What’s on for the school summer holidays in Halifax and Calderdale. You’ll find loads of free and cheap activities and events locally, as well as great ideas for further afield.

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24th July- 6th September, 10am-6pm 

It’s time to come out of hiding this summer! The dinosaurs are back at Stockeld park for a Jurassic event like no other!

Reawaken your sense of adventure with our 5 adventure playgrounds, but oh wait, what’s that sound?

As you Swing and as you soar, be sure to listen out for those loud ROARS! 

Take a walk on the wild side through the Enchanted Forest and become an explorer for the day.

How many dinosaurs can you find, be honest! 

Can you escape the maze before it’s too late? 

Make sure there’s no T-Rex’s lurking behind the gates! 

And if you dare to get so close, 

Take a picture with the Stockeld raptor,

 it will make the perfect Instagram post! 

Oh, what’s that something new? 

Jurassic mini golf,

Will be it a hole in one or two? 

Fun will never go extinct at Stockeld park!

 01937 586333
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Our exhibition ‘Through Our Eyes’ is an interactive, multi-media exhibition following the lives of sixteen Holocaust survivors and child refugees who made new lives in Yorkshire. Visitors will see poignant personal photos of the survivors and their families and their original artefacts and documents, together with an original prisoner uniform and other artefacts from the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora. The survivors tell their stories of discrimination, persecution, escape, hiding, ghettos, forced labour, concentration camps and liberation through filmed testimony on six interactive touchscreens. Text and images put their experiences in context, supported by animated maps and an immersive audio-visual experience driven by survivor testimony.  There is a reflective space at the end of the exhibition where visitors can find out about the survivors’ experiences of rebuilding their lives in the UK and explore a digital memorial to local families.

The exhibition is suitable for those over 10 years of age. For those studying the Holocaust or interested in local and global history the exhibition is a must-see.

From the 28th July we will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 5pm. Entry is free but please be aware masks are mandatory unless medically exempt. We will also have activities available for children to take around the exhibition to help grow their understanding.

01484 365301
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United Adventure Camps is a school holiday camp full of adventure for children aged 3-14. Held at various locations across Yorkshire, our unique holiday day camps give children and young adults an exciting multi-activity experience with the chance to enjoy loads of activities like team sports, craft, archery, games, drama and bushcraft to name a few. Get back to nature and have fun with friends at United Adventure Camps as our programmes engage and excite, our staff inspire and guide, our standards are high, and we always put the children first in everything we do.

Be brave, be excited, be wild.

Covid-19 Secure: We’ve added a lot of changes to United Adventure Camps to make sure our explorers are safe during their time with us. For more information, visit our website.

Visit the United Adventure Camps website here for more information.

0113 4830280
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3D Doodle

Explore drawing with a 3D pen!

Ages 8-12

£5 per child (£4 PTL)

Halifax Central Library & Archives

July 25 and August 8, 2019.


  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Art in the Park – Shelf Hall Park

A morning of art and crafts using natural materials. No dogs or unaccompanied children.

Age 3+

£4 (£3 PTL)

Shelf Hall Park, Thursday, August 22, 2019. 10.30am-around noon. Meet in the car park off Bridlestiles.

No booking required.

Beasts of Balance

Build balancing towers and fabulous worlds in this digital table-top stacking game.  Children will be required to work in small groups.

Ages 8-12. £5 per child (£4 PTL)

Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 30 and August 6. 2-3pm.

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Bike Courses


A one hour introduction to balance bikes with bike games. Bikes and helmets provided. Parents required to stay.

Halifax Fire Station: Thursday, August 1 & Thursday, August 15, 10am-11am.

Ages 3-5. £5.30


One day learn to ride cycling course, starting on balance bikes and moving to pedal bikes through games and exercises. Packed lunch required. Bikes and helmets available but bring your own bike if you have one.

Halifax Fire Station: Every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the  school summer holidays, plus August 8, 9 and 29.

Ages 5-9. £19.98. 10am-3pm.


Full day National Standard Level 1 Bikeability course. For riders ready to develop skills ready for a journey on the road. Bikes and helmets available but bring your own bike if you have one, and a packed lunch.

