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Hebden Bridge events

Thursday 21 November 2019

Chrismas Lights Switch on

Hebden Bridge Lights switch on

With entertainment from local schools, Bazzmatazz and Hebden Bridge Junior Band. Plus a Spectacular Fireworks Display and complementary Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at The Town Hall. George's Square 5pm Onwards (Switch On at 6pm)

Notice of Fireworks:
5.45pm till 5.50pm (approx)

Thursday 21 November 2019


RSC Live: Timon Of Athens

Live Arts Broadcast, 7pm (doors 6pm)

Timon of Athens

Directed by Simon Godwin, Kathryn Hunter stars in the lead role, captured live at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon.

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved. Featuring a “searing central performance” (Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens is a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.

‘A searing central performance flips the gender dynamics as Shakespeare’s study of greed gets a ravishing revival’ – The Guardian * * * *

‘Kathryn Hunter is hypnotic in this gender-switched tragedy’ – The Telegraph * * * *

Advance tickets and further information available here

Thursday 21 November 2019

Frogs, Firearms and Flames - Tales of a Museum Curator

U3A Todmorden’s next members’ meeting will be on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 in the Central Methodist Church Hall in Todmorden at 1.45. Our guest speaker, Heather Davis, will be delivering her interestingly-titled talk ‘Frogs, Firearms and Flames’ – Tales of a Museum Curator.

Our contact details are www.u3atod.org.uk(website), info@u3atod.org.uk (email), or 01422 886021 (phone).

Saturday 23 November 2019

Trades Club

My Life Story

My Life StoryWin tickets to see My Life Story at the Trades Club. Britpop stars My Life Story are coming to the Trades Club on Sat 23 Nov promoting their comeback album ‘Citizen World’, and the HebWeb has a pair of tickets to give away. Read more

Saturday 23 November 2019

Film Festival

Home, An Outward Journey

Hosted by the Hebden Bridge Film Festival on Sat 23 Nov with Q&A with Sarah Outen, adventurer, bestselling author and motivational speaker who travelled the world by bike, kayak and rowing boat.

See HebWeb news article

Sunday 24 November 2019

Quiz Night

Survivors of Torture Activity Fund at Kava cafe, Todmorden


Gather your own team of up to 6 people or join with others on the night to make this a successful as our last quiz.

£10 for the Quiz and Pie and Peas

Tickets: from Kava or by phoning John 07789 264770 or another member of the team.

25-30 November 2019

Little Theatre: Bazaar and Rummage

Bazaar and RummageLittle Theatre: Bazaar and Rummage

Sue Townsend’s heartfelt comedy Bazaar and Rummage, tells the story of a group of agoraphobic women, as they attempt to overcome their social anxieties, by running a jumble sale. From 25-30 Nov. 

HebWeb News article

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Public Meeting: Brexit and the Climate Emergency

How much will Brexit hinder reaching net zero carbon emissions?

With Natalie Bennett, former Leader of the Green Party and Josh Fenton−Glynn, Labour Party PPC Calder Valley

All welcome. 7.30pm. Town Hall.

Organised by the Calderdale Green Party.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

The saving of Hardcastle Crags

Grant Lowe

Hardcastle Crags

Photo: Grant Lowe

An examination of what the Crags have meant to past generations and the lengths people from far and wide have gone to save them for us all.

Grant is the Visitor Operations Manager for the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags. He has worked alongside community groups to improve knowledge and understanding of the environment.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 28 November 2019

CROWS Quiz and Curry


Thursday 28 November 2019


NT Live: Present Laughter

Live Arts Broadcast, 7pm (doors 6pm)

Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. Note this production is filmed in front of a live audience, rather than broadcast live.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Friday 29 November 2019

Christmas Faves Cookery Demo

7.30pm to 9.30pm, Fielden Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden

Learn how to make our cooks' favourite plant based seasonal dishes. Enjoy taste testers throughout the evening.

Limited places are available: Email info@3valleyvegns.org.uk

Suggested donation: £4
Gluten-free options 
Please tell us any dietary requirements in advance
Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores
Wheelchair accessible venue

Friday 29 November 2019

Dark Matter Promotions presents:

Witch Tripper + The Sourheads + Bodach

Witch Tripper - Nottingham power trio. Mixing stoner grooves with fast paced rock and roll. 

