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Hebden Bridge events

16 November - 16 December 2016

Artsmill Winter Fair

Artsmill Winter Fair is happening from 16 November till 16nDecember in Hebden Bridge, showing over 27 artists and designer/makers.


There will be a high standard of work available to buy from ceramics, prints, paintings and a good selection of Christmas treats.

There are a lot of local artists showing there work including; Roo S Waterhouse is a figurative painter with a fascination towards poetic narrative, Louis Benoit is a professional illustrator who creates quirky and interesting artworks and ceramic artist, Sarah McDade makes hand built figures.

This is perfect timing for your early Christmas present shopping, especially as it is all based under one roof, at the David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Linden Road.

Mon 28 November - Sat 3 December 2016


Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street
7.30pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.



The cast and crew of Dracula are sweating blood to bring you a spook-tacular entertainment for the panto season, which will give new meaning to the cry: he's behind you!

Loosely based on the Bram Stoker novel, this spoof version promises more spills than thrills!

The dramatis personae include a nice but dim hero, an imperiled heroine, a nutty professor, a fly-eating lunatic, and the suave but dangerous Count himself. With bats aplenty and specially written songs, the director Ray Riches promises 'a frightfully funny evening'!

Book now, as tickets are going fast! Go to www.hblt.co.uk, click on 'Theatre Tickets' and choose the 'Buy Tickets Online' option on the drop down menu.

1-24 December 2016

Heptonstall Advent Windows

For the second year running, Heptonstall will be lighting up its windows for their Advent Window Displays.

From the 1st of December up until the 24th, one window will be lit on each day running up to Christmas and then stay lit until 12th night which falls on 6th January.

You can download a list and map which gives you more details from the Heptonstall Community FaceBook Page or pop into the Post Office where there will be some copies for you to take away, enjoy :-)

Friday 2 December 2016

Retrospective of Paintings by Phil Withersby

Retrospective of Paintings by Phil Withersby

Launch Evening Friday December 2nd 6 - 8pm. Free. Drinks.

The launch is timed to coincide with the Late Opening evening in Hebden Bridge. The occasion will be a celebration of the gallery over the last eleven years as well as launching Phil's retrospective exhibition.

The Gallery will be closing its doors for the last time on December 18th and we would like to thank all customers past and present for their support and loyalty.

The Calder Gallery: 20 Market Street, Hebden Bridge.
01422 843832


3-4 December 2016

Artsmill Winter Craft Fayre

Visit the Arts and Crafts stalls in Threads Café and Lounge, browse and buy direct from an eclectic selection of local artists, designers and makers selling artworks, holographic prints, cards, knitted goods, pegged carpets and rugs, fabric gifts and notebooks, Gothic dolls, broaches and much more...

ArtsMill Fayre

Refreshments, mulled wine and cake available.

Visit Artsmill's Winter Exhibition in the adjacent David Wright Gallery for the most affordable artwork from a variety of Northern Artists.

3-4 December 2016

Northlight's Winter Art Fair

Northlight Art Studio will be having its annual Winter Art Fair. We will be opening up downstairs for much merriment and things all made under our roof.

Come and see the amazing houses make in the summer as part of this years Arts Festival, eat some yummy cake and enjoy the children's activities, so what better way to do a bit of Christmas shopping and all totally local!

3rd and 4th December 11am to 5pm

Saturday 3 December 2016

Hope Baptist: Put a roof on Christmas Fair

11am-3pm Hope (put a roof on) Christmas Fair, an eclectic mix of goodies plus refreshments. It's small, lack of useable rooms, but perfectly formed and after join us in the garden for Christmas Carols 3-4 to sing or not to sing that is the question!!

Saturday 3 December 2016

Ripponden Community Christmas Market

12 noon-6pm, at St Bartholomew's Church.  Food, crafts, gift stalls; live festive music; donkeys and reindeer. 

Something for all the family. 

See www.rippondenfestival.uk for more information.

Saturday 3 December 2016

The Incident - Northern Powerhouse Premiere

The Incident is the debut feature from acclaimed shorts director Jane Linfoot, BAFTA nominated for 'Sea View' in 2014.

The screening will be proceeded by a short introduction by the writer and director of the film, Jane Linfoot and will be followed by a Q&A with Jane Linfoot and a member of the cast.

A successful young couple, Annabel (Ruta Gedmintas) and Joe (Tom Hughes), see their sheltered, affluent lifestyle and comfortable relationship unravel when they ignore the plight of a troubled teenage girl (Tasha Connor, in a breakout role).

Writer/director Jane Linfoot follows up her BAFTA-nominated short film work with a domestic thriller that challenges its characters to delve deeper into their relationship and themselves, forcing them to examine who they really are. Set and shot entirely in Yorkshire.

