What’s happening around the area in the next few days

Robin Ince, who is appearing at this year's arts festival
Robin Ince, who is appearing at this year's arts festival

THINGS to do and see and places to go in the Calder Valley over the next few days.

l Northlight Art Studios holds its annual summer open studios event from July 1-3. A range of work including textiles, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, photography and jewellery will all be on display, and there will also be a chance to meet the artists. It will run from 11am until 5pm each day.

l ‘Hebden – a place in Mind’, an exhibition by members of Northlight Art Studios, will run at the Back Door gallery from July 1-3. It will be open from 11am until 5pm each day. There will also be cake and refreshment stalls.

l The fifth Stubbing Cider Festival will be held at the Stubbing Wharf on July 1 and 2. There will be more than 70 different traditional farmhouse craft ciders from around the UK and beyond, as well as canal boat cruises and live music.

l Two local female writers have teamed up to perform at the Hebden Bridge Arts Fringe Festival. Award-winning performance poet Charlotte Wetton’s work is loud, dramatic and delivered with style. She will be joined by poet and novelist Sue Vickerman, who will read poetry from her published collections and also from her debut novel ‘Special Needs’. The performance will take place upstairs at the White Lion on Friday July 1 at 8pm. Admission is £2.50 on the door.

l There will be an action-packed programme of events at Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre’s open day on Saturday July 2 from 2-4pm. Visitors will be entertained by a colourful Spanish horse display, fun pony games, show jumping, cross country events and pony rides for children. Admission is £2 for adults and free entry for children. All proceeds will go to the Weston Park Hospital Teenage Cancer Unit.

l A woodland celebration weekend will take place at Hardcastle Crags on July 2 and 3. There will be something for everyone over the weekend including activities, demonstrations, crafts and walks. For more information, call 01422 844518.

l A weekend of concerts will be held above Hardcastle Crags as part of ‘Music at Walshaw’ on July 2 and 3. Performers include pianist Margaret Bruce, singer David Owen Lewis and cellist Katie Chatburn. The concerts will start at 7.30pm on Saturday and at 11am on Sunday. Tickets are available from Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre in person or by calling 01422 843831.

l Bradley Cooper stars in ‘The Hangover Part II’ at the Picture House from July 3-5. The sequel to hit film ‘The Hangover’ sees Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding.

l Also showing at the Picture House in the coming week is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides’ (July 2 and 3). Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure as he crosses paths with the enigmatic Angelica who is searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth.

l In ‘Win win’ (June 30), a struggling attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach becomes legal guardian of an elderly client in an attempt to help keep his practice afloat.

l ‘Julia’s eyes’ (July 1-3) follows a woman suffering from a degenerative sight disease who finds her twin sister hanged in the basement of her house. Despite everything pointing to suicide, she decides to investigate what she feels is a murder case. For more information and film times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

l Locally-based amateur theatre company The King’s Troupe will perform ‘Henry IV Part One’ by William Shakespeare at the Inn on the Bridge on July 6 and 7. The adaptation by Mary Coaten will be performed as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Open Stages’. Performances start at 6pm each evening. Entry is by donation on the door.

l Two award-winning authors will be appearing at AJ’s restaurant tonight (Thursday) at 8pm. Melvin Burgess will talk about his ground-breaking teenage novels and Michael Stewart will speak about his full length stage plays, radio and television work and his debut novel.

l Brazilian singer-songwriter Monica Vasconcelos will perform tunes from her latest album ‘Vintage Brasil’ at the Trades Club tonight (Thursday).

l Catch the stage version of ‘The Moira Monologues’ at the Little Theatre on Friday July 1. Moira Bell - a single mum, cleaner and hardest woman in Falkirk – is the alter ego of novelist and playwright Alan Bissett.

l Paul Roberts, known internationally as a leading exponent of French piano music, will give a recital at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Friday July 1 at 8pm. He will also give a masterclass with pianists from The Piano Club on Saturday July 2 from 9.30am until 11.30am.

l Singer-songwriter Martha Tilston comes to the Trades Club on Friday July 1. She will be joined by Matt Tweed on bass and bazouki.

l Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and imove present a day to show your moves and see what others have to offer on Saturday July 2. The event in St George’s Square from noon until 4pm will feature The Demon Barbers with their unique synergy of traditional and contemporary street moves and music, plus some local movers and a few surprises.

l Multi story theatre company presents ‘Twelve Wild Ducks’ at the Little Theatre on Saturday July 2 at 11am and 2pm. The play, suitable for children aged five to 11 and their families, tells the tale of the Queen who, after having 12 sons, wishes for a daughter. But when her beautiful daughter is born, her sons are transformed into wild ducks.

l French pianist Chloe Marger will give a recital at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Saturday July 2 at 1pm. She will perform a varied programme including pieces by Beethoven, Liszt, Poulenc and Prokofiev.

l Author Tom Palmer brings his fabulous football reading game to Central Street Infant School on Saturday July 2 at 3pm. The family activity includes a quiz about football followed by a penalty shootout.

l Pianist John Law will play original compositions and selections from his acclaimed solo albums during a concert at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Saturday July 2 at 8pm. He is known for straddling both classical and jazz.

l The Arts Festival and Cabaret Heaven join forces to present a ‘coming of age’ night of comedy and variety at the Trades Club on Saturday July 2. Hosted by chanteuse and gender illusionist Mysti Valentine, the Heaven 18 Festival Cabaret will feature acts including comedy duo Jones and Barnard, Cling Film Guy and Matt B.

