Bankfield is a lovely (free!) museum in Halifax that’s great for the kids to run around in.
It’s been a museum since 1887 and tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections.
It’s set in a Victorian mansion in Akroyd Park – perfect for a picnic on a sunny day – and it’s nice and airy with friendly staff, highchairs and sometimes there is colouring set out, or toys to play with. It also houses Akroyd library (although it has it’s own opening hours), which is nice to call in to and read a few children’s books.
The displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world and there are temporary exhibitions, including costume, embroidery, quilting, textile art, paintings and photography.
It’s all free entry, and there’s a shop with reasonably-priced refreshments (a cuppa is only £1!)
For King and Country (until December 22) – exhibition commemorating the region’s wartime contribution. Featuring over 200 objects, 200 images and archives and 60 local stories of experiences during the First World War.
Horrible Halifax – A family-friendly exhibition to discover the darker side of the history of Halifax and learning more about the inventions and laws that made all our lives better. We’ll take you on a journey through the historical streets of Halifax, visiting apothecaries to cure our ailments, finding out how we can save our teeth and leaning about how crimes were punished, including the infamous Halifax gibbet!
Sweets (June 16-November 3) – A family-friendly celebration of all things sweet, featuring Calderdale’s confectionary collections from Mackintosh, Rowntrees, Riley’s Toffee, Dobsons, Nestle, Turnwrights Toffee and more.
Bankfield Museum, Akroyd Park, Boothtown Road, Halifax. Phone: 01422 352334