More info

Saturday 3 December 2016

Hassan Erraji & Oriental Craze

World Music @ The Crown

Hassan Erraji & Oriental Craze

WOMAD and Trades Club veteran Hassan Erraji is one of the foremost pioneers of Middle Eastern crossover roots music - he's been called the "Hendrix of the Oud" (Arabian lute), and the Kaiser Chiefs' producer David Creffield had a hand in his acclaimed last album Awal Mara.

Oriental Craze is his latest project, combining desert blues, Arabian classics, powerful North African rhythms, and vintage bellydance vibes, all blended with a dash of rock and roll.

Music from 7:00pm / Band from 8:00pm


4 December 2016

Sunday Sessions at The Shoulder of Mutton

DJ Haze provides the sounds at Sunday Sessions.

Expect afrobeat, soul, funk, laid back vibes, oddities, rarities and everything in between.

Kick back, relax with a drink by the fire or even put on your dancing shoes. Whatever takes your fancy, it's a perfect way to wind down from the weekend.

6pm -10pm
Free entry

The Shoulder of Mutton
Bridge Gate

4 December 2016

Elliotts Antique Fair

Restarting after last years floods the first event will be held on Sunday the 4th of December next 2016 at Mytholmroyd Community centre.9am to 3-30pm. Entry £1 all classes.

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Community Carols for Travellers

Hebden Bridge Station

5.15 - 6.45 pm


Everyone welcome - voices and instruments

Organised by the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station with support from northernrailway, Hebden Bridge Churches
and local choirs.

Collection in aid of the Railway Children charity

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Overgate Hospice - Light Up a Life

Light up a life

Light Up a Life invites people to dedicate a light to those they will miss over the festive period. Join us for a short service outside the Waterfront Hall where we will light candles and remember loved ones at this special time of year.

Wednesday 7th December, 6:30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

To dedicate your light visit one of our shops, our website or call the team.

01422 387121

Saturday 10 December 2016

The Lazarus Boys at The White Swan

The Lazarus Boys are playing The White Swan in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 10th Dec. Their material ranges from rock to pop to punk to funk. Come down to The White Swan and listen to real music. The Laz Boys will be playing from about 8:30

Saturday 10 December 2016

Happy Valley Pride Festive Fundraiser

Happy Valley Pride Festive Fundraiser

We're warming up for the best Festive fun you'll get this Christmas. Bring & share buffet, lip-sync competition, pop-up bar and live music. Festive jumpers and costumes most welcome!

Saturday 10th December 2016 - Machpelah Mill, Hebden Bridge. 7:30pm - late

£4 donation on the door

Event details

Sunday 11 December 2016

Frack Free planet

Frack-free Planet Fundraiser

Trades Club, 1.30pm

Do you play, pray or protest for our planet? Are these all different – or the same? With earthquakes and sink holes all around, we know beyond doubt that humanity's greed is destroying itself in so many ways. So do we leave the Earth to look after itself or look into it? Perhaps you've heard what's happening to the land and people in America?

Amazing array of local talent

At very short notice, we have an amazing array of local talent performing at the Trades – what better line-up than Terry Logan & Dave Manley; Charlie Carr & Dave Nelson; the Revelator Band and Nick Hall's powerful music and message? All are eager to add their voices to the huge and growing song and dance fracking has caused.

Films, photos, music, food and fun

So get down the Trades for films, photos, food and fun on a cosy Sunday afternoon, 11 December – and find out. As well as live entertainment, we've got the fabulous Frack-free Nanas descending from Lancashire and Ryedale – either side of us have got high court judicial reviews in London finally deciding whether it really is OK to frack their homes.

If you care at all, come and reconnect - to keep our Lancashire and the planet frack-free.

14 December 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

A local view of Carols and Christmas

Diana Monahan

A local view of Carols and Christmas

Using mainly local materials, Diana will provide a brief history of carols including the history of the Cragg Carols and a look at past local Christmas traditions.

Health Warning!! Diana's interest in local history began through investigating the history of her house in 1992. The extent of her research widened to include the houses and past inhabitants of her neighbourhood and has continued expanding ever since. She soon found herself on the Local History Committee and she is still there! (Luckily for the Society!)

Local History website

Thursday 15 December 2016

The Little Fir Tree

The Little Fir Tree

We Are Back!

The Little Fir Tree Christmas Tree Hire Company will be on Hebden Bridge Market Thursday 15th December with a selection of pot grown fir trees from £25 to hire with free local delivery and collection. Trees also available to collect from Saturday 3rd December by prior arrangement.

Give us a call on 07982 643747.

Saturday 17th December 2016

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 17th December 2016

Dave Nelson's annual Family Christmas Singalong, which raises funds for Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, takes place this year at 5pm on Saturday 17th December and will feature mince pies and mulled wine, Scottish bagpipes, carols from Wainsgate Waits and of course lots of singalong fun with me at the new piano at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Tickets (£10/£8/£3) go on sale at 10am on December 1st at the Town Hall (weekdays 10-4) and online here.