The Sourheads  - Hailing from Wakefield - Fusing the swagger of The Stooges, the poetry of The Doors, the danger of Alice Cooper, and the dirt of Kyuss and making it bigger. 

Bodach - Riff Merchants from Rotherham

9pm, The Mill. Hollins Mill

Sat 30 November - 1 December 2019

Christmas ARTfair 2019

Join us across TWO DAYS this winter for our family-friendly, Christmas shopping experience in Hebden Bridge, celebrating wonderfully affordable gifts by local and regional artists, jewellers, sculptors and more!

With Christmas shopping in mind, they'll be something for everybody located within the picturesque Waterfront Hall of The Town Hall, including an onsite Cafe brewing warming drinks and serving tasty treats!

An accompanying 'Winter Showcase' exhibition throughout the foyer and cafe area runs Tuesday 26 November to Saturday 21 December 2019.

ARTfair Dates: Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2019 Venue: The Waterfront Hall, The Town Hall, St Georges St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY Exhibition Times: 11am - 4pm (Free entry!)


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Sat 30 November - 1 December 2019

Free Christmas Cupcake Masterclass

Pop in and book your slot Now to experience hands on cupcake baking and decorating with "The Fab Patisserie" Saturday 30 November Slots:

12:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 17:00 

Sunday 1 December Slots:
11:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 14:00

Thursday 5 December 2019

Cafe Culture

Local Stories and Local Speakers
- 1st Thursday each month at 2.30pm

Anne Lister of Shibden Hall

by Pat Osborne

Cafe Culture

Doors open 2pm for tea and cake


Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Enquiries: 01422 417373

A Hebden Bridge Arts Festival event

Saturday 7 December 2019


Christmas Fundraiser Concert

2pm, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

With vocal ensemble

Christmas Carols, Motets and Readings

Tickets £10 Available from Square Chapel Box Office


Information and photos:

Sunday 8 December 2019

Ledlenser Trails in Motion World Film Tour

Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Doors 3pm: Films 4pm
Tickets here

We're pleased to announce The Trails In Motion Film Tour to Hebden Bridge for 2019.

The Ledlenser Trails In Motion Film Festival is an annual international film tour for the community, by the community, bringing a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world. Join like-minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts at engaging film festival-styled event as we all come together to celebrate the diverse culture of the sport.

Perseverance, individual quirkiness, Fastest Known Times (FKT's) and trail camaraderie are central to the theme of the 2019 Ledlenser Trails In Motion Film Tour line up. Each film offers an exciting and inspirational view into the world of trail and ultra running, all the while showcasing some of the planet's most breathtaking trail running destinations in the process.

There will be a prize draw on the day courtesy of Ledlenser UK with proceeds going to Calder Valley Search & Rescue along reasonably priced Indonesian food available and a full bar.

Parking is limited in Hebden Bridge so we encourage the use of public transport or even better, run!

The Vocation Mytholmroyd Fell Race is happening in the morning, there are a few tickets up for grabs for some winners, please check the details here on the Calder Valley Fell Runners website

To find out more about Ledlensers quality head-torches please visit their website:  

Ledlenser Store

Sunday 8 December 2019

Canalside Comedy

MC Matt Fong will be joined by Sam Gore, Becky Heaviside, Tom Little and Steve Day

Canalside Comedy

Matt’s debut solo show at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was picked as one of the best shows in Edinburgh, so we’re excited to see him in Hebden Bridge. Newer Act Becky Heaviside will perform alongside prolific writer and performer, Sam Gore. Sam cemented his position as one of the best new comedians of his generation with five New Act of the Year awards, including the national Laughing Horse competition. With his rapid-fire delivery and unique use of language and imagery, nobody writes a simile quite like Gore.

‘Inventive, unexpected and often very silly… ‘Tom Little ….’surely can’t remain a hidden treasure for long.’ - Chortle. This is your chance to see him at the intimate Hebden Bridge Little Theatre.

Closing the show, we’ve got Steve Day. Britain’s only deaf comedian - well if there are any others, he hasn't heard. A familiar voice on Radio 4, for the past fourteen years Steve has been performing to huge laughter around the country (well they tell him the laughter was huge to humour him, he doesn't know either way).

Doors open at 7pm for this show at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, and starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £14.

