Heritage Open Days: Opening the doors on Calderdale’s jewels


Museums, churches, historic buildings and ancient landmarks will be welcoming visitors this weekend as part of the Heritage Open Day scheme.

In Calderdale there will be numerous opportunities for visitors to take a peek inside some of the architectural gems that give the area its distinctive character. They include:

150th anniversary celebrations of the Halifax Town Hall.

150th anniversary celebrations of the Halifax Town Hall.

Square Chapel, Halifax: Saturday and Sunday, from 10.30am, tours (Sat), 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm; (Sun), 11.30am, 1pm; Victoria Theatre, Halifax: Saturday, 11.30am, 2pm. Free, backstage tours; Halifax Playhouse: Saturday, explore the grade II listed building, 10am to 4pm.

Lower Wyke Moravian Church, Lower Wyke: Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Refreshments, memorabilia; Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town, Hebden Bridge: Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, refreshments, exhibitions, music, workshops.

Halifax Town Hall: Saturday, 10am to 4pm, tours 11am, 2pm; Sunday, noon to 4pm, tours 12.30pm, 2.30pm; Halifax Piece Hall: Saturday, guided tours, noon and 3pm, from Visitor Information Centre; Halifax Minster: Today, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4pm, guided tours on the hour, refreshments.

Mount Zion Chapel, Per Lane, Ogden: Saturday, 2pm to 4pm; Sunday, 10.30am to noon, 2pm to 4pm; Clay House, West Vale: Sunday, noon to 3pm; Todmorden Town Hall: Sunday, noon to 3pm; St Mary’s Church, Elland, today to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

St Peter’s Church, Sowerby, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm, and Sunday, 11.30am to 5pm; Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. (closed Friday); Calderdale Industrial Museum: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Brighouse town centre: meet Thornton Square at 10.30am for a Heritage Walk with Peter Davies; Todmorden Hippodrome: Saturday, open day from 11am with film screenings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Coley Church: Saturday, 2.15pm to 5pm and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm.

St Thomas’s Church, Heptonstall: Sunday, 10.30am to 3.30pm; Todmorden Unitarian Church: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Also opening their doors will be Bankfield Museum, Brighouse Library and the Smith Art Gallery, Heptonstall Museum and Shibden Hall, Halifax. www.heritageopendays.org.uk