked in advance. Places are limited, so call Trizia on 01422 330069 or email to book your place.

Wild West Exhibition and talks at Bankfield Museum

Venue: Bankfield Museum, Akroyd Park, Boothtown Rd, Halifax, HX3 6HG

Native American and Western artefacts will be on display from Calderdale Museums, Leeds City Museums and various private collections, alongside souvenirs from the world famous ‘Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show’, which visited Halifax on the 8th October 1903.

January 2017 sees the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s death. Born William F. Cody, the legendary ‘Buffalo Bill’ almost single-handedly created the image of the ‘Wild West’, which endures to this day- with cowboys and Indians, covered wagons and stagecoaches.

Wild West Talks – FREE Admission

Moccasin Making – £40 per person including materials, tools and refreshments.
Learn how to make a pair of leather moccasins.  To register interest or for more information please email

Unique museum to be unveiled in Warley

warley-museumHistoric Calderdale village, Warley Town, has a unique museum to be unveiled by the Mayor & Mayoress of Calderdale, with the musical accompaniment of the ‘Friendly Band’ and the ‘Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers’.

Saturday 8 October 2016 – 2pm
Situated at the Maypole Inn, Warley Town Ln, Warley, HX2 7RZ

Members of Warley Community Association, along with highly skilled local artists and historians, have worked together over the year to renovate and transform a redundant telephone box in order to create this very special museum ‘box’ of local history.

This is the one and only conversion of a BT telephone box to a museum in the United Kingdom and an application has been made for it to be entered into the Guinness World Records.

Everyone is welcome to go along and celebrate this grand opening.

Men United make memories to cherish at the Royal Armouries

March the 4th was the day Calderdale was hit by snow and daily routines were disrupted, but for the Men United Group at Ovenden Park it meant disappointment that their planned trip to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds had to be cancelled at the last minute.

Group on minibusThe trip finally went ahead on Wednesday 13 April after re planning and saw 11 regular group members get together at Halifax RUFC’s Ovenden Park Ground where they boarded a minibus provided by Community Transport Calderdale.

With laughter ringing out and the sun brightly shining, the group set off on their travels singing some of their favourite songs from the past including a Men United rendition of My Bonnie lies over the ocean led by Graham Smith which set the tone for a fantastic day out, marked with the groups ease of each other and their ready humour.

Group outside ArmouriesOn arrival the men gathered together in front of the Armouries for a group photograph before splitting from each other and venturing on inside.

Phil Marrion and Chriss FreemanWith an array of armour and weapons from various generations on display and the military backgrounds of some of the group members it was quite clear to see why the Royal Armouries was the place of choice for a day trip.

Graham Smith, Chair of HXRUFC and volunteer said:

“The venue was very impressive, packed with exhibits too great in numbers to be seen and considered in the allotted time but the armoury from the days of Henry VIII, the Civil War, the battles of Agincourt and Waterloo were very fascinating and a return is vital”


Ray and Tiger Hunt ExhibitRoy Hulme, Member of the Men United group, speaking of his experience said:

“The Hunting Gallery was absolutely brilliant with some unbelievably lifelike exhibits. My personal favourite was the ‘Tiger Hunt’ which captured all the action of a close encounter with my favourite animal and you can only imagine what kind of feelings you would have in that situation”

Bill Stafford, also a member of the Men United Group, described the day as “Intriguing” and pointed out that he specifically enjoyed the ‘wearing of armour and its full purpose’ demonstration.

The group gave off the overall impression that the trip was a real success considering the time spent there and with memories brought back for some or the learning of new things for others it is certainly a day that added one more memory to be cherished.

To end the day the group got back on the minibus and headed to Heeds Hall Hotel where they all sat down together and enjoyed an astounding meal, talked over the day’s events, shared stories, laughs and fond memories in great company… Simply perfect!

Meal at Heeds Hall Hotel

Dragons are coming to Bankfield Museum!

Dragons-exhibition-imageVisitors to Bankfield Museum, Halifax are in for a ferociously good time, as a new family exhibition exploring fearsome, fiery and friendly dragons through the ages (in all their shapes and sizes) opens on Saturday 24 Januaryread more here…

This free exhibition features original artworks by local illustrator and author Chris Mould.

Bankfield Museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The free Dragons exhibition opens on Saturday 24 January and continues until Saturday 25 April.

During Half Term and Easter Holidays there will be a range of activities and crafts. Visit for details of events and booking.