Halifax’s historic buildings open their doors

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Calderdale is now all ready for the opening of the first ever Halifax Heritage Festival.

The festival, which launches at Halifax Minster at 10am today (Wednesday), will run in conjunction with the UK’s Heritage Open Days and will feature heritage sites being opened to the public free of charge between September 11 and 14.

Festival-goers will be able to look around a wide range of heritage sites including Halifax Minster, Halifax Town Hall, Halifax Playhouse, Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel and Industrial Museum.

Richard Macfarlane, museums manager at Bankfield Museum said: “Calderdale Museums is very happy to be taking part in the Halifax Heritage Festival.

“We have supported Heritage Open Days for many years and encourage people to visit as many of the wonderful heritage properties that are open during this period as they can.

“Calderdale has a very rich built environment that complements the rugged landscape of the South Pennines that attracts thousands of visitors to the area every year.

“The opportunity to explore many of our most important buildings should not be missed.”

Emma Booth, marketing officer at Square Chapel, said: “As part of Heritage Open Days and this year’s Halifax Heritage Festival, we are delighted to open our doors at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts and invite everyone to enjoy our fascinating tours as well as a great selection of evening events..”

Heritage sites outside of Halifax town centre including Shibden Hall, Dean Clough, All Souls Church Haley Hill, Wainhouse Tower, People’s Park, Crossley Heath School, and Lister Lane Cemetery, will also be opening their doors to the public.