Lumb Bank open to the public

Ted Hughes’ former home at Lumb Bank will be open to the public as part of the national Fun Palace day on Saturday, 4 October.

There will be a range of activities for all ages, including an interactive writing treasure trail, lantern-making, drop-in art and nature workshops, music, tea and homemade cake, tours of the house including the chance to meet Arvon writing tutors, an open mic reading and a fire garden finale. Entry is free.

The idea of a Fun Palace was conceived in the late 1950s by radical theatre director Joan Littlewood as a laboratory of fun, combining populist and high culture, art and science. Despite years of development, no Fun Palaces were ever built. But they didn’t stop being a great idea, as writer Stella Duffy realised when she began encouraging venues across the UK to become pop-up Fun Palaces to celebrate the centenary of Littlewood’s birth.

Already 100 Fun Palaces are on the map, from the RSC to the Southbank Centre and the People’s History Museum in Manchester, spreading the ethos that ‘culture’ is by and for the people – and if it’s not, then it should be

Programme:

Take a tour of Ted Hughes’ former home
Meet Arvon’s creative writing tutors and the Lumb Bank team
Discover our interactive writing trail around the grounds and meet the writers

Drop into our family friendly artist led workshops

Enjoy the music and try our tea, cake and Lumb Bank lemonade
and more…..

Call in any time from 2pm, with a short film about Lumb Bank and tours starting at 3pm.
2.30pm Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band
2.30pm – 4.30pm Drop In Workshops
Making A Lantern with Kerith Ogden & Making A Giant Iron Man Comic with Lou Crosby
3.30pm Norden Saxophone Quartet
4.30pm ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ songs by Halifax Thespians
5.30pm Open Mic. Perform your own creative work.
6.30pm Fire Garden Finale and Farewell created by Kerith Ogden Handmade Parade and Walk The Plank.

This is a free event.
Please no cars down the lane.
Call 01422 845718 for more info.

Artist Update: Hebden Bridge Hill Millies

It wouldn’t be the festival without this bunch – so we’re really pleased that they’ll be dancing for us again this year.

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The Hebden Bridge Hill Millies are a Women’s Morris Dancing side based in Hebden Bridge, dancing in the Cotswold tradition infused with their own special magic. Accompanied by 4 fantastic fiddlers. They can sometimes be seen in Nora Batty disguise!

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival!

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival!

UPDATE: Sadly due to recording commitments, Flight Brigade will no longer be able to appear at Heptonstall Festival this year.  We hope to welcome them to the festival in the future, and look forward to hearing their new material!  Continue reading

Beer Festival

A beer festival will be held in the village on March 28th, 29th, 30th.

Shelley Yirrell, of The Cross Inn, said there would be all sorts of amazing events during the day and evening for both adults and families including: live local music, 40 guest ales, a hog roast, barbeque, fell run and much more.