Monday, 3 June 2019
Handmade Parade Workshops start this weekend
The organisers of the Handmade Parade invite you on an adventure, to meet strange and magical creatures, in the deep dark forests of ancient Europe. The adventure starts at the Handmade Parade open workshops which begin this weekend, on Saturday 8 June.
And if you’d like to learn to stilt walk, samba drum or dance in the parade, there are special parade classes.
The 12th annual Handmade Parade will be held in Hebden Bridge on Sunday 30 June and this year’s theme is Once upon a time, with elements of European folklore, myth, ritual and design.
Artistic Director of Handmade Parade Kerith Ogden says, "The Handmade Parade this year will bring fantastical creatures and imaginary worlds to the streets of Hebden Bridge - so come along to our open workshops with your creative flair and be a part of this very special community event."
With over a thousand people expected to take part in this year’s parade, organisers are urging families to be early birds to beat the crowds.
Open workshops for people to create their parade costumes will begin this Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June, 10am–12pm and 2–4pm and continue for a further two weekends. Beginning Tuesday 11 June, workshops will also be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4–6pm with additional late workshops 7–9pm (adults only at this time) on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 June.
No experience is necessary but under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult. Entry is by a suggested donation of £5 per person for the first session and £1 per person for further visits.
If you would like to learn a parade skill at the parade classes you can find out more at this web page. No previous skills required.
Sunday 30 June at 11.30am followed by a Picnic in the Park 12.30–3.30pm
If you would like to help out come and volunteer with us – it’s a lot of fun and a great way to contribute to the community – please email for more information.
This year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is supported by Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale.
HebWeb News: Handmade Parade theme announced (9 May 2019)
HebWeb News: Handmade Parade 2018 (June 2018)
Previous coverage of the Handmade Parade on the HebWeb
HebWeb photo galleries of all previous years of the Parade