Where to begin - let's start with the Victoria Theatre, located in its prominent position in Ward's End at the end of Commercial Street. This 1,500 seat theatre hosts shows ranging from Bob the Builder to Roy 'Chubby' Brown. Music of every kind, dance, comedians, variety acts, pantomimes - you name it, all can be found here throughout the year. As well as this, Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club takes place in the Green Room bar, usually last Friday of the month. See www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria.
Dean Clough was once reputedly the biggest carpet factory in the world, employing some 5,000 people and comprising 7 large mills. Carpet making is long since gone, but the Dean Clough complex is home to a multitude of activities, amongst which are arts (numerous spaces used for gallery exhibitions), theatre ( the Viaduct Theatre is a 300 seat auditorium, home to the Northern Broadsides theatre company), comedy (in the Viaduct Cafe on mid-month Fridays) and music (in either the Viaduct Theatre or the 200 seat Crossley Gallery). See their website for full details - www.deanclough.com
The Square Chapel (right) is a tribute to the work of a number of local theatre lovers who rescued it from the threat of collapse or demolition in the 1980's and restored and developed it to its current situation. It is the venue for a wide range of live shows, including drama, music, comedy and dance.
The Eureka National Children's Museum is located right next to the railway station. Featuring over 400 interactive exhibits it is an inspirational place for 0-11 year olds.
Bankfield Museum in Boothtown, less than a mile from Halifax centre, was once the home of Col. Edward Akroyd. a local businessman. It became a museum after he sold the house to Halifax Corporation in 1887. It contains many permanent and temporary exhibitions, including the Duke of Wellington's Regiment museum, toy, costume and textile galleries and much more.
Piece Hall Gallery holds events and exhibitions all year round.
If you like ten pin bowling, or snooker, or both, visit Electric Bowl on Commercial Street or for the more adventurous there is skiing at the Sportsman Inn
After an absence of some 10 years, cinema made a comeback in Halifax in 2012. Broad Street Plaza (left) is not only home to a nine screen multiplex (one of the Vue chain of cinemas), but also a gym, a number of restaurants (including T.G.I Friday, Harvester and Frankie & Benny's) and a J.D.Wetherspoons. Also on the site are a 100 bed Premier Inn and 400 space car park.