Halifax has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag Award for several years in a row, which recognises both great entertainment and hospitality. The award is only given to towns and cities that meet or surpass standards of excellence and Halifax definitely does that.
The West Yorkshire town is home to some amazing attractions including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and The Piece Hall – a Grade I listed building and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain, now a contemporary leisure, retail, cultural and heritage destination.
On Sunday 5 May stage 4 of the TDY will depart from the stunning Piece Hall, and as well as the cycling there is plenty to enjoy on the day. The Piece Hall will host an afternoon programme of entertainment including Halifax’s number one sea shanty band The Landlubbers and Jump, Jive & Wail who will perform swinging hits from the 1920s through to the 60s. In the courtyard kids can get creative with lots of fun bike-themed crafts including badge making, key ring making and canvas bag decorating. Crafters from the buildings resident Spin a Yarn group will be spinning some colourful pom poms and letter ‘Y’s to celebrate the tour, and alongside The Piece Hall’s resident food and drink spots there will be pop-ups from La Tradizione, Roast and Wrap, Toast of Harrogate, Fishfinger Bar and Zorba.
The Piece Hall will host its first ever Wellbeing & Community Festival this April; a free two-day event which will help the local community get active and creative, as well as offering much-needed support services.
The Courtyard will host four different ‘zones’ for visitors to explore themed around Active, Creative, Support and Wellbeing. From fitness fanatics to first timers, anyone looking to get moving can try their hand at a whole host of sports including all-adapted cycling, kurling, dance, tai chi, wheelchair basketball and yoga, and also pick up some tips from Sport For All and Threeways Sports Centre. Visitors with a creative flair can try their hand at mindful colouring and stone carving, amongst other calming artistic activities.
An array of Support services will be on offer across the courtyard from charities Basement Recovery Project, Healthy Minds and Samaritans, and there will be food pop-ups and music from community choirs and local musicians. Inspired by the contours and undulations of the local landscape, the public will be invited to collaboratively weave yarns and threads onto an interactive loom structure, building up natural elements through colour and texture. Visitors can add their own message of hope for Calderdale onto a range of surfaces, which will be incorporated into the structure as it grows.
There will be an International Women’s Day event taking place on Wednesday 13 March, 9:30am-2:35pm in the Caygill Suite at the Piece Hall. The aim of the event is to celebrate women’s achievements and to explore the next steps in terms of the promotion of equality. The event is a partnership event between the WEA, the Women’s Centre, All 1 Collective, Square Chapel and the Piece Hall.
Everybody is welcome at the event and we would really appreciate if you could promote the event to your staff and community groups.
They would be really grateful if you and anybody interested in coming could register by calling 0300 303 3464 with the event reference C3675361, as this helps to estimate numbers.
Kidocracy is an interactive show on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 12:00pm-1:00pm (doors open 11:30am) at the Piece Hall. It is hosted by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), appearing as Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all who gives children an island to rule.
They must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t all fun, fun, fun – there’s stuff to be done as well.
This is a seated show and will take place this Christmas in the circus-style Spiegeltent – a spectacular round wooden structure from the Netherlands measuring 20 meters in diameter, lavishly decorated inside with mirrors, glass and velvet.
Tickets, Adult £11, Children £8.50 are available from the Piece Hall website.
The Book Corner and The Grayston Unity have joined together to organise & curate the first ever Halifax Festival of Words. It will take place in the town between Thursday 11 and Saturday 14 October.
It’s a festival that celebrates the use of language through books, music, spoken word and illustration.
For all Halifax Festival of Words listings, please click here.
There is a mixture of free events and some with a small charge.
Don’t miss this closing summer spectacle on Saturday 15 September, 6:30pm-10:30pm, The Blondin Gala – a celebration of the historic event when in 1861 international sensation Blondin completed a tightrope walk across The Piece Hall.
The Bullzini Family will recreate this great high wire feat for this specially commissioned show for the big occasion. The lead performers are Chris and Phoebe Bullzini, who have worked together for over seven years as wire walkers and are the only UK couple to have tied the knot while on the wire.
The Gala will feature an array of artists and performances for the audience to explore, including side show curiosities, vaudeville style street theatre, circus acts and magic to make this an evening to remember.
The programme includes: The Bullzini Family, Mark Mark, George Orange, Norvil & Josephine, Copperdollar, Artizani, Ian Marchant, Matt Bernard, Madame Zuccinni, Mat Ricardo and Circus 250 Caravan
Alongside the entertainment there will also be a host of food and drink pop-ups with belly-warming options and some circus style treats.
This event forms part of the nationwide Circus250 celebrations and is over the Heritage Open Days Weekend. Families can book onto the Making Magic workshop to get involved in during the daytime.
Book now by going to the Piece Hall website.