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Dreaming Valleys Festival

Calderdale is hosting a new festival  –  the Dreaming Valleys festival, a day of “engagements with history, topography and folklore”  –  at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge throughout Saturday 14 March 2020

Hear more about the festival from John Billingsley

Talks include:

Kelly Starling: Dancing with Ghosts: Journeys to Robinwood Mill

Alison Cooper: Geography of Grief: Pilgrimage through the Pennines

Dr Jennie Bailey: An Artery to a Heart: mapping the Rochdale Canal

Mark Valentine: Northern Soul: Lost weird writers of the North

Andy Roberts:  The Demon in the Valley? Alan Garner, Thursbitch & the fiction of fact

John Billingsley: Stoodley Pike: The underlying narrative

Mark Williamson (Spaceship): Outcrops (musical performance with film)

Steve Goldman: Society for the Preservation of Boring Grid Squares

Email for more details of presenters and presentations

Reasonably priced vegan and vegetarian refreshments available at the event


The Birchcliffe Centre is 350 yds from the centre of Hebden Bridge, up a steep hill.

Bus 595 runs half-hourly (:20 & :50) from the station / Commercial Street

There is limited parking at (signposted) and on-street around the Centre.

Local information is available from the Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre (01422 843831)

Tickets £20 in advance until March 12 

Available at or by cheque (payable Northern Earth Mysteries Group) to NE address (enclose SAE if receipt needed:  hard-copy tickets not issued – booking list at door)

On the door £22, cash only; no card payments