Halifax Fire Station: July 26, August 16, 23 & 30

Todmorden Fire Station: August 2

Illingworth Fire Station: August 9

Ages 7-10. £19.98. 10am-3pm.


Two day National Standards Level 1 and 2 Bikeability course. Introduction to the road, bike maintenance, road position and signalling. Bikes and helmets available but bring your own bike if you have one, and a packed lunch.

Halifax Fire Station: July 22 & 23, August 12 & 13, 19 & 20 and 26 & 27

Todmorden Fire Station: July 29 & 30

Illingworth Fire Station: August 5 & 6

Ages 9-14. Free. 9.30am-3pm.


Two day National Standards Bikeability course. For experienced riders. Bring your own bike if you have one, and a packed lunch.

Halifax Fire Station: July 25 and 26, August 1 and 2, August 15 and 16, August 22 and 23

Ages 11-15. Free. 9.30am-3pm.

  • For information about all the cycle training courses 2019, call 01422 392800. To book on to a course, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Calderdale Council Bikeability. 

Board Not Bored!

Board Game Club with new, exciting and unusual games to try!

Ages 8-14


Todmorden Library: July 22, 29 & August 5, 12, 19. 11am-noon

Mixenden Library: July 22, 29 & August 5, 19. 1.30-3.30pm.

Call 01422 392638 for information.

Bolton Abbey Family Cycle Zone

May 1 – September 26, 2021

Situated adjacent to the Bolton Abbey Car Park, this space offers a safe area for children to learn and practice their cycling skills. With roads cut through the grass and road signs to mark the way, children can enjoy endless fun manoeuvring the roundabout and junctions!

Please bring your own bikes.

This is a free activity, the Estate admission fee applies.


Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

Opens  May 22 until October 31, 2021

Follow the Welly Walk signs and enjoy a free woodland adventure trail from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. The walk includes climbing walls, tunnels, scramble nets, balance beams and lots more! Children must be supervised at all times.

Normal estate admission applies.

  • Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AL

Bookstart Busy Babies

Forty minutes of songs and rhymes.

Ages 0-2.

£2 per child. (Free, PTL)

Hebden Bridge Library: Monday mornings

July 22, 29; August 5; September 9, 16, 30. 11-11.40am

Brighouse Library: Tuesday mornings

July 23, 30; August 6; September 3, 10, 17. 10.30-11.10am

Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium: Thursday mornings

July 25; August 1, 8, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19. 10-10.40am & 11-11.40am

  • Call 01422 392620.

BookTrust Storytime Prize

Ages under 5s and their families


Ben Lawrence in the libraries team has been selected to be a regional judge for the BookTrust Storytime Prize. Six books have been selected, and the library is holding sessions to find out the best book for sharing in 2019.

Come along to the sessions with a focus on sharing the books, with goodies to take away.

Brighouse Library: July 26, 10.30-11.15am

Halifax Central Library and Archives: August 2, 10.30-11.15am

Hebden Bridge Library: August 23, 10.30-11.15am

Sowerby Bridge Library: August 30, 10-30-11.15am

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Boothtown Children’s Centre – Holiday Fun

FREE “colours” activities for families with children aged 0-8 years old on Tuesday, August 13, between 1 and 3pm.

Activities include: past play, edible play, water play, sensory bottles, sand play, cornflour fun, ice paint cubes, hungry caterpillar game and face painting.

Face painting and tombola cost 20p.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a bottle of water.

No need to book, just turn up!

  • Boothtown Children’s Centre, Rawson Street North, Halifax. 01422 250365. Tuesday, August 13, 2019. 1-3pm.

Children’s Centres – Summer Holiday Events

Free summer holiday activities for children up to age 8, 2019.

Centre Vale Park – Burnley Road, Todmorden. 01706 399970.

July 25, 1.30-3pm; August 8, 1.30-3pm & August 22, 1.30-3pm.

The Outback at Jubilee Children’s Centre – Lightowler Road, Halifax. 01422 342552.

July 24, 1.30-3pm & August 21, 1.30-3pm

Boothtown Children’s Centre – Rawson Street North, Halifax. 01422 250365.

