Wedding Treasure Hunt set to make 2019 a summer of love in Kirklees

Love will be in the air this summer as 1000s of couples seek out the chance to win a wedding worth £2,000.

The winning couple will celebrate their special day in style with a ceremony and reception, including a gourmet meal for up to 60 people, at either Huddersfield’s or Dewsbury’s stunning Victorian Town Halls.

Our Town Halls and Registration Services have come together to offer this fantastic prize, which can be won by taking part in The Big Wedding Treasure Hunt.

The treasure hunt, which runs until the 23 August, will take participants around some of the district’s beautiful venues in search of hidden letters that spell out a special word.

Once couples have found the word, they can email it over to the council, for a chance to be included in the grand finale.  Twenty couples will then be selected at random to compete in a live on-stage quiz called the Couple’s Challenge at 3.30pm on 7 September 2019 at Dewsbury Town Hall.

During the Couple’s Challenge, twenty couples will go head to head to find out who knows each other best.  The three couples with the highest scores will then compete in a surprise final battle to win the wedding of their dreams.

The competition aims to showcase our venues which include everything from museums to town halls as places to visit and celebrate special occasions.

Cllr Rob Walker Cabinet Member for Culture said:

“Kirklees is incredibly lucky to be the home of some stunning town halls, and many people simply don’t realise that they cater for weddings, receptions and other celebrations.

With their impressive sweeping staircases, wood panelling and beautiful ceremony and banqueting rooms, our town halls offer all the grandeur of a stately home but at a fraction of the price.

This competition is a fun way to get couples to visit some of our venues, and see what we have on offer – I would encourage anyone planning to getting married to take part.”

The competition is open to couples living in England or Wales, who are looking to hold their wedding before the end of 2020.

Register online to take part.

Family Fun with the Gruffalo

If you usually feel the back to school blues after the summer holidays, we have the cure.

Join us for Family Fun with the Gruffalo on Saturday 7 September at Dewsbury Town Hall.  A day dedicated to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much loved character who is celebrating his 20th Anniversary.

There will be lots of free things to do including; screenings of the animated film, and a chance to meet the Gruffalo himself at intervals throughout the day.

For older children there’ll be a free outdoor games area, and the opportunity to have a go on our climbing wall (£3 a turn).

Children of all ages can take part in the Town Hall Mouse Hunt, with a wristband (£5 in advance or £6 on the day) which gives them a trail sheet, unlimited admission to our craft and indoor games areas, and a small prize for finding all the mice hidden around the venue.

We’re still not sure what Gruffalo’s favourite food is, but there’ll be plenty of food on offer to tickle even the pickiest eaters’ taste buds from cream teas to something spicier.

Adults are well catered for too; we have specially commissioned play taking place in the Old Courtroom, a string quartet and behind the scenes tours of the town hall.

There will also be a pop-up museum, and loads of information about what’s happening in our venues and in the wider community.

Anyone who wants to try out our gin selection and other tipples in the new bar; or just fancies an evening with a difference, is welcome to stay for the final of our Big Wedding Treasure Hunt.  Twenty couples will go head to head in a fun quiz to win a £2000 wedding at one of Kirklees’ beautiful town halls.

Cllr Rob Walker Cabinet Member for Culture said:

“This fun event is all about showcasing the wide variety of activities and events taking place in council run venues across Kirklees.  The fun day is a taster of what’s happening all year round, in our museums, libraries, parks, town halls and public buildings.  So after you’ve braved the climbing wall and found all the town hall mice, be sure to visit our information stalls where you can learn more about what else is on offer.”

You can book your free slot to meet the Gruffalo on the day, and make sure you’ve got enough charge in your phone for a picture.

Buy a wristband for the Town Hall Mouse Trail in advance and save £1 per child.

 

Armed Forces Week – Flag Raising Ceremonies

The start of National Armed Forces Week will be marked across our region when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised above all our Town Halls on Monday 25 June 2018.

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Celebrating our Armed Forces

Armed Forces Week provides the opportunity for people up and down the UK to show their support to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, including serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets.

