Something for all at Halifax festival

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This year’s Halifax Festival welcomes the Tour de France to Calderdale with a nine-day programme of events.

The festival will form part of Calderdale’s build-up to the Tour and runs between June 27 to July 5, with the Grand Depart visiting our region on July 6.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival are a drive-in movie screening of the Lion King, a comedy gala at the Victoria Theatre, a pop-up interactive screening of Amelie and a brand new theatre piece called Street in the Sky above borough market.

With the Tour de France arriving the day after the festival finishes, there are also plenty of bicycle and French themed activities, such as Bike Story, a free outdoor theatre show, and the Pie Tweed Race.

Other highlights will see a candle-lit performance by BBC folk band of the year LAU at the Minster on Friday, June 27.

Eureka will host a free Family Festival Day on June 28, with music, performances and storytelling, while BBC food historian Annie Gray will give a talk on the history of cake at the Holdsworth House Hotel on June 29.

Grizzly Tales of Halifax, a storytelling tour of Halifax’s most grizzly locations, will also take place on Britain’s only open-top minibus.