New Event – The Friends of the Rydings

Friday 7th August – Dr Tom Ratcliffe – Atkinson Grimshaw in Context -£3.00 and £2.00 concessions – refreshments provided. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE

Friday 30th October – David Glover – From the Appin Murder to Lightcliffe – and beyond £3.00 and £2.00 concessions – refreshments provided.

Thursday 19th November – 7.30pm  -Bassoonery – String Quartet and Bassoon - Tickets £8.00 and £7.00 concessions. More information and booking

Friday 11th December – 2.00pm – Wine and Mince Pies – members afternoon


Pre Festival Events

Fourth Annual Charity Jigsaw Festival  Friday August 28th – Monday August 31st (except Sunday 12 noon until 5.00pm) St Martin’s Parish Church – More information

Live Festival Programme 2015

 Please note the site will not go live for bookings until the beginning of July – reservations can be made by telephone on 01484 718324 

From Tuesday to Saturday at 1.00pm there will be a short piano recital in the Smith Gallery by Caius Lee the resident organist at St Martins Parish Church – More information

Monday 21st September

Jenny Stafford and Rebecca Taylor in concert The Smith Art Gallery 7.30pm Tickets £8.00 concessions £7.00 An evening of popular and classical song – from Bach to Bernstein. More information and booking

Tuesday 22nd September

Dada and Surrealism – Dr Tom Ratcliffe The Smith Art Gallery (meeting Room 1) 11.00am – Tickets £3.00 This lecture is a presentation and discussion of one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. More information and booking

Glenys Phillips – Jewellery workshop The Smith Art Gallery/Brighouse Library – 1.00-4.00pm – Tickets £10.00 Enjoy an afternoon of jewelry making using simple techniques Materials are included. More information and booking

Calderdale Big Band St Martins Church – 7.30pm – Tickets £8.00 concessions £7.00 Enjoy and evening of music from the Swing era – music from the 1940s, the period of the big band. More information and booking

Barry Smith’s acoustic music night The Miller’s – 7.30 ‘til late – free – a collection will be taken – enjoy an evening of contemporary music from accomplished local musicians from Brighouse and beyond. More information

Love Bread artisan Bread making workshop Martin Street Bakery – 7.00pm onwards –  Tickets £25.00 (including materials) Informal and friendly, the aim is to give you the confidence to make your own real bread at home. – telephone Love Bread for details. More information and booking

Wednesday 23rd September

Clifton Handbell Ringers and Fixby Songbirds St John’s the Divine Church Rastrick – 7.30pm – Tickets £6.50 concessions £5.00 Two award winning local musical ensembles will perform a range of songs and instrumental music. More information and booking

The Foot of the Barrel Theatre Group Warring Green Community Centre – 7.30pm – Tickets  £10.00 and £8.00 concessions. A performance of John Godber’s one act play ‘Bouncers’ Directed by Shane Gough who recently produced ‘The Dumb Waiter’at the Civic. More information and booking

Thursday 24th September

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band Central Methodist Church – 7.30pm – Tickets £12.00 and £10.00 Concessions students and OAPs – A performance by this internationally famous band, directed by Professor David King. More information and booking

Jazz, Funk and Soul - The Miller’s Bar – 7.30pm – Tickets: Free – An evening to turn up your groove with live music from some great musicians.

Frances Brody Author event Rastrick Library  - 7.00pm – Tickets £5.00 and concessions £3.50 This well known author will talk about her motivations and ideas in the development of her work as a crime writer and writer of historical fiction. More information and booking

Juliet Barker – non-fiction author – Brighouse Library – 2.00pm – Tickets Free Listen to this well known author examine the process of writing her book -’England Arise’. More information and booking  

Friday 25th September

Cubism – Dr Tom Ratcliffe The Smith Art Gallery (meeting room 2) – 11.00pm – Tickets £3.00 -A lecture examining the most influential movement of the early part of the 20th century focusing on the work of Picasso and Braque. More information and booking

Pat Osborne – The Bronte Sisters The Smith Gallery – 2.00pm – Tickets £4.00 and £3.00 (friends of the Rydings) Come and see this well-known speaker discuss the work of the Bronte sisters and their time at Howarth. More informationand booking

The Peter Cain/Brian Perkins Classical Guitar Duo The Salvation Army Citadel – 7.30pm – £8.00 and £7.00 concessions An evening of outstanding classical guitar music from two well known and virtuoso musicians playing pieces from the guitar repertoire made famous by John Williams and Julian Bream. More information and booking

The Kitty Kat Klub Burlesque Show - The Miller’s Bar – 7.00pm – Tickets £25.00 – Fine Dine, Burlesque and 3 course meal. More information and booking

Prego’s Italian Music Night- Prego’s restaurant – 7.30pm – Tickets £25.00 - Enjoy an evening of live music and sumptuous food - Book directly at Prego’s – 01484 715566.

Saturday 26th September

Love Bread - Martin Street Bakery – 11.00am-2.00pm. Tickets: £25.00  Talk, demonstration and workshop by Claire Davies The Art of Food and Food as Art -booking with Love Bread. More information

Michael Fowler - The Brighouse Library – 2.00pm – Tickets Free This well known author will speak about his work and the motivation for his ideas. More information and booking

Pat Osborne – Textiles workshop - St Martins Church Foyer – 10.00am-4.00pm Tickets £20.00 – plus £5.00 for materials. More information and booking

Jeffrey Andrews – Children’s art workshop The Smith Gallery – 10.00am-12.30pm – Children under 11yrs free - Jeffrey will lead a workshop for children designed to explore their own ideas and mean dos making art work. More information 

Calderdale Calligraphy Group The Smith Art Gallery – 1.00pm-4.00pm – Tickets £5.00-Learn to make beautiful handwritten gifts and manuscripts from Calderdale’s leading caligraphy group More information and booking 

The Beatles: ‘A Night at the Cavern’ - The Civic Hall – 7.30pm – Tickets £15.00 and concessions £12.00 OAP, Students etc More information and booking

Open Mic session – poetry and music The Millar’s (outside) – 2.00pm – Free - Led by Charlotte Wetton, there will be music by Barry Smith, poetry by Ben Guilfoyle, Simon Zonenblick, Dan Greenwood

The Land of Nod – comedy theatre The Miller’s Bar (Upstairs room)  – 7.30pm – Tickets £25.00 with three course meal  included A wacky theatre group who have performed throughout West Yorkshire  bring their own kind of humour to improvised theatre. More information and booking

The Miller’s Bar and ROKT From 11.00pm onwards there will be events  performing throughout the day: Stilt Walking, Fire eating and Dances from around the world – there will be collections For each of these events


Amy Daniels - Ceramic Artist – Ryecorn Wholefoods, Bethel Street. A collection of works – More information.

Tony Chisholm – painter – No. 43 Coffee Shop, Bethel Street – More information

Andrew Stone - Leather artefacts – Prego Restaurant - More information

Ian Clegg Digital prints and Richard Yeomans stencil spray painted images – The Millers Bar  - More information

Janet Clark - Weaver and Mark Milnes Sculptor – The Pot Spot – More information

Kay Dawson -Collage and vintage floristry – Waterfront Lodge Hotel – More information

Juko Designs - Martin Street Art Centre – More information

John-Paul Richards – Martin Street Arts Centre – More information

Louise Elizabeth – Martin Street Arts Centre - More information

Mark Milnes - Sculptor – outside space the Miller’s Bar – More information