l There will be free fun and frolics for all the family during an afternoon of street entertainment in St George’s Square and surrounding area on Sunday July 3 from noon until 4pm.

l Ada Kan will give a piano recital at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Sunday July 3 at 1pm. The programme includes Spanish or Hispanic influenced music by De Falla, Debussy and Gershwin.

l Char March, writer-in-residence for the Pennine Watershed, has been working with young skateboarders and young-at-heart residents to help them write about the moorland watershed and watersheds in their lives. On Sunday July 3, St Michael’s Hall in Mytholmroyd will host a performance of their work at 2pm.

l British pianist Nicola Meecham will perform pieces by Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Chopin during a recital at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Sunday July 3 at 8pm.

l Author Monique Roffey will talk about her novels and her memoir ‘With the kisses of his mouth’ at Nelsons Wine Bar on Sunday July 3 at 8pm.

l The Tim O’Connor Band comes to the Trades Club on Sunday July 3. There will be a guest appearance from Calder Valley Voices.

l Crime fiction writer Val McDermid will appear at the Little Theatre on Monday July 4. After 16 years as a journalist, she turned to writing crime fiction and has gone on to write 23 best-selling novels including ‘Wire in the blood’.

l The Carrivick Sisters will perform at the Trades Club on Monday July 4. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots.

l Five up-and-coming bands will perform at ‘Teenage Kicks’ at the Trades Club on Tuesday July 5. It will be a chance to see some of the best new musicians in the Calder Valley.

l Artist Chris Dobrowolski will appear at AJ’s restaurant on Tuesday July 5. He will speak about the artist’s residency he undertook in the Antarctic, including how he tried to make a sledge from gold picture frames.

l Comedian Robin Ince brings his ‘Bad Book Club’ show to the Picture House on Wednesday July 6. The show is a compilation of the world’s worst and inadvertently hilarious books.

l For more information about any of the Arts Festival events or to book tickets, contact the box office on 01422 842684 or visit www.hbaf.co.uk.

l The annual ‘Ramble and Rave’ night will be held at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Friday July 1. The evening, which is suitable for all ages and tastes, will begin at 6pm with a treasure hunt around the scenic locations of Mytholmroyd. The barbecue and bar will be open from 7pm and the live music and entertainment starts at 8pm. Tickets for the event are priced £5 per family or £2 per person. For more information, contact Billy Painter on billy@billypainter.com.

l The next in the Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action series of summer walks will be ‘The haunts of the Cragg Vale Coiners’ on Saturday July 2. Starting from Mytholmroyd Station at 11am, the seven-mile route passes about half a dozen of the coiners’ houses. Walkers are advised that the route includes two steep climbs and the hilltops can be muddy. For more information, visit www.mytholmroydwalkers.org.

l Paul and Sheila Kenny will present a slide show about Agatha Christie’s ‘Riviera’ during the next meeting of Old Town and Wadsworth Women’s Institute at Old Town Cricket Club on Wednesday July 6 at 7.30pm. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Margaret Chapman on 01422 846915.

l ‘Books in Bloom’, Cornholme’s Flower Festival 2011, will run at St Michael and All Angels Church from July 1-3. The floral displays can be viewed from 2-4pm on Friday, 11am until 4pm on Saturday and from 12.30pm until 3.30pm on Sunday, followed by a thanksgiving service. Admission is £2. Free entry for accompanied children. Refreshments will be available.

l Barka, the Polish/English choir of St Joseph’s School, will give a concert at St Joseph’s Church, Wellington Road, on Friday July 1 at 7pm. The choir will be joined by guest star Edyta Prajsnar, an internationally acclaimed Polish singer who is now based in the UK. The concert will include original material, Polish songs, some Eastern European folk tunes and a bit of Bob Marley. Entry is by donation, with all proceeds going to CAFOD.

l Sword dance team Boojum comes to Barearts Studio Bar on Saturday July 2 at 7.30pm. Formed in 2001, Boojum draws its members from teams around the country and performs a mix of contemporary and traditional figures.

l There will be live music from guitarist Richard Parkes at the studio bar on Sunday July 3 from 4pm. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.

l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Sunday July 3, starting at 11.15am outside Morrison’s main entrance. New walkers are asked to arrive at 11am. For more information, contact walk leader Karen Andrews on 01706 819118.

l Age Concern Todmorden will hold its annual general meeting at Central Methodist Church on Monday July 4 at 6.30pm. Light refreshments will be provided and transport home can be arranged if required.

l Todmorden Knitting Group will meet at the Staff of Life pub on Tuesday July 5 at 7pm. Knitters are invited to come along and share their projects, learn new techniques and meet other crafters in the community. Beginners are welcome. For more information, contact Rachel on 07909 982176.

l The Upper Calder Valley Walking Group is going on an eight-mile walk from Great Ayton to Roseberry Topping on Wednesday July 6. For more information, contact walk leaders Anne Parker on 01422 357597 or Maureen Davies on 01422 822841, or for general details about the group contact David Rawson on 01422 884748.

l The Halifax and Calder Valley branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its monthly coffee club at Central Methodist Church on Thursday July 7 from 10am until 11.30am. Everybody is welcome and the branch is looking for volunteers. For more information, contact the branch on 01422 206692.