July 23 & August 13. 1.30-3pm.

St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill – Sowerby Bridge. 01422 835614.

August 7 & 20. 1.30-3pm.

Little Stars Parkinson Lane Children’s Centre – Parkinson Lane, Halifax. 01422 252022.

July 30 & August 14. 1.30-3pm.

Calder Holmes Park – New Road, Hebden Bridge. 01706 399970.

July 31 & August 15. 1.30-3pm.

People’s Park – Hopwood Lane, Halifax. 01422 252022.

August 6. 1.30-3pm.

Siddal Children’s Centre – Backhold Lane, Siddal. 01422 395501.

August 1. 1.30pm-3pm.

Day Out With Thomas

17th & 18th August 2019

Make your day a Day Out With Thomas as Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends Percy, Toby, Emily and Mavis, visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor!

The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure the engines are all being really useful and behaving themselves and will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am.

Pre booking advised. Suitable for toddlers.

Park Mill Way Clayton West, Huddersfield. Tel: 01484 865727

Dig Day – Bankfield Museum

Take time to explore a dig in Bankfield Museum’s education room and then create your own dinosaur fossil.

There are several sessions running:

July 30, 2019

11am-noon, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2-3pm.

East Riddlesden Hall – Summer Events

Follow a colourful stick trail, make mud pies, build a den and play traditional games on the lawn. Activities inside the house include solving a revolting remedy puzzle.

On some Sundays you will be able to make butter in the barn, and be a ranger for a morning on July 29, 2019.

Volunteer-led sessions every Wednesday and Sunday between 1-2pm with a variety of activities, including making a home for bugs, testing mini raft building skills and adding splashes of colour to the garden at the wild art sessions.

  • East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, Keighley. 01535 607075.


Eureka! The Big Summer Festival!

Stretch the kids’ brains with a boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play!

Come rain or shine, there are all kinds of workshops and events running all summer long, including astronaut training, stomp rocket workshops, storytelling drum workshops and marble runs.

  • Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax. 01422 330069. 10am-5pm every day over the summer holidays.


Face Painting and Dressing Up – The Piece Hall

Join us in the courtyard to choose from a selection of designs to have your face painted. Then rummage through our dressing-up chest to find a fancy costume.

£1.50/£3 drop in.

  • Fridays, August 9, 2019. 10.30am-3pm.

Family Beech Sapling Removal in Centre Vale Park

Help clear beech saplings from the wood. Come in old clothes and bring gardening gloves.

Suitable for children aged 5+ if closely supervised by an adult.

  • Saturday, September 7. 10am-noon.

Farmer Copleys Maze

20th July – 2nd September 2019. 10:30am – 5:30pm

7 acres of amazing fun, including many other activities:

  • Jumping pillow
  • Mini wagon ride
  • Bale mountain
  • Tyre mountain
  • Corn maze slide
  • Dino carts
  • Corn café

No booking required. 

Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, WF7 5AF. Tel: 01977 600200

FING by David Walliams

Celebration of this great new book and a chance to make your own FING keyring.

Ages 8-12. £5 per child (£4 PTL)

Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 23, 10.30-11.30am

King Cross Library: August 27, 2-3pm

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

First World War Community Excavation

Don your archaeological boots during this two week community excavation at Long Wood, Copley.

No experience needed as training will be provided (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Dip in and out of the sessions as it suits you.

All ages. Free.

Tuesday July 16 – Monday July 29, 2019. 10am-4pm. Long Wood, Copley .

  • Booking essential. Email Chris.Atkinson@pennineprospects.co.uk

Fun at Cromwell Bottom

Join in pond dipping at Cromwell Bottom. Meet at the cabin (HD6 2RG) at 10.30am. Bring lunch.

The walk covers two miles. Dogs welcome if kept on a lead.

Ages 6+ (No unaccompanied children).


  • Cromwell Bottom, Saturday, September 14 2019. 10.30am-1.30pm.


Fun at Manor Heath Park – Bees, Butterflies, Gardening.

