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Wellbeing & Community Festival 27 April 2019 to 28 April 2019
Wellbeing & Community Festival 27 April 2019 to 28 April 2019

Due to an unexpected severe weather outlook for this weekend we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our Wellbeing & Community Festival.


Our partners delivering the infrastructure have expressed real concern at the predicted Met Office wind speeds and safety of our participants, staff and visitors. We have been advised that anything in excess of 25mph will be unsafe for the stalls and tent like structures. Current predictions for this evening (Friday) and tomorrow show that we can expect gusts of up to 40mph which could cause harm to people and property. Whilst we have learned that the International Food Festival will still go ahead, the Piece Hall is a courtyard and can be a wind tunnel and therefore we have to treat high winds very differently to the street set up which is protected by buildings.


It is our hope that we will be able to re-schedule this important free family friendly event to later in the year.



The Piece Hall will host its first ever Wellness & Community Festival this April; a free two-day event which will help the local community get active and creative, as well as offering much-needed support services.

The Courtyard will host four different ‘zones’ for visitors to explore themed around Active, Creative, Support and Wellbeing. From fitness fanatics to first timers, anyone looking to get moving can try their hand at a whole host of sports including all-adapted cycling, kurling, dance, tai chi, wheelchair basketball and yoga, and also pick up some tips from Sport For All and Threeways Sports Centre. Visitors with a creative flair can try their hand at mindful colouring and stone carving, amongst other calming artistic activities.

An array of Support services will be on offer across the courtyard from charities Basement Recovery Project, Healthy Minds and Samaritans, and there will be food pop-ups and music from community choirs and local musicians. Inspired by the contours and undulations of the local landscape, the public will be invited to collaboratively weave yarns and threads onto an interactive loom structure, building up natural elements through colour and texture. Visitors can add their own message of hope for Calderdale onto a range of surfaces, which will be incorporated into the structure as it grows.

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
The Piece Hall is independently managed by The Piece Hall Trust, a registered charity, number 1156948. Registered in England and Wales, number 08906735.
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