Coordinated by Halifax Business Improvement District, with approximately 20 heritage sites involved, this years festival will be predominately online or using self guided trails, ensuring you can enjoy Halifax whilst keeping safe.
Due to the current uncertainty and localised restrictions in place we’ve made the decision to change much of the festival to ensure that you can still enjoy some of the fantastic buildings and sights of Halifax whilst keeping safe.
The new town centre app, LoyalFree, will feature some great interactive Heritage trails, meaning you and your family can take part whenever you feel safe to do so.
Find out about the amazing heritage buildings in Halifax by bus or guided walk through the town.
Do you notice the significant heritage buildings you walk past every day? What is the amazing history behind them? How old are they? Why were they built? How much did it cost to build them? Learn more about your area.
If you would like to join a bus tour/walking tour during Heritage Weekend contact:- Halifax.TIC@calderdale.gov.uk or 07932101395 (Mon-Thurs). Booking essential. Numbers limited due to the current situation – 6 for walking tours/12 for bus tours.
Walking Tours 10th – 13th September at 10.30am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm (Start from Halifax Town Hall)
Bus Tours 12th & 13th September 10.30 am & 2.00 pm (Start from Halifax Minster)
Walking tours free /Bus tour £5 per head – payable on the day (donations to Heritage Tours welcome)
The Minster will be open each day from 12noon – 4pm.
Church Yard Tours on Saturday 12th September at 10.30am, 1pm, and 2pm. Sunday 13th at 2 pm Booking via Eventbrite and the Minster Website. Donation to the Minster at the end.
Tour of the Minster at 2 pm on Saturday 12th at 2 pm and Sunday 13th at 2pm. Again booking via Eventbrite and the Minster Website. Donation to the Minster at the end.
Festival Organ Recital on Thursday 17th September at 2 pm – booking via Eventbrite and the Minster Website. Donation to the Minster at the end.
The booking system enables us to provide a track and trace system should Public Health require the information within a 21 day period following.
The Following Weekend as part of the Anne Lister Festival there will be two Anne Lister Tours of the Minster on Saturday and Sunday both at 2 pm- booking via Eventbrite and the Minster Website. Donation to the Minster at the end.
Sadly that this year Halifax Minster are restricted by Covid and can’t serve refreshments or open the tower.
Opened on 8th February 1901 the Victoria Hall, as it was originally named, was designed as a concert hall by architect William Clement Williams in ‘Baroque Revival’ style and features extensive decorative carvings by local stonemasons, many celebrating the art of music. Cherubs happily play flute and cymbals above the junction of Powell and Fountain Streets, instruments are depicted in other places on the Commercial Street side and the names of twelve composers adorn the length of the building. Some of these remain household names but others, such as Thomas Arne, known now only as the composer of ‘Rule Britannia’, are largely forgotten. The striking figures above the main entrance are generalised representations of the muses, the inspirational goddesses that the Ancient Greeks believed to be the source of scientific, literary and artistic knowledge. Interesting that this temple to high culture would soon be operating mainly as a cinema.
Find out more about the heritage of The Piece Hall with our special, Hidden Nature guided tours. Discover what creatures have inhabited The Piece Hall in the past from bats to falcons, find out why the geographical features of Halifax made it a great place for cloth making and learn more about the materials used to build this magnificent Georgian cloth hall.
Dates & Times
Saturday 12 September 11am & 2pm
Sunday 13 September 11am & 2pm
Thursday 17 September 11am & 2pm
Friday 18 September 11am & 2pm
Saturday 19 September 11am & 2pm
Sunday 20 September 11am & 2pm
Tickets and Booking
Tours are £6 per person.
To book your place please email us with the following details and we will be in touch to confirm your place and take payment:
• Telephone number
• First option date and time of tour
• Second option date and time of tour
• Number of people
Ticket holders will also receive a one-off discount on our Souvenir Guide Books (guide books normally cost £8.50 with a discounted price offer of £7.50).
We are extremely excited to announce our re opening of the museum to our visitors old and new. Due to COVID we have been closed since March but don’t worry we have been working hard behind the scenes to keep the place in tip top condition.
