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2024

Hebden Bridge events

Events in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area

28 May - 6 June 2024

Hebden Bridge Arts

The Man Who Planted Trees

Our exhibitions will be open to the public and free to visit:

28 May-16 June: Town Hall Foyer & Cafe, Hebden Bridge (8.30am - 4pm)

5-7 July & 12-14 July: Holme Street Venue, Hebden Bridge (10.30am 5pm)

The project is inspired by the short story 'The Man Who Planted Trees' by Jean Giono. It will be created and co-curated with a small team of outstanding professional artists, environmental experts, local community groups and Calderdale people who want to be part of it. 

Our exhibitions, featuring art made by local people on themes from the story, will run across three venues in Hebden Bridge & Elland from May to July, and we'll be sharing our progress and inviting you to get creative at our Community Creative Days on Saturday 1 June in Todmorden and Saturday 15 June in Rastrick.  

If you are interested in submitting art for the exhibitions you can find further information and the submission form here

30 May - 2 June 2024

Arvon North's First Festival of Writing is coming to Hebden Bridge as part of Calderdale's Year of Culture celebrations - a Festival of creative writing, imagination, and the power of storytelling, from 30 May to 2 June.

See HebWeb news item for more info

Friday 31 May 2024

The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

8pm start, free entry.

30-31 May 2024

Heptonstall: Village of Memories

With Nick Wilding

Nick Wilding's film about the history of Heptonstall spans centuries of fascinating life in the village and uncovers wonderful stories from those who grew up surrounded by its beauty and traditions.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website

Saturday 1 June 2024

Community Creative Day: Todmorden

Join Hebden Bridge Arts for a day of creativity and fun at our Community Creative Day! Free to drop in.

Bring the whole family to Todmorden College on Saturday, 1 June from 11am-4pm for a variety of nature-inspired activities. Dive into paper bird puppet-making, leaf printing, and upcycling projects. Don't miss the chance to meet our giant puppet and chat with our team about submitting your artwork for our July exhibitions.

For those looking for something extra, book your spot for wild clay seed bomb sculpting or join a scenic local walk. There's something for everyone to enjoy, so come along and get creative with us!

Date: Saturday, 1 June
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Todmorden College
Find out more at hebdenbridgearts.co.uk/tmwptcommunity

Saturday 1 June 2024

Mytholmroyd Historical Society presents

Railways

Heritage Day

From 9.30am at St Michael's Church Hall and at the former station building.

Exciting selection of local history walks and talks by experts on local railways and history of Thornber' Chicks.

Special guest performance by the Three Valley Gospel Choir at St Michael's and the former station building where there will be exhibitions.

Further details from info@mytholmroydhistory.org.uk

Sunday 2 June 2024

The Annual Todmorden Cream Tea and Plant Sale

1.30 -5 pm

Come and enjoy a traditional Cream Tea and bring and buy Plant Sale at 5, The Hollins, Todmorden OL14 8BJ

Cream Tea with clotted cream £6.00
Vegan and Gluten free options available

Raffle

Hand thrown ceramics

Live music

Donations of plants needed please - If you have any plants please contact John to arrange for collection or drop them off at 5, The Hollins OL148BJ Mob 07789 264770.

All proceeds will go to the support of Survivors of torture

4 June 2024

Withens Clough Reservoir landscape restoration: The National Trust and Yorkshire Water are to hold public information event and Q&A in Mytholmroyd on 4 June ahead of landscape restoration work at Withens Clough Reservoir. More info

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Poetry at the Dusty Miller

Come along to hear four wonderful poets in the last reading before the summer break! 

7.30 pm on Tuesday 4 June, in The Coiners' Room, Dusty Miller Inn, Burnley Road,  Mytholmroyd HX7 5LH

Readings by:

Julia Deakin - Rachel Mann - John McAuliffe  -  Chris Preddle

Free. All Welcome. Hat passed round for poets - books to buy
Car park at rear - bus stop outside - station 5 minutes away.

