Get along to Bankfield Museum and join in our craft activities for under-fives. In this relaxed, friendly environment children can play, enjoy a story and learn more about the fascinating objects on display.
Meet in Akroyd Library in the Museum.
Free parking and ramped push chair access at the back of the Museum. Sessions run from 10.30am-11.15am. £2.00 per child. Booking is not required, please pay on the day. Hot and cold drinks available to buy from reception.
(If you have any particular questions please contact Fiona Willats on 01422 352334).
Session dates for 2017:
23, 30 June
7, 14, 21 July
15, 22, 29 September
6, 13, 20, 27 October
10, 17, 24 November
1, 8, 15 December
Bankfield Museum 17 June – 4 November
Discover historic maps of the region and the world in our exploration of map making. From maps of the local area to the stars, featuring hand drawn, embroidered, 3D, and artistic maps from Calderdale Museums’ Collections. Follow our A to Z of Maps trail and see our Events Page for details on school holiday activities.
Map-related talks and workshops:
Calderdale’s Waterways- Saturday 8th July at 2pm. Join Mike Clarke, a waterway’s historian, to look at the development of West Yorkshire’s industrial waterways, through maps and photos, and put their development into a national and international perspective. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND BOOKING.
Family Map Reading Workshops- Saturday 5th and Saturday 19th August 1pm – 3pm. Join members of Calderdale Valley Search and Rescue Team for one of these two family workshops to learn about modern maps and navigation, have a go at our orienteering challenge around Bankfield and Akroydon Park and hear about the role of the CVSRT. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND BOOKING.
History Wardrobe presents – Gothic for Girls. All the dark drama of black in fashion, and the best of British supernatural stories.
Saturday 29 October 2016 – 1.30pm
At Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Rd, HX3 6HG
With shiveringly beautiful costumes and readings from Jane Austen, the Brontës, Mary Shelley, Mrs Radcliffe… coming right up to date with The Woman in Black.
Costs just £10 per person which includes refreshments… Book online now
Play some spooky games at Bankfield Museum and make a Mummy’s hand on Wednesday 26 October from 11am to 12pm, 1pm to 2pm and 2pm to 3pm.
At Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Rd, Halifax, HX3 6HG
Just £3.50 per child or £2.50 for Passport to Leisure holders – Book online now
The Halifax Heritage Festival gets underway today and approximately 20 heritage sites are hosting events and activities during the festival with over 60 walks, talks, tours, viewings, exhibitions and live music events taking place.
Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11 September
Most events are FREE of charge to attend, a limited few have a small cost or donation requirement, with nothing costing more than £5 per person.
Visitors can expect family activities, children’s events, evening talks and lunch time walks, with historical lectures, ghostly tales, hidden gems, and uncovered tombs being included in the weekend.
Running alongside the already renowned Heritage Open Days, the Halifax Heritage Festival offers many unique events taking place, there’s something for all ages.
Don’t miss the stunning Game of Thrones White Walker embroidery at Bankfield Museum. Featuring a formidable White Walker, the work is over 17 feet wide and was originally created for HBO as a backdrop to mark the eagerly awaited release of Games of Thrones series five on DVD.
The highly detailed work will be on display until Saturday 10 September and features imagery from one of the most intense battle scenes in TV series history – the massacre of Hardhome (Series 5 episode 8).
The embroidery took over 5,000 hours to complete using a wide range of textile and mixed media materials, creating a one-off piece that showcases the artistry of hand embroidery and textile design in an impressive and imposing way.
To find more events and activities visit Calderdale Museums Website.
Halifax is set to roll out the red carpet on Monday 1 August as the chosen host of the 2016 Yorkshire Day Celebration so be sure to get involved and celebrate all that’s great about the UK’s biggest county with events, activities and fun for all the family.
A parade of 200 civic dignitaries made up of Lord Mayors, Mayors and other Civic Heads from across Yorkshire will be led by a traditional brass band as they parade through the streets of the Town Centre to visit Halifax Minster for a special themed public service before enjoying a Yorkshire Day lunch at The Shay.
Events will kick off at 10am outside Halifax Town Hall which will be flying the Yorkshire flag from dawn to dusk and between 10.30 and 11.30am the Siddal WI is holding a Yorkshire Tea Party at Halifax Central Library with cakes and bakes for sale to raise money for charity.
Local libraries are getting involved with the celebrations by hosting events such as:
- Face painting for children at the Central Library – 1pm to 3pm,
- Craft session at Brighouse Library – 2pm until 3pm
- An afternoon of Yorkshire dialect at Elland Library – from 2pm
If you can’t wait until Monday then you may want to go along to Bankfield Museum on Saturday 30 July to hear a talk on The Costumes of Yorkshire, based on a book published in 1814 about the clothing of working people.
Elsewhere, Eureka continues its ‘44 Days of Summer’ and celebrates all things Yorkshire whilst Harveys of Halifax will run promotions on Yorkshire merchandise, offer a Yorkshire Menu in the restaurant and will have a Yorkshire Day window display.
There’s plenty more going on which can be found at www.visitcalderdale.com, so be sure to do Yorkshire and Halifax proud by getting out with all the family and celebrating all that’s great about the place we love to live!
- Sparks! Half Term Fun – 31 May and 1 June
- Life as a Victorian child at Shibden Hall – 2 June
- Saturday Art Clubs – 23 May to 16 July
Some activities are FREE and others will require a fee, click the links above to get further details for your preferred activity
Get creative this Easter Holiday and make a robot, alien egg and more an Bankfield Museum from 1pm to 2pm and 2pm to 3pm on the following dates:
- Tuesday 29 March – Create your own alien egg.
- Wednesday 30 March – Make a robot.
- Tuesday 5 April – Create your own time travel accessory.
- Wednesday 6 April – Make a time travel themed porthole.
Tickets cost £3.50 per child or £2.50 for Passport to Leisure holders and must be booked online here
For ages 4 to 12 – Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer
Join a spooky character for scary stories and even create your own spooky mobile at Bankfield Museum.
On Wednesday 28 October 2015 at the following times:
- 11am to 12pm
- 1pm to 2pm
- 2pm to 3pm
Costs just £3.50 per child or £2.50 for Passport to Leisure.