Bees and Butterflies

Come Jungle Experience to find out more about these wonderful creatures. Create a butterfly tea light holder, enjoy a butterfly and bee hunt and make some butterfly and bee crafts. No booking required, just turn up. No dogs or unaccompanied children. Walks start from the Jungle Experience entrance at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm.

Age 3+.

£4(£3 PTL)

Friday, July 26. 10-2pm.

Family Gardening – Plant a Pot of Pleasing Plants

Head to the Jungle Experience to plant a container to take home with you. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! No dogs or unaccompanied children.

Age 3+

£7.50 per container of three plants (£6.50 PTL). Families can join together to plant a joint container if they would like.

Thursday, August 1. 10-11am, 11.15-12pm. Booking essential, visit Ticket Source.

Fun at Ogden Water

Ogden Goes Wild!

Learn about local wildlife with lots of fun activities. Do minibeast hunts, pond dips, make an insect home, bird box or bat box and you might even meet some hedgehogs!

Age 3+.  Free entry

Wednesday, July 31, 2019. 10am-3pm.

Drop in any time. Charges apply for some activities.

  • Ogden Water, Halifax

Fun with Hama Beads

Explore the wonderful world of Hama Beads to make necklaces, keyrings, badges, fridge magnets and more. Everyone welcome!

Ages 5+. Free.

Halifax Central Library and Archives: August 12, 2019, 10am-noon.

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Gruffalo & Superworm

Sessions at Manor Heath Jungle Experience Courtyard for a story, crafts and short walk.

Ages 4-8

£4 per child (£3 PTL)


July 24 & 31, 2019. 1.30-3pm.


August 7 & 28, 2019. 1.30-3pm.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Hardcastle Crags – Summer Events!

Join in the fun every week day between July 30 and August 31 2019 (excluding bank holidays), 12-3pm.

Activities include pond dipping, hunting for bugs and much more.


Hello Universe, National Science and Media Museum

20th July -1st September 2019

This summer, blast off on a mission to explore space with fantastic free shows and activities. The galleries and across the museum will be bringing the family exhibition Hello Universe to life.

Activities will include building Lego spacecraft, discovering what makes a good satellite or rover, get stargazing tips and delve deeper into the science of space in the action-packed Hello Universe family show.

FREE Event. No booking required.

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ


Three day festival ranging from a free family fun night to a day of pop and rop, reggae, punk and ska.

  • August 30-September 1, 2019. Greenhead Park, Huddersfield. www.huddsfest.co.uk

Jewellery Workshop

Meet Christina from Ikkle Dragon Crafts and get creative with jewellery making rings, bracelets, necklaces and more.

Ages 12-18. £5 (£4 PTL)

Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 25 and 29. 4.30-5.30pm.

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Jumping Clay Workshops

New Jumping Clay workshops. All play gym workshops offer free entry and two hours of free play (Playtopia 1 hour free play) when booked on a Jumping Clay workshop.

  • Jumping Clay, Summer 2019. Call 07931 308726 or 07505 001414 or email halifax@jumpingclay.co.uk


Build your own video games with Bloxels. Using the Bloxels Gameboard and app editor you can create your own characters and background, designing your own game!

Ages 8-12. £5 per child (£4 PTL)

  •  Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium. Monday July 22 & 29, 2019. 2-3.30pm. To book, visit ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Kite Making – And Flying!

Make and fly your own kite!

£4 per kite (£3 PTL)

Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge: August 14, 2019. 10am-noon and 12.30-2.30pm. It takes around one hour to make your kite.

Roils Head: August 21, 2019. 10.30am-2.30pm. Drop in anytime to the marquee on the field. No dogs please.

  • No need to book. No unaccompanied children.

Leeds City Centre Summer Holiday Jurassic Trail

27th July – 1st September 2019

Full size dinosaurs are coming to life all over Leeds this summer and the whole family can have a monster day hunting them down in Leeds City Centre!

This fantastic FREE child friendly event, bought to you by LeedsBid will take families on a trail through Victoria Leeds, Leeds kirgate Market, The Merrion Centre and Trinity Leeds.  Making it perfect for dino spotting whatever the weather!

FREE Event.

Leeds City Centre.

Live Music at Westgate Arcade

Live music every Saturday lunch time during the summer holidays!

