The ‘Yorkshire Classic’, will head out from Halifax to Leeds, starting at The Piece Hall at 12:35pm. The courtyard will be open to visitors from 9:00am and whilst not a ticketed event, will operate on a first come first served basis, so it is advisable to get in early to enjoy the build-up.
Cyclists will exit the south gate of The Piece Hall, across Cross Street and turn left onto Horton Street before turning left onto Square Road.
They will ascend Winding Road and take a left onto Commercial Street before passing The Victoria Theatre en route to Skircoat Road.
The race then bears right onto Heath Road before turning right onto Free School Lane and past Savile Park.
At King Cross the peloton will turn right and travel along Aachen and Burdock Way before reaching the large roundabout where the race will turn left onto Ovenden Road. This is when the race leaves its neutralised zone and the peloton really starts to race.
The peloton will pick up Shay Lane and commence up Holdsworth Road to enter the pretty village of Bradshaw at 12:54pm , before leaving Calderdale at Green Lane on towards Haworth at 12:57pm.
Halifax Town Centre will be closed to vehicles from 6:00am until 3:00pm to allow for the race support vehicles and team buses; all of which create a great spectacle and buzz throughout the town, giving spectators the opportunity to get close to the cycling professionals.
There is plenty of peripheral parking and public transport will be operating a usual weekend service. All buses accessing Halifax town centre will drop off and collect at Halifax bus station.
The rest of the route will be closed on a rolling road closure which means roads will be closed by police motorcycles for about half an hour before the race and open immediately after the race has passed by.
If you are able to cycle in, there are bike racks around the town where you can lock your bike.
Things to see and do on the day
In the spirit of all things cycling on Tour de Yorkshire day in Halifax, you have the opportunity to ride a 1km closed road circuit in Halifax town centre, escorted by British Cycling Ride Leaders. There will be bikes available to use from the Active Calderdale Bike Libraries. There are several rides each lasting 15 mins. The registration tent & start / finish area will be situated on Southgate, outside Wilko and the east entrance of Borough Market. You need to arrive 15 mins before your start time to check in and be allocated a bike. If you are late, places are not transferable onto other start times. All children must be accompanied by an adult riding. Children must be able to ride a pedal bike, no stabilisers, due to the section of cobbles. Book your place here!
For younger cyclists there is a mini cycle track at Westgate Arcade where little budding cyclists can just turn up and have a go.
The Piece Hall has lots of fun entertainment taking place throughout the day including the West Yorkshire Police band, ‘Landlubbers’, ‘Jump, Jive n Wail’ and Gledholt male voice choir. For more information click here
The Calderdale Industrial Museum will also be opening especially for the Tour de Yorkshire. Located just outside the east gate of The Piece Hall (Square Road, HX1 1QG), the museum will be open from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Halifax has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag Award for several years in a row, which recognises both great entertainment and hospitality. The award is only given to towns and cities that meet or surpass standards of excellence and Halifax definitely does that.
The West Yorkshire town is home to some amazing attractions including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and The Piece Hall – a Grade I listed building and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain, now a contemporary leisure, retail, cultural and heritage destination.
On Sunday 5 May stage 4 of the TDY will depart from the stunning Piece Hall, and as well as the cycling there is plenty to enjoy on the day. The Piece Hall will host an afternoon programme of entertainment including Halifax’s number one sea shanty band The Landlubbers and Jump, Jive & Wail who will perform swinging hits from the 1920s through to the 60s. In the courtyard kids can get creative with lots of fun bike-themed crafts including badge making, key ring making and canvas bag decorating. Crafters from the buildings resident Spin a Yarn group will be spinning some colourful pom poms and letter ‘Y’s to celebrate the tour, and alongside The Piece Hall’s resident food and drink spots there will be pop-ups from La Tradizione, Roast and Wrap, Toast of Harrogate, Fishfinger Bar and Zorba.
