Bank holiday events

May Day pole fun at St John's Church, Cragg Vale.
May Day pole fun at St John's Church, Cragg Vale.

Over May day bank holiday weekend, Calderdale was packed with plenty of events for everyone to enjoy.

On Saturday, people flocked to Shibden Hall to watch an authentic pace egg play by Curtain Theatre Players.

Ryburn Longswords at Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale, for Spaw Sunday celebrations.

Ryburn Longswords at Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale, for Spaw Sunday celebrations.

Crowds also took the pole for a dance in celebration of May Day. Shibden Hall held a Green Man building activity - made out of willow and standing 8ft tall. A Green Man trail was also held around the grounds. Bank holiday Sunday put a spring in the step of the participators’ as they paid homage to the historical wells of Cragg Vale.

Ryburn Longsword dancers started off at the ceremonies at Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale, before they walked down to the village spa to dress and bless it.

Hinchliffe Arms landlord Miles Laprell said: “It was a fabulous day. The dancers got everybody involved; it was great fun.”

By the time Monday arrived - Calderdale had gone quackers - with the Cragg Vale Duck Race and maypole dancing at St John’s Church.

May Day celebrations, with a pace egg play, by Curtain Theatre Players at Shibden Hall, Halifax.

May Day celebrations, with a pace egg play, by Curtain Theatre Players at Shibden Hall, Halifax.

Organsier Jane Marriott said: “People came out to enjoy themselves as the sun shone.”

All proceeds raised from the event will go to Cragg Vale Junior and Infant School.