Those of you who have visited us before will know of the wealth of treasures we hold and those who haven’t will have the opportunity to see our amazing machines, artefacts and displays. Our opening coincides with Heritage Weekend in Halifax
Entry is free – for the two days we are participating in the event. We will be open on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th September between 10am and 3pm – last entry to the museum at 2pm.
Entry to the museum is by prior booking only – tickets can be obtained via eventbrite by using this booking link.
If you can’t make it on these dates don’t worry – we are planning to be open on Saturdays 10am till 4pm from the 19th of September normal entrance fees will apply. We have implemented new safety measures, including one-way systems, new signage, hand sanitising stations to keep our visitors and volunteers safe at all times.
As per government guidelines
Shibden Hall will be free entry to Celebrate Heritage Weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2020. These tickets are offered to enable people to visit who can not afford the entry fees. (See our Visit Shibden page for details).
Entry on the weekend will be for advance tickets only due to limited numbers.
No tickets available on the doors. (No admittance with an Annual Pas without a free pre-booked ticket as well.)
(Online booking will open on Monday 31st August 2020)
For those who are eager to visit us, we have a number of hands-on courses and workshops that are happening on-site at Artworks throughout September. Join us in workshops to help you ‘Revitalise your creativity’; ‘Reflect and relax’ using creative methods; or explore a specific discipline such as drawing, printmaking, painting and textiles.
Directly outside our door you will find one of The Piece Hall’s People Play Sculptures by artist Alice Irwin, and in our gallery space you can catch the ‘Our Greenham’ exhibition featuring memories and memorabilia of people from the Calder Valley who were part of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. Young people can get involved with Art and Activism in more depth in our dedicated Greenham Common Youth Programme.
For those who are more comfortable working from home, we have several online offers, including zoom courses, distance learning materials and printed work booklets for adults and young people, exploring everything from drawing and printmaking through to creative writing.
You can also take part in two of our online campaigns, #MakingMatters which invites children aged 5-11 to make something about what matters to them, or Renew, Recycle, Reimagine.
Thanks to our funding partners and supporters we are often able to make many of our activities free. Where we don’t receive any subsidy we work to make sure that our courses and workshops are affordable while paying artists a fair rate.
HIDE & SEEK at ALL SOULS
All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Boothtown, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6DR
September 12th-20th VIRTUAL EVENTS AVAILABLE
The Gothic architecture and exceptional stained glass in this stunning church displays hidden nature alongside paintings by Jane Austin, bringing nature indoors. Make new discoveries this year through virtual events and self guided walks.
Come and take a closer look to find our hidden nature by taking a walk around the church and surrounding village following the online clues, until we can open the doors to you once more. View all events at https://www.facebook.com/AllSoulsHaleyHillCommunity
This year we are offering you a glimpse inside the historic building and local history of the model village built by Colonel Akroyd, as part of our Halifax Heritage Trail through video.
One of the first model villages in England but almost unknown. The church and village were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott which becomes obvious when looking at the memorial in the centre of the village. He considered All Souls to be his finest church and whilst working here he also made alterations to the Halifax Minster.
You can also see clips from our ongoing community project the ‘People of All Souls’ and our past events.
The fourth solo art exhibition ‘HIDE & SEEK’ by local watercolour artist Jane Austin is full of her love of local flora and fauna, alongside prints of our local heritage. The virtual exhibition will be available to view online as a video and digital gallery from 12th – 20th September, with commission from sales donated to All Souls, https://www.facebook.com/JaneAustinWatercolour.
No booking required
Due to the age of the building and grade 1 listing there is restricted accessibility but unfortunately it will not be open this year for
the heritage events.. The paving stones outside the church can be uneven and very slippery when wet so please take care.
As you leave the town centre towards Bankfield Museum the church rises up on your right off the main road ( A647 ). It stands on the 576 bus route from Halifax to Bradford, via Queeensbury. If approaching from Bradford the pale spire can be seen clearly as you descend into halifax. There is roadside parking.
Discover the heritage of Halifax during the Great War period (1914-19) by using the virtual experience on our website HERE. Our special Lockdown Festival page has links to several research projects which tell some of the stories of Halifax during this traumatic period in our history.