MBI Shay Stadium Community Football

School holiday football club for 5-11-year-olds at the MBI Shay Stadium, Halifax.

Every day in the school summer holidays, except bank holidays. 9am-4pm.

£13 a day, £10 for siblings.

  • To book, contact Lee Ashworth on 07834 421064.

Minecraft Stop Motion

Create unique movies using stop motion animation. Children will be required to work in small groups.

Ages 8-12

£5 per child (£4 PTL)

King Cross Library

August 29, 2019. 2-2.30pm.

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Fun at Jerusalem Farm

Pirate Raft Building

Join Pirate Phil at the good ship Jerusalem Farm to make pipe cleaner pirates and wooden rafts, before sailing them down the local stream. Wellingtons, towel and spare socks a must. Insect repellent recommended! No dogs or unaccompanied children please.

Age 4+.

£4 (£3 PTL)

  • Wednesday July 24, 2019. 10.30am-12.30pm. Booking essential – visit Ticket Source.

Stream Dipping

Learn about freshwater minibeasts! Wellies essential, plus a change of trousers and socks. Insect repellent recommended. No dogs or unaccompanied children please.

Age 3+.

£3.50 (£2.50 PTL)

Friday August 9, 2019. 10am-noon. Visit Ticket Source to book.

  • Jerusalem Farm, Jerusalem Lane, HX2 6XJ

Mix It Up!

Art, crafts, board games and more!

Ages 8+


Mixenden Library: August 8, September 5, 2019. 3.45-4.45pm.

Call 01422 392638 for information.

Oakwell Hall Summer Explorers Trail

20th July – 1st September 2019, 10am-5pm

Pick up your seasonal explorer pack from the Visitor Centre Shop to start your adventure. Add new activities to your pack each week when you visit both Oakwell and Bagshaw Museum.

£4 per pack then £1 for additional elements.

No Booking Required. Toddler Friendly.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Skating Sessions – YMCA

July 23-August 23, 2019

Enjoy summer skating at the Halifax YMCA with two sessions per day, Monday to Friday through the Calderdale school holidays.

10.30am-noon & 12.15-1.45pm.

  • £3 per person including boot hire. £2.70 with own skates.

Sparks! Summer Activities at Bankfield Museum

Various dates, July & August 2020

July 28: Dig Day. Explore a mini dig then create a dinosaur fossil (11-12pm, 11.30-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2-3pm)

July 29: Look at our beautiful landscape then make a collage

August 4: Make your own bracelets and wristbands

August 5: Create a design on canvas shoes. Bookings will close a week early to ensure enough shoes are available.

August 11: Investigate some inventions from the past and try making rockets.

August 12: Look at different instruments and create your own.

August 18: Make your own seaside monster or creature.

August 19: Find out what people used in the past to light their way, then make your own paper lantern.

August 25: Create a shell keepsake.

August 26: Look at the museum’s collection of toys and make your own from recycled materials.

£4 per child (£3 PTL).  

Booking essential via museums.calderdale.gov.uk

Sessions for summer 2020: 11am-12pm and 1.30-2.30pm, unless otherwise stated

Story Time – Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away!

Horrid Henry is celebrating his 25th birthday in 2019 and is naughtier than ever in this brand new book.

Join in at the library to listen to an extract from the book and make crafts.

Ages 5-8. £3 per child (£2 PTL)

Shelf Library: August 20, 2-3pm

Elland Library: August 21 – 10.30-11.30am

Halifax Central Library and Archives: August 22, 2-3pm

Akroyd Library: August 27, 10.30-11.30am

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Storytots: Once Upon A Time


2019 is the 30th anniversary of much-loved elephant Elmer, and you can celebrate at the library with this story and craft-themed celebration workshop.

Ages 2-4. £3 per child (£2 PTL)

Sowerby Bridge Library: July 23, 10.30-11.30am

Hebden Bridge Library: July 25, 2-3pm

Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 23, 2-3pm

Elland Library: July 30, 10.30-11.30am

King Cross Library: July 30, 2-3pm

* Booking essential, tickets from Ticket Source. For information, call 01422 392620.

