Plenty to do in the Calder Valley during this weekend’s big break

Local brewery representatives luanch new Hebden Bridge beer and cider festival. Pictured are Hannah Dyson, Dan Tasker, Amy Leader, Simon Chantler and Emma Sweaney
Local brewery representatives luanch new Hebden Bridge beer and cider festival. Pictured are Hannah Dyson, Dan Tasker, Amy Leader, Simon Chantler and Emma Sweaney

If you’re looking for something to do in the upper Calder Valley area this Bank Holiday weekend, there is plenty on the agenda.

Among big events coming up include a traditional long-distance walk, an inaugural beer festival, a celebration of one of the area’s most familiar landmarks, a scooter rally, and even a birthday party for a music venue.

Calder Civic Trust are organisers of a special celebration of one of the oldest towers built for peace on Saturday, May 3.

Musicians from Todmorden Community Band and guests from Todmorden’s French twin town Roncq will be among those making their way to Stoodley Pike above the town at 2pm for its 200th anniversary celebrations.

Built originally to mark the Treaty of Paris, a peace settlement between Britain and France, in May 1814, the first Pike was destroyed in a storm and the current one, from which 200 homing pigeons will be released from the balcony at the climax of the celebrations, was built later in Victorian times.

Anyone interested in joining the walk to the summit of the Pike for the celebrations is invited to meet the organisers between 12.10pm and 12.20pm at the Top Brink inn car park in Lumbutts village.

For those fancying a more leisurely activity, a beer and cider festival specially aimed at supporting local brewers Little Valley, Bridestones and Slightly Foxed breweries may well appeal.

It is being held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street, running from noon to 8pm on Saturday, May 3, and noon to 6pm on Sunday, May 4.

Also on Saturday, May 3, you will be able to see some gleaming machines as the Mystery Tours Scooter Club hold their annual Todrophenia On The Border scooter rally, with riders from Lancashire, Yorkshire and further afield getting together.

There are stalls and some music at the rally’s site at Todmorden Cricket Club, and it begins at noon and runs through the afternoon. Everyone is welcome and it is free to enter.

Sunday, May 4, has an event which will certainly appeal to the energetic, with many keen walkers already signed up

Todmorden Rotary Club have organised the 22-mile Todmorden Boundary Walk and there is also the option of the 12-mile Pike Hike for those who fancy a good walk but not the whole distance.

Registration for the Boundary Walk takes place at the start and finishing point, Bellholme Sports Ground, Walsden, between 8am and 9.15am and for the Pike Hike between 9am and 10.15am.

Entry fees for the main walk are £10, £7 for under 16s, and £8 and £6 respectively for the Pike Hike if you enter before the day - forms are available from Todmorden Information Centre, from Margaret’s China shop on Burnley Road and Todmorden Post Office, with more details available by logging on to

There is a surcharge of £2 over those prices for entries received on the day of the walk itself.

On Saturday, May 3, it’s also birthday time at local music venue Hebden Bridge Trades Club, which is open free between 2pm and 8pm - the club is 90!

The road outside the historic Holme Street club will be closed off from 2pm for sets from Drum Machine, Taste Buds, Multis, Three Valley Gospel Choir, Des Horsfall and Graham Alexander.

Club President Dongria Kondh said: “It seems fitting that local musicians help us celebrate this milestone as we have always been a venue that has supported live music.

“But we are first and foremost a community club so we wanted to put on this celebration as a public thank you to everyone who has supported us through the good times, and the bad, over the years.”

In the event of bad weather the party take place inside the club.

Many of the area’s art galleries have exhibitions on over the holiday period, and there are also craft events planned in and around the area, giving you an opportunity to enjoy some art or even a bit of shopping at your leisure.