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Destination of the month

The Destination of the month? Halifax!

Once the heart of England's woollen industry, this charming Yorkshire market town is now home to some of the region's best-preserved Georgian and Victorian landmarks.

It's also home to a child's heaven with Eureka! - the National Children's Museum.

Discover and enjoy!

 

Accommodation

There's a real mixture of accommodation when it comes to Halifax, from cosy to luxurious. Here's a few highlights:

Shibden Mill Inn nestles in the fold of the Shibden Valley, near Halifax. The 17th century inn is steeped in history and has been sympathetically renovated to retain its original charm and character. This multi-award winning 17th Century inn was crowned UK Food Pub of the Year at national Publican Awards and in 2011 received the coveted title of Yorkshire's Favourite Pub. Eleven individually styled bedrooms provide luxurious 4 Star accommodation, and if you're looking for a special treat, take a look at the gorgeous Bower Suite!

Thorpe House Hotel - In this historic house you'll find open fires, cosy lounges, fine antiques and tapestries that create a sense of calm and comfort whilst the 39 charming bedrooms, located in the award winning extension, have all been individually furnished. Dinner is served by candlelight in the exquisite 17th Century, oak panelled restaurant, which has held 2 AA Rosettes for over 13 years. Whilst the Long Bar has a wide selection of wines, whiskeys, cocktails and of course non alcoholic drinks.

Carr Hall Castle - This stunning home, winner of Channel 5's I Own Britain's Best Home, has a luxury interior including a fully equipped kitchen with aga and dishwasher, utility room with american fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and iron. Dining room with real log fire, large lounge with panoramic window overlooking the heated indoor swimming pool, relaxing conservatory overlooking manicured gardens.

Ploughcroft Cottage, a 4 Star B&B, was originally three 18th century crofters' cottages which have been lovingly restored, retaining beamed ceilings and original stone fireplaces. The cottage is situated in an elevated position above Halifax in a rural setting with panoramic views over the town and surrounding countryside.

Food and Drink

Fancy something to eat and drink in Halifax - well there's a couple of great choices, including:

Design House Restaurant - Here their goal is simple, to provide and amazing quality dining experience that will satisfy whatever your tastes. They keep the menu simple and change it frequently to represent the best quality seasonal produce available locally and to make sure they can keep a keen eye on delivering the same first class dining experience people have come to expect at a price that makes them one of the most affordable restaurants in the area.

The 3 Olives - The meze way of eating is enjoyed in the whole Mediterranean, it traces its roots to the banquets of ancients, where small plates were served and shared by all. The various Dishes served up here together as mezes, therefore, must be comprised of a variety of textures, temperatures and flavours.

Shears Inn is a hidden gem for those seeking the quintessential English pub. Oozing genuine ‘olde worlde' charm and appeal, this is one of the oldest pub in Halifax and one where those unique hints of yesteryear - well kept beers, appetising food, friendly atmosphere and value for money - ensure that just one visit to Shears Inn is never enough!

The Moorings Pub in nearby Sowerby Bridge is a great place to relax, whatever the occasion. Whether you're heading out for dinner with family and friends, a business lunch, afternoon tea, an elegant drink or if you're just looking for a friendly smile after work, the team at The Moorings deliver traditional hospitality in a contemporary setting.

La Cachette in Elland aim to bring a touch of French flair to West Yorkshire and despite their name meaning ‘Hiding place', they are anything but a secret - far too many people have discovered the excellent food and wines for them to remain that. Since opening in 1996, La Cachette have built a reputation as one of the most popular places to eat in Halifax area.

Places to visit

Halifax is packed full of fun-filled delights, and here are some of the highlights:

Piece Hall - The Grade 1 Listed Halifax Piece Hall is that rare and precious thing, an architectural and cultural phenomenon which is absolutely unique, and is well worth a visit. The Piece Hall now contains an eclectic mix of people, businesses and arts. The Piece Hall has survived against the odds and is a much loved and cherished building. However, it now needs significant investment to repair and conserve it, and to ensure that it has a sound long-term future. Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £7m, Calderdale Council are are now investing £10m in the transformation of the Piece Hall. The total cost of the transformation project is £19m and fundraising is underway for the final £2m.

Eureka - Eureka! is the leading children's museum in the UK and gives children aged 0-11 a fun-packed day out. They have hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children to learn about themselves and the world around them through play and discovery. They regularly run special themed events for the whole family, as well as educational sessions for schools and groups.

Cookery School at Dean Clough is world-class venue, established by the team behind the Focus on Food healthy eating charity. The Cooking School offers the very best culinary experience in their beautifully designed, state-of-the-art, teaching facilities that can be appreciated whether you are new to cooking or a cordon bleu connoisseur who sees the kitchen as their second home.