Summer Activities at Shibden

For ages 4-12. Included in entrance price to the hall unless otherwise stated. 

Pirate Day! August 13, 2020

Search for pirates and take part in our pirate crafts up at the Hall.

Free eye patch when you attend this activity.

Please note this includes a woodland walk which is unsuitable for prams.

£4 per child.

  • 11am-noon, 1pm-2pm and 2pm-3pm

Fairies, Elves & Goblins! August 6, 2020

Take part in our fantasy trail following clues around Cunnery Wood and make your own fantasy garden.

Includes a free accessory.

Please note this includes a woodland walk which is unsuitable for prams.

£4 per child,

  • 11am-noon, 1pm-2pm and 2pm-3pm

Top Tudors – Thursday, August 20, 2020

Explore Tudors, find out about Tudor costume and make a herbal bag.

Drop in session between 11am-3pm.

Victorian Washday – Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Come and help clean the dirty washing with Bessie the laundry maid. Miss Paige the governess may have some games to play!

  • Drop in session between 11am-3pm

* Book via museums.calderdale.gov.uk

Summer at Kirklees Railway

17th July – 1st September 2019 – Life’s a Beach, 10am-5pm

Have fun in the giant sandpit throughout the summer holidays.

23rd July – 23rd August 2019, 10am-5pm (Tuesday’s)

Join the Kirklees Light Railway every Tuesday during the summer holidays for Tuesday Tales storytelling and craft sessions.

26th July – 30th August 2019, 10am-5pm (Friday’s)

Get creative this summer with Friday Rocks at the Kirklees Light Railway!

Standard fares apply, drop-in sessions.

You must be the holder of a valid day ticket to participate in the above then activities are FREE.

Clayton West, HD8 9XJ Tel: 01484 865727

Summer at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Every Tuesday from 23rd July – 27th August 2019. 11am & 1:30pm – Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park. Each session will last approx. 1hr.

Booking required. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Every Saturday from 27th July – 31st August 2019. 11am-4pm -Hidden Forest Open Days

Magical Hidden Forest Open Day for under 5s. Drop-in any time to play, make sculptures, share stories, explore mark-making while under the canopy of some magnificent trees.

No booking required. Drop-in event. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Sundays – Tuesdays from 24th July – 2nd September 2019. 11am – 3.30pm – Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Pop into the family friendly creative space at YSP Learning. Make, draw, construct, play, imagine and have fun in our Garden Studio.  A £4 contribution for the Arts Award activity sheet covers the certification costs.

No booking required. Drop-in event. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG (SatNav WF4 4JX). Tel: 01924 832631

Summer Events at The Piece Hall

Events at The Piece Hall during the summer holidays, 2019.

  • Wellbeing & Community Festival: Free two day event to help the local community get active and create, while showcasing some of Calderdale’s support services. Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21. 10am-6pm & 10am-4pm.
  • 2nd Anniversary Celebration and Yorkshire Day: Free afternoon street party in the courtyard with a long communal table, tea, cake and tasty treats. There will be fun activities for all the family, including crafts, games and face painting, and there will be live music and the launch of a new book by local artist Chris Mould.  August 1. 10.30am-4pm. 
  • Chow Down: Celebration of street food, craft beer and cocktails. £3 for adults, under 14s are free. July 26-28 and August 23-26.
  • Events and Spectacles Exhibition: Showing images that relate to events and spectacles at The Piece Hall from Victorian times through to the current day. Daily from August 5-October 13. 
  • Sunday Street Festival: Free entertainment for all the family with street theatre, slapstick, circus, music and dance. You can even try your hand at circus skills! Sunday, August 4. 11am-5pm. The Courtyard. 
  • International Pavement Art Festival: A weekend of pavment art with artists from across the world competing You can have a go to, with a collaborative artwork on Saturday and a children’s pavement art competition on Sunday. Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11. 10am-4pm.
  • Open Air Cinema Weekend: Four nights of classic cinema under the stars! Brassed Off (August 29), The Greatest Showman (August 30), A Star is Born (August 31) and Bohemian Rhapsody (September 1). Gates open at 7.30pm and the films start at sunset. Adults £12.50, children £10, family £40.