Friday 7 June 2024

Valley Musicians for Gaza

Des Horsfall & Kuschty Rye

The Khan Sisters

The Sentimentalists

Refreshments available

St Mary's Church, Todmorden

Door 7pm Tickets £8

Medical Aid for Palestinians

Friday 7 June 2024

Dark Matter presents a night of

Fuzz Flavoured Grunge + Psychedlia

Maz & The Phantasms - a queer & female fronted, diverse, high-energy psych/alternative rock band on their uk and European tour from Glasgow with punk and disco influences. With support from Pray for Mojo and FADS

Golden Lion Todmorden
Friday 7 June Doors 8pm

Tickets via Skiddle/more on the door

Saturday 8 June 2024

The York Guitar Quartet

On Saturday June 8th at 3pm The York Guitar Quartet are returning to the Calder valley for the first time since their superb concert for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in 2009.

The Quartet currently offers an inspiring and unusual repertoire which blends originals and arrangements of baroque, classical, romantic and twentieth century music. A unique mixture of instruments provides a range of five octaves, allowing the group access to music normally unavailable to the solo guitar or other ensembles. 

"I know of no other guitar ensemble with a less clichéd repertoire."
Richard Wright - Musician

"..... a group that is growing in stature at each appearance" Martin Dreyer, Yorkshire Evening Press

Full details of their Programme plus a booking link are  on the Wainsgate website.

Saturday 8 June 2024

Historic Building Mythbusting

4-6pm, The Folklore Centre Todmorden, 65 Halifax Rd, Todmorden,

Tickets £5

Uncovering Folklore, History and Archaeology James Wright will explain the development of such myths and investigate the underlying truths behind them. Sometimes the realities hiding behind the stories are even more interesting, romantic, and exciting than the myth itself…

Sunday 9 June 2024

Imtiaz Dharker and Amanda Dalton

At Wainsgate Chapel on Sunday June 9th at 3pm Imtiaz Dharker and Amanda Dalton will be reading poems from their new Bloodaxe collections– Shadow Reader and Fantastic Voyage - both published on the same day.

Imtiaz Dharker: "(…her) poetry shines a light in the dark… You cannot hear her perform without being somehow transformed by the experience. Witty, wise, profound and moving, her work crosses continents". Jackie Kay.

Amanda Dalton: "Dark, funny, wise, terrifying. She is searingly matter of fact about the most painful recesses of the human heart." Jo Shapcott

More information and booking details

Saturday 15 June 2024

Gareth E Rees - Sunken Lands

Hebden Bridge Library, 5pm

Dreaming Valleys are pleased to present a welcome return visit by author Gareth E Rees, to discuss his book 'Sunken Lands'.  He will be exploring flood myths and their relevance to the present day, taking in the sites of inundations both real and imagined from the deep past to the near future.  

Booking is advisable - tickets are £5, redeemable against purchase of a copy of the book at the event, and are available from The Book Case, Hebden Bridge, or online from

www.northernearth.co.uk

Saturday 15 June 2024

Summer Music at Walshaw

2-5pm

Rowena Thornton, Soprano

Margaret Bruce, Piano


Walshaw Lodge, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AX
Tickets £39 includes full buffet meal with drinks of your choice. All profits to Overgate Hospice.

Ticket – www.margaretbruce.com (no booking fee) or 07773 278477

Please advise of any special dietary requirements.

Saturday 22 June 2024

Ambient Bowling - Solstice Special

By the Hebden Water, just beyond Salem Fields

Ambient Bowling returns for another season. Come try your hand at crown green bowling, have a drink at the Blue Pig bar, enjoy the ambient sounds emanating from the pavilion, and wonder at the idyllic location.

All welcome, including well behaved dogs on leads. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the green and pavilion. Suggested donation £3."

Saturday 22 June 2024

Rob Chapman - Pink Moons and the Pantheists at the Gates of Dawn

4-6pm, The Folklore Centre Todmorden, 65 Halifax Rd, Todmorden

Tickets £5

An exploration of Syd Barrett and Nick Drake folkloric influences...

Thursday 27 June 2024

Lavena Saltonstall: Local Tailoress and suffragette

With Jill Liddington

Author Jill Liddington joins us to tell another story of Hebden Bridge's involvement in historic change. This time, Lavena Saltonstall, born in 1881 to a fustian dyer, who became part of the suffragette movement.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website

Friday 28 June 2024

The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

8pm start, free entry.

