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Hebden Bridge events

Until Saturday 14 March 2020

Exhibition: The Fustain Manufacturing Co-operative

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

By Hebden Bridge Local History Society

2-29 2020

Vitalija's Art exhibition

Hebden Bridge Visitor Information Centre

10-1pm and 1:30 - 5pm

During February, Hebden Bridge based artist Vitalija Zelenevska will be exhibiting a collection of her oil paintings:

See website and Facebook

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Film & talk

Plant-basing the future: your diet for our planet

 7-9pm, Roomfield Baptist Church, Halifax Road, Todmorden OL14 5BE
Film and  talk  night: Plant-basing the future: Your diet for our planet featuring a guest speaker from Extinction Rebellion (XR).

  • Topical film excerpts; Workshop and talk
  • Refreshments; Accessible venue
  • Children age 11+ welcome

Come and explore with us the climate change and other environmental impacts of diets based on meat, fish and dairy. We'll also discuss claims that some forms of animal-based agriculture are still compatible with climate change mitigation. Of particular interest to people who tried Veganuary.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

U3A Todmorden February 2020 Meeting

Mary, Queen of Scots, The Captive Queen in England, 1568-87

U3A Todmorden’s next members’ meeting will be on Thursday, Feb 20th, 2020 in the Central Methodist Church Hall in Todmorden at 1.45 when our guest speaker, David Templeman will be talking about Mary, Queen of Scots, The Captive Queen in England, 1568-87

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

Thursday 20 February 2020


National Theatre Live: Cyrano de Bergerac (15)

Hebden Bridge Picture House
7pm (doors 6pm)

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There's just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane's world alight?

Edmond Rostand's masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano's powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

 Advance tickets here

Saturday 22 February 2020

Disco-bedience - a flood & climate action club night fundraiser


When planning this event months ago little could we have known it would fall just two weeks after yet another round of devastating floods in Calderdale and across the country. In response to this we are making it a fundraiser to support immediate local needs through the '2020 Calderdale Flood Appeal', and longer term flood alleviation work through 'Slow the Flow Calderdale'....all part of the climate & ecological emergency we face together.

Join us for a night of huge tunes brought to you by four fantastic DJ's (all locally sourced of course) that love their house, dub, techno, disco and beyond. A chance to allow your body to be danced by rebellious basslines & energising beats, a community in action together.

Featuring: Kim Lana Blackburn (Lana Loves House) Chris Price (Inkfolk / What the freak?) Tom Wilkinson (XRC's Darkhorse DJ of non-violence) Flash Atkins Music (paperecordings)

There will XR artwork blockprinting going on throughout, so bring clothes you want printed up to further beautify and spread word of the climate rebellion!

Saturday 22 February 2020

Hebden Bridge Lit and Sci Society

Lit nd SciPeterloo and after: lecture will focus on eventful years in Britain's history

Lit and Sci lecture with Robert Poole, Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire His lecture will be on what took place in Yorkshire in the period between the Peterloo massacre in Manchester (1819) and the start of the Chartist movement (c. 1838).

Buy tickets on the Lit and Sci website

See HebWeb news item on this lecture.

24-29 February 2020

Entertaining Angels

Entertaining AngelsLittle Theatre: Entertaining Angels:

The Little Theatre’s first play of the 2020 Season is Entertaining Angels, by Richard Everett, from Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb. Grace has been a dutiful clergyman’s wife for forty years. Now, with the death of her husband . . .  

See HebWeb news item

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

Friday 28 February 2020

Free Legal Advice Clinic

1pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Worried about a will? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

Friday 28 February 2020

Tales from the Wharf with The Shaggy Dog Storytellers

The good old Stubbing Wharf on King St survived the recent Hebden Bridge Floods (just) and so…Tales from the Wharf with The Shaggy Dog Storytellers will go ahead on Friday 28th February 2020 as planned.

8pm £7 Entry. Join us for an evening of Stories from the Floor or better still bring one to share yourself.

The theme is Lovers, Mothers, Brothers or Others!  

Saturday 29 February 2020

Cultivating a Yoga Home Practice

Want to practice yoga at home? This is a great way to start. A practical and interactive day, there will be guided practice along with time to discuss and share ideas. Key elements of a home practice with handouts to take away. Suita ble for students with some experience of yoga. Saturday 29th Ferbuary 10:00-4:00pm. Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge. Cost £40. 

Book now

Saturday 29 February 2020

CVOG Potato Day 2020

CVOG Potato Day is on Saturday 29th February 10.00am to 2.00pm at  Mytholmroyd Community and Leisure Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF.

Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle. 41 varieties (organic & non-organic) @ 15p per tuber.

Pre-order service for 17 varieties.

  • children’s activities
  • information
  • organic cheese
  • jams
  • compost stall
  • onion sets & shallots
  • CVOG Plant, Books & Sundries stall
  • food & drink@ Cafe

More information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders for collection at the event, Tel 01422 846173, email info@cvog.org or visit www.cvog.org

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.

Saturday 29 February 2020

Mollys and Dandys - A roaring 20's Speakeasy for the LGBTQI community and their friends

Nelson's Wine Bar, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EJ

7.30 onwards

A multi-media speakeasy with silent film, Jazz, dancing, retro-cocktails, dressing up, art-deco art and entertainment.  

A great fun evening for all ages.  

Salacious, wild and entertaining!

Thursday 5 March 2020

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Greenhouse Gardening

The next Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners takes place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF on Thursday 5th March at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on ‘Greenhouse Gardening’ with David Allison of the National Vegetable Society.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Saturday 7 March 2020

Astronomy at the Birchcliffe Centre

Tickets and more info

Sunday 8 March 2020


Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Hebden Bridge Picture House
at 5pm (doors 4pm)

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show will be a powerful and stirring reinvention of the family favourite with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.

Filmed live in Dublin exactly 25 years to the day when it all began, the event includes a special introduction and fascinating backstage footage and interviews which will be exclusive for cinemas.

Tickets here

Sunday 8 March 2020

Canalside Comedy

Comedy at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre on Sunday 8 March. Joining host Bobby Murdock will be Paul Tonkinson, Liam Pickford, Celya Ab and Scott Bennett.

Tickets are on sale now priced £14.

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.


See HebWeb News item

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

Thursday 12 March 2020

The Wanted 18

7.30pm Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

The Wanted I8 tells the true story of a Palestinian committee in the town of Beit Sahour (near Bethlehem) that purchased a herd of cows from a friendly kibbutz owner and used them in a bid to seIf-sustainably produce milk and thus undermine Israeli control and occupation.

Seamlessly combining the comic and tragically absurd, it maps the story of non-violent resistance during the first Intifada and how I8 cows came to be declared 'dangerous for the security of the state of Israel'.

Friday 13 March 2020

Free Legal Advice Clinic

2pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Legal problems? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

Saturday 14 March 2019

Heptonstall Repair Cafe

Repair Workshop

10am - 1pm. Heptonstall Junior School Friendly volunteers at Heptonstall Repair Cafe can advise and help with repairs to electrical, mechanical, computer, clothing & textiles, toys and bikes. Tool & knife sharpening also available.

List of professional repair shops/alterations services for repairs too complex/large to undertake on the day. Donations welcome. 

Tea & Coffee and delicious cakes on sale. Taking place every 2nd Saturday of the month (except Easter/Aug) at Heptonstall School 10 - 1.00. Supported by Calderdale Council Small Grants. 

Let us know what you plan to bring along on Facebook @Heptonstall Repair Cafe.

If you are coming up from Hebden Bridge, rather than drive, if what you're bringing is small enough to come on the bus, there are 2 buses an hour number 596 leaving cinema bus stop at 12 past and 42 past the hour. Parking and disabled access available at the school. 

Saturday 14 March 2020

Dreaming Valleys

Birchcliffe Centre, HB, 9.15-5.30.  

"A day of engagements with topography, history and folklore, in words, music and song", featuring Alison Cooper (Magpahi), Mark Williamson (Spaceship), Kelly Starling, John Billingsley, Jennie Bailey, Andy Roberts and Mark Valentine.

Tickets £20 from www.northernearth.co.uk

Tuesday 17 March 2020


Royal Opera: Fidelio

Hebden Bridge Picture House
Tuesday 17 March at 7.15pm (doors 6.15pm)

Live from the Royal Opera House

Beethoven's only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as 'Fidelio') who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.

The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners' Chorus and Florestan's impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer's new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary 'Terror' and our own time to illuminate Fidelio's inspiring message of shared humanity.

 Tickets here

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Writing Anne Lister: 
An LGBTQ+ History 

Hebden Bridge Town Hall at 7pm.

Tickets £3 via www.happyvalleypride.com or on the door.

Writer and academic Dr Jill Liddington, whose research into the diaries of Anne Lister inspired the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, will provide an insight into the life and times this pioneer. The 19th-century businesswoman, mountaineer, world traveller, and science enthusiast is often called "the first modern lesbian".

