Families can share the joy of laughter, learning and festivities in the magnificent Victorian Halifax Borough Market and surrounding streets this December, as the ‘Let’s Grow’ team return with a Christmas theme.
The Let’s Grow Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Little Christmas Party follows the successful debut of the two-day pop-up allotment event at the market during the October half-term.
On Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December 2021, Halifax’s stunning market hall will welcome back the charming family of baby fruits and vegetables, their friendly ‘Vegetable Nannies’ and a host of performances, games, crafts, festive tunes, prizes and more.
The free event is brought to the market by Ben Faulks – co-creator of the award-winning TV series, ‘Mr Bloom’s Nursery’ – and his wife, Mimi, in partnership with Calderdale Council. It is funded by the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to help high streets and tourist attractions recover from the pandemic and welcome back shoppers and visitors.
At the October Let’s Grow event, the Council launched a two-year community art project and gave people the chance to share ideas for the borough’s Year of Culture in 2024, to coincide with Calderdale’s 50th anniversary and support the economic recovery.
Here are just some of the fun-packed activities taking place:
- Dance along as the Disco Shed plays funky festive tunes with games, bubbles and cheeky elves a-plenty.
- Snap a selfie with the Living Lamp Posts and Christmas Travellers, Hodman & Sally.
- Get creative with reindeer costume making and arts and crafts.
- Complete the Christmas market treasure trail for a chance to win a family annual pass to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.
- Make your own reindeer food to take home and sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.
- Get active with the reindeer hoopla game or relax and draw elf portraits in the Christmas Chill Out Zone.
For more information about ‘Let’s Grow’ and the full programme of activities and performances, please visit www.letsgrow.org.uk and www.visitcalderdale.com/the-lets-grow-ho-ho-ho-merry-little-christmas-party
COVID-safety measures are in place for the event, including face coverings for all performers and stewards and the monitoring and restriction of visitor numbers in the festival spaces.
To find out what else is happening in Calderdale this festive season, head to www.visitcalderdale.com and look out for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #visitcalderdale
The Halifax Agricultural Show is the largest show of its kind in the local region and offers something for everyone.
- There are goats, cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, rabbits and many other animals.
- Handicrafts and produce, The Lamb National, Ridgeside Lurcher and Terrier display, Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motocross, Farmers’ Market, demonstrations and more.
- There is also plenty to see in the Show Jumping, Vintage vehicles and Fun Dog rings.
You do not have to be a farmer, or a grower of mammoth vegetables to enter the show.
There are classes for everyone. Go on, enter into some friendly competition and add to the fun!
You can buy tickets from local retailers, or you can pay for tickets at the gate on show day.
For more information, visit: Halifax Agricultural Show 2017 .
On May 14, meet Chris Sutcliffe at Cunnery Wood, Shibden for a family friendly session of practical work looking after the nature reserve.
Session runs 10am – 3pm.
Please ring 07769 9954956 for more information.
Visitors to Calderdale this spring and summer can now start to plan their trip, with the release of the annual Calderdale Events and Festivals guide.
The colourful guide is crammed with over 30 entries of indoor and outdoor events taking place right across Calderdale, between April and September.
Calderdale Events and Festivals guide is available in Calderdale libraries, visitor centres and museums. Also keep an eye out for it in visitor attractions across West Yorkshire.
For details of events and festivals in Calderdale all year around visit www.visitcalderdale.com
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!