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

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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