Her books, Female Fortune: land, gender & authority: the Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 (1998, 2019), and Nature's Domain: Anne Lister and the Landscape of Desire inspired scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack.

Thursday 19 March 2020

The Occupation of the American Mind

8pm Golden Lion, Todmorden

Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States.

The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, focusing on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U5. Narrated by Roger Waters, lead singer of rock band Pink Floyd. Featuring leading observers of the IsraeIi-Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the US Government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favour. "One of the most compelling and important documentaries in recent years" John Pilger

84 mms - English Dlrectors: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp

20-29 March 2020

The Big Spring Clean

From 20-29 March. The Town Council will pay community groups £60 for each team of 6 which takes part. Applications should be made to Hebden Royd - more info

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

Sunday 22 March 2020

Lost Chord Ensemble

7.30pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

The Lost Chord Ensemble 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.

If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

Chris, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir, has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions.

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

Friday 27 March 2020

Free Legal Advice Clinic

1pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Worried about a will? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

See HebWeb News: Misbehaviour to open Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2020

Saturday 28 March 2020

The Occupation of the American Mind

1pm Town Hall, Hebden Bridge

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of Mariam Shaar - a generational Palestinian refugee who spent her entire life in the Burj El Barqanjeh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon.

Within a densely populated area smaller than a half square mile, led by the driving force Shaar, who refuses to give up despite many obstacles, the group of women build a business and become symbols of hope.

Followed by Panel Discussion

83 mins In Arabic with English subtitles

Director: Thomas Morgan

Sunday 29 March 2020

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

And Then We Danced to close Film Festival 2020 - a passionate and beautiful coming-of-age tale about forbidden love in the Georgian ballet. Set within the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film tells the story of a competitive dancer. More info (19 Feb)

Wednesday 1 April 2020


Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Hebden Bridge Picture House
Wednesday 1st April at 7.15pm (doors 6.15pm)

Swan Lake

Liam Scarlett's glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett's additional choreography and John Macfarlane's magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette's curse, disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow of love. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for Odile, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever.

Tickets here

Thursday 16 April 2020


David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet - Live From The World Premiere

7.25pm (doors 6.25pm)

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.

Honest, revealing and urgent, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is a powerful first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with David Attenborough live from the World Premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets here

Friday 17 April 2020

Kirsty's Poptastic Piano Singalong:
Gay Anthems Special!


Drink, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 8pm

Join Kirsty for a special singalong and lots of laughs where the audience picks the songs. Kirsty is a veteran performer on the musical comedy scene, having toured with award-winning comedians Paul Merton, Rich Hall, and dozens more.

Further details are on the Happy Valley Pride website (www.happyvalleypride.org) including information on tickets.

Tuesday 21 April 2020


Royal Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Doors 6pm

Damiano Michieletto's Olivier Award-winning production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's one-act operas is a thrilling, cinematic experience.


Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy.

The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, 'Cav and Pag' distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

Tickets here

Friday 24 April 2020

Free Legal Advice Clinic

1pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Worried about a will? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

8-10 May 2020

Hebden Folk Roots Festival

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival is run by a group of musicians, enthusiasts and folk-loving people. They all live in and around Hebden Bridge. This festival has been created organically, bringing in a wonderful mix of dancers and musicians.

Friday 29 May 2020

Free Legal Advice Clinic

1pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Worried about a will? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

Friday 12 June

Free Legal Advice Clinic

2pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Legal problems? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

Friday 26 June 2020

Free Legal Advice Clinic

1pm-4pm at Upper Valley Community Hub, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

Worried about a will? Pop in for free, expert legal advice from Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors


Pop in or make an appointment via Eileen Kelly eileen@uppervalleyhub.org

Sunday 28 June 2020

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

See report and photos from the 2019 Parade

Weekend of 1-2 August 2020

Vintage Weekend

Hebden Bridge will, once again, be the place to be on the 1st and 2nd August 2020 when the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosts the iconic charity fund raising Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.

The show has been described as 'The Best in the North of England'. Others describe the fabulous location and that spectators can walk amongst the vehicles and converse with the owners about their prized possessions.

Vintage Weekend

This will be the 38th year for the event which is now well established as a premier attraction for the display of some 700 veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles. 

Held in the heart of Hebden Bridge, at the picturesque Calder Holmes Park, (HX7 8AU), most of the famous British marques are represented at the rally, along with famous names from across the world. The open plan layout of the site allows members of the public to get up close to the exhibits and chat to their owners.

There are different display classes over the two days offering visitors a completely different show each day. Prizes will be awarded to all the winning entrants.