Summer Fun at The Piece Hall

Workshops and more during the summer holidays, 2019.

Making Mondays:

  • Keyrings & Badges: Make a badge or keyring featuring your own design. July 29, 10.30am-3pm. The Courtyard. £1. Drop in.
  • Weave a Bookmark: Learn how to make a colourful bookmark! August 12, 10.30am-3pm. The Courtyard. £1. Drop in. 

Trail Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Pick up a family trail from The Welcome Centre and explore The Piece Hall with Woolly the Sheep as your guide. Tuesday July 23-Thursday August 29. 10am-3pm. The Welcome Centre. £1 per trail. 

Workshop Wednesdays:

  • Wet Felted Pictures: Drop in at any time on July 24 to create a wet felted animal picture to take home. 10.30am-3pm. The Learning Studio. £3.
  • High in The Sky Hot Air Balloon Making: Create a beautiful hot air balloon with local artist and crafter Kim Searle. Find out about Mrs Graham’s hot air balloon descent in The Piece Hall over 150 years ago! August 7. 10.30am, 12 noon and 2pm. The Learning Studio. £3. Booking essential.
  • Build a Boat: Learn about the ships that transported cloth from Halifax across the world then create your own model boat and test it in The Piece Hall paddling pool. August 14. 10.30am-3pm. £3. Drop in.
  • Hoops & Loops: Create a beautiful woven hanging hoop with the help of a local artist. August 21. 10.30am-12.30pm & 1-3pm. The Courtyard. £3. Drop in.
  • Arty Party: A day full of art with lots of activities! August 28, 10.30am-3pm. The Learning Studio. £3. Drop in.

Georgian Live Interpretation:

  • Spinner: Catch our spinner roaming the courtyard to find out about the history of The Piece Hall and Halifax in Georgian times. Wednesday, July 24. 10.30am-3pm. Free.
  • Merchant: Find our merchant in the courtyard to find out how cloth from The Piece Hall was transported around the world in Georgian times. Wednesday, August 14, 10.30am-3pm. Free.

Summer @ Pit at National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

27th July – 1st September 2019, 10am-5pm

Up at Hope Pit, grab your bucket and spade and travel back in time to the 1960s to see how miners spent their summer holidays.

All through the summer holidays, not only will we have a huge sandpit for you to come and explore, but we will be welcoming donkeys, hosting summer crafts, delving into history with our living history interpreters and firing up the barbecue.

11th August: Archery

21st August: Wacky Wednesday Seaside Special (Under 5’s session)

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton,WF4 4RH. Tel: 01924 848806

Summer Savers at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley

20th July – 1st September 2019

Enjoy a daily agenda of exciting farm activities which include sheep and ferret races, milking demos, tractor trailer rides, and meerkat talks.

Book your online tickets* in advance and get 20% off the gate price. Your ticket gets you all day farm entry and is a freedom ticket which means it can be used to get all-day admission on any day (one use) between July 20 and September 2.

Farm admission with the online ticket will be slashed from £9.95 per person to just £7.95 per person – only a limited amount available.

Pre-booking advised. Suitable for toddlers.

Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT. Tel:  01226 792746

Summer Skating School – YMCA

Attention all skaters – come and join us at the YMCA Halifax’s Summer Skating School, 2019!

Learn to skate better with our qualified coaches teaching you how to stop, turn, skate backwards, improve your balance and more!

Wednesdays: August 7 and 21. 2-3.30pm

Fridays: August 9 and 23. 2-3.30pm

  • Halifax YMCA, 13 Crossley Street, Halifax. 2-3.30pm. £5 per session including skate hire. Call 01422 353626.

Summer Soccer Schools 2019

FA Qualified coaches. Ages 4-7 & 8+.

One day – £17.40 (£12.20 PTL) Two days – £31.60 (£20.90 PTL)

Todmorden Sports Centre. 9.30am-3.30pm.


Superworm at Manor Heath

Superworm and his mini beast friends are list in Manor Heath Park – can you help to find them?

Meet at Jungle Experience for a story time session with crafts and a short walk.