Further details available at www.canalsidecomedy.co.uk

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Halifax Chamber Choir

Charity Concert and Audience Carols

8.00pm, St.Jude's Parish Church
Holy Trinity and St Jude's,
Free School Lane, Halifax

With David Baker, organ

Directed by Aljosa Skorja

Free admission

Donations in aid of St Augustine's Centre, Halifax

Information and photos

Wednesday 11 December 2019

House Histories: How to begin

Barbara Atack, Hilary Fellows and Robert Stevens

House Histories

The talk will start with an examination of the resources available for researching the history of a house. Then two people who have explored the histories of their houses will tell the fascinating stories of two very different properties and shed light on life in Hebden Bridge over the time these buildings have existed. The speakers are all members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society who have a passion for historical buildings and experience of researching the history of different properties.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 12 December 2019


Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale

Live Arts Broadcast, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

Live: Present Laughter

Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season. This beautifully reimagined production, co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, features a remarkable cast including Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Fraser, Miranda Raison and Sir Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…

Captured live before a theatre audience, this critically acclaimed production was the first in the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season that was broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year in 2015.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Saturday 14 December

Xmas Concert

2-5 pm: An Afternoon of Czech Music

Walshaw Lodge, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

Tickets £30 including a full meal with wine available from www.MargaretBruce.com (no booking fee) or 01422 843937

Tuesday 17 December 2019


Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Live Arts Broadcast, 7.15pm (doors 6.15pm)

Royal Ballet

This is a recorded broadcast, recorded live at the Royal Opera House Thursday 8 December 2016.

Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Tuesday 24 December 2019


It's a Wonderful Life

Christmas Eve Screenings, 11:30am, 3:30pm

Wonderful Life

Enjoy our annual Christmas Eve tradition, watching It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen!

Morning: Doors open at 10.30am and the film will start at 11.30am. Ends around 1.45pm. Afternoon: Doors open at 2.30pm and the film will start at 3.30pm (or shortly after!). Ends around 5.45pm, in time for carols in the Square.

Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic follows the tribulations of small town everyman George Bailey (James Stewart), who, at the end of his luck and deep in debt, contemplates suicide one snowy, bleak Christmas Eve. But when George wishes that he had never been born, his guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers) takes a trip from the heavens to persuade him otherwise. After a nightmarish journey through an alternative Bedford Falls, George realizes the difference he has made to the people around him, learning lessons of love, loyalty and what it means to lead a wonderful life.

“Capra’s Dickensian masterpiece […] A genuine American classic” ***** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Advance tickets and further information available here

Saturday 28 December 2019


NT Live: Fleabag

Live Arts Broadcast, 8.30pm (doors 7.30pm)


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Saturday 28th is an encore screening: the show was recorded live on 12th September.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Tuesday 31 December 2019


Berliner Philharmoniker Live:
New Year's Eve Concert

Live Arts Broadcast, 4.30pm (doors 3.30pm)

New York concert

Celebrate the conclusion to 2019 with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Concert. This fantastic event will be conducted by Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko and features a lively American programme including the star soprano Diana Damrau as guest soloist.

Broadcast live from Berlin there are sure to be fireworks as the orchestra takes the audience on a journey through George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as works from Cole Porter, Carl Loewe, and Kurt Weill.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Wednesday 8 January 2020

A Victorian artist paints Hebden Bridge

Discovering the landscape, paintings of John Holland

Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt

Lecture 2

In 1869, at the White Horse in Hebden Bridge, there was an exhibition and sale of sixty-one paintings of the area by established landscape artist John Holland. This talk will focus especially on ‘View of Hebden Bridge from Fairfield’ which captures Hebden Bridge at a time of considerable change.

Both Diana and Justine are long-standing and active members of HBLHS. Their interests include walking the local landscape, and this has fed their historical researches. Diana began by researching the area around her own house, but has expertise in many areas; Justine has published her research into local water-powered industry and Fustianopolis.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Friday 17 January 2020

Canalside Comedy: Numéro Dix

Rarely gigging in the north of England Marcel Lucont is bringing his latest Edinburgh show, Numéro Dix, to Hebden Bridge. 

Marcel Lucont Numéro Dix

Undoubtedly the Nation’s favourite Frenchman, Marcel Lucont is bringing his exquisite new show (and live band to abuse) to Hebden Bridge.  

Canalside Comedy

Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. 

Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase on Friday 17 January at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre.

Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale now price £15 (plus booking fee). Book early, to avoid disappointment.

