Heptonstall Festival Words and Pictures Competition

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This year the festival theme is “the stories of Roald Dahl” and we are inviting you to create your very own drawing, poem or short story inspired by Roald Dahl.

Selected writers will have their work displayed on the day and also be in with a chance of winning £15, £10 or £5 book vouchers if they are placed in any of the categories. An overall winner will receive the fabulous Roald Dahl Treasury – An illustrated compendium of excerpts from all of his books and full reprints of 6 stories including Esio Trot and The Enormous Crocodile.

Local Children’s author Liz Flannagan has agreed to judge the competition and all prizes generously donated by The Book Case in Hebden Bridge.

There are two competitions to enter:

Drawing competition: (Year 2 and below): Draw your character (either an actual character created by Roald Dahl or your creation) on a sheet of A4 paper and send to the address below. Parents can help with some written character details if you wish.

Poetry and Writing Competitions (Year 3, 4 & 5 and 6, 7 & 8): Write or type your entry on sheets of A4 Lined or Plain paper (or use Microsoft Word for email entries). You can use Roald Dahl’s characters or your own imagined ones and can add a cover sheet and pictures if you wish – in fact we encourage it!

Meet the Judge


Liz Flanagan is a local author and has written a number of children’s books. Liz has very kindly agreed to judge the children’s writing and drawing competition. Until recently Liz worked at the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing. Liz Flanagan is the author of Cara and the Wizard, Starlight Grey, and Dara’s Clever Trap, see lizflanagan.co.uk for more information.

Closing date is 21st June 2015

Prizes will be awarded on festival day!

Download the Competition Entry Form and Roald Dahl Writing Guide to get started.


Pennine Heritage – Local Trails

The South Pennines are a combination of unique landscape and outstanding industrial heritage. The area has long been a favoured resort for walkers and historians.

To share this special area with even more people, Pennine Horizons has teamed up with a whole host of local volunteers, community groups and organisations to create 12 interesting and inspiring walks and trails. Pennine Horizons Trails provide you with an opportunity to explore the area on foot with the bonus of having information about the landscape, ecology or history at your finger tips.

More details at www.pennineheritage.org.uk/Trails.

Information on events taking place on 25 and 26 April 2015.

The e-trail Apps (with map, walk directions, audio commentaries and historical photographs) can be downloaded to a phone or tablet and include interesting stories of local events and people of note as well as  information about  the awe-inspiring ecology and outstanding industrial heritage of  the area. The trails are:

  • Power In the Landscape App available.   A wander down the beautiful Colden Valley uncovering early 19th century water powered industry. 6 miles
  • Charlestown and Jumble HoleApp available. This delightful walk along the canal and up a beautiful wooded valley will give you glimpses of hidden 18th  and 19th century industry. 3 miles.
  • Cragg Vale Coming Soon. This linear walk takes you down a wooded stream where you can see remnants of the area’s rich industrial heritage. 5 miles.
  • Sam Hill of Soyland – Wool Trade, Scandal and Feuds. Coming Soon. Follow in the footsteps of Sam, a great wool baron, who lived in the beautiful Ryburn Valley 300 years ago. 3.5 miles
  • Hebden Bridge’s Woodland Heritage. Coming Soon. A walk around Hebden Bridge town and surrounding woodland to meet some of our native British trees (plus a few of their close relatives from abroad) and find out about their local and traditional uses. 3 miles.
  • Blackshawhead Packhorse Trail. Coming Soon. Explore the Packhorse Trail from Blackshawhead to Heptonstall; learn about this ancient route with far reaching views. 2 miles.
  • The Heptonstall Trail – an Ancient Village Explored. Coming Soon. This gentle circular walk takes you around the ancient Pennine hilltop settlement of Heptonstall, discovering its rich history and conserved stone buildings. 1.5 miles
  • A Walk Around Todmorden with the Fieldens. Coming Soon. Explore the wonderful town of Todmorden, discovering the role of the Fieldens and some of the town landmarks, 3.5 miles.
  • Todmorden Tops – Forged by the Fielden Dynasty. Coming Soon. This circular walk takes you over the hilltops to the north & west of Todmorden to enjoy a landscape forged by nature & the Fielden Dynasty. 8 miles.
  • Riots and Protests – Radical History around TodmordenComing Soon. The first of two walks which introduce sites associated with the early radical social movements (Chartism and the Anti-Poor Law Movement ) of the Upper Calder Valley while enjoying its unique topography and scenery. 8 miles
  • Cooperatives and Visions – Radical History around Hebden Bridge. Coming Soon. The second of two walks which introduce sites associated with the early radical social movements of the Upper Calder Valley (cooperative, trade union and women’s struggles) while enjoying its unique topography and scenery. 8 miles

Frank Woolrych, Chair of the Pennine Horizons project said: “The stunning landscapes and striking remains of its industrial heritage have drawn walkers and historians to the Calder and its valleys for many years. To share this with more people, we have teamed up with a whole host of local volunteers, community groups and organisations to create 12 interesting and inspiring walks and trails.”

More details at www.pennineheritage.org.uk/Trails.

Information on events taking place on 25 and 26 April 2015.

Heptonstall Festival presents: The Roald Dahl Treasure Trail

heptonstall-fox-2015On Festival Day we are planning to create a Treasure Trail that will take the children through the village, finding clues along the way. If you live in Heptonstall we would like you to help us create this Trail by volunteering to create a clue and place it in your window or in your garden.

These clues could take on any forms as long as they relate to Roald Dahl. It could be something as simple as a passage taken from a book to a masterpiece creation made from sticky back plastic and fairy liquid bottles – Blue Peter eat your heart out!

We cannot create the Trail until we know how many volunteers we have, so if you would be kind enough to register your interest at the Post Office as soon as possible. We will close the list on 15h May, this will give us good time to be able to liaise with everyone and create the Trail ready for July 4th.

Don’t worry if you miss this date, we still would like as many people as possible to decorate their gardens / houses just for the fun of it.

So get your thinking caps on and let’s get Creative!

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely……..Roald Dahl

The Fantastic Heptonstall Festival 2015


This year the Heptonstall Festival will be held on Saturday 4 July, in conjunction with the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race.

The festival is a family event held across the whole village of Heptonstall with activities happening throughout the day.

Highlights will include:

  • Weaver Square Music Stage
  • Church Ruin Music Stage
  • Children’s Roald Dahl themed treasure trail around the village
  • Food and drink and local produce stalls in Weaver Square
  • Craft stalls in the church
  • Dog Show and activities at the Bowling and Social Club

Information about artists, activities and the low-down on all the fun will be posted here in the weeks ahead.

The theme for the event is “all things Roald Dahl” so get thinking about your costume!