Batley

The Mayor, Councillor Gwen Lowe and her Consort Ken Lowe will attend a ceremony to observe the flag being raised at Batley Town Hall at 10.20 am. The flag will be raised at 10.30 am during a ceremony led by Rev Mark Umpleby, the Mayor’s Lead Chaplain. Those wishing to join the Mayor are asked to gather outside the Town Hall at 10.15 am.

Huddersfield

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, will attend a similar ceremony in Huddersfield.  He will be accompanied by the Deputy Mayoress, Noreen Hussain at the ceremony.  The ceremony will take place on the paved area of Huddersfield Piazza at the side of the Library at 10:20am, with people being asked to gather from 10:15 onwards.

Dewsbury

A similar ceremony will  also be taking place in Dewsbury outside the town hall at 10:20 am.

Gwen Lowe, Mayor of Kirklees said:

“I very much hopes that people will join me in marking the start of Armed Forces Week across Kirklees by attending one of the ceremonies. It is important that we acknowledge the contribution and show our support for our armed forces, veterans old and young and their families.”

Veterans, Forces personnel past and present, councillors and members of the public are invited to come along and join in the ceremonies that recognise our Armed Forces.

For more information

For more information about Armed Forces Day please visit the website.

Great nights out for all in Kirklees

Summer is upon us,  so we brought together some highlights from our up and coming summer season to get you in the mood.  Whether is A-List comedy stars, soul legends or blasts from the past, there is something for everyone coming up this summer at Kirklees Town Halls.

Yearn for the good old days?

If your lonesome tonight why not try Chris Connor’s ‘The World Famous Elvis Show’ with his 12 piece live band ‘THE STEELS’ & backing vocals by ‘ The Sweet Harmonies’. Chris recreates 2 popular concerts in one night on Saturday 15 September at Dewsbury Town Hall. Tickets cost £25 and are sure to sell out quick.

Or if you are looking for some classic country you are sure to cry, cry , cry if you miss the ‘Johnny Cash Roadshow’ on Thursday 21 June at the Huddersfield Town Hall. Tickets are from £20.50 plus concessions

Finally if the good old days don’t feel that far away try our 1980’s Rewind Party Night at Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday 7 July. Dust off your rara skirt, roll up your leg warmers, get the shoulder pads on dance the night the away with our DJ and Live Singer playing all the 80’s classics. Enjoy a hot gourmet buffet and strike a pose in our 1980s themed Selfie Photobooth! Tickets priced at £22.50.

 

Need a laugh?

Billy Pearce,  National treasure and without doubt one of Britain’s most talented and best loved comedians & performers returns to Cleckheaton Town Hall with his show ‘An Evening with Billy Pearce‘ on Sunday 23 and Thursday 27 September. Join Billy and his supporting cast for an evening of laughter with his new brilliant all singing, all dancing show! Please note this show is for adults only.

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Following this in aid of a great cause, the Dewsbury and Batley Food Bank, the Batley Cabaret show offers an evening of entertainment by a variety of performers on Saturday 21 July at 7.15pm . With a buffet offering a mixture of Indian and British cuisine makes sure that there is something of everyone.

Slaithwaite Philarmonic present ‘Sweeney Todd’by Sondheim, uniting vocialists, chorus and dancers from across the region on Sat 30 June and Sunday 1 July at Huddersfield Town Hall. Tickets are priced at 12.50 plus concessions.

Tickets can also be booked through the box office telephone line 01484 225755. If you would like more information on upcoming events have a look at the Kirklees Town Hall website 

 

Top Town Hall Tips For 2018

The latest Town Hall brochure is out and we’ve compiled another handy guide for you to see all the fun shows and activities we have to offer in the coming months.

If music is the answer

Our Town Halls have intimate atmospheres and fabulous acoustics and are hosting everything from Choirs to Chicago Blues for you to get down to!

The Bowie Experience is an unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years from Space Oddity through to Let’s Dance and is taking place at Huddersfield Town Hall on 3 February. We’ve also got Thank You for the Music – A Tribute to Abba on 3 March at Cleckheaton Town Hall and the award-winning Chicago’s Blues Brothers, Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers, rolls into Huddersfield on 7 April.