For more information and tickets go to www.canalsidecomedy.co.uk

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Glee Unions

Singing and Socialism in 19th and 20th century Yorkshire

Dr David Baker

Glee Clubs

The formation and spread of glee clubs in the north of England, especially Halifax and district in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, provided arenas where people could socialise and democratise.

David has had an illustrious career as a musician and academic. He founded the Halifax Organ Academy and now focuses on teaching the organ.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 12 February 2020

The Alan Petford Annual Memorial Lecture

Causes and cawseys

Making and repairing highways through the Wakefield manor court, 1550 – 1700

Murray Seccombe

Causes and cawseys

It can be difficult to find out much about local roads and how they were looked after before parish and turnpike trust records in the 1700s. The Wakefield court leet records provide an exceptional – possibly unique – record of complaints, repairs and local office holding in the townships of Halifax parish in the turbulent years of Elizabethan and Stuart England. This lecture will discuss the place of highway policy and practice in the transition from manorial regulation to governance through the parish and county.

Murray is Secretary of Hebden Bridge Local History Society, in the throes of doing his PhD at Lancaster University, researching road administration in the South Pennines, c. 1550-1800, with a special emphasis on aspects of social development and local governance. His background was in the not-for-profit transport sector, and he has lived and walked in Hebden Bridge area for 35 years.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp

Anne Buckley

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp

Anne will share the fascinating stories she discovered in translating a book written by sixty German officers after their release from the POW camp in Skipton. The men included naval captains, U-boat officers and airmen as well as foot soldiers. The project has attempted to include the story of the camp in the history of Skipton, including archaeology in residents’ gardens.

Anne Buckley is a Lecturer in German & Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. She has been working with the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Craven and the First World War’, based at Craven Museum in Skipton, where she lives, close to the site of the First World War training and POW camp.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

29 February 2020

Human Library

Human Library


Ground Floor, Hope Baptist Church

A WorldWide movement for Social Change. Listen to real people of all backgrounds sharing their extraordinary life stories. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. We invite you to ‘borrow’ a Human book for 25 minutes of story/dialogue. The stories that are shared by the human books cover many subject areas.

The Human Library is in 70 countries and it builds a positive framework for conversation. The aim is to challenge our preconceived stereotypes and prejudices and encourage understanding and empathy.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Celebrating our woodland heritage

Chris Atkinson

Celebrating our woodland heritage

Woodlands in the South Pennines have until now received only minimal attention concerning their development and use through human history. Since 2017 communities across the South Pennines have been working to change this. Led by Pennine Prospects as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project and supported by the University of Bradford, volunteers have undertaken 38 archaeological woodland surveys and 5 excavations, all of which have aimed to improve our understanding of the role of woodlands in human history.

Chris Atkinson is an archaeologist with many years’ experience in community archaeology and landscape surveys. As Heritage and Landscape Development Manager at Pennine Prospects, he has played a leading role in the ‘Celebrating our woodland heritage’ project. He is also Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Saturday 21 March 2020

Mayor’s Fundraiser Ceilidh 2020

You are invited to attend the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council's Charity Ceilidh at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Saturday 21st March 2020. All funds raised on the evening are going to the Mayor's Charity this year, CROWs (Community Rights of Way Service).

The event starts at 7.30pm (with dancing from 8pm). The entertainment and ceilidh band are Peaceworks, joining us for a second year. Tickets include a Pie and Peas supper (note that vegetarian options are available). A licenced bar is available on the evening.

Support a fantastic charity and enjoy an evening of great music, dancing and food!

Tickets are priced £12 and include supper too, available via Ticket Source or Hebden Royd Town Council office, by emailing Hebden Royd Council or phone 01422 842181.

Mayor's Ceilidh

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Common Problems

The history of common land in Northern England 1851 – 1901

Professor Angus Winchester

CommonsNorthern England contains the largest expanses of common land in the country, but this is only a fragment of the extent of the communally used land which existed before the wave of moorland enclosures in the 18th and 19th centuries. Commons were an integral part of the rural economy, providing not only essential grazing for livestock but also fuel for the hearth, building materials and other resources.

This lecture explores how past societies tried to achieve sustainable management of these shared resources on which they depended for their livelihood.

Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University. He has longstanding research interests in the history of upland landscapes and of common land in particular. His publications include The Harvest of the Hills: rural life in northern England and the Scottish Borders, 1400-1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2000). He is currently working on a book on the history of common land in Britain.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society