The event always sells out quickly so be sure to get your tickets as soon as they're available.

Saturday 17th December 2016

A Christmas Knees Up!

The Shoulder of Mutton proudly presents 'A Christmas Knees Up'

DJ Haze and Mark Haran will be playing all manor funked up party tunes to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Disco/Funk/Soul/Afrobeat/and more...

Come and get your groove on!!

8pm until 12am (maybe a little later?)
Free entry

The Shoulder of Mutton
Bridge Gate

11 January 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Did I see Marilyn?

Alan Stuttard

Did I see Marilyn?

An amusing look at Alan's time as a National Serviceman, defending Hong Kong and peace-keeping in Korea.

Alan is a retired textile manager and former Parish Councillor who now enjoys telling tales about his varied experiences in different walks of life.

Local History website

Sunday 22 January 2017

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir, has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. He has formed The Lost Chord Ensemble which meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre.

Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

25 January 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society AGM, from 6.45 to 7.15. This will be followed by the talk at 7.30.

Mytholmroyd – The Development of a Pennine Village

Mytholmroyd – The Development of a Pennine Village

Rodney Collinge

The talk will describe the development of Mytholmroyd from the earliest times, and will be illustrated by around 80 slides.

Rodney taught Chemistry at Calder High School for around 30 years, and before that was a pupil there. He thinks his old history teacher would doubtless be turning in his grave if he knew that his beloved Lit. and Sci. Historical Society was being 'defiled' by an illiterate scientist!

Local History website

8 February 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

People, Puzzles and Earning a Living

Mike Crawford - The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture


Blow the dust off the wills and inventories, unroll the parchment or paper and get a glimpse of the people, the families and their worries. Why was Henry Crabtree's pig lonely and were widows raking in the cash as money lenders? We can have some idea of how to answer these crucial issues with this peep into the lives of local people on the eve of the industrial revolution. 

Mike is a member of the group started by the much missed Alan Petford with the ambitious aim of transcribing the probate documents from the parish of Halifax at the end of the seventeenth century. Two volumes of these local documents have been published by the society, and Mike's study has revealed some fascinating details about the lives led by those who lived and died in this valley.

Local History website

22 February 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Great Uncle Percy: Inventor of 'Cats' Eyes': The story of a Yorkshire icon and how he gave me my 15 minutes of fame.

Glenda Shaw

Great Uncle Percy

Glenda Shaw is married with two grown up children and one grandson. She practised accountancy – but never quite got it to add up! Her hobby is criticising Rugby league referees and her husband. She is one of Calderdale Council's Living Books and enjoys talking about her famous relative Percy Shaw.

Local History website

8 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Stench of Victorian Indecision

Tony Boughton

earth closets

Nineteenth-century England lurched from one pollution crisis to another as public health officials, borough engineers and politicians failed to deal with the human waste associated with the ever burgeoning population! This evening's presentation will illuminate the arguments and debates faced by the sanitary engineers as they strove to establish sewerage systems to satisfy the ever progressive Victorian demands.

Tony is a production engineer who has spent all of his professional life within the manufacturing environment. However, the last six years have witnessed a personal change from that of the production manager to that of an historian: reading History at Oxford Brookes and achieving a BA and MA.

Local History website

Tuesday 21 March 2017

John ShutteworthJohn Shuttleworth says farewell at Picture House

Comedy legend John Shuttleworth brings his farewell tour to Hebden Bridge Picture House next year and he is promising to play all his hits as he hangs up his cardigan.

Read HebWeb news item

23 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Artisan Naturalists

Rob Trueblood

The Artisan Naturalists

Local groups of self-taught botanists were a particular feature of South East Lancashire in the early decades of the 19th C, and there were certainly contacts in adjoining areas of West Yorkshire. The modest memoirs of two figures – whose graves are in Prestwich Parish Church - portray their development and achievements. John Horsefield, a handloom weaver, led a local society and the wider Manchester regional network while Richard Buxton, a shoemaker, compiled a Guide to the Flora around Manchester.

Now retired, Rob is a Prestwich resident with interests in  'history-from-below' and our surrounding environments.

Local History website

21-23 April 2017

Piano FestivalHebden Bridge Piano Festival

Following another highly successful weekend in April 2016, programming for the 5th annual Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, which starts on April 21st 2017 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, is now almost complete. As always, the weekend will be packed with exciting and wonderful concerts, masterclasses, free gigs, and family-friendly events.

The 2016 Festival had a distinctly international flavour to the line-up with performances by pianists from China, Russia, Poland, India and Greece. 2017 looks set to better this, with artists originally from Romania, Israel, Portugal, Scotland, Jordan, South Korea, Belgium and the USA performing at the Festival.