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Out & About : Day Out

Gentleman Jack

Filming is currently taking place of the latest BBC/HBO historical drama Gentleman Jack at Shibden Hall. Based in 1832 on the true story of Anne Lister who lived at the house, Suranne Jones plays the lead role. Again it is another Sally Wainwright creation. Look out for it in 2019.

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Where is Ackley Bridge Filmed?

Ackley Bridge is filmed at the former St Catherine’s RC High School in Halifax, but exterior scenes are filmed across Halifax including Skircoat Moor close to Dyer’s Holiday Cottage. a C4 production based on a fictional school formed from the merger of two schools and the ensuing tensions.  Starring Jo Joyner and Paul Nicholls, series 3 is in production. To keep up to date with this popular drama, please see the Channel 4 website.

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Happy Valley

Also written by Sally Wainwright, Happy Valley again stars Sarah Lancashire, this time as a police sergeant, and both the BBC drama and its leading lady won the major BAFTA award 2017 for series 2. Series 3 is planned. It is totally filmed in the local area with most of the film locations in Halifax and other parts of Calderdale such as Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. One scene in series 2 featured views from the top of Wainhouse Tower which included Dyer’s Cottage. We were somewhat surprised to see it.

Series 3 is planned to appear on BBC1 towards the end of 2019/start of 2020. See the BBC website for more information.

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Last Tango In Halifax

First screened by BBC1 in 2012, and written by local girl Sally Wainwright, Last Tango In Halifax is filmed in both Yorkshire and Cheshire. Starring Anne Reid, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker, local scenes to Halifax have been filmed at Holdsworth House, Shibden Hall and Skircoat Moor just up the hill behind the cottage. We were fortunate to come across filming for the 2016 Christmas show there.

A new series of Last Tango is due to be filmed in late 2019.

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Dean Clough

Dean Clough Halifax is a centre for the arts located in the world’s former largest carpet factory hosting shopping, dining, events and exhibitions – www.deanclough.com.

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Canal Boat Trips from Sowerby Bridge

The Calder and Hebble Navigation and the Rochdale Canal are within walking distance of the cottage. The waterways meet at nearby Sowerby Bridge where the wharf area offers a range of pubs and restaurants – www.penninewaterways.co.uk/calder/.

Hire a narrow boat from Shire Cruisers www.shirecruisers.co.uk or Bronte Boats www.bronteboathire.co.uk

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Cycling in Calderdale

HappyDaysCycles.org is a social enterprise which repairs and hires out cycles in Sowerby Bridge. Great cafe here too!

Have a look at www.routeyou.com for some of the many cycling routes around Calderdale.

The Tour de Yorkshire May 2-5 2019 has been announced and we are pleased that it will again be starting or finishing at the Piece Hall in Halifax on one of these dates. For more information keep informed by looking at: www.letour.yorkshire.com.

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Shibden Hall

Shibden Hall is a magnificent Grade 11* listed historic house situated in 90 acres of beautiful parkland. It’s architecture is a mix of styles which reflect its long and interesting history.

Home to the Lister family for over 300 years, it features in a new BBC drama series set in 1832 following the life of Anne Lister, also known as Gentleman Jack – museums.calderdale.gov.uk/visit/shibden-hall.

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Bankfield Museum

A Grade 11 listed historic house museum set within an attractive park, this was originally the home of Edward Akroyd who was one Halifax’s most eminent woollen and worsted manufacturers. Less than a mile from the centre of Halifax in Boothtown, it incorporates costume and textile galleries and the regimental museum of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment who were based in the town.

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Eureka National Children’s Museum

An interactive educational museum with a focus on learning through play. Next to Halifax Railway station –  www.eureka.org.uk.

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