What’s On from April 17 to April 23


The next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ will take place at Central Methodist Church on February 18 from 10am until 3pm. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm. For more information, call 01706 813969.

There will be a variety of live music at Barearts Studio Bar in the coming week. Performers include The Free Sandwiches on Friday February 18, All Jazz era on Saturday February 19 and Otra on Sunday February 20. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.

The Todmorden Fairtrade Town steering group is organising a coffee morning at Central Methodist Church on Saturday February 19 from 10am until noon. Join Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt in celebrating the first year of Todmorden’s Fairtrade Town status and the approach of Fairtrade Fortnight. Plenty of information about Fairtrade will be available, as well as delicious produce.

Todmorden Town Hall will host the first ever ‘Treasure - Vintage Fair meets Handmade’ event on Saturday February 19.

The fair will feature up to 30 stalls of handmade pieces from local and regional artists and makers, alongside genuine vintage fashion and homewares from the 1920s to the 1980s.

It will run from 10am until 4pm. Entry is £1.50 on the door.

The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on February 21, beginning at 11am outside the Acorn Centre.

The fortnightly, short Monday walks on level paths or pavements last about an hour and are ideal for getting started. New walkers are asked to arrive at 10.45am.

For more information, contact walk leader Karen Andrews on 01706 819118

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HX7 Jazz presents the Dylan Howe Quartet at the Trades Club tonight (Thursday). Dylan brings his modern jazz four-piece to Hebden Bridge for the first time as part of a national tour, playing original ensemble pieces with special arrangements of Blue Note classics. Other performers in the coming week include Baghdaddies on Friday February 18 and Elephant Talk on Saturday February 19. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

Catch ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ at the Picture House from February 19-27. In a contemporary re-imagining of Jonathan Swift’s classic tale, Jack Black stars as Gulliver, a mailroom clerk who, after mistakenly being assigned a travel piece on the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself washed ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput. Also showing in the coming week is ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Blue Valentine’, ‘The Next Three Days’ and ‘Get Low’. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

Join National Trust staff at the bird hide and feeding station at Hardcastle Crags for a ‘Little Twitchers’ week from February 21-25. Visitors can find out about woodland birds and make a bird feeder to take home. For more information, call 01422 844518.


Enjoy an afternoon of ‘Forest Fun’ at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre on Saturday February 19 from 2-4pm. Youngsters aged seven to 11 are invited to join in activities to help celebrate Rochdale Community Woodland Month. To book a place, call 01706 373421.


Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society presents ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Gracie Fields Theatre from February 22-26. For more information, contact the box office on 01706 716689 or visit www.graciefieldstheatre.com.


Three-piece band 52 Skidoo brings its 1920s Harlem swing show ‘The Joint is Jumpin’ to Square Chapel on Saturday February 19. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.

Halifax Film Society presents a special Alan Bennett Night at the Playhouse on Sunday February 20. The society will be screening his first television play ‘A Day Out’, a nostalgic look at Edwardian Yorkshire which follows Halifax Cycle Club’s trip from Halifax to Fountains Abbey in the summer of 1911, followed by ‘A Private Function’, filmed in Ilkey in 1984. The event begins at the earlier time of 6pm. For more information, call 01422 348863 or 01422 822871, or visit www.halifaxfilm.org.uk.

Wendi Peters and Robert Angell star in ‘April in Paris’ at the Victoria Theatre on February 22 and 23. Hull Truck Theatre’s production is a timeless comedy about love and marriage. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.


The Imperial Ice Stars return to the Alhambra Theatre from February 22-26 with a new interpretation of their award-winning production ‘Swan Lake on ice’. For more information, contact the box office on 01274 432000 or visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.


Maxine Peake stars in ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse from February 18 until March 12. Terence Rattigan’s play explores the intricacy of passion over duty and one woman’s need to love and to be loved. For more information, contact the box office on 0113 2137700 or visit www.wyp.org.uk.

West End comedy hit ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ stops off at the Grand Theatre until Saturday February 19 as part of its first UK tour. Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley are back in this new play. For more information, contact the box office on 0844 8482705 or visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com.