Ages 4-8. £4 per child (£3 PTL)

Manor Heath Park: August 7, 2019: 1.30-3pm. August 28, 2019: 1.30-3pm

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover


Disney Pixar Toy Story 4

Activator led session for the entire family focussed on core aquatic skills inspired by Disney story telling.

Ages 3-12. Child £3.20 per session (£3 PTL). Free for children with a junior membership. Adult £4.60 per session (£3.60 PTL)

Brighouse Pool :

Weeks 1-6, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11.15am-noon.

Sunday, 1.30-2.15pm.


Wild and wacky fun and giant floats for children aged 14 and under. Children aged under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.



Children must be 11 years and under.



Five-day course, Monday to Friday. Ages 5-7.

For information, view https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/sports-and-fitness/activities/crash-course-swimming-lessons


Five day course, ages 8-14.

Children must be able to swim 100m+ confidently in deep water and tread water for 30 seconds.

Halifax Pool

August 19-25. 10.30-11.15am & 11.15am-noon

£20 (£14.75 PTL)


Children must be able to swim 100m+ confidently in deep water and tread water for 30 seconds.

Ages 8-14. £4 (£2.95 PTL)

Brighouse Pool

Wednesday, July 24. 5.30-6.15pm & 6.15-7pm

The Return of The Iron Man

Halifax-based illustrator Chris Mould will launch a new gift book edition of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man and create a piece of artwork in Halifax library during a reading from the book.

Chris will also talk about his latest work and give a drawing demonstration at The Piece Hall.

Both events followed by a book signing.

Ages 5+. £3 per child (£2 PTL)

Halifax Central Library and Archives: August 1, 1.30-2.30pm. The Piece Hall event will take place between 10.30-11.30am.

  • To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The wonderful story of the tiger who pops into Sophie’s house and sits down to tea with her and her mum will be at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax in July 2019.

Packed with magic, sing-a-long sons and clumsy chaos, this stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem will be lots of fun.

Friday, July 19: 1.30pm

Saturday, July 20: 11am and 2pm

Sunday, July 21: 11am and 2pm

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Victoria Theatre, Halifax. Ticket £14. To book, call 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk

Trail Tuesdays & Thursdays

Pick up a family trail from The Welcome Centre and set off to explore the Grade 1 listed Piece Hall with Woolly the Sheep as your guide.

  • Tuesday July 23 – Thursday August 29. 10am-4pm. £1 per trail. The Piece Hall.

Wannasee Festival

Family festival featuring a variety of Europe’s finest tribute acts. Food and drink available to buy, or you can bring a small picnic.

  • July 27, 2019. Greenhead Park, Huddersfield. Gates open at 11am. Tickets from Huddersfield Central Library or 01484 223200.

York Maze

13th July – 2nd September 2019, 10am – 6:30pm (last admission 4:30pm)

York Maze is so much more than a maze, it is the largest Maize Maze in Europe at over 15 acres of fun! The 20 active fun attractions are an ideal way to burn off some energy, bouncing, sliding and racing your way around. Have a laugh on the Crowmania tractor trailer ride, the new Crowbot 5000 show, Kernel Kernel’s House of Cornfusion and the famous pig racing.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York,  YO19 5LT. Tel: 01904 607 341

Yorkshire Day at Smith Art Gallery

Free, drop in family event to create your own Yorkshire landscape, inspired by the paintings on display.

Ages 4-12. Free.

Thursday, August 1. Drop in sessions between 11am-3pm. Smith Art Gallery, Halifax Road, Brighouse.

Yorkshire Day at The Piece Hall

A day of celebrations for The Piece Hall’s second anniversary since reopening and Yorkshire Day.

There will be a free afternoon street party in the courtyard, with long communal tables, tea, cake and tasty treats for all to enjoy.

Fun family activities include crafts, games, face painting and more.

There will be live music from Back Chat Brass Band at noon and 2.30pm, and a vibrant display from Tohr Panjabian Di Bhangra-Dancers at 1.30pm.

There will also be a special workshop and readings at the library and The Piece Hall to celebrate a new illustrated book by local artist Chris Mould.

  • August 1 2019, The Piece Hall, Halifax.