Friday 28 June 2024

Dark Matter presents a night of

Afro/ Psych/ Fusion

Kontiki, Woioi

With DJ Red Tin Dave

Uplifting, energetic, and tightly interwoven beats and melodies for dancing hard

Golden Lion Todmorden
Friday 28 June Doors 8pm

Tickets via Skiddle/more on the door

Saturday 29 JunE 2024

Bethan Oake - Satanic Moral Panic: Then & Now

4-6pm, Todmorden, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road

Tickets £5

When, and how, do rumours and conspiracy theories become widespread moral panics? The Satanic cult conspiracy theory (otherwise known as 'the Satanic myth' or 'the Satanic legend') alleges that secret, evil, Satanic cults exist who seek to morally subvert and control society – often through targeting and harming children. 

The origins of the legend are traceable to the early Middle Ages, where it has since periodically resurfaced in the form of 'Satanism Scares': moral panics concerned with the threat of Satanism. 

Saturday 13 July 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

Live Band Summer Showcase

Featuring a hand-picked selection of some of the most exciting up and coming bands on the music circuit 

Threads // Billy Billy 5p // Rude Films // Meadow Meadow // Bau Cat

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 7pm

Tickets via Skiddle / more on the door

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

Greg Ripoff

A rare appearance from Greg Ripoff, of legendary San Franciscan 90s punk label, Ripoff Records who will be playing in our neck of the woods as part of his tour, with his bands Zodiac Killers and The Control Freaks.

Support from Follow Your Dreams (Manchester band, keeping punk weird)

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets via Skiddle

Thursday 25 JuLY 2024

Life As A Roman Legionary

With Steve Walsh

Meet Steve Welsh, whose personal passion for Roman history has led him to investigate the daily experience of Roman soldiers from uniform to battle.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website

Friday 26 July 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

A pre-Kozfest preview show

for German band Kombynat Robotron (Krautrock grooves) and Scottish band The Mushroom Club (psychedelic rock n roll).

With supoort from SWIM (fairground horror space rock)

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets via Skiddle

Saturday 27 July 2024

'And Miss Mary Smith gave 3d'

- A celebration day about stained-glass

St James Church (wheelchair accessible) Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS

The programme includes:

Talk and tours on the history of the stained-glass in St. James by local historian, Dave Smalley.

A talk and demonstration of stained-glass making by Karl Theobald, a local stained-glass master craftsman who restores, conserves and creates stained-glass.

"Stained glass" craft activities for all ages led by Rev. Ruthi Gibbons.

Thanks to a Calder Ward Forum Grant and as part of CultureDale, this event is free.

See more info and times of the various events throughout the day.

Saturday 24 Aug to Saturday 31 Aug

Camera Club - 2024 Exhibition

Eaves

Above: last year's winner: Spooky Woods by Jennifer Hartshorn.

This year's exhibition will be taking place at the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge during the last week in August. Closed on the Sunday. More info and photos

1 September 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

Gnod (the final show of the tour)

With support from Calderdale legends SLOMO celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first album release.

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets £13 + bf Skiddle/ more on the door

Thursday 19 September 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

Gum Takes Tooth and DJ NCK

"Industrial hypertech duo shelling bass bombs of pure hardware-pop. Pretty much the biggest, grittiest, most distorted thrill you could get from live electronics right now"

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets £13 and bf Skiddle/ more on the door

Thursday 26 September 2024

New Worlds Down Under

With Dr Mary Ellen

In 1788, the First Fleet landed at Botany Bay with its first cohort of convicts, beginning the settlement of Australia. Mary Ellen describes the role of women in this extraordinary event.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website

Thursday 17 October 2024

Meeting an Urgent Need: The Deceased Brother's Widow's Marriage Act 1921

With Dr Linda Maynard

During the First World War, the government rejected calls to legalise marriages between men and the widow of their deceased brother. This talk explains how and why the law was changed.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website

Thursday 28 November 2024

A Spare Church In the Graveyard

With Diana Monahan

Diana Monahan tells us about the incredible role of St Thomas a Becket church at the centre of Heptonstall's history since the 13th century.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website

Thursday 9 January 2025

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth: A Clear Light and a New World

With Jenny Harper

Jenny Harper joins us for a virtual talk about the inspiring work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and the importance of her work involved in The Clear Light, a publication pivotal to the northern political and social landscape of the 1920s.

7pm at Heptonstall Museum.
Entrance is free for our members
£5 everyone else.

See Heptonstall Museum website