Square Chapel, The Piece Hall and The Halifax Minster present
Fri 07 Dec—Mon 10 Dec
Times: Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Piece Hall & Halifax Minster
This December Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, are lighting up their buildings in one mesmerising weekend of spectacular light.
Square Chapel Arts Centre
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December
6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm
Free to attend
Square Chapel Art Centre’s copper building will come to life in a 10 minute light and sound spectacular celebrating 30 years of the arts centre.
Sunday 9 December: 5.30pm | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm
Monday 10 December: 3.30pm | 4.30pm | 5.30pm | 6.30pm
Free to attend
Ceiling illumination at the Halifax Minster
Monday 10 December, 8:00pm
Join internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall as she takes you on a candlelit journey through carols, medieval and new music on concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp at the wonderful Halifax Minster.
The Piece Hall
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December
From dusk | Free to attend
The Piece Hall will house a frosted Christmas light installation that will illuminate using the beautiful historical cloth hall as a backdrop.
Kidocracy is an interactive show on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 12:00pm-1:00pm (doors open 11:30am) at the Piece Hall. It is hosted by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), appearing as Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all who gives children an island to rule.
They must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t all fun, fun, fun – there’s stuff to be done as well.
This is a seated show and will take place this Christmas in the circus-style Spiegeltent – a spectacular round wooden structure from the Netherlands measuring 20 meters in diameter, lavishly decorated inside with mirrors, glass and velvet.
Tickets, Adult £11, Children £8.50 are available from the Piece Hall website.
The Book Corner and The Grayston Unity have joined together to organise & curate the first ever Halifax Festival of Words. It will take place in the town between Thursday 11 and Saturday 14 October.
It’s a festival that celebrates the use of language through books, music, spoken word and illustration.
For all Halifax Festival of Words listings, please click here.
There is a mixture of free events and some with a small charge.
A weekend of celebration this August Bank Holiday with The Piece Hall and Oxjam Sowerby Bridge Festival. There’s Live Music from a brilliant selection of artists and some great food vendors for you to try. All in the name of a good cause!
The festival team will be about, to answer questions about Oxjam Sowerby Bridge Festival 2018 and their work on behalf of Oxfam. Keep an eye on the Facebook Event for more announcements on the run up!
Saturday August 25, 12:00pm-7:00pm
Jack Manning Music
Nathaniel Lodge Acoustic Singer
Dean Finelli Music
Clive H Corner
Food from Dirty Franks.
Sunday August 26, 12:00pm-7:00pm
Todd Wilson Music
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Mark Heslop Music
Food from Dirty Franks and The Horsebox Pizza Company Ltd.
FREE Entry! Enjoy the music, try the food and donate if you can!
Celebrate one year since The Piece Hall reopened this Yorkshire Day, Wednesday 1 August, 12:00pm-6:00pm. The courtyard will be transformed into a community street party with an afternoon of anniversary celebrations.
There will be bunting and long communal tables with a selection of party pop up food and drink traders offering tea, cakes, toasties and bubbles.
Live music from the world-famous Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and the vintage swing band Jump Jive and Wail.
10:30am–3:00pm, £3 (drop-in)
Join fun family activities in the courtyard including face painting, a Giant Yorkshire Rose artwork, a Georgian photobooth and crafts at the Activity Cart along with an array of traditional games to play.
Time is running out to vote for the Piece Hall transformation project in the heritage category of the National Lottery Awards 2018.
The winner is purely down to public votes so your vote really does count. We’d love to see The Piece Hall recognised on national television later this year.
It’s really quick and easy to vote:
1. Visit http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/piece-hall,
2. tweet using #NLAPieceHall
3. retweet a post containing #NLAPieceHall
4. or call 0844 836 9703 (calls cost 5p).
Voting runs until midnight on Friday 27 July 2018.
Let’s celebrate the #distinctiveness of The Piece Hall on a national stage! #VisionCdale2024