FC Halifax Town are the towns' biggest sporting team and this year they are pushing for promotion to the football league. Home games always provide entertainment at The Shay with former players including world cup winner Alan Ball and Neil Redfearn.

Bankfield Museum was the home of Halifax's foremost woollen and worsted manufacturers - Edward Akroyd. In 1887 the house was sold to the Halifax Corporation and converted to a museum and branch library. The mansion now houses one of Calderdale MBC's museums, with a range displays on textile production, costume and art. Bankfield's exhibitions cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. Our collections contain objects from Ancient Egypt through to the 21st Century as we continue to collect and preserve items for future generations.

Shopping

Halifax has a decent selection of shops for your perusal, including:

Dean Clough Mills is a nationally renowned centre for business and the arts, located on a landmark site that was once the world's largest carpet factory.Dean Clough has from its inception been committed to the arts. Its six, free gallery spaces are one of the country's largest private galleries and feature a changing display of contemporary work - including painting, installations, photography and illustration.In 2012 the visitor facilities at Dean Clough received a conspicuous boost with the opening of a Jack Wills Designer Outlet in an imaginatively converted mill.

Broad Street Plaza - Eat out, drinks with friends, take in the latest movie, work out 24/7 or take an overnight stay in the heart of the town centre. Whatever your taste, Broad Street Plaza has something for everyone, so keep your options open.

Harveys of Halifax - Harveys is a long established, family run department store and is something of a Halifax institution, combining the best traditions of the past with contemporary styles. The store has undergone a major refurbishment and expansion in the last few years and, whilst retaining and restoring its splendid architecture, Harveys now forms part of one of the finest unspoilt Victorian streetscapes.

Halifax Borough Market is definitely somewhere special to visit. Meeting people, learning about new products and having a friendly chat is always on offer! With its exquisite Victorian architecture dating back to the early 1890's, shoppers can soak in years of history and benefit from a shopping experience you just can't find anywhere else!

Nearby...

Just outside of Halifax are some amazing things to eat, see and do. Two highlights are:

El Gato Negro opened back in 2005 with the aim of bringing some of the magic of modern Spanish cooking to Yorkshire - and that remains the passion today. The dishes are about combining the best ingredients - be they Spanish or locally sourced - with modern techniques which are rooted in tradition.

The Fleece in Ripponden - This 18th century Inn is sat atop Ripponden Bank, with panoramic views of the Ryburn Valley stretching for miles. Each of their five bedrooms now have modern ensuites and are furnished to the same high standard throughout. The contemporary and stylish decor marries well with the original features and the rooms have a soft and comfortable feel.

ROKT Climbing - Adrenalin pumping, heart stopping, fear inducing! The unique Rokt Climbing Gym offers indoor climbing at its best. Whether you're an experienced climber, you're a little rusty, or you've never climbed before - you are welcome to use their facilities.

Another World Adventure Centre near Denholme - Their activities include, mountain boarding, skiing and snowboarding in the winter months (weather permitting), archery and crossbows, rifle and pistol shooting, target slingshot and slingshot paintball, zorbing, bumper balls, survival and bushcraft courses, den building and bushcraft for the younger ones, go-kart building / racing and team building activities. Fun!

Keelham Farm Shop - Food always comes first at Keelham, and being based on a working farm they believe no one is more passionate about sourcing local and seasonal produce than them! They're known for providing great tasting, fresh and affordable food, which is sourced directly from over 250 local and regional producers and farmers.

Main Event

Halifax is absolutely packed full of culture and this is represented in two of their main events:

Halifax Festival - each year around June/July time

Halifax Festival is an annual 9-day programme of theatre, music, dance, art and interesting things to do and see in Halifax and the beautiful Calder Valley. It hosts events in a whole range of interesting and unusual venues across the town, including historic and rarely opened heritage buildings, arts venues and outdoor spaces.

If you already know Halifax well, the festival is an opportunity to see it in a new light or try something new. If you're a visitor to the region, the festival is a great way to explore the town, our rich cultural scene and the wonderful landscape and heritage of the Calder Valley.

Hebden Food and Drink Festival - each year around June

Once a year, Halifax town centre transforms into one gigantic celebration of everything that's delicious - a thrilling outdoor banquet where food, glorious food is the star of the show. You'll be able to feast your senses on award-winning local produce such as pork pies, chorizo and ice cream, try out authentically prepared dishes from all corners of the globe, and indulge in artisan coffees, ciders, ales, chocolates and cheeses.

The event has been designed to showcase both local and global cuisine at its best and most vibrant. Expect a fascinating display of diverse dishes, cultures, cooking styles and traditions - with passionate artisans and producers rubbing shoulders with everyone from renowned chefs and devoted foodies to the gastronomically curious. All ages, all tastes, all welcome.