Perhaps the biggest deal on everyone’s to-do list is the major Anne Lister Festival, with lots of fantastic events taking place all over the region to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman. Her hometown of Halifax will be the centre of the action, with everything from guided walks and tours of her Shibden Hall residence through to a special Victorian market and a Victorian fashion exhibition.
There’s even a chance to join a talk by Sally Wainwright: the amazing writer-director of Gentleman Jack. Look out for events at all of the town’s major venues, including the iconic Piece Hall, colossal Dean Clough and magnificent Halifax Minster – all breathtaking historic buildings worthy of a visit in their own right. Remember to check what’s on at our libraries as well, for a variety of free exhibitions and events including crafty workshops and kids’ activity sessions.
In a region as steeped in history and stunningly beautiful as the Calder Valley, there’s plenty to do away from Halifax too. How about cruising the scenic Rochdale Canal on a traditional narrow boat, visiting quirky and artistic Hebden Bridge, or trawling for treasures in Todmorden’s fabulous indoor market? Fancy something a little more active? Warmer than winter but still nice and quiet, spring is a great time of year for exploring our famous woodland and moorland trails, either on foot or by bike. There’s plenty of live music, theatre and comedy happening this spring too, in venues up and down the valley like Hebden’s legendary Trades Club and the UK’s smallest music venue, the Grayston Unity in Halifax.
It’s hungry work seeing the sights, and here in the Calder Valley you’ll never be far away from a friendly café or restaurants catering for every taste and budget. In a rush to your next adventure? Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of great street food hereabouts, from traditional fish & chips to the best burritos outside Mexico. You’ll always find the perfect place to ‘wet your whistle’ too, in cosy pubs, hipster hangouts and even fancy gin and cocktail bars. Oh, and everything comes with a generous serving of proper Yorkshire humour and warmth.
So, whatever your reason for visiting and wherever in the world you’re coming from, just be warned: there’s more to see and do here in spring than you could possibly cram into a single visit. It’s a good job we’re so easy to travel to!