There are a number of great venues across Halifax that provide amazing entertainment and activities. Here are a few of our favourites:
Shibden Hall, in the picturesque Shibden Valley, offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there, including noted diarist Anne Lister (whose diaries have recently been dramatised in the BBC TV series Gentleman Jack). The Hall is surrounded by Shibden Park, with attractions including a cafe, miniature railway, boating lake, play area, orienteering course and woodland.
A Museum since 1887, Bankfield's displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles, as well as temporary exhibitions. Set in Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd.
The Piece Hall
Dating from 1779, this spectacular Grade I listed building is the only surviving cloth hall in the UK. The immense courtyard hosts a mix of independent bars, shops, restaurants and interactive heritage spaces. Open seven days a week, The Piece Hall also has a year-round programme of events and activities.
Eureka! The National Children's Museum
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is a fun-packed day out for families with children aged 0 to 11. With six unique zones to discover, it’s filled with interactive exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them
Once the world’s largest carpet factory, this half-mile stretch of impressively restored 19th century mills has become a leading commercial and artistic hub in the north. Dean Clough has one of the largest private galleries in the country, as well as the Viaduct Theatre, and independent bars, cafes and restaurants.
IOU is a producing organisation with more than 40 years’ experience making live shows and installations. They combine different art forms with new and innovative technology to create unique experiences for audiences nationally and internationally. IOU has an exhibition space at Dean Clough, open Mon-Fri 12-5 and run regular workshops from their studio space.
Image Credit: IOU, Speaking Tubes by Gargarin Studio
Northern Broadsides & Viaduct Theatre
Northern Broadsides is a multi-award-winning touring theatre company based in the historic Dean Clough Mill in Halifax. Their repertoire combines Shakespeare, European and English Classic plays and new writing. Productions are noted for their distinctive northern voice, strong musicality and clear narrative journey.
Halifax Central Library
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
The Bohemian market town of Hebden Bridge hosts a famous annual summer arts festival as well as year-round events that celebrate the town’s exceptional creativity, offering fun and interesting events for the community and visitors alike.
Halifax Borough Market