The Magic of Motown! brings 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience to Huddersfield on 9 March, or if you prefer something more laid-back, Lesley Garrett is performing with with an assortment of Choirs, including Lindley Junior School’s!

For a full list of all the musical performances on offer, take a look at our handy brochure.

Comedy is your characteristic

We’re also joined by some of the biggest names in comedy in the next few months as well…

Ed Byrne’s Spoiler Alert heads to Huddersfield, bringing his unmissable brand of observational comedy for one night only on 19 March.

Following that, Chris Ramsey Live comes to Huddersfield on 2nd June, then fellow Geordie comedian Sarah Millican’s two night stint at the Town Hall on the 26th & 27th July with her critically-acclaimed Control Enthusiast tour.

Rich Hall’s second leg of his Hoedown Tour starts in Cleckheaton on 6 June. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between the UK and USA is as funny as ever and tickets are selling fast for this one-off comedy spectacular.

You’re into the unique or the unusual

Fancy exploring your other side? Psychic Sally Morgan’s show promises fun and interest in equal measure. Catch her on March 8 at Huddersfield Town Hall.

If gin is your thing, Dewsbury Town Hall is hosting its first ever Gin Festival, the Gin Jamboree on Saturday 10 March. Offering more than 100 gins, mixology teams and a complimentary Jambalaya supper, the Jamboree’s are proving popular all over the country and tickets are selling fast!

How to book

You can book any of the above shows or more featured in our brochure, online at Kirklees Town Halls, or by calling the box office on 01484 225755.

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Kirklees shares condolences following Brussels attacks

Books of Condolence are to be opened at Dewsbury and Huddersfield Town Halls from 4pm on Wednesday 23 March for people to add messages of sympathy following the Brussels terror attacks.

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The Books of Condolence will then be available in the reception areas from 9am – 5.00pm until Friday 1 April (apart from Good Friday and Easter Monday).

Town Hall flags will be flying at half-mast until 8pm on Thursday 24 March.

Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Paul Kane said:

Once again my heart goes out to our neighbours in Europe in the wake of the shocking events yesterday in Brussels. Once more the lives of innocent people going about their daily lives have been affected. My thoughts and condolences are with the people of Brussels and victims of terrorism worldwide.

Please take the time to share your messages of sympathy in the books or if you can’t get to the book please email mayors.office@kirklees.gov.uk and we will print them out and include them in the book.”

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Business networking with the mayor

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The Mayor Cllr Paul Kane is holding a business networking dinner at Dewsbury Town Hall on Thursday 10 March 2016 to help local businesses network, encourage investment in Kirklees, and raise funds for Diabetes Care.

The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson will host the event, with other speakers including Sir John Harman and Kirklees Council director Jacqui Gedman.

Get your tickets

There are still a few tickets available by contacting Jonathan Scott by email at jonathan@britology.co.uk or by telephone on 01924 485177.

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Concert season to return for 2016/17

concert season to return

Good news! Concert season to return in 2016/17. We have been working very hard in partnership with Opera North to move the series towards a more financially sustainable model, and will continue with this hard work into the next financial year.

Further details of the concert season will be announced at the launch and preview event in June 2016.

Enjoy the talents of Ross McInroy (Bass) with Geoffrey Tanti (Piano), 9 March, 12.30pm, Dewsbury Town Hall

If you’re into classical music, and are free at 12.30pm on 9 March, you should check out the final lunchtime concert of the season.

Ross McInroy, accompanied by Geoffrey Tanti, will be performing at Dewsbury Town Hall.

Ross McInroy is a prize-winning rising star of classical music, who has appeared in operas ranging from Mozart to Britten.

At this stunning finale to the 2015/16 Kirklees Lunchtime Concert series, Ross will be singing something for all tastes, with songs from both opera and Broadway.

The concert starts at 12.30pm, and competitively priced lunches are available from 11.30am. The lunches provide you a perfect opportunity to enjoy a bite to eat, before sitting back and enjoying the musical programmes on offer.

More information

As ever, these concerts are very well priced at only £5.50 each (£4 for concessions).

You can book tickets by calling the ticket hotline on 01484 223200 or visiting our website