Five cultural things to do in West Yorkshire | March 2017

Welcome back the second edition of my new series, which gives you my top five recommendations of things to do in West Yorkshire. 

So March is already here. It feels like only yesterday we were shouting Happy New Year. And this month marks the start of Spring. Yipee! It’s a beautiful season, which breathes life back into the world. And to help you get the most out of the next 31 days, I have picked out five exciting things you can do.

1. International Women’s Day Celebrations, Bradford

This is a global celebration marking the achievements of women. It’s a day to show unity, prompt reflection and inspire others. Thousands of local events are taking place across the world, of which Bradford are joining in the #beboldforchange campaign. You have plenty to choose from like free screenings, discussions, flash mobs, exhibitions and social nights. So join in your local events or just use the hashtag. Last year I tweeted about some inspirational women in my life. It’s simple and a chance to have a voice that joins a world-wide collective.

Friday 3rd March – Sunday 12 March | Various events, prices and booking methods

2. Perfume Making with artist Michael Borkowsky, Abbey House MUseum, Leeds

Abbey House is a grade 2 listed building, which doubles as a museum that transports you to a bygone era. It has reconstructed streets that recreate sights and sounds of Victorian Leeds as well as a variety of exhibitions and events. This workshop caught my eye as something completely different to try. They will provide all the expertise and material you need to create a signature scent inspired by their fairy-tales exhibition. Smells like a great couple of hours spent to me.

Saturday 11th March | 2-4pm | £15 per person | email to book

3. Anne Lister Tour, Shibden Hall, Halifax

Shibden Hall is another grade 2 listed house, dating all the way back to 1420. It has a barn, carriage collection and recreated brew house. Visitors have the chance to explore the lives of people who worked and lived there. This tour in particular focuses on Anne Lister, a remarkable woman whose life could feature on the likes of Coronation Street. The house is also set within a park that has attractions like a miniature train ride, boat lake and pitch and putt, so you can make a real day of this.

Sunday 12 March | 2-3pm | Included in price of entry to the house (£4.50) | drop in

4. Leeds Grand Theatre Tour, Leeds

I visit theatres more than my own parents. It’s no joke. But one thing I have never done is gone on a behind the scenes tour. Leeds Grand Theatre run their public tours monthly. The theatre has a long history as it opened in 1878 with a performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. This tour offers a chance to see the buildings characters and charm close up, as well as hear some quirky stories. Like that it opened during WW2 as an air raid shelter. If you love theatre, then this is for you.

Friday 24 March |  1-2pm | £5 | book in advance

5. Flying Saucers The Painting Pottery Cafe, Hebden Bridge

This is a genius idea for a cafe as it (pottery) throws down a twist. You can decorate a piece of pottery from their huge range whilst snacking and socialising. They have books to get your creative juices flowing, and all the arts and craft you need to make a masterpiece. Once you have finished you leave it with the experts to glaze and fire and collect a week later. With Mothers Day just around the corner you should book a visit, or buy one of their gift vouchers as a special treat. I feel this is unmissable.

Tue – Sunday | 10am – 5pm  | Free entry but various charges | Book in advance for weekends

Let me know if you chose to do any of the things in my top five list in the comments below! I love hearing your thoughts.


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