Revolving around the last weekend in June and sure to be a highlight of the summer, the Big Weekend sees three major events all happening in Halifax. First up we’ve got the wonderful Food & Drink Festival, back by popular demand and busy, filling Corn Market, Russell Street and Woolshops with stalls. Try tasty new treats, stock up on delicacies, watch live cookery demonstrations, or even attend a workshop: one thing is guaranteed – there’ll be plenty to see, do and eat! This is a family affair too, and little ones will be brilliantly catered for with face painting, balloon modelling, a henna artist, and even some hilarious comedy chefs!
This same weekend is a massive one at The Piece Hall too. On Friday 28th this uniquely atmospheric venue hosts a blockbuster show featuring Embrace, ably supported by Reverend and the Makers, Sleeper and Hope & Social. On Saturday 29th it’s time for A Beautiful Day Out at the Piece Hall; an awesome all-day festival headlined and curated by legendary band, The Levellers, with support from Bradford success story, Terrorvision, as well as Ferocious Dog and Eureka Machines. Still standing? Ok then, Sunday sees Mercury prize-winners Elbow rock the crowds in what’s set to be an unforgettable outdoor show. So, if you’re a music lover, get your calendar out and your ticket bookings in – we’re expecting sell out shows for every Piece Hall event this weekend. For details and bookings just visit www.thepiecehall.co.uk.
Last but by no means least, our much-loved Halifax Minster has a busy programme of events and speakers for the Big Weekend and surrounding summer dates. Parts of the impressive Minster date back to the 12th century, so it’s well worth a trip in its own right. This summer though, there’s even more reason to head there, with visiting speakers including acclaimed writer Sally Wainright, creator of the BAFTA Award-winning BBC drama Happy Valley, set right here in the Calder Valley. Again, just check the Minster’s own website for details of specific events – www.halifaxminster.org.uk