Halifax Food & Drink Festival 2013: Much more to see and do in Calderdale

Visitors enjoy the delights at last year's Halifax Food and Drink Festival
Visitors enjoy the delights at last year's Halifax Food and Drink Festival

There’s so much to do and see at this year’s Halifax Food and Drink Festival, it seems a shame to cram it all into one day.

Why not stay over and make a weekend of it?

There are special deals for anyone travelling to town by Grand Central trains.

The picturesque Shibden Mill Inn, AA four star, two rosettes which was voted Yorkshire Pub of the Year in 2011 is offering a 10 per cent discount for an overnight stay for two with a full English breakfast and free bottle of wine with lunch or dinner.

And there is also a food deal at the magnificent Jacobean Holdsworth House hotel which is recommended in the Michelin Food Guide. It is offering 15 per cent discount off its lunchtime menu (excluding drinks) for Grand Central travellers.

For more details on where to stay or dine in Calderdale visitors are asked to contact the Tourist Information team at Halifax Visitor Information Centre and Art Gallery which is situated within the Piece Hall. Telephone 01422 368725 or via halifax@ytbtic.co.uk. It is open every day from 10am to 5pm.

If you do decide on an extended stay then there’s stacks for you to do and see.

If you’ve got kids and want a break from the food trail take them to the National Children’s Museum Eureka! which is next to the train station.

Hebden Bridge, recently voted one of the coolest places to live with its arty shops and beautiful backdrop is only a few miles up the Calder Valley.

Just over the border in Haworth takes you into the heart of Bronte Country and no stay around Halifax would be complete without a visit to Shibden Hall, the one-time home of wealthy 18th century Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister, whose life and diaries recounting her lesbian relationships was made famous in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister a BBC drama.

More recently the hall was used in the BAFTA award-winning series Last Tango in Halifax.

And of course the Piece Hall, former home of the Food Festival, should not be missed with its awe-inspiring architecture.

Click here to view or download the festival map

For more details go to www.halifaxfoodfest.co.uk