Central Halifax Great War Heritage Map:
Take a virtual tour through locations in central Halifax which were associated with the Great War and discover the stories behind them.
The Diary of William Henry Stott 1914-1916
Read about this publication which is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a local
businessman during the Great War. The goings on of well-known local personalities or friends are mentioned with as much enthusiasm as those of the great and the good; all done on a daily basis and with lavish illustrations.
Calderdale People of the Great War
Read about this booklet publication which collates forty colourful and sometimes
unbelievable stories of local people caught up in the Great War. It is Home Front based and was created in collaboration with Halifax BID.
Music Your Ancestors Listened to.
Listen to those old classics from the Great War era in our AV slideshows and read the fascinating biographical details of the artistes involved.
Anne, who lived from 1791 to 1840, was a remarkable woman: landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar, traveller, and lesbian. Her fascinating diaries of over five million words detailed her life, loves, health, business interests and politics. Her journals are so historically significant they have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Anne Lister’s story now inspires people across the globe, following the international success of Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO TV show ‘Gentleman Jack’, which is based on Anne’s life and diaries, and was filmed here in Calderdale.
Like Anne, we respect science and experts, so will follow official advice on gatherings and safety in everything we do. This means that we won’t be able to celebrate her incredible legacy together in person as we’d hoped. But we can celebrate her together online, and we’ve put together a programme for you to participate in and enjoy digitally.
Monday 21st Sept 3pm
Join a panel of local Anne Lister experts and enthusiasts as they discuss the importance of Anne Lister to Calderdale. The TV series Gentleman Jack brought Anne’s story to a much wider audience and Halifax has become a must visit destination for fans. We’ll talk about why Halifax and Calderdale are so important to Anne’s story, how we have worked together to harness the Gentleman Jack effect and welcome her wonderful fans; as well as looking at creative ways we can continue to share Anne’s story and our fantastic hometown in these uncertain times.
Hosted by Calderdale Libraries and featuring Rev Jane Finn (Halifax Minster), Jill Liddington (Anne Lister scholar and transcriber), Angela Clare (Shibden Hall), David Glover (Halifax Antiquarian Society), Laura Johansen (Cultural Destinations), Helen Newburn (Calderdale Pride)
We will be streaming the discussion live on Calderdale Council’s YouTube channel where you will be able to ask the panel questions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkVpfumgsGezM403gU_hNQg
On 22 September, we will be sharing some of Anne Lister’s experiences of The Piece Hall, from watching hot air balloon ascents to her adventures after missing a firework show! Visit https://piecehalllearning.wordpress.com/ and our social media channels on the day to find out more.
The Piece Hall is also open to browse our independent shops, visit our many cafes and restaurants, as well as take in the stunning Georgian architecture in the courtyard. Our opening times are:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-12am
Want to learn more about The Piece Hall’s heritage? Join us for our heritage tours and learn more about the characters and changing events of The Piece Hall’s past, with this year’s tours themed around ‘Hidden Nature’. The tours are a great chance to learn more about the Georgian cloth hall that was part of Anne Lister’s Halifax. The tours run from the 12 – 20th September and cost £6 per person – for a full list of times and booking details visit: https://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/events/hidden-nature-heritage-tour
Look out for behind-the-scenes details on how Anne’s diaries were meticulously conserved over the course of a year by West Yorkshire Archive Service, the custodians of the Shibden Hall Archive. As part of the 180th commemorations, a collection of mini films will be launched on its YouTube channel demonstrating the techniques used to preserve these incredible volumes for generations to come. The Archive Service will also be remembering Anne across its social media platforms and will have some new limited edition handcrafted items for sale. Link to YouTube: https://bit.ly/35ng0Wk
Anne Lister Themed Tours of Halifax Minster by David Glover, where you’ll hear tales of Anne and her family’s links with the building, people Anne knew who are memorialised in the building, and learn about the connections with Ann Walker’s family. Guests will be seated throughout, in socially-distanced pews. Book on Eventbrite and via the Minster Facebook page.
2 pm – Saturday 19th September, 2 pm – Sunday 20th September
Duration approx 70 mins