Fabulous festival of summer fun

Black Dyke Band annual concert at Halifax Minster.
Black Dyke Band annual concert at Halifax Minster.

July will see Halifax Minster open its doors for a fabulous festival of summer events to entertain people of all ages.

The brand new Minster Festival has something for everyone, bringing together music, history and the arts.

Launched for the first time this summer, the festival begins on Thursday, July 2 with the world-famous Black Dyke Band performing in the historic church. Black Dyke Band performs regularly at the Minster and is always popular with audiences so tickets are promising to quickly sell out.

Anyone who has harboured a desire to turn their spidery scrawl into beautiful copper-plate writing can pick up some tips from the talented Calderdale Calligraphers Group who will stage an exhibition of work from July 2 to September 14, from 10am to 4pm daily.

On Saturday, July 4, from 1pm, the festival moves from the Minster and onto the streets at Halifax Woolshops for a special day of street entertainment. Also on that day, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Yorkshire Music Club will be presenting ‘Making a Tune Develop’ in the Minster.

This group encourages deaf and hearing impaired young people to be inspired by the power of music.It’s a free event for children aged seven upwards and adults.

Other events include guided tours of the Minster on Sunday, July 5, Brass at Harvey’s, Halifax on Saturday, July 11, and a walk around Castle Carr’s famous fountains, sponsored by Halifax Rotary Club, on July 5. The Minster series continues on July 9, with a discussion on issues of freedom of information at 6.30pm.

Canon Hilary Barber, Vicar of Halifax Minster said: “The new Minster Festival launches 10 days of summer activities which makes full use of what the Minster can offer the town.” Tel: 01422 355436 for tickets.